On Lesswrong I usually suggest "be more specific". I understand the "open question", and can see how they are useful for times when you might want people to think freely in order to suggest solutions.

I first talked about the other side of the coin when answering an open question. this is the open thread, so answering is a bit more free than in a discussion thread.

I wrote paragraph 4 in such a way that it can be applied to a business decision (or the realms of startups). In that sense - an unmitigated risk might be providing a product that you have not confirmed with the marketplace (they don't want it or they won't pay that much for it). To continue that analogy; that would be to go and get buff to be more appealing to the opposite sex without actually looking at who is around and if they are interested in that gesture. (and continuing further) you can assume that "buff" is a more desired body state generally; but confirming the specific market and response would be ideal to mitigate the risk of invested time. as a contrast; if you looked at the available market and found that they were actually after skills in philosophy, or humour, or happiness, or money making - those too are known desired traits worth investing in.

In terms of emotional investment; you can try really hard, or you can at least be open to it; but not fussed if it doesn't happen.

Sounds like you might like to put in a minimum investment; and relax about the whole thing. Occasionally meet strangers and chat to them; be social for social sake; enjoy life without the focussed lense of purpose towards the goal (which comes with stress).

Good luck (hope this helps more)

Stupid Questions July 2015

by Gondolinian 1 min read1st Jul 2015123 comments


This thread is for asking any questions that might seem obvious, tangential, silly or what-have-you. Don't be shy, everyone has holes in their knowledge, though the fewer and the smaller we can make them, the better.

Please be respectful of other people's admitting ignorance and don't mock them for it, as they're doing a noble thing.

To any future monthly posters of SQ threads, please remember to add the "stupid_questions" tag.