The Triggering of Human Imagination
I should start by saying that I am definitely not a gamer and I cannot understand how games could trigger the human imagination! I believe that gaming connects us to a fake unrealistic world which at some point might separate us from our real life! There are so many other useful practices which could trigger imagination… Some of the ones that I personally relate to have been mentioned in a very interesting blog by the Fast Company and they include:
- Thinking in metaphors
- Thinking in pictures
- Borrowing from other domains
- Introducing unrelated ideas
- Reversing polarity
- Finding the paradox
As researchers I think that we have all used some of these practices for triggering our imagination and coming up with new ideas… I personally found reversing polarity and finding the paradox very interesting! By reversing polarity we can release conceptual energy and that would open our eyes to new solutions… As an example consider that the sink in your workplace is always filled with dishes… and you cannot tell whose dished they are! So trying to solve this problem you will think that it is hard to tell whose dishes are in the sink… Now what if you rephrase the problem as it’s easy to tell whose dishes are in the sink… Then this might open your eyes to an easy solution which is if it’s easy to tell whose dishes are in the sink then maybe they are personalized with the employees initials… The second interesting point for me was finding the paradox. Consider a city where people would dump motor oils into sewers and they would flow into the bay and pollute the fish habitats. Also the warnings posted near the drains are not working… instead of looking at the problem in the way that is was proposed to us we can ask can the sewer grates and signs be the same? yes! How about a grate in the shape of a fish with an unambiguous message of whatever you put down the drain goes right into the fish!
The 20th century made us believe that everything of value can be bought in a store, that the answer to the question lies at the back of the book, and that design is something only designers do. But in the 21st century, we are being nudged forward—by our customers, our employers, our economy, and by the robots nipping at our heels—to be original.
February 23, 2016 @ 11:56 pm
So I am going to have the disagree with your comment about games. Many often use the same story tropes and character archetypes that are found in ballad and epic poetry such as the hero’s journey found in the Odyssey and the Iliad. If anything the creation and development of the article or game itself requires imagination, let alone to play and see what is beyond the screen or the console.
The post that you link to actually serves as the foundation about how you could even begin to think about games:
I should start by saying that I am definitely not a gamer and I cannot understand how games could trigger the human imagination!
I believe that gaming connects us to a fake unrealistic world which at some point might separate us from our real life!
Instead these could be rewritten as:
I should start by saying that I am definitely a gamer and I can understand how games could trigger the human imagination!
I believe that gaming connects us to a fascinating unrealistic world which at some point might separate us from our real life!
There is potential in every statement in every world. We must simply find it.
February 24, 2016 @ 5:24 pm
Thanks for your insights… Very interesting! Well, my opinion comes from the fact that I do not enjoy playing games and think that there so much more to experience and find in the real world… However I can understand your point of view! But I guess my question is why would you want be present is an unrealistic world which at some point might separate you from real life? I think that we should be imaginative in the context of the real world not in context of the gaming world. I should also say that you could be right on the fact that games do trigger the human imagination an I simply am not able to relate to that since I am not a gamer…
April 10, 2016 @ 5:11 pm
I’m also a not gamer but I think the games have the ability to trigger the minds with new fantastic ideas that later can help for developing the novel ideas in many aspects. I think now a days we are so limiting our minds to the bounds and rules and we don’t let the mind to think freely which later supress the creativity.