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That's an idea that I explicitly learned from computing, coming from a mathematical background where that pattern doesn't really have an analogue. I really never thought that way until I conceived of it as an adult and immediately connected it to some code I had written recently. The closest pattern of thinking I had prior to that was the idea of the scientific method, which isn't exactly the same and isn't nearly as applicable to problems in daily life.

Are you kidding? I use the scientific method quite consciously all the time. Form a hypothesis, try to come up with some relevant experiments, perform them, notice that they (usually) disconfirm the hypothesis, repeat until the hypothesis is not disconfirmed.

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