Precise, general, novel

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Three axes: precision, generality, novelty

vague precise
specific general
well-known novel

Forms a 3D space.

Pysics: precise, general, well-known.

My engineering experience: precise, quite specific, novel.

Web3 wild speculation: vague, general, novel.

Idea — always better to move to the right. But hard.

or four axes: precision, generality, novelty, subjectivity

vague precise
specific general
well-known novel
objective subjective

From a long long time ago

Copied over from: https://subcons.teod.eu/specific-precise/

It’s possible to be precise about generalities (good philosophy), and it’s possible to be precise about specifics (good measurement, good planning).

For example:

Specific General
Precise Good measurement, solid observation, good planning Good philosophy
Vague Stuff that’s plain wrong. Getting lost in abstraction

Or:

Specific General
Precise Detail Good logic, good mathematics
Vague Stuff that’s plain wrong. Equivocation

Which set of examples would you prefer? Why?

2D version – precision and generality

Easier to draw.

My friction – want to move right.

I often accept a small loss of precision to gain generality. Others are often happy with me when I strive to be specific.

consider :subjectivity

Here’s a table:

axis when 0 % when 100 %
:generality event physical law
:novelty known by all known by 1
:precision dream logic
:subjectivity event taste

Consider assigning :generality :novelty :precision :subjectivity to all articles

Then I can query on stuff.

Can either be a 0-1 scale, or :low, :medium, :high

:low ~0.2
:medium ~0.5
:high ~0.8

Default values (humble)

:generality :low
:novelty :low
:precision :low
:subjectivity :high

By default, “just saying stuff” does:

Assigning correlation to value allows rich ordering

:generality 0.8
:novelty 0.8
:precision 1
:subjectivity 0

That means I can actually order by “good stuff” 🤔

good := correlation_mapT * article_things

Hmm.

People can bring their own correlation thing

Here are some contrasting views. Please don’t mind me shrugging in the middle.

specific Keep it specific 🤷 I like general theories general
novel Gimme new ideas 🤷 I read old knowlege time tested
precise Use words right 🤷 the journey is to dream ❤️ poetic
data Give me facts. 🤷 What do you like? emotion

I can make a nice little UI that works on this. Set your preference. Load preferences from others.

Data oriented programming is precise, general and novel

Christopher Alexander talks about :liveness

See: https://dorian.substack.com/p/at-any-given-moment-in-a-process

What is liveness? What is degree of life?

Definitions: