A trait of digital gardening is to include metadata in a post to indicate how confident the author is in the post. This is a neat way of making space for half-finished ideas and works-in-progress.
For example, confidence tags in gwern.net.
Read A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden by Maggie Appleton.
- The Garden and the Stream describes many ways digital gardening is different than a stream of well manicured posts
- Privacy is the right to be imperfect, epistemic status is like the public version of it
- The easiest person to fool is yourself so being mindful of your confidence level helps to keep you accountable
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I came across the idea of a hyperfine village from Lisa Hardy. It’s a novel way to organize your ideas into a metaphorical “village” so you can more easily recall them in context later. Rather than search or rote memory to recall an idea later, you can go for a stroll in your village.
The problem with first-principles thinking is that you don’t know what you don’t know. You might end up deriving the same thing you could have read in a 101-level textbook. You might think you have a novel idea of a blockchain-powered utopia but it turns out it’s Georgism with extra steps.