In mathematics, two Euclidean vectors are said to be orthogonal if they are at right angles to one another. Speaking metaphorically, we can call two ideas orthogonal if they diverge from one another at right angles in idea space. On this blog I will present ideas that are orthogonal to conventional wisdom. Idea space is multi-dimensional and no matter how wrong the popular view on a particular subject may be, we would get nowhere sensible by simply reversing it.
To be a smart contrarian, one must not only identify points where the consensus view is likely to be wrong, but also decide in which of many possible directions to depart from it. More on this subject in tomorrow’s post.