A strategy for spotting relevant commonsensical things – inferences, observations, general thoughts – in anything

  • Consider any change 
  • Mark the system
  • Mark the surroundings  
  • See the changes brought about in the surroundings (initial and final) of the system. This is where the relevant inferences/observations/…etc. will lie.

This is a general scheme for hovering around relevance, in any scene.

Examples : 

1) If I give you my book, it won’t remain with me. 

Change – book given.

System – Book 

The surrounding is your hand (palm) which is now empty. This (the underlined part) are the relevant inferences/observations/…etc. in this scene.

2) Heating a solution in a beaker changes its colour. Beaker turns warm. 

Change – solution changes colour

System – solution

The beaker is the surroundings, which is now warm. This (the underlined part) are the relevant inferences/observations/…etc. in this scene.

3) Cat jumps out of the bucket and there is a mouse nearby outside. Bucket turns empty / free for use, and the mouse gets eaten.

Change – cat jumps out

System – cat

Surroundings – The bucket is a surrounding which becomes empty / free for use, and the mouse is a surrounding which gets eaten. These (the underlined parts) are the relevant inferences/observations/…etc. in this scene.* NOTE : The changes in the system i.e. what you are considering, are very obvious – you see them directly in front of you in what you are considering. Hence they arent mentioned in the strategy. (Here, the systems are – book, solution and cat).

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