First Principles

This tool will let you break down a problem into is smallest units and build a solution focusing on those units. Some ways to do this...

  • Start with questioning existing beliefs and conventions.
  • Deconstruct and reconstruct. Break the problem into basic elements.
  • All first Principles is atomic. It can't be deduced from other propositions or assumptions.
  • Once you have all first principles related to the problem, you can build a solution using those. This will remove the biases, assumptions and existing conventions.
  • We generally rely on past assumptions because its quick and easy. But it will give us unimaginative and pre-existing solutions.
  • Analogy is quick - but reasoning thru first principles is more creative.

Processes to get to first principles...