Dear Mome Mariana, the Unique, Queen of the Whole World,
Today I started reading the new Levitt & Dubner's (the authors of Freakonomics) book, Think like a Freak. I'd decided to start the reading by the chapter "Think like a child", which to much of my amusement was the 5th. one.
That chapter explains and exemplifies how children think differently from an adult, and how would that help an adult to find creative solutions and approaches to some problems. I would summarize their text as the following:
- Think small. It's easier, thence more productive, to find a solution to a small problem, while you are likely to get none for a big one.
- Children have no constraints to what is acceptable, thus are able to offer more creative ideas.
- Don't be afraid to ask silly questions. Sometimes the answer to a silly question is what will help the most, whereas it's very likely that no one will have such answer if everyone is afraid to ask the question.
- Try not to let your expectations impair your perception. Children are hard to fool because without knowing what to expect, they may pay attention to anything.
- Don't take the fun out of things. Looking serious will not improve your productivity.
I have a feeling that that will be the most Discordian chapter in the entire book. If want an further explanations, I can lend you the book, thus complying with the recommendation at the end of the chapter, "when you are done with the book, give it to a kid" :-P
With all my laugh,
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