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Re^3: Turning A Problem Upside Down

by fullermd (Priest)
on Aug 22, 2009 at 02:34 UTC ( #790516=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Turning A Problem Upside Down
in thread Turning A Problem Upside Down

It might not be obvious, but I don't think this is a strategy that should be applied frivolously to real world problems. This is why I stressed that this was the real game to me. Conventional wisdom should only be set aside when it makes sense. It became "conventional" and "wisdom" for a reason.

"That's brilliant," Cargill said warmly. "A brilliant suggestion, Mr. Staley."

"Then we'll do it?"

"We will not. [...] And besides, it's a nitwit idea."

"Yes, sir."

"Nitwit ideas are for emergencies. You use them when you've got nothing else to try. If they work, they go in the Book. Otherwise, you follow the Book, which is largely a collection of nitwit ideas that worked."

The Mote In God's Eye
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

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Re^4: Turning A Problem Upside Down
by ack (Deacon) on Aug 25, 2009 at 03:58 UTC

    Wow! The Moat In God's Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle...I read that many, many decades ago and loved it. Larry Niven, in particular, was one of my favorite SF writers.

    That quote is wonderful and I love it...especially in the context of this thread.

    And with that quote, IMHO, you very nicely, interestingly and possibly tied together Limbic~Region's thread with one that ELISHEVA started recently regarding "Best Practices." Very nice!

    ack Albuquerque, NM

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