Making Forced Connections

The basic process for making forced connections, as outlined by Koberg and Bagnall, is simple and sound.

List possible features of the object you are trying to creatcte, one le feature per column. For example, the features might include cololor, size, anc shape.

2. In the column under each feature variable, list as many values for that variable as you can. For example, under color you might list all the colors of the rainbow, as well as black, white, gold, and silver.

3. Finally, randomly combine the values in your table many times, using one value from each column. To continue our example, you would use one color, one size, and one shape each time.

The result will be a randomly generated list of possibilities, none of which might be just what you're looking for, but most of which will probably be interestiting. Feel free to tine-tune the resui, i ^ ^^^^st ot which w interesting. Feel free to fine-tune the results. For example, you might not like the suggestion "orange, tetrahedron, a meter on a side," but "orange, tetrahedron, half a meter on a side" might hit the spot.


A technique for coming up with new ideas. This could be done with the mxplx rand() function, using it to find random memes and then forcing onseself to find connections between the ideas.

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