Overthinking and Your Child-Like Mind

I spent way too long trying to figure this problem out.  From Aen Tan, writing in Lifehacker.  If you're no smarter than I, you'll have to link to the article and scroll to the bottom to find the answer.

Overthinking and Your Child-Like Mind
Con­sider the ques­tion in the image above. I found this spread­ing on Face­book the other day and it took me a few min­utes to solve. Go on. Try. (If you want to know the answer. It's at the end of the arti­cle.)

As the chil­dren we once were, grow­ing up was a process of becom­ing adults. Not only bio­log­i­cally but also men­tally. We learned to be respon­si­ble, to pay the bills, to get things done and we learned the com­plex world of adult­hood. To become adults we had to lose our tantrums, silli­ness, our child­hood. And we lost our minds. Our child-like minds.

The mind of a child is the great­est gift we will ever receive. As embryos in our moth­ers' womb, our heart, the first organ to develop only to power the next organ—the devel­op­ing brain which is soon mak­ing a quar­ter of a mil­lion new neu­rons every minute. In the first 10 years of life, our infant brain will have made bil­lions and bil­lions of con­nec­tions. It is a super­charged engine for learn­ing and cre­ativ­ity. Yet by adult­hood we have lost most of this creativity. We now think like adults. That is we think too much and our thoughts are too influ­enced by our knowl­edge. We need to get back our abil­ity to think like kids again. How?


Anonymous said…
One new trend in learning is metacognition or “thinking about your thinking” as a means of obtaining individual knowledge and ultimately higher order thinking. If I asked my high school children to think about their thinking they would say it was a useless activity. I believe there is merit in metacognition and as a proponent for lifelong learning think that throughout all phases of our lives we grow and develop. It’s what we do with this knowledge that makes a difference. Sure we need to tap into our childhood but we also must incorporate higher order thinking into our daily lives to make a difference.

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