Paradoxes of Insight

“I want you on cutting-edge projects where you take risks at the 90% level,” he urged me.

“You realize, of course, that means that out of a random sample of 10 such projects, then 9 would fail?” I warned.

“Yes, I do. Just make sure that you select and work on the winner first!”

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

Insight is driven by the precipitation of informative connection between the previously unconnected.

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 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

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.
Photo courtesy of Aaron Strout
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