What are questions?

2019-01-09T07:37:30.246Z · score: 35 (14 votes)
Comment by donychristie on Circling · 2019-01-08T21:38:44.701Z · score: 9 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I was wrong on producing a writeup that qualifies as "a writeup" (I'm not sure exactly where I would have put it after the draft had been finished). I am poorly calibrated in personal action predictions (it may be the case that I am only tempted to make a prediction that I'll do a thing when I want to signal to myself or others that I will in fact do a thing when the outside view says I won't, so I should probably update downward that I'll do a thing if I find myself trying to predict a probability that I'll do it, over and above the normal downward adjustment for planning fallacy and Hofstadter's Law).

Thankfully there is satisfactory content on the subject. For instance, "Group Debugging" seems to be the thing-that-is-doing-the-closest-thing-to-this at meetups that is more repeatable and tractable than the original Hamming question (it's basically what the Hamming thing I said I facilitated was), though it is somewhat different from the broad scope of the original (though I don't like the word "Debugging" associated with this exercise, it seems to fetishize using programming metaphors to apply to human psychology, which feels sterile, cliquey, overreliant on usage of "System 2" solutions, and not as obviously descriptive of what is happening as it could be. Maybe "Group Problem-Solving"?).

Comment by donychristie on Circling · 2018-02-19T07:39:08.211Z · score: 12 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I facilitated a Hamming Circle two days ago and it looks like I will produce some kind of writeup someday, >50% probability.

Comment by DonyChristie on [deleted post] 2017-10-18T20:04:03.687Z

I believe Null Hypothesis. This site isn't getting too many comments so there's plenty room for variation. I would definitely rule out Hypothesis 7.