When I play a much stronger player, somewhere between move 10 and move 20 I usually go into a Big Think. It doesn’t correspond exactly with being ‘out of book’; it’s more like we reach a level of complexity where I can’t figure out either 1) what the requirements of the position are or 2) how to meet them. So I burn 20 minutes, destroying whatever faint chance I might have had because of the resulting time pressure.
But you see, I like to think. To mull. “Let it roll around in your head for a few minutes,” as Chris Rock says.
Politics – or better put, the challenges of governing a big country with a diverse population – deserves less knee-jerk, partisan yapping and much more mulling.
The bailout evidently needed much more mulling.
The future of journalism needs a Big Think.
Note – a Big Think doesn’t preclude action. It just means your actions should be well-considered. Time pressure be damned.