How to Develop a Subversive Mindset


brainpickings-autobiographyofmarktwain2This is not about being an insurgent but about creatively solving problems
‘If you think that choreographing a ballet for honeybees and attempting to genetically engineer God are absurd projects, the conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats would agree with you. And yet, that does not mean that these thought experiments are without value.

‘”When one is pursuing experimental philosophy,” Keats says in his new workshop on Big Think Mentor, a way of thinking occurs that is vital to creative problem-solving. While the problem at hand may be abstract, or even absurd, the way of thinking through the problem can be greatly applicable in life.

‘And so in pursuit of experimental philosophy Keats explores five different rules that he uses and which he says you too can apply in your everyday life in terms of creatively solving problems…’
the rules

Why You’re Able to Spot a Friend in a Crowd, Even When You Can’t See Their Face
I can attest to this. I haven’t seen my best friend in 2 decades. He was waiting for me for our appointment. When I arrived at the building’s parking lot, I spotted someone on a second level balcony. Before I recognized him, he joyfully yelled my name. Then I wondered ‘how did he know it was me’!? He uses eyeglasses and I don’t

What’s most interesting about the experiment is that the participants tended to believe, incorrectly, that they were primarily looking at the faces in the photos in order to identify the people they were looking at.

‘Have you ever surprised yourself by correctly recognizing a friend in a crowd, far, far away? Even if her face isn’t at all visible, there’s something about the way she’s standing or walking that gives her away instantly. New research by psychologists at the University of Texas-Dallas helps to confirm and explain that very common phenomenon…’
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Accelerating Learning in a Rapidly Changing World
‘In introducing Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world, Big Think co-founder and CEO Victoria Brown explains that human ingenuity is more important than ever before.

‘Creativity, problem-solving and openness to change are essential skills that everyone must master. These skills don’t just come to us naturally, but need to be constantly worked on as part of our ongoing personal and professional development. To that end, Big Think Edge gathers the world’s leading visionaries like Richard Branson, Peter Thiel, and Elon Musk to teach people how to be more productive, motivated, and successful in their careers.

‘You will learn to put skills into practice that involve leadership, innovation, communication, negotiation, ethics, work-life balance and many, many more…’
video

Mark Twain’s Opinion on Religion
‘In April of 1906, Twain – who famously believed that any claim of originality was merely misguided narcissism – pens this humorous lament on religion as a manifestation of human egotism:

The human race … sits up nine nights in the week to admire its own originality. The race has always been able to think well of itself, and it doesn’t like people who throw bricks at its naïve self-appreciation. It is sensitive upon this point.

‘An early proponent of the conviction that evidence should outweigh mythology, he continues:

There is no evidence that there is to be a Heaven hereafter. … Heaven exists solely upon hearsay evidence – evidence furnished by unknown persons; persons who did not prove that they had ever been there…’
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