Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Thinking Like a Genius

It's been so long between posts because Blogger lost me for a while. They just found me again. I enjoyed this article about alternative thoughtways. Read the entire article here.

Thinking like a Genius

The first and last thing
demanded of genius
is the love of truth


"Even if you're not a genius, you can use the same strategies as Aristotle and Einstein to harness the power of your creative mind and better manage your future."

The following eight strategies encourage you to think productively, rather than reproductively, in order to arrive at solutions to problems. "These strategies are common to the thinking styles of creative geniuses in science, art, and industry throughout history."

1. Look at problems in many different ways, and find new perspectives that no one else has taken (or no one else has publicized!)

Leonardo da Vinci believed that, to gain knowledge about the form of a problem, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways. He felt that the first way he looked at a problem was too biased. Often, the problem itself is reconstructed and becomes a new one.