What’s a Thought Laboratory?

A search for “Thought Laboratory” (quotes included) on Google yields about 5,290 results. Compared to the 3 billion hits on the word “thought” and the 764 million hits on the word “laboratory”, it seems apparent that these two words are not frequently used together.

Which for me is a good thing, because it means I don’t have to worry too much that my usage of the phrase will be at odds with any generally-accepted definitions.

For me, a Thought Laboratory is a place where I can experiment with my thinking on various issues of business and personal interest, and to hopefully unearth any unintended consequences of that thinking.

It’s a place where I can experiment with new tools and productivity applications that seem to spring up daily on the web.

Most importantly, it belongs to me. I alone control the content (which is perhaps the most compelling reason to have one’s own website). I don’t have to worry about a moderator removing a post for being “too commercial.” And I can send comments that I don’t like to the cornfield.


But please don’t be put off by my controlling personality. I hope you find the content of this website to be both unique and of value, and I encourage you to participate and comment… Just be sure to say nice (or at least respectful) things.

And if you would like to know more about me and my professional background, visit my LinkedIn page. I generally accept invitations to connect if the invite contains a brief and personalized message about how both of us can benefit from the connection.


Alan Johnson

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