Fuzzy thinking

At the start of this section I was speculating about what Archimedes had been doing before he slipped gratefully into his warm bath. Did

the answer come to him because he had been wrestling so hard with his conscious mind about ways of checking on the gold in the crown? Or, did the answer somehow come to him because his mind was in a much more fuzzy state as he lay in the bath? Was bath-time a mechanism by which he managed to achieve a deeper thinking level, a state of flow perhaps?

We shall never know, of course. But there is strong empirical evidence from various inventors and artists that the fuzzier, gentler, "bath-time" state is an extremely fecund one for ideas. It seems likely that you need both the hard, concentrated engagement and the gentler, less focused approach, and that you need to be able to move between the two with ease.

As De Bono's idea of an "interesting" category demonstrates, it is always helpful when you can find a position that is between the extremes of such tyrannical opposites as "yes" and "no," "know" and "don't know."

In a world of complexity where I find myself increasingly uncertain and opposed to dogmatic positions, I find the intuition template below a helpful one to induce gentler, fuzzier approaches:

Certain about the solution

Strong hunch or intuition

Possible way forward that needs testing

Don't know what to do but happy to keep saying this

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