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    Alright, so I guess I'm in a minority of people who consciously problem solve. That's interesting. Nobody even tries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    Alright, so I guess I'm in a minority of people who consciously problem solve. That's interesting. Nobody even tries?
    I think you misunderstand us. It's not that I don't solve problems consciously. I always start to solve a problem consciously, but sometimes it's not enough to finish the job, and then unconscious processing takes over. Conscious processing must come first, to provide a framework for unconscious processing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    Alright, so I guess I'm in a minority of people who consciously problem solve. That's interesting. Nobody even tries?
    Sure. Sometimes even out look... But my best ideas are always a flash out of nowhere, not a slow walk. Maybe that's just an illusion.

    Anyway, Feynman's insights in the matter are spot on.
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    Mostly unconscious. Peak efficiency is reached when running on auto-pilot. I suppose if someone asked I could break it down. Although it is irritating when someone asks why something works and I can't quickly articulate the reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    Alright, so I guess I'm in a minority of people who consciously problem solve. That's interesting. Nobody even tries?
    I do most problem-solving consciously, I just think it's interesting that some of it happens in the way I described in the OP.

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    What CJ said. Sometimes it works consciously, sometimes the conscious work just provides a framework for the subconscious to work on. Most problems are solved consciously, but if I'm out of ideas, I don't spend too much time trying to force a good outcome, and for big problems, the voluntary coma works wonders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    Alright, so I guess I'm in a minority of people who consciously problem solve. That's interesting. Nobody even tries?
    I am pretty firmly in the sleep on it camp for difficult problems. Easy problems like problems you get in school have to be easy because they have to be solved consciously.

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