• Life,  Philosophy

    Dunning-Kruger vs Shuhari

    by The Dunning-Kruger effect is a close personal friend of mine. I’m sure you seem to means, my favorite being that the first rule of Dunning-Kruger club is that you don’t know you’re in Dunning-Kruger club. Boiled down, without math or graphs or anything, it’s a cognitive bias that essentially says the skills you need to understand whether you are good at something or not are the same skills that you need to actually be good at that thing. If you’re unaware of the effect, graphically it looks like a super steep line when you first learn something, peaking way above actually being good or knowledgeable about that something. So,…

  • Philosophy

    Experiments in New Knowledge

    by So I’m going to try a new experiment for at least the next 30 days. Yes, it’s a weird time to be starting something like this, but weird is often fun. Have you ever heard someone use the old cliché that if you learned something today then the day hasn’t been wasted? There are a lot of variations on this: “A day spent without learning something is a day wasted.”—Anonymous “Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back”—Chinese proverb “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”—Dr. Suess “When you stop growing, you start dying.”—William S. Burroughs…

  • Life,  Writing

    Why Create Anything?

    by So I keep asking myself what my purpose is in writing, or creating anything. I’ve gradually understood that I’m unwilling to take the time away from the truly important things in my life to do. And what I mean by truly important is family. I’ve reached the point recently where I don’t write on weekends unless I’m working nights. If my family is home and available, I need to be available to them. It’s far, far easier for me to interrupt some task or chore around the house than it is to stop in the middle of the scene. So it’s better that I don’t even start the scene.…