Nathaniel — thanks for the thoughtful feedback. You make a great point about one sources of weird I hadn’t quite considered: edge cases. I guess the kind of weird I’ve been concerned with are precisely those cases which feel like predictions of the future, not just deviations from the norm. But those aren’t always the same, as you say. And I couldn’t agree more about one of the best sources of weird being the perspective of those who “don’t know any better.” I’ve heard it called “beginner’s mind,” too — that freshness of perspective that only comes when you don’t quite have names for what you’re looking at.