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Is there a tension between creativity and accuracy?

On Twitter, I’ve been chatting with my friend Julia Galef about tensions between thinking creatively and thinking in a way that reduces error.


Of course, all other things being equal, I’m in favour of reducing error in our thinking!


However, all other things are not always equal.


In particular, I believe “there’s a tension, too, between behaviours which maximize accuracy & which maximize creativity…

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