Intentionally enhancing default thought patterns

Intentionally improving how I think by default seems worthwhile.

The proposal of the Principle, Function, Context (PFC) framework below serves as both a prompt and an attempt to “increase the health” of my default thought patterns.

I’ll treat this as an experiment (as at Sun 30 August 2020)

Why care about default thought modes?

I posed a question to myself: What structure(s) of thought do I default to when asked a question or when thinking through a scenario?

I don’t have any reliable answer. Further, I haven’t [yet] set any intentions around cultivating a default mode.

The people I respect the most are ‘thorough’ in almost every interaction I have with them. It’s as if they have developed healthy default thought structures.

The Prompt

This tweet inspired me to instantiate a framework.

"by what mechanism?" is my fave clarifying question

I like this. Clarifying “by what mechanism” seems like a healthy default.

The PFC Framework

When talking or thinking about [X], try to run through the following 3 components:

  • P: Principle
    • How does [X] work?
  • F: Function?
    • What does [X] do?
  • C: Context?
    • When does [X] work and when does [X] not work?
      • Asking both allows for quick perspective via inversion.

Bonus:

  • Provide 2 examples of [X]
  • State the role of [X] in a System
    • ::todo: write up notes on whole systems and generative systems

The above is by no means exhaustive. Rather, it is meant to enhance baseline thought patterns.


References

The notion of Principle and Function was taken from Charlie Awbery on Twitter

You can formalise what you discovered informally by going one level abstract to pratices and understanding them in terms of principle and function. That’s why I keep banging on about principle and function :-)

The use of providing 2 examples was taken from bowser on Twitter

I also like asking for two concrete examples of a generalization

(two because generalizations are often vagueposting about a single incident)

Further Reading

Recently updated notes

The bed of procrustes
A list of my favourite aphorisms from N.N.Taleb’s book - The Bed of Procrustes.
Problems help us face reality and render solutions useful
Problem-solution ordering ‘issues’ arise when solutions are given before being faced with a problem.
Intentionally enhancing default thought patterns
Intentionally improving how I think by default seems worthwhile.