#84 | Ideation

I once heard a professor explain the thinking process in this way:

“I know that none of you [students] are going to write your paper this week, you’re all going to wait until the deadline. So, do yourself a favor by reading the essay prompt several times, even if you don’t begin the paper. At least your subconscious can workout the problem while you’re doing other things.”

When I head this, my immediate reaction was to laugh at how ridiculous that statement was. That only a philosophy teacher would ever make such a dumb plea to his students.

But his statement did have some basis.

Time away from a problem (after significant energy has already been spent on the problem) can be essential to developing new solutions/ideas.

It’s like the famous story about Archimedes (Greek mathematician).

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