It's not all Greek to me
automating creativity by application of ancient greek prefixes
Whenever you have an interesting problem, you hold it in your hands and look
at it, turn it around, look underneat (see if it has a makers marque),
peer inside, knock on it with your knucles and so on.
One thing you can do is to try and make a variation of the problem, and then
see if the variant is easier to solve....
The Greeks have a "system" of prefixes for words, which modify the meaning, in
a systematic way, to explore all the alternative "views" of that meaning.
Other languages are less systematic (obviously, English, being effectively
"panglossian", has lots of prefixes for all these including the Greek ones,
but then the most common one might be somethign else (even, ugh, Latin:)
So here's a (not comprehensive) list - think of them as functors, or
even illocutionary acts....
eu-meta-lateral thinking, so to speak
an - not
apo- away from
dia-, di- across
dys- ill, (dystopia v. utopia)
ecto- on the outside (ectoplasm:-)
en-, em- in
palin-, back again
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