About

Thinking Strings, L.L.C., develops and sells interactive learning systems—or courseware—for higher education, particularly for the humanities and social sciences. Founded in 1998 by educators, Thinking Strings works closely with faculty and students to optimize learning via the best of what digital educational tools have to offer. Thinking Strings’ educational content is written by distinguished scholars who are actively teaching and publishing in their fields.

Thinking Strings provides students and educators with engaging, time-saving educational software of the highest quality. Interactive Explorations titles feature:

  • Clear learning objectives
  • Engaging content
  • Hands-on interactive activities
  • Accurate achievement tracking
  • Interactive Grade Book®
  • Integrated glossary and review
  • Thousands of captioned images
  • More…

What are thinking strings?

To the extinct /Xam people of southern Africa, “thinking strings” were a metaphor for human consciousness and intellectual activity. /Han≠kass’o, a /Xam man who related stories of his people, said that spirit people “no longer possess their thinking-strings – they cannot understand.” Anthropologist and artist Patricia Vinnicombe described thinking strings as humanity’s “thinking powers.” Thinking strings were sometimes painted emanating from the heads of people and therianthropes (representations of people with animal features who are experiencing trance) in the rock art of the Drakensberg mountains in southern Africa.

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