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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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