This is referring to the blonde and her friends, right?
Linear problem solvers look at the state of things, holistic problem solvers look at processes at work. When solving the blonde problem, what is he looking at? What would happen if they all went for the blonde?
In the Marcee never ages scene, what is he looking at there?
When he looks at how the other students have already been published, what’s he looking at?
He is addressing those by approaching the state of things, or processes at work?