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What do you want to think?Fact about the world that's true
Explanation-in-progress (1st angle)
Alternative explanations
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START HERE
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Pre-researchFor each section below, think and enter your responses without researching on the Internet. Closing your eyes and thinking may help.
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AttributesDump all words that come to your mind regarding the fact
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Similar phenomena
Use attributes above to think of all similar phenomena to the fact
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Counter factuals
The fact '..' is highly unlikely to arise, if these conditions were true
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Key concepts
Concepts you can research to help you with understanding the fact (mention at least 3, provide one line summary against each)
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ResearchSet a time limit (recommended: 30-60 minutes) and research on the Internet
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Verify the fact
Research to verify whether you've gotten the fact right. Record your original (B2) and refined question below, and then replace B2 with refined question
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Link dump (add new rows for each link)Things you found interesting in your researchLinks to them
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EnrichEnrich your initial understanding with what you've learned during research. No Internet allowed
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AttributesWhat you had thought of before
New attributes (all words that come to your mind regarding the fact )
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Similar phenomenaWhat you had thought of before
New similar phenomena (Use new attributes above to think of all similar phenomena to the fact)
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Counter factualsWhat you had thought of before
New counter factuals (The fact '..' is highly unlikely to arise, if these conditions were true)
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Key conceptsWhat you had thought of before
New concepts that came up during research to help you with understanding the fact (provide one line summary against each)
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ExpandCriticisms on your understanding of concepts or favorite explanations (Google 'concept criticism', 'concept vs ' or 'concept cons' or 'concept wrong')
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Anti-confirmation bias research (add new rows as links)Criticisms found Links to them
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SynthesizeBring it all together
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Visual representation
Draw different entities and relationships between them
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Historical NarrativeKey events leading to the fact
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Contrasting details (one row for each similar phenomena)Similar phenomena
In what respects fact '..' is similar to them
In what respects fact '..' is different from them
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Success conditions (one row for each success condition)
What has to be true about the world in order to lead to the fact '..' in almost all cases
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Failure conditions (one row for each success condition)
In which alternate worlds, the fact '..' could have failed to be true
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Explain to 8 year old
Explain the reasoning behind fact to a 8 year old in one paragraph
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Alternative explanations (optional)Record alternative explanations here
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PredictMake your understanding useful
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Predictions
What new knowledge can you predict based on your understanding on the fact so far (also mention what logic are you using to make it)
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Verifications
Verify and record your predictions here (or publicly announce or make bets)
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BeyondIdeas and concepts for furher research
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Unresolved Questions (one per row)
Questions / facts / opinions that you've not fully understood
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Concepts that came upPre-researchPost research
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