The author of the satirical comic XKCD, Randall Munroe, published a book called “What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions“. It is “a collection of many of the blog’s most popular answers, along with brand new weird and wonderful questions.”
A few questions he answers in his book are:
- What if every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the Moon at the same time, would it change color?
- What would happen if everyone on Earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same instant?
Among many, many others.
I shared this to encourage us to step away from the TV, laptops, smartphones and tablets for a while and allow for organic thoughts, no matter how absurd it is. Go big and come up with your most ridiculous ideas and questions & answer them – why not? What if you got your next big idea that way?
Social media is fun and distracting, sure, and Google is great for research and all, but the ability to think critically & creatively is all on you!