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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 18:51:35 -0800

From:   Eric Armstrong


Subject:   Is "bootstrapping" part of the problem?

Well, I'd love to reply to parts of this. I switched my mail client to use HTML editing so I could do so. But:

I'll just say that the points about the anti-intuitive properties about complex systems are 100% correct. (See my note on feeding starving populations, for an example.)

It reminds of one of my very early posts, where I postulated a long-range goal of being able to present and compare *models* in a DKR. Even got a model-construction kit started, though I've never found time to write up the notes.

However, short of constructing, sharing, and comparing models, there is a lot to be said for a system that helps us organize a conversation like this one, keep track of the threads, and identify which arguments have been countered, which haven't, and perhaps even provide some rudimentary rating of the arguments in agree/disagree form.


Eric Armstrong