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The first task in ps is not to work on the solution until the problem are well defined. Norbert Weiner had a good approach for this process.
The theme from his earliest years was a philosophical demonstration of the incompleteness of all knowledge. He could then focus on what he did know and try different solutions until he found one that worked the best.
He was volatile and impulse which he viewed as the source of his creative power. He had profound sense of the need to impose order on the process and the solution in spite of chaos inherent in the real world.
He was not happy until he had reduced the remaining discord into a recognizable solution so he could move onto the next problem. He never felt that he had reached the end of the process as there would always be new issues arising that required rethinking the solution.
- Steve J. Heims, Jonhn von Neumann and Norbert Weiner. MIT Press (1982) Chap 7. ISBN 0-262-58056