An Idea Is A Pointer To An N-Dimensional ArrayJanuary 8, 2013 4:45 am
Recently, there has been a lot of criticism on the whole concept of Ideas – common wisdom seems to be moving from ‘Ideas are plenty, execution to key’ to ‘Ideas are evil’. Here are some reasons why we think Ideas are not evil.
An Idea is basically a pointer to an n-dimensional array. Imagine memory. The toughest part is getting to the location (the overall area) – once you are there, you can play around with pointer arithmetic to get to the exact location you want. OR to the exact location that has the maximum value. The initial idea is the pointer that takes you to the area. How do you plan to locate the memory location with (atleast) a local maxima if you cannot get to a part of the graph in the first place?
The ‘Ideas Are Evil’ thought assumes that Ideas are very precise – they might be, but more often than not, you just know you need to move west, for example. That is the idea. Here is PG:
“I think the way to use these big ideas is not to try to identify a precise point in the future and then ask yourself how to get from here to there, like the popular image of a visionary. You’ll be better off if you operate like Columbus and just head in a general westerly direction. Don’t try to construct the future like a building, because your current blueprint is almost certainly mistaken. Start with something you know works, and when you expand, expand westward.”
If you digest the fact that ‘move westward’ is the idea and not ‘move to location with co-ordinates x,y’, you will realize that Ideas are not evil – they are a godsend.