Posted by Plish on October 15, 2008
How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. -Niels Bohr
In Bohr’s mind, the paradox was an essential part of coming up with solutions to problems. This point cannot be overstressed. Paradox is the nursery from which the most brilliant ideas come forth. When we are confronted with a problem is which increasing “A” decreases “B” and yet we need A and B to both increase, we are forced with having to redefine the problem and find solutions outside the way we’ve been thinking.
Einstein once said,
“You can never solve a problem on the level it was created.”
This goes hand in hand with Bohr’s statement. Where do you see problems that are seemingly insurmountable? Look beyond the origins of the problem, into the paradoxes present, and then you’ll truly start seeing solutions.