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Problem Solving Made Easy (well, almost)

Most people have their own way to go about solving a problem. Some like to write down potential solutions, others will take a walk and let the issue noodle around in their brain. Read this article that describes a deceptively simple problem-solving strategy called the Five Whys. Visit AARP® Staying Sharp® for more brain health information.

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Throughout my career and now during retirement I have always relied on my magic 8 ball  for all of my problem solving and it has never failed me. 🎱

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Yes, and it is just as reliable as the Jump To Conclusions Mat !

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I taught Logic as a Philosophy course for many years.  In teaching how to work Logic proofs (similar in process to Geometry proofs), one of my best tips was to work forwards and backwards in conjunction with one another.  What is your starting point?  What are your options from there?  What is your ultimate goal?  Working backwards from there, what options do you have? 


A maze-puzzle is a good illustration.  Start at the beginning; when you get to a place at which the next "turn" isn't obvious, stop.  Then go the end of the maze; work backwards from there until you are "stumped."  Now, see what the options are for connecting the two partial paths.



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