- Pages 227
- Chapters 26
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Table of Contents
- INTRODUCTION 5
- YOU ARE AN INVENTOR 9
- DREAMS IN REALITY 15
- FULL SCREEN MOVIES 22
- FLIGHTS IN DREAMS AND WAKES 40
- DIFFERENT ADVICE 46
- BALLOONS OF CLAY AND FOG 54
- BALLOONS OF CLAY AND FOG – PART TWO 61
- PRACTICING IN SCULPTURE 70
- TO SEE THE INVISIBLE 83
- YOU ARE AN ALIEN! 91
- WORKS, USEFUL AND REDUNDANT ONES 100
- COMPARING WITH PAST AND FUTURE 111
- ORDER OF NATURE 121
- THE TASKS WE CHOOSE 130
- INVENTOR BY THE HOUR. A NEW TOY. 143
- FROM EACH ONE — A THREAD... 150
- DESIGNING IN THE IMAGINED SPACE 163
- GAME "FORGET-FOR-A-DAY" 174
- THE NIGHT TASKS 185
- THE BASIC AND THE MINOR 197
- ABOUT PALM AND OTHERS 216
- CONTENTS 225
Excerpt from the eBookYOU ARE AN INVENTOR
Everything made by hands of men are inventions. Everything that will be made by someone in future will be someone's inventions too. But please let me ask you: Why 'someone's', why not yours? Why not to invent something that millions of people will exploit, something that will become part of their living, that will raise their quality of life. Why not to improve those things currently in use, or concepts, or physical devices. Perfection has no limits; it is possible to perfect anything.
Inventors are people who advance this world eventually. Inventors created many things nobody could even guess before. An inventor is a man of future; he works for future and leads people there. So why not to become an inventor too? Not just an ordinary one, though a good, rich, and famous one.
I would like to tell you a secret: actually, you have been an inventor for a long time already. Everyone living on the Earth is an inventor. Everybody has a potential to become a pro. People do not know their talents yet because no one has told them about their amazing ability of invention.
The process of invention is just a fraction of normal behavior of any man. For example, hurrying to your office you have discovered a shorter route and passed through some streets that were unknown to you. You have found a new way - thus, you have invented it.
When your mum prepares a green salad and finds out that she ran out of celery, she replaces it with parsley. In other words, she has found a new recipe - thus, she has invented it.
Your sister has an idea to alter her dress, she spreads it upon the table and takes scissors in hands, she is trying to find a new design actually - thus, she invents.
Certainly, your new way from home to office, your mom's salad, and the dress of your sister - all that won't make a technical revolution in our world. These inventions were too small, just personal ones, only for the benefit of their owners.
But if all of us by and large can make little inventions for ourselves, then why not to create something of commercial value, say, a little novelty, and then having a broader experience, to build something significant for industry, somewhat important for the whole humankind.
Obviously, there are obstacles not allowing the majority of people to invent that seriously. Our life practice tells us there is a point that blocks the motion and prevents us from thinking out new, big, and widely applicable innovations.
I'll tell you: the obstacle is our lack of knowledge. Firstly, most people do not know they already have the gift of invention. Secondly, they do not know how they could accomplish the process we call as 'invention'.
Have you ever watched growing kids? Children begin to walk when they are about one year old, some earlier, some later. But how do they learn walking? Generally, moms and grandmas teach the little ones, they hold their elbows and force the creeping babies to tread, to make the first steps. Some parents buy special books and apply certain ways to reach the joyful moment of the first independent step of their baby. Others are willing to pay for special walking carriages. But do babies learn to walk from books and carriages? Will they discover it without any guidance? Without the use of devices?
The truth on walking is that there always exists some percent of nestlings that nobody teaches them anything. Somehow they are able to progress from crawling to walking properly all by themselves. Eventually, they will be stomping one day anyway.
The same truth is with the gift of speech. A young person is usually trained to speak. However, if nobody coaches him, and if he lives among speaking people, then quite imperceptibly to himself, he will necessarily begin speaking their language eventually.
What about eating and drinking? Not a soul specially teaches children how to eat or how to drink (I do not mean the art of table routines, high society parties, or a mind-breaking puzzle of multiple forks and spoons at expensive restaurants, no, we just say about eating bread and drinking milk). Children know well that it is better eating and drinking through the mouth instead of the ear; they have that knowledge without a help of parents or mentors. So, children learn the use of their inborn basic senses without being taught.
Here is our first conclusion: some abilities like the ability to walk, to speak, and the right use of food are inherent in man from birth (or most likely before birth). These abilities are elements of human nature, and they evolve by themselves according to biological time, without a need for training or any guidance from parents or tutors.
Nevertheless, many human skills remain latent and are not used for as long as a man does not recognize his potentials and develop them. For example, a child will never know reading and writing if nobody encourages him, interests him, and helps him to learn the alphabet, if no one instructs him how to use pencils and paper, and if nobody demonstrates all that by his own example. It appears that book-reading was not programmed in men at all. That is why in undeveloped countries there are so many illiterate people. There is simply not enough money for common education. On the other hand, people generally do not show a desire for independent studies.
The same truth is with drawings. A child never draws or paints unless somebody teaches him doing that...
Wait a minute!
At this point you will not agree with me. Everybody knows that most children are naturally talented artists, they begin to draw without training. Correct! One or two kids out of a hundred are able to become rather brilliant painters, they do that with no guidance. Three or four children out of a thousand are inherently talented musicians, and about two kids out of a thousand are good poets.
