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Second Guessing

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:27:51 -0300

Second Guessing works by forcing someone to reverse acts of destruction.
   If I delegate a decision to you, you quickly spin up a set of relevant
   mental models, work to get a lot of momentum into them, pay the cost of
   killing many possible worlds, and experience the relief of a lightened load
   to carry.  Then, by second guessing, I suddenly demand that you resurrect
   dead models, so I can validate or override your decision.  Nex time, you
   won't put so much momentum in to begin with.

   - Tempo, Venkatesh Rao, p53

I read this today.  This happens to me.  Until now, I assumed that feelings of
frustration were my fault; that I was overly defensive, inarticulate and
inflexible.  Reading the above, and seeing what is happening, is a huge relief
- not only do I not feel quite so stupid, I am also better equipped to address
the problem next time it happens.

I'll write more about the book later, when I've finished it.  But briefly, it
seems to be an introduction to various ideas related to processes - things
that exist in time, that we experience and are involved in.  The cover
mentions "decision-making" - perhaps that has some technical meaning, but it
sounds more specific than what I am reading...

http://www.tempobook.com/

Andrew

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