Week 12 - What Is A Paradox And Why Do We Care?
Perhaps it isn't clear. The problem at hand doesn't have a solution. Solving the problem feels like a dog chasing its tail. The problem is a paradox or rather by definition: "a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory."
We have all encountered a paradox. Here are a few that might come to mind: I'm nobody, deep down you are really shallow, bittersweet, the wise fool, and a personal favorite jumbo shrimp. When we encounter a paradox, they can initially seem reasonable. However, once we think through the meaning, a paradox is downright aggravating, infuriating and maddening.
I'm in the middle of a paradox, and it's driving me bonkers. It leads me to Google "How to solve a paradox." Finding a possible solution comes down to asking the following question: "What would be the craziest way to try to fix this problem?" Now brainstorm as many solutions as possible with no limitations. By considering the crazy solutions, it helps reframe the problem and frees up the mind to find a solution.
I'm off to make a list of crazy ideas. What paradox are you trying to solve? What are the craziest solutions? How can we solve a Rubik's cube while eating a crunchy taco?
Until tomorrow Game Changers.