NeatsAndMessies

People can be divided into "neats" and "messies". A "neat" pursues order and deep unifying principles. A "messy" exults in the complexity of the real world. A "neat" seeks to unfold subtle implications hidden within fundamental, absolute truths. A "messy" finds new patterns in the multitudinous interactions among diverse entities and phenomena of the universe. A "neat" tends to work through deductive reasoning; a "messy, through induction. "Neats" dig deep; "messies" fan out. Both approaches, together, are vital for creativity.

Friday, July 23, 1999 at 21:41:03 (EDT) = Datetag19990723

TopicThinking


(correlates: SuperficialResearch, InformationHandling, AppliedBypasses, ...)