If You Want to Be Creative, Don’t Be Data Driven
Bill Pardi
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Really got me thinking, thanks! …. since we’re asking questions here to challenge thought processes that contribute to forming our personal /cultural perceptions /biases — here’s another and thanks for indulging me to reframe this “candle problem” into a broader framework. Let’s travel back to 1950, before PCs, FB, email, texting, Twitter, Snapchat, and cell phones were invented /proliferated…. what if this “candle question” were asked of people in a physical room with a physical cork board wall, a physical candle, physical thumbtacks and a physical matchbook. How many people would immediately solve the problem correctly given their predominantly non-online, non-electronic cultural world of immediate localized physical /tactile human based sensory inputs? I would argue most people at that time would have very quickly gotten it right. Hypothetical vs. Real World. Sure call me a Luddite, but the myriad layers of (often cluttering /useless) information and data that bombard and overwhelm many of us today, channeled into our brains by our the machines that surround us, have I believe, in many ways stifled common sense creative problem solving in the 21st c. I’d suggest that these electronic layers have actually alienated us from our physical selves, each other and the physical world around us and changed us culturally, so that many people are now unable to “see the trees through the forest”, much less even trust that it’s possible to see the trees through the forest, unless some “expert” citing “data” says it’s so. Does the hyper-abundance of technology /data dumb us up, or dumb us down? Make us more productive or less productive? Either way who really benefits and more importantly, who does not and why? Simply asking — and have I just committed heresy? :)