Introduction to Problem Solving
“Simplicity is the seal of truth”
This is an intro into problem solving, the main (perhaps sole) focus of this blog will be on this subject. I’ve been fascinated by it for awhile now but I’ve found most of the literature I read on it irritating. It is my intention to be nothing like those. To know what to expect in my upcoming posts you need to know what not to expect.
There are the mainstream books that always say shit like “Solve problems laterally" and of course “Think outside THE BOX” (ALWAYS followed by a story of someone who successfully did it). It’s like a basketball coach saying “run faster, jump higher” followed by videos of Lebron James dunking on people.
Then there are the ones written by academics and researchers, which have seemingly no relevance to real life and almost always painfully difficult to read and dry. This isn't because they’re so intelligent. It's ignorance, pompousness or perhaps something else. Einstein said it best:
“If you can’t explain something simply you don’t understand it well enough."
- Albert Einstein
Problem solving isn’t so difficult, mysterious or irrelevant. It is something you can use every day and the methods can be broken down the same way you would a jumpshot or throwing a football. It only seems mysterious because of the paradox that the smarter someone is the worse they are at explaining their thought process. This happens because they use fundamental and advanced methods subconsciously and intuitively to the point of being completely unaware; it’s a necessary part of mastery.
I don’t know all the answers, I assume I barely scratched the surface. This blog will be partly me teaching you and partly me teaching myself. Writing is my method of thinking, it helps slow down my mind and keep it from getting off track ( you know what I’m talking about if you read my Random Rants). I’ll try to do this humbly without delusions of expertise and importance. I’ll try to provide perspective, interest, and questions to ponder more often than explanations and exhortations.
I’m sharing this because it’s something I care about, enjoy and have spent a lot of time on. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I do writing it.
Edited by Colin Maneval
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