Problem-Solving Quotes (3 quotes)
Consider a cow. A cow doesnt have the problem-solving skill of a chimpanzee, which has discovered how to get termites out of the ground by putting a stick into a hole. Evolution has developed the brains ability to solve puzzles, and at the same time has produced in our brain a pleasure of solving problems.
I distinguish two kinds of "applied" research: problem-solving research government or commercially initiated, centrally managed and institutionally coupled to a plan for application of the results, useful scienceinvestigator-initiated, competitively evaluated and widely communicated. Then we have basic scienceuseful also, also investigator-initiated, competitively evaluated and widely communicated.
It is a serious question whether America, following Englands lead, has not gone into problem-solving too extensively. Certain it is that we are producing no text-books in which the theory is presented in the delightful style which characterizes many of the French works , or those of the recent Italian school, or, indeed, those of the continental writers in general.