Defining an “idea”

  1. We defined an “idea” as nothing more nor nothing less than a new combination of old elements.

Ponder this definition. What does this mean about the originality of ideas? Is there such a thing? Can an idea truly be original? Why? Why not? Mark Twain certainly doesn’t think so – “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” Do you agree?

  1. Digest the info on the 5 theories. Now, choose the one that you agree with the most strongly and write a half-page single-spaced response about that theory and why you think it’s the correct one. Next, do the same but for the theory you agree with the least. ( Please note that i am looking for close to a full, one-page single-spaced write-up, here.)

3.Please write a few lines about chapter one. Tell me what stood out to you, and any thoughts/personal reflections you have on the content. 5-7 sentences is the expected length. (read for chapter 1)

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