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  •  As an Inventor, the Critical Element is Thinking (10+ / 0-)

    outside the box.

    That doesn't necessarily mean relying only on oneself; it can include turning to minority authority or minority popular opinion for example. I wish I could suggest a formula or a general principle but human cognition is way above my pay grade. Interesting as it is.

    But secondarily, the crucial element that separates cranks from innovators is a thorough grounding in how and why "the box," convention, usually works, and the willingness to test your precious out-of-box idea with proven conventional tools and measures.

    Nice essay, thanks.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:51:14 PM PST

    •   " how and why "the box,"" (4+ / 0-)

      You can't escape physics.
      I'm one of your solitary problem solvers and it's not that  I don't listen to authorities, or what the crowd believes, I listen very closely, it's just that, well, that's their vote. They may or may not have the specific solution for this problem. They might have some or most of what I need, but not see how I would apply it. A lot of Innovation is application.
      I enjoy the puzzle, with factors from the tech to the politics to the economics to the ecological impact to doing the labor that all have to be juggled into place, that all have to fit to make it work. There's nothing more satisfying.
      (I just read back over this and sorry if it sounds arrogant, it's not meant that way)

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:19:12 PM PST

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