Training in Economics is a Serious Handicap

Or the Logical Bubble of Economists. Economists decided to increase the maximum number of babies in a nursery to make the industry more profitable. Economists advised to pay math teachers more, because of the shortage of them. Economists recommended that employment projects for the disabled and mentally retarded should be closed… because they are not …

World Thinker’s Ideas – Challenge our Perceptions

Most of us trust our eyes. We may believe in what all our other senses tell us, taste, hearing, touch, smell, but vision is usually special. We are constantly taking in information and we try to make sense of the world around us. Lottolab studio is the world’s first public perception research space. Neuroscientist Beau …

Concept Maps – Rather Confusing

Recently we make  concept maps about data, information, logic bubbles, concepts and idea. A concept map is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. They are graphical tools for organising and representing knowledge. Understanding the relations between data, information, logic bubbles, concepts and ideas is important to get essential insight into the art of creative …

Information Overload

Abundance of Information Headlines such as “Every two days we create as much information as we did up to 2003” suggest that we live in an age of information abundance. Admittedly, it depends on how you define what constitutes information; information can include all user-generated information that contains little new information. Nevertheless, regardless of how …

Information Stored About You – Malte Spitz

Flow of Information A characteristic of modern society is the flow of information – information is the lifeblood of modern civilization. The creation, distribution, and manipulation of data are vital activities – we rely on data to draw conclusion and make decisions. The capacity to store information has dramatically increased the last decades and new …

Thinking Loops

What was I thinking? Becoming conscious of the consequences of one’s actions is an important part of the thinking process. Frederic the Great said: “What good is experience if you do not reflect?” We should strive towards being prepared to take a step back and view our thinking from a distance. In a similar way, …

Learning to Innovate: An Abstract Art

Learning to innovate: an abstract art? Many companies and organisations may not have noticed that innovation means something else than more research, more technology, more money, or taking more risks. All these factors comes after the conception of an idea for innovation. Inventing ideas is thinking. And a truly innovative idea does not exist – it is only …

World Thinkers’ Ideas – Believe in the Impossible

What do a driverless car, Google, and democracy in higher education have in common? The German computer scientist Sebastian Thrun is a creative mind working in the zone between the possible and impossible. Resisting impossible ideas are easy but inventors are unhappy, says Sebastian Thrun. Inventors are constantly searching for solutions and they feel the pain of …

Thinking Patterns

People vary greatly in what they notice. Different things capture our attention. We focus our attention on different things depending upon our experiences, knowledge, values and goals. As a result, we will see certain aspects and ignore others. Our capacity to process information is limited. Information organises itself into patterns like magnetic marbles. The handling of …