Running out of things that can go wrong

Idea that I originally got from Stuff Made Here.

If you try to test every single hypothesis, you will eventually run out of things that will go wrong.

This is the essence of logic: When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, stated by Sherlock Holmes.

“this is painful, but eventually run out of things that can go wrong” (9:20) from here


If you try everything, then at some point you run out of things that will potentially go wrong.

  • if you face new things that you don’t know in a field, at some point you will run out of terms that you are unfamiliar with. And then you can really innovate. And then become faster at doing. Like right now, it takes me forever to do one thing, but over time, as you iterate and craft yourself, you will have less and less things.

But actually, there is this Paradoxical idea, which is also true: The more you learn, the less you know.