Prompts, not instructions: Meta Creativity
“Book of Instructions for the Equationer or Universal Calculator” (1892)
From a very young age we’re used to following instructions. Guidance and habits: from our parents, teachers, and bosses.
The collective goal of those is to instill habits that are useful and beneficial. Things like look both ways when crossing the road, or say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’.
Being told what to do is an efficient way of installing a shared value system, and is useful as long as we all have shared goals.
It is agreeable that crossing a busy street can be dangerous and that being polite to your elderly is the right thing to do.
But what happens when goals divert? Or when the future is uncertain?
When we arrive at adulthood there are no instructions to follow. Or if there are, they would only make you average.
So now value comes from exploration rather than standing in line. Suddenly no one is...
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