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As an aside, Isaac Asimov would sometimes bring up the story of Archimedes, crying Eureka after solving the density of solids problem via water displacement, when he was trying to explain what he would do when he got stuck. Basically, Asimov would claim that to get past a rut he would watch a totally and completely brainless movie. Yeah, the kind that has no plot and just action. A Schwarzeneggar or Steven Segal movie would fit this bill. Anyway, after seeing a mindless movie and NOT thinking of his problem he would miraculously find the solution to his problem afterwards, as if his subconscious mind was solving the problem in the background. So his claim was that when you're under crunch time and need to solve a problem immediately and you're having trouble coming up with a solution is the exact time that you need to take a break to let your mind figure things out even though its counter-intuitive to do something like that.

For myself, I will step away and do something totally unrelated or mindless or even think while walking to change my perspective on some problem.

Your Mileage May Vary.


"The doktor is in."

In reply to Isaac Asimov Anecdote - Re: Re: Where the inspiration comes from ? by metadoktor
in thread Where the inspiration comes from ? by shadox

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