This is kind of a tough question because the words knowledge and thinking can be defined in different ways. For example, type "kinds of knowledge" and "kinds of thinking" into Google, and you'll get some apparent answers to my question.

However, some of them suggest there are three different kinds of knowledge or thinking, but I'm looking at it in a slightly different way.

One of the most important things taught in schools is communication skills (reading and writing). Math is also a core subject in elementary school onward. Science is also taught in schools.

So here are three "kinds of thinking/knowledge" to begin with. But there are additional categories that are a little more vague than communication, math and science. For example, political science overlaps with ethics, which is highly arbitrary. Religion and spirituality are yet another way of looking at the world around us. Ditto for philosophy. And let's not forget the arts - acting, music, etc.

So it's a little hard for me to even formulate a question. But if you glance at my tentative outline below, what word would you fill in the blank with? I could call them Nine Major Kinds of Knowledge or Thinking, Nine Major Aptitudes, etc.

However, I'm not sure if those are the best terms. Can you think of any better terms or synonyms?

NINE MAJOR ________

  1. communication skills (reading and writing)
  2. mathematics
  3. science
  4. survival skills (formerly used to find food and shelter, though largely lost as people have become more "civilized")

  5. political science (similar to social sciences but incorporates ethics)

  6. ethics

  7. religion/spirituality
  8. philosophy
  9. creative thinking (the arts, for example)
  • This is not confined to the domain of the lexicon. One needs to define the concepts clearly before looking for a suitable term for them. Please visit Psychology & Neuroscience to start with. Good Luck. Let's know what happened :) – Kris Apr 8 '15 at 5:37
  • This question may be related to Epistemology. The article itself also refers to the different categories as "branches". – Khalid Hussain Apr 8 '15 at 6:29
  • I think your own term, "types of knowledge" sums it up well. "ways of thinking" is another matter entirely; I wouldn't necessarily consider any of your list of nine as "ways of thinking". Each field/area/discipline has its own methods, but they don't necessarily have distinct, definable "ways of thinking" – Brian Hitchcock Apr 8 '15 at 8:01
  • @ Brian Hitchcock - I agree with you to a point. Science and religion indeed constitute different types of knowledge. However, they also involve different ways of thinking. Scientists rely largely on math, logic and a variety of tools, while religion typically focuses on blind faith. So I think there is some overlap between knowledge and how that knowledge is obtained or processed (i.e. thinking). – David Blomstrom Apr 9 '15 at 5:05
  • All the suggestions are good, but I particularly like "cognitive sciences." I need to take a look at "epistemology," too. Brian Hitchcock's suggestion that "types of knowledge" fits the bill is also a good one. I'll need a couple more days to ponder my question and the responses. – David Blomstrom Apr 9 '15 at 5:08

You can call them Nine major branch of knowledge or maybe Nine major disciplines



Domains, or areas of thought/knowledge, is a commonly used term. There may be others.


The Nine Primary Human Aspects

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