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What is involved in problem solving

We face problems of one kind or another every day of our lives. Two-year-olds face the problem of how to climb out of their cot unaided. Teenagers face the problem of how to live on less pocket money than all their friends. We have problems thinking what to have for dinner, how to get to Biarritz, what to buy Poppy for Christmas, how to find Mr Right, how to deal with climate change. Problems come in all shapes and sizes, from the small and simple to the large and complex and from the small and complex to the large and simple. Some are discovered: for example, we might discover there is no milk for our breakfast cereal in the morning, or you discover you are surrounded by the enemy. Some are deliberately ...

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