Lesson 1.3

The Math of Synergy

Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key concepts below.

 

Key Concepts:

 

We explore intellectual territory when we combine perspectives and heuristics.

  • The more different ways we can look at a problem, the more likely we are to find new solutions to it. (Perspectives.)

  • The more different ways we can approach a problem, the more likely we are to find new solutions to it. (Heuristics.)

  • When we do both, we maximize our chances of making breakthroughs.

Cognitive Diversity is the diversity of perspectives and heuristics between a group of people—or inside our own heads.

  • Any time we learn something new, any time we consult with someone about their ideas, we’re gathering up cognitive diversity.

  • This is how “synergy” can actually happen.

  • The analogy of “Problem Mountain” shown in the video above can help you visualize how Cognitive Diversity works.