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.

The doll test

I’ve recently found a test, nicknamed the doll test which tests the hidden racism existing within children from ends of the ranges of skin color. It reveals shocking things about how numerous are the results leaning towards discrimination by skin tone. It may reveal embedded racist behavior in the society or the environment where the kid lives.

It basically consists of putting a child with 2 front of him. One doll will have a light color with general beauty features as they are considered for the countries with light skin dominance (such as blue eyes, etc) while the other doll had a dark skin color (more or less the tone of color dominant in Middle African countries). The kid will then be asked a series of questions, which can be :

“Which doll do you prefer?” , “Which doll is the nice doll ?” , “Which doll is the bad doll?” , “Why is that doll nice?” , “Why is that doll bad?” , “Which doll is the ugly one?” , “Why is it ugly?” , “Which doll is the smart doll?” , “Which doll resembles you the most?” …

The terrifying results show that both “white” and “black” kids show an act of discrimination and embedded hate towards the doll with the darker skin tone. Attributes like good, smart, beautiful would generally label the “white” doll and when the kid is asked “why is it (smart/beautiful/good)?” the kid innocently says “because he (is (white/light-colored))/(has blue eyes)”. This might not be too shocking for the people who got used to seeing parents teaching their kids wrong about humans with the other skin tone, or think most environments present the “white” as ‘superior in comparison’. But what shocked me is the hate they have for the darker toned doll. Both variance of skin toned kids connoted the dimmer toned kid as (bad/ugly/…), showing a most likely learnt behavior amongst the children with african origins. This shows that racism not only is spread by the “white” racists but also by the dark-skinned humans who were affected by this split of humanity. Dark kids would refer to the dark doll as ugly then when they’re asked which doll resembles them they refer to the same doll.

This is the consequence of our human idiocies, children of both skin tones are being taught that dark skinned people are bad, when of course they should have been taught that when what you’re born with is directly part of your identity, but it doesn’t define if you are good of bad.