Babble and Prune is a metaphor derived from concepts in algorithm design, applied to creative and analytical thinking. The phrase captures a two-step process:
The "Babble and Prune" concept serves as a reminder that creativity and critical thinking are distinct, complementary skills. It's often unproductive to judge ideas too quickly or harshly (pruning too early), just as it can be unproductive to fail to critically examine one's ideas (babbling without pruning).
Artist and Critic, Generator and Discriminator are other terms used to describe Babble and Prune in more formal contexts.
The main starting point is the Babble and Prune sequence.