Analogy: Problem Solving
the way that we asked our memory. The right question is, is to start by asking the question, What do we want to get out of our memory? An analogy is an incredibly powerful tool for solving problems and one that most of us don't use often enough. And so another one of the habits that I want you to generate is the ability to use analogies mawr effectively and to draw on a wider range of your knowledge when you're trying to solve new problems. Remember that that were the size of the things that people are gonna be able to remember depends on the prior knowledge that they can use to help them understand something. So one of the rial values of using analogies is that if you can find something that people already understand reasonably well, you can use that to help them now understand a much larger chunk of something new that they're trying to understand. So they're very effective means of teaching and communication. So that's the that's the positive news about analogies. Okay, so there must...
be a downside, or I wouldn't be talking about this. I mean, why is it that most of us are actually not using analogies all the time. If in fact we're so darn good, Adam. And the answer is because as good as we are at using analogies when they're sitting right there in front of us, we are really bad at retrieving them when we need him. So what happens is we live in a world of literal similarity, which kind of makes sense, right? You walked into this room and you used your knowledge of for the first time when you came in here on Monday for session one. You walked into this room and you thought, Oh, there's, Ah, chair. I should sit in one of these chairs, and this is probably and it's basically like a classroom. So I'm gonna sit in one of the chairs on the floor here and not necessarily get up onto the stage. You know, you you made use of what you know about a lot of different specific situations in your world that involved shares and stages and backs of rooms in fronts of rooms. In order to figure out what to do right, We are designed to pull information out of memory based on its overall similarity to stuff that we've seen before. So the reason that we get stuck solving problems is because we are not designed to pull things out of memory just because they're good analogies. That's the fundamental problem that we need to overcome.