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Bab­ble and Prune

TagLast edit: 13 Jun 2023 9:53 UTC by Gunnar_Zarncke

Babble and Prune is a metaphor derived from concepts in algorithm design, applied to creative and analytical thinking. The phrase captures a two-step process:

The “Babble and Prune” concept serves as a reminder that creativity and critical thinking are distinct, complementary skills. It’s often unproductive to judge ideas too quickly or harshly (pruning too early), just as it can be unproductive to fail to critically examine one’s ideas (babbling without pruning).

Artist and Critic, Generator and Discriminator are other terms used to describe Babble and Prune in more formal contexts.

The main starting point is the Babble and Prune sequence.

Babble

alkjash10 Jan 2018 21:56 UTC
200 points
32 comments5 min readLW link2 reviews
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

More Babble

alkjash12 Jan 2018 1:41 UTC
71 points
24 comments8 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Say Wrong Things

Gordon Seidoh Worley24 May 2019 22:11 UTC
114 points
13 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways of send­ing some­thing to the moon

jacobjacob1 Oct 2020 4:20 UTC
94 points
114 comments2 min readLW link1 review

But­terfly Ideas

Elizabeth22 Feb 2022 7:40 UTC
173 points
10 comments3 min readLW link2 reviews
(acesounderglass.com)

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways of solv­ing a prob­lem in your life

jacobjacob22 Oct 2020 4:49 UTC
33 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Why does anx­iety (?) make me dumb?

TeaTieAndHat8 Jul 2023 16:13 UTC
18 points
14 comments3 min readLW link

Teach­ing Ladders

alkjash24 Jan 2018 19:01 UTC
28 points
9 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Open Mic—Au­gust 2023

Adam Zerner1 Aug 2023 19:24 UTC
8 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways to es­cape a locked room

jacobjacob8 Oct 2020 5:13 UTC
30 points
83 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways of hid­ing Ein­stein’s pen for fifty years

jacobjacob15 Oct 2020 7:23 UTC
31 points
44 comments3 min readLW link

Vi­sual Bab­ble and Prune

DirectedEvolution4 Jun 2020 18:49 UTC
46 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 con­se­quences of in­tel­li­gent ant colonies

jacobjacob29 Oct 2020 7:21 UTC
23 points
48 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble Challenge: 50 thoughts on sta­ble, co­op­er­a­tive institutions

jacobjacob5 Nov 2020 6:38 UTC
29 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Fi­nal Bab­ble Challenge (for now): 100 ways to light a candle

jacobjacob12 Nov 2020 23:17 UTC
45 points
31 comments4 min readLW link

[Linkpost] Con­tra four-wheeled suit­cases, sort of

Gunnar_Zarncke12 Sep 2023 20:36 UTC
18 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(dynomight.substack.com)

How to get the benefits of mov­ing with­out mov­ing (bab­ble)

mingyuan13 Nov 2020 20:17 UTC
70 points
11 comments9 min readLW link

Bab­ble and Prune : 5 new ideas

Teja Prabhu23 Oct 2020 23:42 UTC
3 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Prune

alkjash12 Jan 2018 22:50 UTC
69 points
10 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

The LessWrong 2018 Review

Raemon21 Nov 2019 2:50 UTC
101 points
91 comments7 min readLW link

Circumambulation

alkjash15 Jan 2018 19:17 UTC
24 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Write

alkjash29 Jan 2018 2:11 UTC
42 points
7 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Bab­ble on grow­ing trust

qbolec21 May 2023 13:19 UTC
13 points
1 comment5 min readLW link

[Question] Why is there a “clogged drain­pipe” effect in idea gen­er­a­tion?

jacobjacob20 Nov 2020 19:08 UTC
33 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

Bab­ble Thread

Adam Zerner9 Jan 2021 21:52 UTC
10 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Disagree­ables and Asses­sors: Two In­tel­lec­tual Archetypes

ozziegooen5 Nov 2021 9:05 UTC
45 points
10 comments3 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

Iter­at­ing fast: voice dic­ta­tion as a form of babble

Gytis Daujotas25 Jan 2022 0:21 UTC
20 points
5 comments4 min readLW link

Lan­guage Ex Machina

janus15 Jan 2023 9:19 UTC
40 points
19 comments24 min readLW link
(generative.ink)

Re­searchers and writ­ers can ap­ply for proxy ac­cess to the GPT-3.5 base model (code-davinci-002)

ampdot1 Dec 2023 18:48 UTC
14 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(airtable.com)

Bab­ble & Prune Thoughts

abramdemski15 Oct 2020 13:46 UTC
80 points
6 comments6 min readLW link

Directed Babbling

Yudhister Kumar1 Feb 2023 9:10 UTC
20 points
1 comment3 min readLW link
(www.ykumar.org)

90% of any­thing should be bad (& the pre­ci­sion-re­call trade­off)

cartografie8 Sep 2022 1:20 UTC
33 points
22 comments6 min readLW link

[Question] Rank the fol­low­ing based on like­li­hood to nul­lify AI-risk

Aorou30 Sep 2022 11:15 UTC
3 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

The Failures of Eld Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 May 2008 10:32 UTC
98 points
56 comments9 min readLW link

Bab­ble Challenge: 50 Ways to Over­come Im­pos­tor Syndrome

Tim Liptrot19 Mar 2021 18:21 UTC
15 points
5 comments1 min readLW link
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