Problem Solving


Networked thinking

This is an explorative approach to problem-solving, whose aim is to consider the complex interactions between nodes and connections in a given problem space.

Instead of considering a particular problem in isolation to discover a pre-existing solution, networked thinking encourages non-linear, second-order reflection in order to let a new idea emerge.

Thinking in networks can be done at an individual level, but the power of networked thinking becomes apparent in a collaborative setting.

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Problem Solving


The world is full of mystery and wonder, but closed minds cannot fathom that their worldview and presumptions can be re-examined by inquisitive minds.

If they reflect upon the same, they might begin to realize that such inquiries are simply the product of fresh thinking and need to be seen with tolerance.

Mapping Efficiency Frontiers

Taking efficiency further, one can consider lots of designs. By putting them all on a graph, we can notice that the ones inside of the frontier are inefficient choices.

Efficient frontiers will show a general pattern.

  • Below the frontier, you can always improve by optimizing your choice.
  • When you're on the frontier, you can only improve by intentionally making something else worse.

Being creative translates into building something new and valuable from apparently unrelated things. In the context of intelligence, this means making new and unusual connections: pairing input with memories and skills, to come up with a unique solution to a problem.

Another aspect of creativity is applying a new tool/resource to a task.

What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?

When the mind is only working in a linguistic mode, doodling provides a visual medium to support mind processing, providing it with neurological access.

The natural doodles that we can indulge to enhance our visual language:

  1. Atomization: drawing the word and its elements.
  2. Game-storming: Fusing two random drawings together.
  3. Process map: Make a flowchart or visual diagram to illustrate a process or sequence.

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