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That's Interesting (1971) [pdf] (files.wordpress.com)
33 points by jger15 39 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

This seems consistent with what we've learned about Hacker News. What defies expectation tends to be interesting. The predictable is uninteresting.

Summary: What makes a new theory interesting? If it contradicts your assumptions, it's interesting. If it reaffirms your assumptions, it's not. Here is a list of sociology papers which the author considers interesting, with some historical context for each.

A funny thought: If you expected a theory to be interesting but it reaffirmed your assumptions would it not be interesting? :p

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