Friday, January 23, 2009

Group estimates

The average of many peoples' estimates is better than an expert's estimate.

Interestingly, the many estimates by one individual is almost as good.
(See: The Economist, from a long time ago)

So I'm happy not writing down every good idea that I come accross or dream up, because I feel that if it's really good, it'll come up again, and in other places and contexts.

So people collaborating on {books, projects, etc}
should produce better work than individuals.

People all together sometimes do things that none of them aim to, or can.

Again, collaboration leads to new places.
Now we have books written by large, un-regulated, amorphous groups. Will this be better than the alternative?
Books | Global Text Project

I belive so.

Friday, January 2, 2009

family tree

My grandfather:
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0005220
Aeronautics and cognition, neuropsychology.

My grandfather's father:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvill_Jones
The importance of fluid resistance (aerodynamic drag) for aircraft.

My grandfather's godfather:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Ingram_Taylor
Quanta, Fluid Dynamics, and Wave Theory.

My grandfather's godfather's grandfather:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Boole
y'know... that logic dude...

My youngest brother:
Want's to fly planes.

Me:
Cognition and machine-human interaction (??)

And fun times were had by all.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Things that were learnt in conversation:

Separation of work and work-environment. There are many aspects to any activity/learning/work, you could enjoy the content of what you are doing but hate the people you are working with. In the vast majority of cases it would be possible to find a similar situation that changes just that part that you don't like. It is possible to learn from activities you do and don't enjoy in an attempt to build up a better understanding of what works well for you in various areas of life.

That some people (related to me) prefer to have some starting point or an existing project to build on in self-directed work of their own. For example, the uncle-that-lectures prefers to build on an existing curriculum (no matter how terrible it is), than to come up with his own. I remember thinking something similar before about myself, but I forgot it. I do feel that there is something similar in me.

The best ideas are those that come up on a regular basis, so don't worry about writing brainwaves down immediately, they'll come back if they're actually any good.