The fox knows many things,
but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
— Archilochus, 700 BC.
Here is a table from Silver’s book describing the differing attitudes of foxes and hedgehogs.
|How Foxes Think||How Hedgehogs Think|
|Multidisciplinary: Incorporate ideas from different disciplines regardless of their origin on the political spectrum||Specialized: Often have spent the bulk of their careers on one or two great problems. May view the opinions of “outsiders” skeptically.|
|Adaptable: Find a new approach – or pursue multiple approaches at the same time – if they aren’t sure the original one is working.||Stalwart: Stick to the same “all-in” approach – new data is used to refine the original model.|
|Self-critical: Sometimes willing (if rarely happy) to acknowledge mistakes in their predictions and accept the blame for them.||Stubborn: Mistakes are blamed on bad luck or on idiosyncratic circumstances – a good model had a bad day.|
|Tolerant of complexity: See the universe as complicated, perhaps to the point of many fundamental problems being insolvable or inherently unpredictable.||Order-seeking: Expect that the world will be found to abide by relatively simple governing relationships once the signal is identified through the noise.|
|Cautious: Express their predictions in probabilistic terms and qualify their opinions.||Confident: Rarely hedge their predictions and are reluctant to change them.|
|Empirical: Rely more on observation than theory.||Ideological: Expect that solutions to many day-to-day problems are manifestations of some grander theory or struggle.|
Master and dievca have their differences, but they have learned to work with and honor those differences. On the other hand, it does make things interesting sometimes.
dievca has found that these pastry/cookies cutters made everyone smile and they fill her heart when she has a ‘Midwestern’ baking moment.
Brown Sugar Cookies
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c brown sugar (packed firmly)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold & cut into chunks
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.
Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick, and cut into shapes. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut-out shape on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Thank you to 'Bake at 350' and 'gimmesomeoven'.