You and Your Research

You and your research notes

[https://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/YouAndYourResearch.html]

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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