The always-on culture that instant communication has provided us is destructive to original thinking and diminishes our capacity to solve problems.
A counterintuitive way to solve a problem is to set aside time when one is not dealing with the problem at all, but doing something completely different.
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Humans have always leaned towards taking advice from their family, friends and colleagues to solve problems.
Groups of people who are always communicating end up utilizing their collective knowledge and solve complex problems, while people who try to solve problems alone often invent original solutions never thought of before.
The trick is to embrace the middle path and nurture one's own original ideas while also gathering with peers and look for solutions using collective learning.
Most job postings nowadays require skill sets related to problem-solving, making it a sought-after ability that job candidates love to put in their resumes. Finding solutions is where the big money is.
Yet we design our lives in a way that is counterintuitive to problem solving.
We are always in production mode, always working, available and doing something. Our mental resources are depleted most of the time, making us ineffective in solving problems.
The best way to solve problems is to keep learning new things and performing creative activities.
According to a new academic paper in the Journal Of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, the structure of everything around us, including space and time, may have been created by our own observation.
According to the authors of the paper, the physical world is not something separate from us but is a creation of our own consciousness.
We, the observers, are defining the structure of physical reality itself.
This means that if you engage in ballet or another form of structured dance, doing so mayfacilitate convergent thinking . In other words, it may help you find a single, appropriate answer to a problem. If you need help with divergent thinking (finding multiple answers to a problem), engaging in more improvised types of dance such as hip-hop or tap might just do the trick.
Neuroscience research shows you can keep your brain sharp in much the same way you keep your body fit.
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