In the spirit of this blog, let's say I want to practice thinking foolishly. To be more specific, I'll pick one of Roger Von Oech's tools (as listed in the previous entry, Think Like a Fool), fools notice things others overlook. Now I have to turn an abstract, intellectual concept into a physical exercise and I do this by asking questions:
Why do others overlook things? Why do I overlook things?
- Their point of view is limited.
- They look at what they are comfortable looking at out of habit.
- They limit what they look at so as not to be overwhelmed.
- Looking out into the grand canyon.
- Looking over a four leaf clover.
- Wearing blinders.
- Open my eyes wider, be aware of things in the periphery.
- Change my physical relationship to the world.
- Take more time with each thing I encounter.
I can use all the senses, not just sight. The things I notice don't have to be anything profound, just stuff I didn't notice before. I try this exercise and come up with a step four, which is to act on what I notice. I enter and see that the three plungers look like bowling pins lined up, and I somersault towards them as if I am a bowling ball. From here, I begin to get ideas and develop material.