Armin Vit on Stupidity

“One is considered stupid until proven creative.” Armin Vit presents the case for stupidity. Instead of avoiding the stupid, we should embrace it, chase it and execute stupid ideas as often as possible.

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  1. Armin’s “Think Stupid” idea bears a lot of resemblance to John Bielenberg’s “Think Wrong” model. I am not accusing him of plagarizing, but perhaps he and your readers would benefit from looking at John’s method, which has been refined over the years and field tested in John’s personal work, as well as his work with Project M and Common.

  2. Oh, yeah, there are a lot of similarities between my Think Stupid idea and John’s Think Wrong, which I’ve been familiar with since he first put it out back in 2004. At some point I even considered dropping the whole thing and changing course because I didn’t want people to think I was just saying what he’s been saying for 7 years but slightly different. In the end I think the ideas are more complementary than just parallels with different semantics.

    And much to John’s credit he’s been able to build a whole business and micro-movement on his Think Wrong premise. I just made it to YouTube (and SwissMiss!) so I’m still far from catching up.

  3. Young children seem to do this all the time. They are free from the imaginary boundaries adults put on themselves in order to be seen as smart, cool, etc.. They are more apt to bring up a silly idea than a professional adult. Reminds me of Pablo Picasso who said “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Good talk Armin… Very inspirational, Thanks.

  4. As we grow older we also grow more serious. Design lets me play everyday (well almost), that’s why i love what i do. Still i need to be a lot more stupid. Thanks Armin.