20 January 2012, by A. Cedilla
Fuzzy thinking is a rather involved subject (luckily it has its own page on Wikipedia) and the simplest way to describe it describes is as “a many-valued logic.”
The kind of fuzzy thinking I’m talking about is a few steps away from the yes-no logic you may have seen plotted out in many business procedural flowcharts.
Fuzzy logic isn’t yes-no. It’s ” yes,” “No,” and “I’m not sure/ I don’t know/ Hey, wait. What’s that?/ What about this?/ Let’s do this and see what happens while we do other stuff too.”
Why cultivate it?
It’s easier. Fuzzy logic is closer to the way human reasoning processes work. You get to see multi-dimensionally, not just ‘the obvious choice’ or what’s right in front of you.
You get branch out into little known eddies and creeks of new knowledge– and while knowledge is power, knowledge plus new insight? That can open up a whole new ballgame for you to play in.
How do you practice fuzzy logic?
- Play with the way you look at things. Look at the obvious. Now look at what’s next to it. Then look at what’s under that.
- Info-dump. Keep current. Don’t assume all you know is all there is. Ask for other people’s points of view, and remain open to where they’re coming from.
- Read the hell out of stuff that interests you, and ask other people what they’d recommend.
- Go out and experience things — without a plan, and without judgment. In other words, be willing to get lost.
See, linear thinking tries to find the shortest distance between two points — thus the straight line. Apply it to life and that flies out the window. Continue reading Cultivating Your Fuzzy Logic