Ideas Worth Caching
The TED slogan of “Ideas worth spreading” has stuck with me.
I believe a parallel form exists in cached thoughts: Ideas worth caching.
Ideas worth making quickly available to yourself, not something that’s particularly sharable.
I use the following two sites multiple times a day now:
Levels of abstraction
I first learned of the idea of abstraction from Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction by Bret Victor.
Often, people don’t want to trust you when you state the abstract generalization. And often aren’t content with deducing support for this generalization from the further generalization. They want enough details enough that they can model-check
If disagreement persists the true sources of disagreement are either hard to communicate, or hard to expose. E.g.:
- Uncommon, but well-supported, scientific knowledge or math;
- Long inferential distances;
- Hard-to-verbalize intuitions, perhaps stemming from specific visualizations;
- Zeitgeists inherited from a profession (that may have good reason for it);
- Patterns perceptually recognized from experience;
- Sheer habits of thought;
- Emotional commitments to believing in a particular outcome;
- Fear that a past mistake could be disproved;
- Deep self-deception for the sake of pride or other personal benefits;
— How To Actually Change YouR Mind, Eliezer Yudkowsky
Generalizing from one example / typical mind fallacy
The Century of the Self
Layers of change