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69 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 August 2007 12:21AM

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Comment author: zero_call 17 August 2010 05:49:34PM 0 points [-]

This sort of brings to my mind Pirsig's discussions about problem solving in ZATAOMM. You get that feeling of confusion when you are looking at a new problem, but that feeling is actually a really natural, important part of the process. I think the strangest thing to me is that this feeling tends to occur in a kind of painful way -- there is some stress associated with the confusion. But as you say, and as Pirsig says, that stress is really a positive indication of the maturation of an understanding.