Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Be A Child To Be A Genius

This post about a presentation from TED is about how children can solve tasks more efficiently than allegedly trained professionals. It reminded me of a quote from Charles Baudelaire - it's all about genius requiring the mind of a child:
"Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed."
There are parallels here with Edward De Bono's work on lateral thinking - how our thinking as adults is so trained into logical, vertical thinking that we need to free up those constraints to be truly innovative. In other words you need to re-find the child's way of looking at things, free from hierarchy and procedure, to free your mind to being innovative.

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