Chapter 1 • Conclusion

We tend to think of genius as an innate gift, received by only a lucky few. While that may be true, the methods of genius are not solely theirs. Perceiving, patterning, abstracting, embodiment, modeling, playing, synthesizing: all of these can be taught. All can be learned.

These are the tools of thought. None of them are new.

It's not hard to see abstracting in the cave paintings of Lescaux; patterning in the early pottery of China, or playing anywhere in the world.[1]

What we have to learn, as human beings, is that our brains are capable of applying these tools to problems as readily as we apply chopsticks — or a fork — to a plate of noodles. Having more than one tool provides options.

The tools are there; we need only to take them into our hands and use them.

“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."Carl G. Jung

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  1. ^ Even in pottery and cave paintings!