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What is a “problem“ 4 months later?

A less verbose definition of the word “problem“

@heyshadowsmith

July 6, 2022

In March of 2022, I wrote the following definition for the word “problem”, described in detail in my post What is a “problem”?.

“A problem is a situation where an obstacle applies friction against an entity’s transition from a current state to a desired new state.”
- Shadow Smith

Since writing this definition, I have used, shared, and discussed it at length and found where it shines and where it begins to break down.

Now, 4 months later, I am revisiting it.


My new definition

“A problem is the desire for an entity to transition from its current state to a new one.”
- Shadow Smith

A problem is solved when the entity successfully transitions from its current state to the desired new one and unsolved if the entity can not.

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