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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 56 (1972)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 602

Last Page: 602

Title: A Method of Finding Oil--Unorthodox Thinking: ABSTRACT

Author(s): T. A. Baldwin

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Orthodox thinking proceeds in patterns established by past experience and is principally useful in solving the problem of why "other" people discover all the oil. Unorthodox thinking (as here used) is a deliberate pattern of denying (or doubting) the validity of each accepted basic concept and seeking new alternatives. In this sense unorthodox thinking is a method of generating new ideas in a regular and continuing stream.

The unorthodox approach challenges accepted ideas of oil generation and migration, suggesting new and untested trends for major oil accumulation. Similar trends, discovered largely by accident, already have produced vast quantities of hydrocarbons. Such accumulations, although a mystery to orthodox thinkers, are a challenge and an education to the unorthodox. Unorthodox thinking (a method of finding oil) is also a method of organizing and perpetuating creative energy.

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