Part of the problem-solving process is to recognize patterns and relationships that act as small critical pieces. Piecing together data of all kinds can reveal patterns, and through theories, individuals may begin to formulate ideas of how relationships work. Each relationship acts as an essential part of a puzzle. Patterns link the relationship details that, when brought together, actual problem solving can occur. Arguably when the connection is understood, problem-solving becomes easier and includes ways of getting ahead of the curve and predicting, for example, outbreaks before they happen.
Consciousness generated through embodied states of mind cannot be isolated from the rest of reality (i.e., thought). Understanding through personal experience that consciousness is part of global reality is the task. Melding theoretical knowledge with direct experience is key to achieving this task.