I've been reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
) by Yuval Noah Harari. He's one of the many people that assert that people don't act primarily on reason and facts and like to have their pre-existing views affirmed. Though this book does have new-ish ideas that I have not already adopted which I hope to write about later, I'm going to indulge in the groupthink-affirmation behavior right now and quote something that affirms what I already believe because it's so well-said:
Yet if you want to go deeply into any subject, you need a lot of time, and in particular, you need the privilege of wasting time. You need to experiment with unproductive paths, explore dead ends, make space for doubts and boredom, and allow little seeds of insight to slowly grow and blossom. If you cannot afford to waste time, you will never find the truth.
He's talking about knowing the truth of a situation well in order to make good decisions, but I think this speaks well to a discussion at work about hacking. In this sense, hacking is working on a project that is risky and may not bear fruit in order to learn both how it is to build something and what the unfamiliar space that the project is exploring is like.
Obviously, I think hacking is really important.