Chunk Size

It's a Trade Off

Me: cut your food into chunks that are easy to chew
Them: but if I keep cutting forever I end up splitting atoms and then there’s nothing left to eat

My “mind-sized chunks” tweet got a bunch of replies of the form, “Yeah, but if you make the chunks too small then the system is harder to understand, not easier.” My question: what is so threatening about “mind-sized chunks” that “smart” people would immediately jump to reductio ad absurdum.

Having come up in Smalltalk, I’m willing to believe that my “small” is smaller than many folks today. Still, there’s a big space of possibilities out there and the one point you’re sitting on now isn’t sacred.

It’s a trade off, folks. Smaller chunks cost in exchange for benefits. Bigger chunks cost in exchange for benefits.