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A study showed that the average person has more than 6000 thoughts every day. That is approximately 4 thoughts every minute, or 1 thought every 15 seconds.
Despite having thousands of thoughts every day, we hardly could claim ourselves to be deeply creative and innovative.
In this stash, I will share 3 unintuitive ideas to challenge your thinking and encourage you to think outside the box.
Indeed, it is the quality of our thoughts that counts — not the quantity.
Known as the Mpemba effect, the phenomenon that hot water freezes faster than cold water was named after Erasto Mpemba.
If you’re a chemist, you may feel underwhelmed or disappointed by this idea. “Isn’t this just a failed experiment then?”.
If you took some time to explore the controversy online, however, you may discover a treasure trove of interesting theories proposed by science fanatics that tries to prove this phenomenon right.
What is the average age of 3 boys aged 10, 15, and 20? Well, you can simply add all their ages up 10 + 15 + 20 = 45 and divide it by 3 — giving you the answer of 15.
You have 3 types of storybooks — Book A, Book B, and Book C — of varying quantities. You need to find the average number of words in the storybooks.
Here are your TWO options:
Even if you’re not a mathematician, you may be inclined to pick the 2nd option.
Perhaps surprisingly to some, both approaches are actually correct.
Both averages are perfectly valid and one may be more suitable than the other depending on the context.
Surprised? Well… the learning point here isn’t about math.
It’s about realizing how we could adopt a shift in perspective and still derive the right answer.
Are you more likely to receive help in a room with 3 people, or a room with 30 people? The answer may be surprising to some.
Diffusion of Responsibility
Both diffusion of responsibility and social influence makes it less likely for a person to receive help in a room with 3 people than in a room with 30 people.
The Bystander Effect, a counter-intuitive theory that the more people are present, the less likely you’ll receive help, is yet another idea that challenges conventional logic.
That’s it! Do you feel weird, surprised, ambivalent, or even confused? If you did, then I’m glad that I have sparked some thoughts in your mind.
Recap of Our 3 Counter-Intuitive Ideas
I hope you have experienced some level of paradigm shift through learning about these thought-provoking ideas from numerous disciplines.
Keep learning. Keep thinking. Keep improving.
I’ll catch you in the next stash. Cheers!
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