I notice that I never have a complete answer to anything.
I may have digged into something way more than my peers, but there are always all kinds of hunches I haven’t put into words yet, all kinds of data that I haven’t internalized yet, all kinds of unresolved confusions.
I know much more than a year ago. If I explain my ideas now, I’m going to be embarrassed by it next year.
My opposite worry is that I will learn too much. Forget how I learned all this stuff, at which point the inferential distance is too large to overcome.
This worry is not about impressions. It’s about not wasting people’s time with half-baked ideas. Naively one might just max out the tree of details before reporting them, but the tree is never maxed out. There is always ambiguity somewhere. How much is acceptable to pass on?