Methods

My cousin, who's 13, brought one over when we had a family reunion thing. Second time of meeting him. We spent all evening looking over this article on Wikipedia, trying to figure out what all the weird letters meant! Without any success, by the way.
Being slightly autistic, and with an OCD for patterns, I became almost obsessed with figuring out the algorythms, even though I didn't have a Cube. I finally got one, and I'm now up to 4 cubes!

I'm using the layer method to solve at the moment. I've adopted Jessica Friedrich's method, which is solving the first two layers in one stage (not as hard as it sounds!)

I was just wondering if anyone uses an intuitive method (figuring it out, as opposed to memorising algorythms) and if so, what's the best way to learn?

GadgetFreak GadgetFreak
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4 Responses Apr 1, 2009

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Regarding the Rubik's Cube and similar puzzles, they are really a very good startup game for young children and anybody at any age wishing to improve their mind somehow. If you can manage to get to the core of the problem, you won't need using any algorythms, and will get a much much better and quicker solution as well.<br />
I think education is wrong somehow - it can only be a minor stage on the stepway to the true knowledge. <br />
A mixture of both traditional and unconventional ways of study can be applied for learning at the earlier age of pupils, so later, when people grow up, they can be able to unconventionally solve problems.

Using perception is the best way any problem can get solved its best way. <br />
Regarding learning and problem solving, and especially learning to solve problems, what actually is the most important thing in life and science, algorythms do help to a certain stage, but in general they only clutter your mind and life with unnecessary baggage that in most cases quite easily can prevent anybody from reaching proper solutions to the real big problems, when they arise later in life. <br />
Babies are all geniuses because they use their perception mainly in order to know the world and solve it. <br />
Later the algorythms of the society and school, the algorythms of the matrix around really very hugely lowers anybody's ability to truly learn and solve problems, therefore most of the society get to know nothing real as they get further involved with the algorythms of the matrix around. <br />
It is not about freedom - it is about the way of thinking. <br />
Algorythms can be applied as a learning game only but in addition to many other games as well. It's not the algorythms that can EVER SOLVE ANY TRUE PROBLEM. <br />
Algorythms only solve the minor ones because there are no algorythms for the uninvented things.

I learned and have always used the la<x>yer method, hope you get some other comments. It would be interesting to learn new ways to do it.