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November 21st, 2014

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

By Ron Nakamoto

Originally shared by +Ron Nakamoto

This is one of +Lee Brower‘s favorite quotes. What caught my attention about the article below is that it attempts to explain how to “think what nobody has thought”. While far from a step-by-step process (not that one is even possible), I think these ideas are useful. In particular, I found “pay attention to coincidences” and “look closely at contradictions” to be interesting. I would personally add “be aware of and at least temporarily suspend your own biases”. For myself, I’ve found my biases to be the single most limiting factor that prevents discovery and learning. Mark Twain once said:

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

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How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don’t, by Carolyn Gregoire
Remember the last time you had an ‘aha’ moment? The pleasure of a new and profound insight can leave us with that feeling of freshness and awe at witnessing something for the very first time. It is a deeply satisfying in itself and needs no external rewards. Cognitive psychologist, Gary Klein researches the science behind these epiphanies and shares his findings so that we can cultivate habits that make our mind fertile for such insights and r…

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