Begining to Start to Think

Okay, so i don’t feel ‘like’ other inventors. There are websites. there are clubs. but they don’t feel right.

The world, IMHO, does not need more electric carving knives or rotary toothbrushes. How about products that help people learn or, better yet, help people want to learn? I came up with an idea a while back for a bookmark that will help people doing research – books, dissertations etc. That felt right, or at least along the right lines.

Somehow i want to help people open up their lives a little bit, engage with the scary, uncomfortable but real world. Where i am at the moment it seems like that means less products, not more.

I feel like a politician proposing the dissolution of all governments. And thats not going to be an extremely popular idea. In fact, its scary and uncomfortable.

Play is another thing. Not idle play that is just a distraction, but real play that is inspiring and full of wonder. That, i guess, is why i came up with the marble game.

Learning is the same – not consuming factoids at an ever-increasing rate, but real, inspiring, wonderful learning that helps you look at the world in new and unexpected ways.

I’m not sure what this all adds up to yet, but the direction feels right. As long as i can stay away from this being simply an artistic or aesthetic concept. If i can put this into practice, then that will feel right, to me.



PS: If, for some reason, you do not have full motor control of your arm or wrist, as many people do not, then electric carving knives are a good, helpful product. Thing is; for what proportion of electric carving knife owners is this the case?



Filed under Ideas, Rant, thought

3 responses to “Begining to Start to Think

  1. Susan Mildenhall

    Hey Philip, great to meet you yesterday at Sarah’s workshop. I like your subversive sentiments! Invention to simplify by erasing or negating what is unnecessary. Responding to my theme of darkness exposing light, a fellow storyteller yesterday said that Salvador Dali spoke about there being no creative without the destructive.

    Having had a quick delve, it looks like Dali said quite a few interesting things on this topic, including that his own art form, surrealism “is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision”.

    As a writer, I am trying to get to the dark, destructive places in order to find liberation and a new version of old truths, to reignite them. Everything *has* been said before. As a writer, it takes courage to ignore this and say something anyway. If this changes or influences ‘the world’, so be it, but this is not my focus.

    Your challenge is that it must be part of your focus – if I’m understanding you correctly? Having vision (and visions) I imagine is the essence of inventing. I wonder whether letting go of the outcome in some way is part of achieving it? thefuntheory people have a ‘change agent’ style goal and have achieved it by engaging in and feeding behaviour that is all about not achieving anything at all – fun is for the sake of it. Another subversion. Perhaps subversion is not always sinister.

    And humour is alchemy. Dali apparently also said: “it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love”. Oh yeah. Wishing you well in your endeavours, S

  2. Susan Mildenhall

    More on the subject of design changing the world:

    Come across this guy?

    “it is not [just] up to me, it depends on what others do to help bring it about…”


  3. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the braun electric toothbrush

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