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It feels like we've reached the end of the line for division of labour to bring additional gains as a civilisation.
Division of labour reduces a problem into subproblems. This works if a problem really is made of several sub-problems, or where the problem lies within the domain of natural science.
(that is, there are no strange loops where thinking about the problem can change the problem as there are in all other fields like economics, psychology, history, etc.)
Components of complex problems interact in infinitely complex ways that don’t lend themselves to reduction. Creating sub-problems does away with the complexity, but it also does away with the problem. What you are left with is a bunch of other problems.
But if the problem is irreducible at its core, then dividing the problem into subproblems is destined to not work for the simple reason that the problem is more than the sum of its parts.
This immersion allows the full brains of the people involved to tackle the problems internally beyond the I/O bottleneck created by written/spoken language (tight-knit teams seem to be able to overcome this bottleneck a little due to meaning shortcuts).
So, what is beyond division of labour as a problem solving method for complex problems? I say individual/small-group immersion + creative play. The group needs to be small enough (and close colleagues beforehand) to allow for mindmeld moments to occur.
Those problems may be worth solving, but it’s foolish to think that solving them will result in the original problem being solved. If that happens, it is a matter of chance and not a sign of successful problem-solving.
Creative play then allows the full-brain solution to emerge without the bottleneck of the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is still useful for analysis of the solutions once they have been defined (better at checking answers than coming up with them).
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