88 Important Truths I've Learned About Life. Everyone gets drilled with certain lessons in life. Sometimes it takes repeated demonstrations of a given law of life to really get it into your skull, and other times one powerful experience drives the point home once forever. Here are 88 things I’ve discovered about life, the world, and its inhabitants by this point in my short time on earth. 1. You can’t change other people, and it’s rude to try. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Universal Traveler: A Vintage Guide to Creative Problem-Solving. By Maria Popova Navigating the “tourist traps” of creativity, or how to finally reconcile ideation and evaluation.
In a recent comment on Stefan G. Bucher’s fantastic 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment, which has quickly become the most popular book on Brain Pickings this year, a reader named Terry tipped me off to The Universal Traveler: A Soft-Systems Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process of Reaching Goals — a curious metaphorical travel guide to creative problem-solving, originally published in 1971 by researchers Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall, offering what’s essentially a blueprint to design thinking nearly four decades before design thinking was a buzzword.
The travel vocabulary reinforces the concept that design is more meaningful when it can be visualized and pursued as a logical and planned journey through a series of stopovers called Design Stages. From the book’s introduction: Share on Tumblr. Philosophy Research Base. Western Philosophy. 5 Bad Ideas Humanity Is Sticking With Out of Habit. Humans are funny when it comes to technology.
We're eager to adopt new technologies when the difference is trivial, like camping out for days to buy the new iPhone when we still haven't figured out the old one. But at the same time, we also have a way of getting attached to worthless technologies of the past, just because it's too much hassle to change. It turns out old habits die hard. And sometimes, they don't die at all. Quick -- look at the very computer you're reading this on. Why It's Inefficient: Photos.comBesides not being able to take a punch. When you rest your hands on the "home row" like they told you in high school, check out what keys you're touching -- A, S, D, F, J, K, L and semicolon. How did we wind up with this intuition-defying random configuration? Early versions of World of Warcraft were almost impossible to play. So Sholes consulted a buddy who had studied up on letter-pair frequency, and he moved the keys that were most often typed together away from each other.