The first challenge is to see the value of an idea without romanticizing away its limitations. The second challenge is to see the limitations of an idea without losing the ability to make constructive use of its value. Most fallacies are not the result of placing faith in bad ideas, but in making too much or… Continue reading Not too much, Not too little
The Myth: “If I disagree with an idea, it’s not worth contemplating. If I can find the flaws in an idea, then it’s a waste of time to analyze it.” Not so fast! Does it make you think? Does it force you to achieve greater clarity about your own views? Does it challenge you to… Continue reading Does it make you think?
Polygots often speak of the worlds of art and literature that are made available to them upon learning a new language. An English-speaking person who studies French, for instance, is able to be inspired and informed by a larger population of films, books, songs, and conversations. They are able to laugh at jokes that were… Continue reading Thinking in Different Philosophies
“And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily… Continue reading All ideas are fragile