Protocol to Generate Surprising Solutions, or at least Believable, Resonant Paths Forward, to Vague, Illegible, Ill-defined and Often Critically Important Problems

[Below is a lengthy excerpt from the product. It speaks for itself.]

INTRODUCTION

This document describes a process for generating solutions to extremely difficult problems. It’s especially helpful for problems that are ill-defined; that is, you might not even really be able to put your finger on the problem. That is, you might not be able to fully grasp or describe it, or, if you can, only in a piecemeal fashion.

You might call these illegible, wicked, anti-inductive or tacit problems. Everything might or might not look the same in every direction (“environmental isotropy”). As described above, there might be uncertainty or contingency around what you actually want (“goal ambiguity”). And actions that you take, including waiting, might change the landscape and the game you’re playing, right out from under you (“enaction”).

Furthermore, you might feel trapped. Or you’ve been thinking tons and tons already. Or you feel like you have to pick between hopefully-least-shitty choice “A” or hopefully-least-shitty choice “B” (false dilemma).

So, how do you proceed under such situations? You’re a human being. You have to eat and sleep. Your working memory can only hold so much. You can think and do only so much each day. You can only write down so much, language can only get you so far (“describability;” “objects-are-achievements;” “composability-is-an-achievement”) before the world changes out from under you: “Tiny changes in ‘territory-space’ might necessitate vast changes in ‘map-space,’ depending on your choice of map.” Furthermore, writing things down can sometimes do harm, above opportunity cost alone; sometimes writing things down can actually make things worse (focusing illusion; work-in-progress constraints; production interference).

So, how do you proceed under such situations?

And what of goals?

I think goals are symptoms not causes; the cause and effect are backwards. That is, if it’s easy for someone to explicitly set a clear, personally resonant goal, then they were probably going to succeed anyway. An explicit goal can act as a resonator, making it more likely that that person will succeed.

But, to even be able to set a personally relevant, believable, meaningful goal means that a tremendous amount of often tacit work has been done beforehand. That is, being able to set a clear, explicit goal often says more about the territory (current life situation) than it does about the person’s goal-setting skills and diligence.

(Perhaps it says something about a long chain of past choices and opportunities.)

But, the fact remains, you might often find yourself, for long periods of time, in situations where you can only set goals and tasks for yourself for that day or week, let alone month, year, or years. And sometimes that’s enough! One foot in front of another.

But some big, important, critical life things can take years to come to fruition, where, if you didn’t start now, and move forward with some sort of trajectory and drive, it’s not going to happen then.

So how do you proceed? When you can’t even really put your finger on what you want? Or what you want is so abstract that you can’t extract out explicit invariants that elicit concrete, motivated, cumulative behavior in the present?

In this document, I’m going to suggest a protocol that can sometimes generate the next step forward, even sometimes generating an overarching plan that spurs action for months or years. This protocol is general enough that it can be used for almost any type of problem.

A WARNING

This protocol is only quasi-rational, or, say, it’s transrational. The result of following the protocol will clearly not “come out of nowhere,” but it’s highly likely you’ll be surprised. After all, if you could rationally compute yourself to the solution you get, you probably would have already done it.

So, this isn’t bookkeeping, fill-in-the-blank, calculation, or computation. It’s meant to max out your wetware, to make use of your poorly designed emotions, working memory, sleep consolidation, system one, and system two.

So, a word of caution: this protocol can be used at low intensity, but it can suck you in if you’re not careful. That is, the protocol can start doing you. It’s best used when you have at least a few days in a row with few commitments, at least as you ramp up intensity towards what might be the culmination.

Based on how the human brain handles complex analytical problems, you may experience these symptoms while working with this protocol:

crankiness, irritability, insomnia, early waking, loss of appetite, loss of interest in sex, introversion, pushing away loved ones, difficulty focusing on money stuff and job stuff, difficulty focusing on daily life tasks (like chores and showering), difficulty concentrating (on anything not on the direct problem path), wanting to be home all the time, suicidal ideation, and more.

The above are at the extreme side, but it’s not uncommon for many of the above to wax and wane quickly, with great intensity, as your deeply felt, genuine confidence that you’ve genuinely got a handle on your problem comes and goes.

The harder the problem, or the longer you’ve already been working on it, the more likely you are to experience some of these things.

Importantly, this is not a bad thing in and of itself! This is just how the human brain is wired.

But, for some people, doing this protocol can put those people in dangerous states if they’re not good at self-regulating or they’re not used to such intense states.

It’s important to be able to recognize when you things might get too intense, ideally before it happens, and to have plans in place (family, friends, therapist) if you need help or support.

Strong meditative experience (highly developed equanimity, in the technical sense) helps. A lot.

But if your money situation or relationship situation is precarious, you need to be careful and strategic about engaging in the sorts of behaviors described below.

THE FOUR BEHAVIORS

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What you Get

This product is a DRM-free PDF file.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction (as above)
  2. A Warning (as above)
  3. The Four Behaviors
  4. The Four Behaviors Elaborated
  5. Strategic Use of the Four Behaviors
  6. Solutions
  7. In Practice
  8. Tracking Example

This product is short and sweet! It’s nine pages, one of which is a big, not-too-informative image, and another of which you’ll have likely seen before. That leaves about 6.5 pages of text: it’s 2,500 words total, though keep in mind you’ve seen 1,000 of those words above. I think it’s worth the purchase. I would buy it in a heartbeat, seriously. 😀

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