Monday, March 7, 2011

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James Adams

Rating: Boring, except for one or two puzzles.

This book shows you how to be more creative by discovering where your blocks are and how to break them. Your thinking process may be constrained by blocks originating in: perception, emotion, culture, environment, intellect, expressiveness.


  • using alternate (to verbal) thinking languages: mathematical, sensory (visual, etc.).
  • questioning attitude
  • finding the core problem
  • making lists
  • combining alternate attributes
  • trying manipulative verbs
  • getting input from other people, especially coming from other disciplines, cultures, environments

Method of loci (locations in Latin): associate physical locations with items that you want to remember. Take a walk in your head to recall the items.

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