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fortyeridania comments on [Transcript] Richard Feynman on Why Questions - Less Wrong

61 Post author: Grognor 08 January 2012 07:01PM

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Comment author: fortyeridania 09 January 2012 02:29:25AM 13 points [-]

I greatly appreciate transcripts. Thanks a lot. And this particular one is really interesting.

But I don't think it's an example of dissolving the question. He mainly seems to be (1) explaining why a topic is too complicated to talk about with precision to a layperson, and (2) giving names to the concepts that are the most complicated.

Question-dissolving is what to do when you're confused, not just when you don't know something. Confusion is what tells us there's something wrong with the question; it's a matter of the map, not the territory.

Comment author: orthonormal 09 January 2012 10:06:32PM 7 points [-]

I think he's implicitly answering a more important meta-question: when people ask "why", they're usually wanting a narrative explanation, and so scientific explanations are often found unsatisfying.