A year ago, I wrote a blog entry seeking summer students to create a Worldview Manager: a web application that would prompt users to state their beliefs about various statements, and then notify them if two or more answers were in “tension” with one another, giving them the chance to modify their beliefs and thereby resolve the tension. The idea was then covered in a short piece by Lee Gomes at Forbes.com.
I ended up selecting two students: Louis Wasserman of the University of Chicago, and Leonid Grinberg of Belmont High School. They excelled at all aspects of this project, from low-level hacking to high-level design decisions. If there are enough young ‘uns like them, I feel better about the future of the United States.
As a result of their work, I’m pleased to announce that you can now try Worldview Manager here.
Currently, we have only a limited selection of “topic files”, all of them rather nerdy: Complexity Theory, Strong AI, the Axiom of Choice, Quantum Computing, Libertarianism, and Quantum Mechanics. However, if there’s enough interest, we’ll probably add more topic files soon. In the meantime, if you have any interest in contributing topic files yourself, please let me know! It’s actually not hard.
And if you have praise, gripes, constructive feedback, nonconstructive feedback … hey, the comments section is right underneath this sentence.