But is there only one pupil out of a hundred who can draw some pictures at school? But are there only three children out of a thousand who play some music at home? Are there just two pupils out of a large school population who write verses or stories? Not two or three but much more, at least ten times as much. But why? Does this contradict Nature?
Not in the least. At schools almost everybody is an artist. It is simply because those children were trained by their teachers. The gifted children with their inherent talents, who were never taught at all, have got their knowledge and skills directly from Mother Nature. To them, definitely, it is easier to be artists. But all their natural knowledge is already known for a long time, it is acknowledged in the smallest details, and recorded in many books, teachers just successfully transfer that information to anyone who was born without the gifts. Okay, such learning process may take much longer, but the outcome shows that practically all children can learn how to draw, they can play piano, and compose rather good verses.
Scientists and teachers developed hundreds of methods to train people to learn virtually everything. Moreover, one can buy books that educate him on almost anything such as music, drawing, and poetry, even without a guidance of teachers.
And now please imagine an ancient wild tribe of primitive people. They are heavily armed with silicon-tip spears, knifes, and arrows. They use cutting scrubbers and stone axes, they know how to process animal skins and to sew warm clothes from them. Everything they have, everything they know were someone's inventions. But who was the inventor? There were many of them from among the tribesmen of close and distant ancestors.
Now here is the point. The ancient inventors were all inherent ones. They were born with their gifts as given by Nature in the same way as some modern children were born with the gifts of drawing, or sculpturing, or singing, etc.
But the process of invention evolved very sluggishly. Those ancient inherent inventors worked on problems awfully slow. Someone invented a scraper from a fragment of a seashell to mill leather. One thousand years later, another inherent inventor improved the scraper's handle making it more convenient by wounding it with a shark's vein. So, slothfully and incredibly hard the first inventions were developed.
Strangely enough, but the today's principle of invention remains the same, it has made no progress since the Stone Age. Today our only advantage is in absolute terms, in the greater volume. We have more inherent inventors annually since we draw from a larger base, for the world population is several billions now. Therefore, the invention business is moving a little bit faster solely due to that fact.
It is mysterious, isn't it? Why is there no school of inventors? Why are lessons on invention not taught at colleges? We know that in every town, in every small settlement there is a music school. Or anyway, the children have their music lessons at ordinary schools. And they are trained drawing and sculpturing, and doing many other arts too. But why not to teach them inventing?
I'll tell you why: their teachers do not know the process of invention let alone how to train inventing. This book is just a needed attempt to create a practical textbook on the subject of invention. It will try guiding you through the course that will help you to begin inventing straightforwardly. You will start producing inventions as easily as you read these lines now.
Lessons on inventing are still neither available at colleges nor are there special teachers to teach this science. That means you should try to master it all by yourself. Please do not worry about that. The lessons are the easiest ones in the world; you'll be convinced as you read this book.
Now I must tell you another point: to invent you should develop your imagination first. Today you know quite well how to develop your muscles, for example. For that you have to exercise for hours every day until exhaustion, you have to pump up yourself on different sport devices most of which are just torturing. You must sweat quite profusely and stretch your lungs and heart. That is not an activity everyone loves.
Fortunately, human imagination is not like muscles. Imagination is like the wind, or like a white cloud in the sky, it is created of the lightest and the most transferable substance on this planet - it is made of ideas. You have already plenty of imagination, enough to make five hundred brilliant inventions. All you need is just to learn how to operate the essence of ideas, managing its movements and transformations, aligning it to work with the process of invention.
Please just fancy this: you have a large beautiful car, let it be a Ferrari. It belongs to you and you are anxious to drive it. But you do not drive because you don't know what pedal to press, what device to switch on, and in what sequence. But is driving really difficult to learn? No, absolutely not. Within just two weeks you will manage to drive through the entire city without coming over somebody.
To drive a car is one thousand times easier than to build that same car. To operate your imagination is one thousand times easier than to build that same imagination. But you are lucky, you will never have to build it because it is already in you and always ready to work as hard as you wish. We can prove it: if you did not have imagination or if it was not working properly, then you would never understand a single word written in this book, and sure, not just in this book but even in children comics.
The imagination is the most important and dexterous tool that is required for creation of inventions. It is such a complex and flexible device that if it was possible to sell it, then it would certainly cost at least a million dollars. Nobody can sell imagination though, there is no need of buying this expensive unit. You have got it as a prize at the first minute of your life when you opened your eyes and looked at the world.
Besides, to drive imagination is much more interesting than driving even the most magnificent car. Just think: a car is used to move along roads or simply to be parked. Speaking differently, it is very limited in usage. But your imagination is able to do so many surprising things, that it would require two hundred pages just to describe its opportunities and availability.
To unravel imagination, to learn how to use it effectively - that is the main task of a future great inventor. Therefore, let us put invention aside for now and focus on the processes of imagination first. Very soon, you will see how much it is great and powerful. I promise you many astonishing minutes. Probably, you will not believe your own eyes when you begin making the things you have not even thought of, making them easily and freely.
But let it go gradually, in order and systematically. Please, do not hasten the process; do not try to read this book within a day. To get a significant result please read slower, with understanding and observation as you practice. Be patient, and then you will be rewarded undoubtedly, you will perceive everything that is described in the following chapters.
This book consists of two parts. Part one is wholly devoted to imagination, and Part two - to invention. But if you have not mastered Part one then reading Part two will not bring you much benefit. I shall offer you come simple exercises and easy games; they will require neither strength nor significant time. In general, everything in this book is easy...
So, we have journeyed a distance on the road of imagination. Please take a rest (for some minutes or for some days - it is up to you), then read the second chapter. There we shall begin with the most interesting experiment - you shall study dreaming-in-reality.
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