Open Questions

Below is a running list of The Latticework’s open questions – things we’re particularly interested in that we don’t (yet!) have clarity on. We loved Patrick Collison’s list of Question and have included two below that have greatly inspired us

Partners – if you have any resources or ideas that will help enlighten us, please leave a note! Non-partners, we’d of course love to hear from you too and you can contact us here.

  • What does the “mastery path” for learning these ideas look like? It’s not rote memorization or simply time spent reading, so what is it? Likely it is the ability to bring forth the right idea at the right time and in the right context, but how do we track and measure that? Is it possible? We’ve found this hard to pin down and know it’s important, so please let us know what you think!
  • What would you need to see from The Latticework to make it so compelling that you’d spontaneously share it with your most trusted friends?

From Patrick Collison:

  • What’s the successor to the book? And how could books be improved? – Books are great (unless you’re Socrates). We now have magic ink. As an artifact for effecting the transmission of knowledge (rather than a source of entertainment), how can the book be improved? How can we help authors understand how well their work is doing in practice? (Which parts are readers confused by or stumbling over or skipping?) How can we follow shared annotations by the people we admire? Being limited in our years on the earth, how can we incentivize brevity? Is there any way to facilitate user-suggested improvements?
  • Why is there no canon for life’s most important questions? – If we go to study economics, we quickly become familiar with The Wealth of Nations and Keyne’s General Theory. If we become interested in moral philosophy, we swiftly encounter Reasons and Persons and A Theory of Justice. But for many of life’s most important questions, we won’t find any similar canon. That is, there are no similarly definitive books about how to navigate your education, how to select a career, how to choose a partner, how to be a good friend, or how to raise your children well. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of books on these questions. There are, of course. But there are none that are so good, or important, that you might assume that others interested in the questions will be familiar with their ideas. Is it not possible for there to be “great” books about these questions? Or have they just not been written yet?