You and Your Research

You and your research notes


There are wavelengths that people cannot see, there are sounds that people cannot hear, and maybe computers have thoughts that people cannot think.

  • Shannon information theory?
  • Hired as a clerk for the computers of people like Feynman and Shannon. Kept asking 'why?'
  • you must first tell yourself that you'd like to do something significant
  • there is always repitition we see in people who make impacts, like Shannon. Partly luck but the only control we have over that is our circumstances
  • great work is not just 'brains'; often the issue is with articulation, a lack of an ability to access the language and forum necessary to develop ideas
  • once you've developed the courage to face - and solve - important problems, you can - he postulates that this will lead to a stream of successes if you stick to the method
  • the best stem work is often done early in the career while the best literary work is often done late
  • do not define your scale by the problems you've faced, Shannon error

Research times from @random_walker

Knowing lots of things isn't important.

What is important is:

  • Knowing what you know and don't.
  • Being good at teaching what you know.
  • Admitting when you're incorrect.
  • Communicating uncertainty effectively.
  • Spotting bullshit.
  • Recognizing others with expertise.
  • Recognizing different domains of expertise.
  • Recognizing different kinds of expertise.
  • Drawing from the expertise of others without deferring to authourity.
  • Accepting the unknowable. Abstractions exist for a reason!
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