is a method of either confusing psycho-analysts
, or of tracing thought patterns
in your own or someone else's mind.
It also tends to be a rather amusing time-wasting activity
for social gatherings of Happy Mutants
by taking a word -- letting a dictionary fall open to a random page is good, or use a random-word generator
. Then, in 30 seconds, have each member of the group write down as many other words
, and ideas
as they can.
Pass around the results. You will notice that some people
will write down stream-of-consciousness string
s of ideas, whereas others will have all the ideas directly relate to the original word. These reflect two of the five general methods of thinking
described in Piers Anthony
's Incarnations of Immortality
novels: the first is a linear (-----) stream, whereas the second is a creative
stream ( *)