Annotated Marshall Kirkpatrick on source selection, connecting ideas, diverse thinking, and enabling serendipity (Ep14) by Ross Dawson (Thriving on Overload)

Marshall’s method for connecting which he calls Triangle Thinking (26:41) 

Marshall Kirkpatrick describes a method of taking three ostensibly random ideas and attempting to view each from the others’ perspectives as a way to create new ideas by linking them together.

This method is quite similar to that of Raymond Llull as described in Frances Yates’ The Art of Memory (UChicago Press, 1966), though there Llull was memorizing and combinatorially permuting 20 or more ideas at a time. It’s also quite similar to the sort of meditative practice found in the lectio divina, though there ideas are generally limited to religious ones for contemplation.

Other examples:
https://hypothes.is/users/chrisaldrich?q=%22combinatorial+creativity%22
https://hypothes.is/users/chrisaldrich?q=%22Llullan%20combinatorial%20arts%22

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I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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  1. Chris, this is so exciting to learn about these prior arts! Thank you! Relatedly, I tried this out last night and found it useful


    1. Be careful as Llull can be entirely esoteric, even for medievalists with knowledge of his language. Here’s a useful source from my notebook that may help guide you down the rabbit hole:
      https://forum.artofmemory.com/t/can-someone-identify-this-wheel-and-resources-on-how-to-use-it/55686

      You might appreciate some more recent popular incarnations which are catalogued well here: https://www.themarginalian.org/2013/08/14/how-einstein-thought-combinatorial-creativity/

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