Upgrade your cargo cult for the win | Meaningness


22 bookmarks. First posted by jbrennan january 2017.


If you create a good enough airport— the cargo will come . What does it take for an individual to do innovative intellectual work, such as scientific discovery?…
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6 days ago by TuckerMax
Richard Feynman derided “cargo cult science” that sticks to fixed systems. Innovation requires an upgrade to fluid, meta-systematic inquiry.
6 days ago by lindner
If you create a good enough airport— the cargo will come . What does it take for an individual to do innovative intellectual work, such as scientific discovery?…
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7 days ago by dylan
Actually, I'm dancing around it. This essay

And this one

Both poin…
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8 days ago by edwardog
If you create a good enough airport—the cargo will come. What does it take for an individual to do innovative intellectual work, such as scientific discovery? Mere mastery of methods is not good enough. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
9 days ago by domingogallardo
If you create a good enough airport— the cargo will come . What does it take for an individual to do innovative intellectual work, such as scientific discovery?…
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9 days ago by sonyaellenmann
On the necessity of cargo-cult and how to transcend it.

A combination of Picasso's “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”, and Daishi's "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought."
epistemology  DavidChapman  science 
february 2018 by torbiak
Thought-provoking piece by on cargo cults and epistemic virtue & depravity. Not for the faint of heart
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february 2018 by sclopit
The problem with the cargo cults is not that they are imitating. It’s that their members are not legitimate participants in airport operation.
Imagine a cargo cult downloaded all the manuals for ground crew procedures from the web, and watched thousands of hours of videos of competent ground crews doing their jobs. Imagine they learned them perfectly, and were able to execute them perfectly.
Still no airline would be willing to use their airport. The cult is not certified for operation; it is not legitimate. The proper bureaucratic rituals have not been observed. These rituals are rational: there has to be a fixed procedure for assuring that a ground crew is competent, and making special exceptions could be disastrous. “These cultists sure seem to know what they are doing; let’s create a set of tests to verify that, without putting them through our usual training regimen”? That would risk airplanes and lives, and would probably end the careers of everyone involved.
very-nice  credentialing  academic-culture  learning-by-doing  communities-of-practice  essay  have-read  have-done  advice 
december 2017 by Vaguery
Richard Feynman derided “cargo cult science” that sticks to fixed systems. Innovation requires an upgrade to fluid, meta-systematic inquiry.

The lesson of cargo cult science for all human activity is that fixed systems are inadequate, because they never fully engage with the nebulosity of reality. We can, and must, upgrade to better ways of thinking, acting, and organizing our communities.

As individuals, we acquire basic competence through legitimate peripheral participation in communities of practice. In becoming a member, we absorb the community’s explicit and tacit norms—including ethical, epistemological, and process norms. Some communities of practice have mainly functional norms; some are highly dysfunctional.

Communities can upgrade their norms—the research practices reform movement is my main example in this post—and individuals can contribute such upgrades. Still, acting according to even the best norms can produce only routine performance, and it inhibits fundamental innovation and discovery.
science  badscience  rationality 
december 2017 by pozorvlak
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february 2017 by igorette
"What are “principles” and how do you find them?"
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january 2017 by TaylorPearson