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Improving Idea Flow - Nat Eliason

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Improving Idea Flow - Nat Eliason
Having an opinion should require seriously thinking about something. Not just repeating someone else's opinion.

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Improving your idea-flow

Improving your idea-flow

A lower idea-flow is this sense that you don't have as many ideas as you used to. Reading more encourages ideas to flow.

You can't create time, you can only re-allocate it. To find the time for improving your idea-flow means that you have to find ways to cut back on other things.

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The memetic bucket

One way to improve ideas is to think of sources of information as being in memetic buckets. If your idea inputs come from the same memetic bucket, your outputs will replicate the same concepts in that bucket. Your thoughts won't be new or particularly interesting.

To combat this:

  1. Reduce the overlap in idea sources.
  2. Go through your social media feeds and see what sources say the same things in different ways.
  3. Pick one or two favourites out of them, and ditch the rest.

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The "that's crazy" test

When you catch yourself thinking "that's crazy," try to figure out why someone would believe that idea.

People are mostly logical, their starting point is just different. When you try to see if you can find the premises for someone's beliefs and ideas, their conclusions will make more sense. Even if you disagree, understanding where they are coming from will help you better understand your own ideas.

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Reducing redundancy

Cut your sources of information so you don't hear the same thing in five different ways.

Realize when you should let go of certain inputs, even if you enjoy them.

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Developing good ideas

Developing good ideas is an active process. The ideas that are starting to form should be coaxed out of you.

  • This is best done by having conversations. It forces you to try to explain them in a moment, realize where they're faulty, then continue refining them in subsequent discussions.
  • Creating is the final expression of an idea. Express your ideas in articles, tweets, songs, paintings, TikToks, to clarify them properly.

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