Portrait of the Artist as a Man
March 8, 2021

On Ranking

A high SAT score is a measure of whether or not you scored well on the SAT. That’s it. A bank balance is a measure of how much money you have in the bank. That’s all.

In the face of the difficulty the system has in measuring things that don’t measure, we create proxies. Things like popularity as a proxy for whether a work of human creativity has worth or not. Seth’s Blog: https://seths.blog/2021/02/ranking-the-unrankable/

The human brain remembers things best when it has multiple traits to do so. Measures, rankings, location, color - all of that make things more memorable. But they are just traits.

These are not value. Value is not a measurable thing. It can be defined by a person but that is only that person’s definition. And it says more about them than you.

Permanent link: Http://blog.angrybunnyman.com/on-ranking


Previous post
On doing versus improving. I have never been great at just doing a thing. I am regularly trying to find ways to “do better.” With work, it’s valuable because it keeps me advancing - new skills, new efficiencies, better results.
Next post
organizing by color I wish books were still color-coded by subject! I prefer color blocking books - I find it soothing. For a large number of books, I’d organize by topic and then by color.