Comment by Greg van Paassen (tvt35cwm) on Discontinuous progress in history: an update · 2020-05-24T00:10:05.446Z · LW · GW

Some questions to ask yourselves. I don't want answers to them, but I think you need solid answers to them for yourselves.

1. What negative discontinuities did you find - situations where a trend was held in check for a long period, before resuming? What insights do you draw from them?

2. Why use the same timescale for all activities?

3. Why the binary threshold for significance?

4. Science is all about finding good questions to ask. I have a feeling that this isn't a very good question, nor is the object of study well defined. Why do you believe that this question/this cabinet of curiosities tells you something useful?