Crucial factors

January 1, 2013 at 11:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Here’s a lateral thinking puzzle:
You’re an engineer. What is the safest way to throw a baby off a 10 story building? 
 
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Answer: throw him off the first floor. 
 
Such is the “crucial factor” – unconscious beliefs that we believe apply to the problem, but actually don’t. They are assumptions, not actual obstacles. They have a powerful effect on our problem solving even though they’re not consciously recognized. A good problem solver spends some time trying to identify what these unconscious assumptions even are for the purpose of breaking out of them. 
 
“The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get us out of it.”
– Edward DeBono
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