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A model of arguments

Why do we argue, when we could be discussing things in a productive manner? Arguments often occur because the parties involved simply don’t have the tools to transmit their ideas clearly.  In this kind of situation, the whole conversation can … Continue reading

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Ring fitting factors and dehydration detection experiment

I have noticed recently that the ring I am wearing no longer fits as well as it used to.  Over the same period I have had several events mess with my regular routine, including my regular behaviours around drinking water … Continue reading

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No negative press agreement

What is a no negative press agreement? A no negative press agreement binds a media outlet’s consent to publish information provided by a person with the condition that they be not portrayed negatively by the press. Why would a person … Continue reading

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The call of the void

L’appel du vide – The call of the void. When you are standing on the balcony of a tall building, looking down at the ground and on some track your brain says “what would it feel like to jump”.  When … Continue reading

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Hedging

Hedging. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedge_%28linguistics%29 Examples: Men are evil All men are evil Some men are evil most men are evil many men are evil I think men are evil I think all men are evil I think some men are evil I … Continue reading

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Productivity – List Notch system

This is a write up of my current to do list system.  My system and the method of this write up is based on Mark Forster‘s to do lists.  If you are familiar with The Final Version Perfected you will be able … Continue reading

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The barriers to the task

For about two months now I have been putting in effort to run in the mornings.  To make this happen, I had to take away all the barriers to me wanting to do that.  There were plenty of them, and … Continue reading

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Time management and do your tasks in a different order

I have been trying out some (new for me) time management techniques.  Various people tell me that they do this naturally, but I had to learn it manually. This one involves: Noticing that you don’t really know what you are … Continue reading

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Wicked Problems

Nothing is a wicked problem. When I started researching problems and problem solving and solutions and meta-solving processes I stumbled across a wicked problem. This is from Wikipedia: Rittel and Webber’s 1973 formulation of wicked problems in social policy planning … Continue reading

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The ladder of abstraction and giving examples

When we talk about a concept or a point it’s important to understand the ladder of abstraction.  Covered before on lesswrong and in other places as advice for communicators on how to bridge a gap of knowledge. Knowing, understanding and feeling … Continue reading

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