I am trying to describe someone that has a particular ability, but I am unable to come up with a concise phrase or word that really fits. This person has the ability to mentally separate themselves from their own knowledge and experience and think about something with a "blank slate" of a mind.
For example, say this person was an inventor that created a new product. They would be able to set aside their extensive knowledge of said product and proofread the user's manual from the point of view of someone who knew nothing about it (finding things like industry-specific jargon or vague directions that assume the reader has some knowledge that was never presented).
Alternatively, say this person has very strong personal opinions on a topic. They would be able to discuss/debate that topic with someone objectively while completely disregarding their personal feelings. They would be great at playing devil's advocate, or would be the type of judge who could objectively make rulings based on the facts of the law, even when it contradicts their personal beliefs.
My first attempt at a description was "a compartmentalized mind", but that's too similar to a psychology term that means something completely different.
Phrases like "they look at things from a fresh/new perspective" don't really seem to fit. They imply that the person's perspective is simply different than other people's, not that the person can actively evaluate things from perspectives other than their own natural one.
The term "empath" accurately captures the concept of someone seeing something from the point of view of another, but is specific to emotional state. I'm looking for something more on the lines of knowledge, experiences, or opinions/beliefs.
Can anyone recommend a word or phrase to describe either this person or this particular talent?