To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail. –Abraham Maslow
You may have an odd experience: after buying a fashion green shirt, soon over half of the people you see are wearing in green.
It's not a coincidence, human tend to notice the thing in the current concern as the result of limited attention.
So how to make use of our human nature as an advanced filter function to enhance the search function?
In other words, how to shape your filter function in a way that would make it easier for ideas to find you?
To tell you the truth, I'm not very clear yet.
I just realized that I'm shaping my filter function unconsciously.
- The structured journal I'm writing reminds me of "amazing things happened today".
- The topic I'm working forces me to see every problem as an "inequality" issue.
- The books I'm reading transforms all ideas into one keyword "system".
That's not bad, keeping these latent keywords in mind does help me filter the information I need, even reconsider the old problem in a new view, but they are isolated facts.
Soon I lay down for the convenience of wearing such a pair of "filter glasses" to see the world, another form of laziness.
So I'm here to give myself a kick.
"If the facts don't hang together on a latticework of theory, you don't have them in a usable form."