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An example of the utilization of association in terms of the free flow thought process, which provides unexpected ways at looking at a problem is Derivative Association. Combine tangents with original questions. Combining elements or associations from different subjects can lead to ideas which otherwise may not occur. Personalize the question. Involve the self into it so as to bring out one's personal emotions and feelings that one associates with the question. Attempt to recall any real experience that one may have had with the subject.

Blank is a question.


At varying points when a certain amount of information has been elicited about any particular subject, one may write definitions which attempt to represent some kind of conclusions. After any number of associations have been written down, try to write a definition of the original question.
What is a question?

Definition One:

A question is something without some kind of description. Review and return to the original question. This may be done at any time and should be a continuous cycle until the problem is satisfactorily solved or suspended for further study, at a later time such as by External Analysis. Any tangent can be pursued, but inherent to this method is the return to the problem, until one has exhausted what can be learned from it. Return can mean five minutes to five days or five years. Sometimes tangents emerge which seem more important or interesting or indirectly connected.


When one writes a definition one should have a good idea of the meanings of all the words included in it. As a continuation of the process one would analyze other words contained in the definition, such as in this case, what is description? The meaning of many words may seem obvious. But the meanings of most unanalyzed words and concepts are taken for granted, and may be very limited and used in only one way, as by habit. Word often have more than one meaning, but one may have learned a particular meaning only in one context which sticks tenaciously.

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