Buster's Notes / Book Of Loops

The Book of Loops helps you think about rascally questions.

If you have such a question, think of it now and type it out somewhere or write it down somewhere so you can look at it.

Now that it’s out of your head and you’re able to look at it objectively, ask yourself these 6 questions about the question:

  1. Intuition: Do you feel like you can trust your intuitions about this question?
  2. Skill: Do you have the skills and know-how needed to address this question?
  3. Resources: Do you have access to information, time, and money needed to address this question?
  4. Capacity: Do you feel personally ready and able to dig deeper into this question?
  5. Network: Are your close relationships and community aware of your question and supportive of asking it?
  6. Nature: Is there a feedback loop with the natural world that will respond to steps you take to address this question?

Write down your 6 answers next to the question. For each yes, put a 1 and for each no put a 0. For example, if you answered all of them yes except for question 6, you’d have 1 1 1 1 1 0. If you answered 1, 2, and 3 with no and 4, 5, and 6 with yes, you’d have 0 0 0 1 1 1.

There are 64 different possible combinations you could have ended up with, and each of these possible outcomes is a lens that locates you as the asker/owner of the question, as well as a way to perceive the question in a helpful light. By knowing where you and your question are located, you can better find the paths out of the question.

Use the first 3 numbers to identify the column, and the second 3 numbers to identify the row. That’s your question’s general location.

first 3 → 000 010 011 001 101 111 110 100
second 3 ↓                
000 000000 010000 011000 001000 101000 111000 110000 100000
010 000010 010010 011010 001010 101010 111010 110010 100010
011 000011 010001 011011 001011 101011 111011 110011 100011
001 000001 010001 011001 001100 101001 111001 110001 100001
101 000101 010101 011101 001101 101101 111101 110101 100101
111 000111 010111 011111 001111 101111 111111 110111 100111
110 000110 010110 011110 001110 101110 111110 110110 100110
100 000100 010100 011100 001100 101100 111100 110100 100100