Why limits prepares for imagination

We all seem to think that the more limited your domain is, the less capable you are of imagining something innovative, well I’m here to tell you imagination can’t exist without limits, and why the more flexible the limits, the less creative you get.


Example thought :

Imagine you just finished a vacation of yours at some island, and you were enjoying the souvenir you’ll have of this natural wonder. But before you leave , they put in an isolated black room. You’ve been told you have 1 hour to do something innovative, and you can ask them for anything and they’ll give it to you. The same thing was happening for many other tourists that are yet to leave the island, but no one can see another.
In this example, you are very likely not to have any brilliant idea for something, and it is probable that the majority of the tourists did bad too. Why ?¬†( also, if a brilliant idea popped in your mind as you’re reading tell me in the comments below ).

The probable reasoning :

Here’s what I think about this : if you don’t know what domain to think of, your brain just wonder endlessly with no fixed point to rotate around. If the participants were told to write something¬† innovative it’s probable that a lot of them would of done something nice and entertaining. Better : if you tell them to write about the city they lived in, they’ll have more space to talk about, more things to write. If you even detail the subject of writing and tell them to write about how well people are living in the city they inhabit, you would see more creativity.
If you build a house, you need support for the material to stand on. If you just build with only bear ground in front of you, you won’t be able to build a good looking roof. Our imagination works in a very similar way : you need a subject in order to detail the your imagination. Yes, you can do something special when you’re free to choose, but being told what to do is probably way more effective and easier for our brains.


That’s the topic for today. What idea popped in your mind when reading the island leaving problem? Either way, this is something nice to think of when wanting to get out of boredom. First : you need a subject, then things move the way they should.

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