On Universes

January 27, 2009

Odd, isn’t it, that it took me until now to realize this.

I do much better on closed-universe problems, where outside research is strictly forbidden. If I’m expected to generate an answer based on the information provided in a very limited set of documents, I can do it just fine. That has held, so far, both at work and at school.

I only start to fall apart when the doors are thrown wide and almost anything could be relevant. The hardest part is deciding to stop researching. Ugh.


  • _grisha says:

    I’m the same way, but only when a problem doesn’t really interest me.

  • Märt says:

    For me it’s the opposite — for interesting problems I get sucked into every nuance. If I don’t care, it’s much easier to say “screw it” and only deal with what I have in front of me.

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