Multiplying what’s possible to imagine

In a regular deck of 52 playing cards there are 8.06e+67 possible combinations.

More than 80,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000 possible ways to shuffle the deck.

If every human since the beginning of time were to shuffle a deck of cards at random, every hour of every day, the odds of any two people ever getting the same hand is astronomically close to impossible.

And that’s just 52 nodes of connection.

Your brain has billions of nodes. Multiply the possible hands of a deck of cards by just one billion and the number is unfathomable. Yet there it is, sitting between our ears.

This is the power of factorials.

When we add just one thing to the connections in our brain, it multiplies what ideas are possible to conceive. Of course the process isn’t as straight forward as we’d like, there still needs to be some level of understanding and incubation for ideas to connect, but a little information can go a long way when it comes to ideas.

One new book you read, one piece of artwork you stumble on, one previously unheard song, one minute of journaling, each seems subtle and unimportant yet each can have tremendous impact.

Particularly if those one things occur more often than once.

We don’t have to seek out the most captivating or life-changing inspiration. All we need is one small, new bit of information (another card in the deck) and suddenly what’s possible to imagine multiples.