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Bath-tubs & Intelligence!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Apparently, the idea of ‘an expanding universe’ occurred to Albert Einstein when he was relaxing in his bath playing with the soap bubbles. Ditto for Greek Scholar - Archimedes - who proclaimed “Eureka” when he stepped into the bath - and noticed the rising water level. A little away from the bath, Mr. Newton stumbled upon the nature of the ‘transparent pull’ from the earth when he saw an apple fall from a tree.

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Besides ‘bathtubs’ - couple of important themes jump up from the stories above:

 a. the phenomenon of ‘relativity’, ‘buoyancy’ and ‘gravity’ already EXISTED - when discovered (called out and named) by these gentlemen. So is true for all the discoveries, inventions and breakthroughs made by humans.

b. all the above discoveries happened when these folks were in the state of ‘let go’ - meaning away from their labs, relaxing.

So what does it mean: for one, there are no new discoveries. Only existing stuff - discovered newly - in line with what psychologists have been saying for decades now: whatever you see or recognize in the nature or in the other person, already exists in your mind - conscious or subconscious.

So then the question arises - if everything is already in our minds then how come we’re still so ignorant about everything. The point b above offers some help - and some ways to the workings of our minds:

The  discoveries in the opening para ’happened’ to our scientists when they were in the different states of ‘let go’. Meaning - they were able to access these flashes (of brilliance) from the deep recesses of their subconscious mind, only after they had suspended the use of the conscious mind temporarily!

This perhaps might also explain what is called as - intuition or ‘gut-feel’. And that the only time it could ‘happen’ to you is when you are not thinking!

I think therefore I am.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I believe it was Toyota - which created a nifty framework of “5 Whys’ to analyze the root cause of any broken transaction or process by its teams while they went about their work. The 5 Why tool mandated the teams at Toyota to ask ‘Why’ five times to be able to get to the source (root) of the problem before they attempted to apply the fixes or the solution.

The 5 Whys (and other similar tools/ approaches that are employed to do formal root cause analysis of any problem) are offshoots of what is philosophically called as ‘reflection’ by the human mind. Incidentally, if you leave out the form related attributes, ‘the ability to reflect’ is also perhaps the ONLY thing that differentiates human beings from the animals! It’s also not a coincidence that the  ability or the power to reflect is one of the key determinants of human intelligence (or IQ if you will). It is easier still to appreciate that the whole idea behind the genesis of tools such as 5 Whys  then is to make an ’average Joe’ think ‘more intelligently’.

So where does it leave what is called as ‘intuition’ when we speak of human intelligence. Intuition, after all has been hailed (equally by celebrated CEOs, marketing minds, scientists, and Zen Masters) as the ‘ultimate truth’ when it comes to making decisions, solving tough problems or conceiving new ideas & break-throughs. It is also a matter of general observation that ‘intution’ typically happens to a human mind only when it stops ‘reflecting’!

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If you are interested, please do come back for more on reflection, intuition and human intelligence, as I have some more ideas to go!

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