The philosophical nature of ignorant discovery

In contemporary product development, affirmation bias has one foot in the door, but we can learn a few things from philosophers like Socrates to build better products. Socrates took great pleasure in questioning the ideas of the people around him, with the goal of them knowing more about what they do not understand. Socrates questioning often led people to a state of aporia - the literal meaning of which is puzzlement. I like to call this "progressing to a state of still now knowing s**t, from a state where you knew less s**t that you do now."

This lightning talk will explore how two different states of ignorance can product vastly different product result.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This is a short lightning talk with a very limited structure. I'll introduce the different kinds of ignorance that we employ, look at the different kinds of product outcomes that we get when we employ them, and apply the concept to the evolution of a product lifecycle.

Learning Outcome

Philosophical enlightenment - and better product decisions.

Target Audience

Product managers, history teachers, philosophers from 390BC, and people that can heckle

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