Flywheel Validation

Day 326 Week 48 Q4  Tuesday, November 22, 2022

So, you buy into or had the idea that there may be some kind of flywheel you could invent to keep you moving in the right direction, and it could be a routine or a habit or a group of people or some combination of all of the above. Sure, as Sir Issac Newton reminds us, objects in motion tend to remain in motion, and so do objects at least tend to remain at rest. It is a hypothesis that remaining in motion may be a better state unless, of course, you are trying to mediate and quiet the mind, which is not my purpose here, at least at the moment.

Now, this notion of a flywheel to help you keep moving in the direction you want is a nice idea, or perhaps just a wild-assed guess, more formally known in scientific circles as a hypothesis. You know the drill, or perhaps you do not, if the scientific method was taught a day you were not there either literally or figuratively.  

An exceedingly brief description of the scientific method for much of society seems to have either forgotten it, never known it, to begin with, or is involved in attempting to disqualify and dispute it. Here goes. A person has an idea, it might be wrong, or it might be right. You try to articulate it, and when you do, if you do, it immediately gets confirmed upon it the status of a hypothesis. Then you try to prove it, disprove it, or do something to make you think that it might be valid (or invalid). After you get some evidence that might support the idea, you tell others. If others can get the same results as you did, then you might have some validation.

Validation best comes about externally, for you can convince yourself of a lot. But say you or others continue to poke at this idea and somewhere along the line get some contrary evidence disputing the validity of your idea. Well, this is a dynamic dance, as there is always more evidence, perhaps some for and perhaps some against.   

The dance continues, and this is called the scientific method. Prove, disprove, move forward, repeat. And this is not necessarily a victimless crime. Being wrong or being right does ripple through and affect you as well as others. So, the scientific method does matter! And it can also bring some joy when there is enough evidence that you were right. Hey, you have feelings, too, right?

I am happy to report that at least in my life and for some around me that the notion of a flywheel being beneficial to creative outliers, which at one point was a hypothesis, has now been showing signs of validation, r perhaps I should say revalidation, for I had validated it many years ago in other lives, but of course, being a bit of scientific nerd, feel the need to continue to validate it periodically. And the good news is, it still seems to work, although this time applied to music composers, certainly one of the many types of creative outliers.

A composer’s flywheel? Now that is a notion worth validating.