Paradoxes of Insight

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”
Bertrand Russell

Paradox as Statement

Paradox as Situation

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167–8), Hamlet to Horatio

What is insight?

The state pathway of a cognitive system undergoing excitation and crossing a threshold for insight formation. The dots (current ideas, perceived events, recalled memories, etc) are joined into a new and meaningful whole.

The Expansion Paradox of Insight

The more I understand what Heidegger is aiming at the more I see how much still escapes me.

— Leo Strauss, “Existentialism,” lecture given in February 1956

The Temporal Paradox of Insight

The Blindness Paradox of Insight

Once an insight is achieved, it tends to stay in place unless a new energetic stimulus again excites crossing another threshold to an even better insight.

Types and Levels of Insight

Photo courtesy of Aaron Strout
Another 4 line solution
A 3 line solution. Notice this one takes breaking out of 2 different boxes!

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Milo is the founder and Chief Education Officer of KnowledgePassion, Inc. Connect with him at milo@designthinking.com

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Milo is the founder and Chief Education Officer of KnowledgePassion, Inc. Connect with him at milo@designthinking.com

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