Bertrand Russell on problems and solutions

An interesting reminder for the morning. It is curious that we
generally devote so little time to this in both our education and our
work practices. Think how often the organizational and educational
systems we are embedded in convey the implicit assumption that someone
else has already defined the problem correctly and that our only
responsibility is to produce the relevant solution. Possibly an
acceptable message in an industrial world, but not one I would
encourage in today’s world

“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”
— Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

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