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If it’s easy for others to guess in advance what one’s opinion is going to be, there’s not really much point in expressing it, or, for that matter, expressing it could be efficiently replaced by publicly displaying whatever thinking pattern or formula one is using to generate it.

Our document structures typically give us one or at best two dimensions, so we analyse our problems with one (black-white, left-right) or at best two (political compass) degrees of freedom. Thus, our view of the world is artificial, created by throwing out relevant information.

My favourite things are non-linear and/or multi-dimensional: literary references, great music, strange physics. Usually, however, our most common modes of communication give us just two dimensions: in documents, linear order and hierarchy, and in tables, up-down and left-right.