Consistent Frameworks of Thought

I try to base my decisions on consistent frameworks of thought.

In other words, when I am faced with a choice, I immediately try to find similarities between my current situation and previous situations. Then, I try to recall if there were rules that governed my choices in the previous situations. If there were, I try to apply the same rules to the current situation. I make my choice based off the outcome of those rules.

But this methodology fails quite often. Various reasons apply:

  • I completely forget to use the method.
  • I forget about situations that are similar to the one that I am in.
  • I misinterpret rules I previously used.
  • I apply rules to the current situation differently than when I applied them previously.

I bring this up in relation to my previous post about persisting in delusion.

I realized that this methodology, which I had employed for a large portion of my life, was not working as well as I thought. I was persisting in a delusion of optimized consistency.

In reality, I am consistent only some of the time (get it?).

This is because I do not follow my own advice. I am not writing any of these frameworks down. And I am not reviewing the data afterwards.

If I wrote these frameworks down, it would be much harder for me to misinterpret them.

Of course, the typical caveats apply. Writing everything down can be too much work and take too much time. So, I would have to choose what I capture carefully.

I would also need to organize and review what I write much more thoroughly than I have with the other data I have collected.

As a matter of fact, this blog should contain many of the frameworks that I am talking about. But after reading back through the blog, I only see glimpses of these frameworks.

Rationality, mindfulness, action, tracking, scientific method, efficiency, etc.

Something is missing with all the writings. Perhaps it is the analysis that I always seem to avoid.

However, I think I am on the right track with this kind of post.

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