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If I didn’t blog it, I didn’t th...

Posted Sep 11 2008 3:38pm

If I didn’t blog it, I didn’t think it. Nonsense, right? Well, let’s rephrase the ancient question “if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, did it make a sound?” Of course this is true:

tree makes sound –> someone hears

where –> indicates causality. X –> Y means X causes Y.

But what about

someone hears –> tree makes sound?

This had always struck me as boring. Who cares? But I am noticing that while this is obvious

I think of something –> I blog about it

this is not so obvious, but true:

I blog about it –> I think of something

Because I blog about my thoughts, I have more of them. I blog, therefore I think.

This post and others about blogging, for example. Posts about the twilight of expertise in areas other than science. I’d be doing omega-3 self-experimentation blog or no blog but blogging about it divides the research into small and more doable parts (making the graphs, for example). It is encouraging to get feedback and have others, such as Tim Lundeen, contribute their observations. Blogging is a kind of tinder. It doesn’t create the initial spark but it amplifies it.

In terms of book and scientific-paper writing, blogging plays the role I give art in the growth of technology: It provides a slope in place of a step. It divides a big task into tiny tasks.

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