“Solving a problem with insight is fundamentally different from solving a problem analytically. There really are different brain mechanisms involved.”
John Kounios in this article on the WSJ.
I love reading articles such as the one above, gaining a better understanding of how our brains function and how to prime them for greater results for a variety of different activities.
It also relates to why I drag so many left-field concepts into this blog (eg A Wandering Mind Heads Straight Toward Insight), ideas that would seem to have little direct relevance to OSS. But my line of thinking is similar to how Steve Jobs once described it, “Creativity is just having enough dots to connect . . . connect experiences and synthesize new things. The reason creative people are able to do that is that they’ve had more experiences or have thought more about their experiences than other people.”
In other words, OSS is a field that has so much room for innovation (in people, process, technology) and having a greater range of ideas builds more dots from which to make new connections. I’m hoping to awaken new connections within my own brain as well as providing the fodder for your own inspiration, new perspectives and innovations.
Fingers crossed that the next big thing in OSS, the next epiphany, stems from someone reading something random here on PAOSS! 🙂
So based on the finding that, “In fact, our brain may be most actively engaged when our mind is wandering and we’ve actually lost track of our thoughts,” perhaps we need to spend more time daydreaming on OSS projects than methodically ploughing through the piles of activities assigned to us?