But here’s El Capitan from a different PERSPECTIVE. From the vantage point of a free climber, a thousand feet in the air, struggling to keep a foothold. One’s heart races, wondering if the granite flake, he’s hanging onto will suddenly break off or his foot will slip sending him to his death. From this perspective, danger is driven home.
Change your PERSPECTIVE, your reference point, and with imagination, you can gain a deeper awareness of the world.
Human Deep Learning consists of taking a topic of interest and by using HDL techniques, different PERSPECTIVES form. These distinct PERSPECTIVES give one a greater breadth of possible knowledge to be mined on a topic. HDL explores potential truths and falsehoods of questions and statements to help cancel out personal biases.
One important aspect of successfully employing HDL is to identify and explore one’s own personal biases on a topic. Ask those that do not have your biases to contribute to the inquiries.
Complex answers can be broken into smaller chunks, which can be explained in as simple and clear language as possible as if you’re explaining it to a young student. The reason is simple, a clear explanation helps your own understanding and helps others to understand you. It also helps people conclude you’ve thought deeply about the subject.
Always question your answers. There is always a deeper understanding to be had, so never settle that you have the definitive answer to anything.
What Are The Benefits Of HDL
HDL leads to a broader understanding of the world. It forces a person to see a greater reality. Just being able to ask a hundred questions or supply a hundred answers forces different perspectives on a topic. This mental flexibility leads to greater opportunities – because knowledge is opportunity. HDL breaks a person out of the dangers of the herd mentality and leads to enhanced critical thinking and a more OBJECTIVE analysis of an issue. The more an individual explores a topic, the easier it becomes to assimilate that topic. HDL increases the sheer quantity of information you can uptake because your brain, like a muscle, grows stronger with use. Practicing HDL raises the number of Ideas a person can discuss.
Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate useful solutions. HDL is a means of responding to the environment in new and meaningful ways.
Exercise To Show How Your Thinking Changes With HDL
Let’s take a topical subject and examine it through HDL and show your understanding of the subject changes as you employ HDL.
Take the Coronavirus – Covid-19 and come up with a hundred inquiries on the subject. I’ll start us off with the first few inquries and you finish filling out the 100.
Inquiry #1: Is Covid-19 similar to the virus that causes a cold or flu.
Answer: Yes, the flu and common cold are different versions of the Coronavirus
Inquiry #2: What is ‘Herd Immunity’
Answer: the resistance to the spread of a contagious disease within a population that results if a sufficiently high proportion of individuals are immune to the disease. Usually, 70% to 90% of the population needs immunity to achieve herd immunity.
Inquiry #3: Will sheltering in place cause the economy to collapse?
Answer: The longer we go without a solution, the greater the number of businesses will go under
Inquiry #4: How does your economic status affect your view of Covid-19.
Answer: People with NO INCOME and having to pay bills have a remarkedly different view of stopping the economy.
Inquiry #5: Can the solution of how to fight Covid-19 be worse than the disease
Answer: At some point the economy will shut down to the point that there is no money, people die from increase in crime, people die from suicide, people die from domestic violence, people die from no surgeries, people die from breakdown of supply & distribution chain, people die…
Inquiry #6: Will there be a second wave of Covid-19?
Answer: If Covid-19 is seasonal then we should see it return in the fall.
Inquiry #7: What areas of social life should be allowed to reopen?
Answer: Outdoor activities should be able to resume with the voluntary enforcement of social distancing. Sun light kills the virus. A person is 18.7 times more likely to contract the virus inside than outside.
Inquiry #8: Should business as usual resume with China after the pandemic is over?
Answer: China’s proving to be an adversary which if unchecked will eventually be able to put unacceptable leverage on the US.
(now if your going to make a movie related to the Covid-19 pandemic – the hundred inquires offers a platform to start from)
What You’ll Discover Employing HDL
(using google.com as an exploratory tool)
- understand more about the topic
- have some ideas of the complexity of the topic
- have an understanding of what might be the short and long term effects
- as you learn more about the topic, you’ll back and modify answers because of your greater knowledge
- as you explore a topic more questions will come to mind – this is because you have a deeper grasp of the topic
- you will discover truths and falsehoods that will change as your understanding of the topic increases
- there will be a graying of what is true and what is false – shades of grey will exist depending of what facts are presented
- the subjective viewpoints of people will be revealed because of taking only limited number of FACTS surrounding a topic. A more Objective viewpoint will form as you increase your knowledge base to draw on
- gives you AUTHORITY over the topic which convinces people you are an expert on the subject
How To Apply HDL To Screenwriting
How do I use it to write more powerful and original scripts? I first write a SCENE by SCENE outline of my story. At this point, I’m not looking for anything brilliant. Then in every scene, I write seven things I would change in both Dialogue and Action that would be something different, something I haven’t seen or heard before. Like the students in the school that were asked what they could do with a business card, you’ll notice that by the seventh idea, you will have crafted something truly original. The downside is that during this process, you’ll probably take your story in a different direction. Either way, your original ideas will be noticed by those that read your script.
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