"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Sunday, July 19, 2009


[continued from the Last Post.]


I created this technique recently when my daughter asked me about inventing a helicoptering rubber duck! So I started off in the centre of a square and took off from there; two minutes later, we had not only an aerial rubber duck, but also other delightful ideas. The example given on the next page shows our thought processing.


This technique has no limits and one can keep on making combinations with newly emerging ideas. The examples are simply that, to show the process, but on a large sheet of paper, we could add innumerable ideas to those that have already emerged.

The arrangement of options in the four triangles (1,2,3,4) that enclose the central starting square, can be swapped around to give several options, e.g. the order of options could be 1,2,3,4 or 1,3,2,4 or 4,1,3,2, etc.

Each arrangement will give different outcomes from their unique combinations. This means that in one instance, 1 & 2 combine, as do 3 & 4. Alternatively, we could have 1 & 3, and 4 & 1, as the initial combinations.

From each of these outcomes, we can have numerous subsequent outcomes. Thus, several mandalas with identical starting themes, and identical initial (triangular) options, can have multiple possibilities when we have diverse permutations and combinations with 1, 2, 3, & 4.

[To be continued in the Next Post. Excerpted from 'Surfing the Intellect: Building Intellectual Capital for a Knowledge Economy', by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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