Martes, Enero 12, 2016

The Benefits of Cubing

People keep asking me, how could anyone benefit on playing the Rubiks Cube? It depends on whether you solve it yourself, or just learn to solve it by using additional information (like books, mobile apps or videos).

Anyone who solves it by themselves (without outside information), has created their own little science-of-the-cube. Solving the cube doesn't have an age requirement.

I solved my first Rubiks Cube when I was in third grade, I was 9 years old back then. This was back in 1996 when the cube first hit the Philippines, in about four days with the help of my friends. I still remember one of my teachers who threw my cube in the trash bin because I was playing with it, inside the class during class hours. Now, teachers come to me for tutorial lessons, to purchase cubes, to organize events and to rent for speedcubing timers.

It takes a mixture of skill and determination for anyone to solve the cube on their own. And the nice thing about the cube is, it's a puzzle with no hidden information. Everything is right there in the open and it's all about observation, experiments, noticing patterns, etc...

Once you're done solving the cube, if you had fun doing it, then the fun is just beginning since there are many, many, many, way too many...variations of the cube as well as interesting things to find out about the cube as well.

Back to the original question.

So just to name a few there is pleasure, fun, enjoyment for starters.
Rapport - Rubiks Cube is an excellent, conversation starter (anytime, anyplace) Just bring out a cube and show people that you can solve in 20 seconds or so (even though that's a lousy time by today's standards) and I guarantee you'll start-up a conversation (even in Job interviews it works).
Fullfilment - the pride of accomplishing something
Optimism - most day-to-day personal problems are easier to solve than solving a Rubik's cube (especially if you remember that day-to-day problems are not necessarily "puzzles to solve").

The cube is the opposite of an open-ended puzzle. Everything is fair and out in the open. You don't have to understand a designer's intent to solve the cube, there are no tricks, the cube is just the cube. If you solve it on your own, it's because you learned about it, and understood it. You will learn reaching partial solutions (all one side, just the corners, just the edges, first two layers...etc...) then keep going and keep working at it. The sense of accomplishment alone is worth it.

After that, if you want to get faster or find your own patterns or discover different ways to solve it, then it can keep being fun for years and years.

You can learn to solve it by reading about it, downloading apps or watching videos about it then that's ok too. Even that is a skill that at least half the population doesn't have the patience for. And if you find that fun, go for it.

It's been 21 years since I solved the cube....and even in this past years I picked up variations that interested me. Most noticeably, the Square One which I solved on my own; the Mirror cube, The Skewb, Fishers Cube, the Megaminx the Pyraminx and many many more.

Enjoy trying to solve it on your own, keep progressing by learning new things, algorithms, finger tricks, look aheads, download apps, read books and watch videos and lastly share it.

Lastly, if you solve the Rubik's cube then you're at least fairly smart. However, there are plenty of really smart people that can't solve the cube on their own or even with someone's help. It's just one type of smartness. Remember that it also requires secondary skills such as patience and perseverance.

Happy Cubing Everyone!

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