The Problem-Solving Process of a MythBuster

Adam Savage speaks at the 2010 Bay Area MakerFaire
Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are the most important items not taught in the US public school system.  I am a victim of this, and I’ve only realized it in the last five years or so.  As a result, I’m a big fan of anything that helps teach people about these things . . .
Only 20% of billiards is dropping the ball in the pocket. ~Adam Savage

Hence, this video of a talk that Adam Savage gave at the 2010 Bay Area MakerFaire about his problem-solving process.  Blending his pre-MythBusters experiences into his present-day work, Adam talks about the importance of knowing who you are and what your own motivations are, and how these fit into the problem-solving process.

There’s a point in every project that I’m doing where I realize, “I have no idea what I’m doing.” ~Adam Savage

Click-here to watch the individuals chapters — 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are the most important to the topic at hand, although I enjoyed the entire video.

The last half an hour is an hysterical Q&A, including a great deal about Adam’s MythBusters experiences and also about Adam’s relationship with his MythBusters partner Jamie Hyneman.



Middle-aged, life-long Texan with a substantial chip on her shoulder.

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One comment on “The Problem-Solving Process of a MythBuster
  1. Paul says:

    If only more people were educated in critical thinking skills I truly believe 80% of the United States' problems would evaporate. Adam here promotes them well by incorporating humor, which does a great job of softening the often boring and tedious aspects of CT.

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