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To be right, be usefully wrong a lot, then combine

Big picture and little picture are complementary modes

When I first brainstormed Brainsai, big-picture implications of a paper-only Textmind implementation thrilled me. The next day, during daylog decomposition, I realized that my initial insight was wrong on a key detail of UID/SID implementation, and that I had not in fact solved the central problem of representing hierarchy with a series of notecards. I had a guilty moment wherein I wondered whether I'd have to retract my public eureka. Fortunately it didn't last long, as I was already close to the solution.

It often happens with initial insights, that the big picture glosses over difficulties in key details. On the other hand, it isn't possible to think about the big picture if one insists on immediately bogging down in the details. There is value in both levels; neither can replace the other. For example, my excitement about the big-picture implications of a paper-only Textmind was a legitimate indicator of its usefulness. Whether or not it turned out to be technically feasible, it was worth investigating further.

Suspend disbelief to discover the Indies

With Textmind to catch such errors, there is no benefit (and real harm) to immediately fact-checking spontaneous emotion. It's better to just embrace it, capture it, and see whether it leads anywhere worthwhile. Don't just suspend judgment, suspend disbelief. Act with teenage overconfidence.

It is often useful to permit oneself to believe wrong things for a while, as a bridge to otherwise unreachable truths. The undiscovered is typically hard to find, and thus imaginary bridges to nowhere sometimes strike virgin soil -- just as Columbus found North America and called it the Indies (Indonesia). There is such a thing as getting it wrong, right.

Qualifications are for pussies and pros

Textmind is useful because it naturally combines multiple perspectives on a problem over time. One learns to trust the process to automatically correct one's ineradicable propensity to err. As one engages in this process over time, one grows increasingly impatient with one's own transparent attempts to qualify, weasel and CYA in-the-moment rants. One is always wrong; the important thing is to have clear signals to contrast and synthesize. Hemming and hawing muddies the signal without adding value.

Qualifications are only useful when the loss of clarity is compensated by a guaranteed improvement in accuracy. One should add them last, not first. Check the Bible; there is no pretense of adding full qualification to every chapter, much less verse. Rather, extreme language is used for effect. Even God can be quoted out of context.

Given the limited bandwidth of serial human language, the more text that is used to contextualize the current sentence, the more sophisticated the meaning that can be conveyed. Textmind contextualizes at scale, permitting one to average wild flights of fancy into a sober consensus.

The journal review loop is another stabilizing and grounding influence, contextualizing one's thoughts chronologically rather than topically.

Society is a lunatic asylum for PKMS failures

Most people are cognitively broken. Here's what happens: They accumulate error-riddled mental rants until their personal knowledge management system (PKMS) (often just organic memory) overloads. To relieve the pressure, they declare some high-info controversies "settled". Instead of catching the errors during review, they build upon a foundation of prior errors set in concrete. The truths they know are inextricably bound to the falsehoods, like geological layers. By repeating this process, they eventually construct a castle in the sky whose hallways no one else can share.

As you can see, PKMS failure actually results in a form of long-term insanity. It's just not as noticeable as it is in someone whose biological brain does the same thing in an easily-observable short timeframe. It's no surprise that people lead such suboptimal lives given that their long-term thought processes are insane. In fact, society is largely a collection of padded walls for its straitjacketed inmates. If you don't believe me, try self-medicating.

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