Article PDF: 4.4.2 Intellectual Distance

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Six rules simplifying the analysis of moving through intellectual space.

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This article describes how we use intellectual distance to pick the best opportunities. The less we know about an opportunity, the better it looks. This is a challenge when picking high-probability opportunities. The challenge is worse in this new era of communication, where intellectual distance seems to be minimized by communication systems. Unlike physical proximity, intellectual affiliations and differences are difficult to identify, quantify, and compare. Intellectual closeness and distance are much more varied and complex than physical closeness. People that are intellectually close in some areas of affinity can be very distant than others. Unity based on affinity and opposed to proximity is relatively fragile and tentative.