A Technique for Producing Ideas
Geege Schuman stashed this in Life Hacks
Thanks - will definitely read.
The concept of interconnection has bounced around the walls of PandaWhale since its inception so this isn't news, but I like that the James Webb Young bifurcated the approach:
The second important principle involved is that the capacity to bring old elements into new combinations depends largely on the ability to see relationships.
Here, I suspect, is where minds differ to the greatest degree when it comes to the production of ideas. To some minds each fact is a separate bit of knowledge. To others it is a link in a chain of knowledge. It has relationships and similarities. It is not so much a fact as it is an illustration of a general law applying to a whole series of facts.
…Consequently the habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.
With this in mind — ideas are new combinations and that “the ability to make new combinations is heightened by an ability to see relationships” — we can now get down to the business of how ideas are actually produced.
This involves 5 steps.
Which are at this link: http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2013/09/a-technique-for-producing-ideas/