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11 March 2004 @ 08:39 am
My recent Listism conversion.  

  • Lists are [sometimes] compilations of observable fact
  • Well-organized
  • Easier to skim


  • Theories are contemplation of not yet observable postulates
  • Long-winded
  • Tangential
  • Roaming

    I henceforth denounce my propensity to generalize and theorize in the name of being slightly more concise and pragmatic.

    In theory.
    Current Mood: sillysilly
    Khalliskhallis on March 11th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
    A random thought: Lists are more the territory of Tao. Theories are more the territory of Objectivism. Is this accurate/relevant/valid?

    ... aww hell, that was a theory, wasn't it. Damnation. :)
    Kburgunder on March 11th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)

    1. I have a goal
    2. I will work hard to attain it via steps (i.e. lists)
    3. I will enjoy the benefits of reaching my goal
    Khalliskhallis on March 12th, 2004 01:11 am (UTC)
    (knocks over his king and shakes your hand)
    Kburgunder on March 12th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
    Re: Hehehe.
    laughing out loud

    Ah, man, I wanted to practice my end game!
    Vulture: posedvulture23 on March 11th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
    I think that each has its strengths and weaknesses. Lists are good if you feel that each point is self-contained and not likely to be disagreed with. Theories provide more opportunity to explain each point, to lead the reader along your logic path, to show them glimpses of why you find each point important. Being tangential and roaming allows one to bring in a much wider range of support for one's statements, and give a richer, more complete picture.

    Yeah, I'm definitely prone to the theory side. Notable tendency to ramble. ;)
    Mila: over shoulderm_cobweb on March 11th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
    I'm personally working on my tendency to be too reductionist. It's not to the point where others have called it to my attention, but I can see where it could cause problems. Not everything can be boiled down to one salient point. ;-)
    Vulture: posedvulture23 on March 11th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
    I believe it was Einstein who said (something to the effect of) "Things should be made as simple as possible... and no simpler." Sometimes reducing things to a single salient point (or a series of bullet points) simplifies them to the point that valuable information is lost. (Other times, it's a useful and valid method, though...)

    But then, I'm the sort of person who's fascinated by tangents, so maybe I'm biased. :)
    Kburgunder on March 11th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
    "Try to do the most with the least." - Walter Murch
    Pandoraassassinpandora on March 11th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
    YAY bullet points!!