How did you learn to think?
This article on Farnam Street made me want to post about this topic that I think a lot about (maybe much). I like that the article acknowledges how absurd it is that one of the most important skills in society is actually never taught, which then affects how society thinks. Aside from a small detour rant into multi-tasking, I enjoyed the article.
I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what I’ve already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom. It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise. And often even that idea doesn’t turn out to be very good. I need time to think about it, too, to make mistakes and recognize them, to make false starts and correct them, to outlast my impulses, to defeat my desire to declare the job done and move on to the next thing.