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Spark for the Fire: How youthful thinking unlocks creativity by Ian Wharton

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4. CURIOSITY AND PURPOSE

“Question everything generally thought to be obvious.” – DIETER RAMS

On the ground floor of a building, an engineer is working tirelessly to perfect the combustion engine. He never leaves the house. He is obsessed about the engine, the mechanics of it all: the metallurgy, the electronics, the fuel technology.

This labour of love is an all-consuming quest to reduce revolutions, increase efficiency, generate more power and do so safely with less sound and fewer vibrations. The project has commanded his attention for the better part of a decade.

One day there is an unexpected knock at his door. The man, unfamiliar with interruptions, goes to investigate. Greeting him is a bright-eyed eight-year-old boy. The child has ...

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