Рубрика «Поехали!» Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

It is quite rare — to almost impossible — to meet a book that can be rightfully characterized as the Rubik’s cube. What’s under construction is an innovative mind. Apart from deliciously- and amusingly crafted arguments, a milliard of real life examples are there to prove that the mission is feasable.

Noteworthy that one can approach and start reading the book «Think Like a Freak» literary from any chapter.

I started from Chapter 5 Think like a Child

The obvious from the authors that is oftentimes neglected: children have a natural aptitude for curiosity and discovery, which aging adults may be deliberately lacking, and thinking small is much more fruitful than thinking big.

In more detail.

Children do not have preconceptions that blindfold grown-ups and prevent them from seeing a huge set of possible solutions to problems. They are also brave enough to come up with and voice up wildest ideas. No guarantee that a first wildest idea is the best to act upon. But, hardly can anybody arrive to the twentieth rewarding one without the terrible first.

Modelling an eight-year-old behaviour may not be such a good idea but channelling your inner child may be indeed worthwhile when sorting things out.

If you set off on this journey, thinking small can do good. Why?

The power of four:

  1. small questions that are less investigated present an uncharted terrain for true learing.
  2. small problems are small pieces of big problems; by tacking a small piece of a big problem one can get closer to a grand solution.
  3. operationalization or, in other words, small solutions have better chances to be enabled and deployed compared to big ones.
  4. thinking big is a philosophical exercise that can alienate you while  thinking small can help you build a bridge to people and be understood.

 

Children read books, not reviews. They don’t give a hoot about the critics.

When a book is boring, they yawn openly, without any shame or fear of authority.

They do not expect their beloved writer to redeem humanity.

                                                        Issac Bashevis Singer in his essay «Why I Write for Children»

 

 

 

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