From Unintuitive to Eureka pt.5
Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 8:16PM
Richard Terrell (KirbyKid) in Learning, Motivation, & The Mind, Puzzle

Behold the simple, clean, yet challenging puzzle game 3D Logic. If you haven't played it, great! This is the perfect opportunity to observe your learning process. Perhaps by comparing your thoughts to mine, we can uncover intuition gaps, where they are, and how we formed them. Play the game first, and when you get stuck, read through my process. Is there something you overlooked? A technique you didn't develop? A way of reading the cube that's more efficient?

The following is a log of my thoughts, techniques, and strategies as I developed them level by level. Keep in mind how the progression of challenges (development/pacing) is a key part of this experiment. The smoother the difficulty curve, the better the experiment.

 

This is the code I use to refer to colored nodes.

Surprisingly and unfortunately the colors in this puzzle game are not fixed. If you play the same level twice, the colors will be in different positions. While the puzzle challenge remains intact, notating solutions via colors becomes impossible. So, I used a simple code. Each face has a name (top, left, right) and I'll refer to nodes by number. Number the nodes in order reading each face from top-to-bottom and left-to-right. The white arrows in the image above indicate which direction is down for each face. So top-1 refers to the green node at the tippy top of the cube in the image above. 

Here we go! 

 

If you're interested enough and motivated enough to at least play 3D logic, do tell me what your experience was like. I may log in solutions for the rest of the levels, but I think 16 is enough to communicate my point. If you underestimated the potential difficulty on the early levels, you may have held yourself back from developing the techniques necessary to beat the game. Anyone can randomly stumble onto the solution with enough trail and error. But devising a solid methodology and being able to communicate/teach it is definitely on a higher level of cognitive skills. 

If you only realized that your old methods of finding solutions is essentially random attempts or rolling the dice, then remember this moment. That's what it feels like to move from unintuitive to Eureka. 

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