Problem Solving


Understanding as explanatory ability

There are many situations where we can behave flexibly but can't claim to have a deep understanding—for example, teaching someone how to tread water.

Alternatively, we may think that explanation, and not action, is the key principle. For example, the Feynman Technique is an example of a tool that aims at self-explanation as the way to understand something. But, it is not complete, as understanding can always deepen.

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Problem Solving


Thinking for yourself, through others

We learn to think for ourselves by learning the thoughts of other people.

The person who claims to think for himself, but rejects studying from other sources, is influenced by a source he is unaware of. The way to really think independently is to gain enough knowledge so that you can discover hidden assumptions in your views.

This element of storytelling focuses on turning around the satire's tool so that instead of laughing at someone else, you will smile at yourself.

This method can have analgesic effects, putting you in a serene state of feeling. A modern example would be Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

  • Applying the brown M&Ms into your work life or personal life will make it easier and quicker to assess the things you want to assess.
  • However, despite the situation some people, by luck, could sneak their way in.
  • It is essential to understand how the principle works in order to use it to its full potential and not miss anything important.
  • To use the principle effectively, figure out the things you will be assessing and what your end goal is and modify as needed.
Relying on more complex tools increase the ability to teach

Humans are most capable of passing knowledge down the generations.

Simple and complex tools generally improve through generations. A study found that with complex tools, teaching consistently led to more improvement compared to other conditions.

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