October 22, 2015

I think we need a bigger stick...

The unique talent that we possess as tool using primates is not so much the ability to pick up the stick lying nearby and poke it down a termite mound to access the tasty inhabitants. Our talent lies in the ability to generalize from that discovery, and use the stick to access other termite mounds and ant hills as well.
A hurdle we still have not overcome is the tendency to generalize TOO much and try use that same tool to solve every problem. We keep poking that stick down into the tiger den and being surprised by the results!

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