I’m going to propose a scientific theory about cognition I cannot prove:
The act of remembering what you did makes you think the end product is correct.
This is from an observation in nearly every creative thing I’ve ever done that goes something like this:
1. You create something requiring a long period of time. This could be software, a painting, writing, or anything that takes time.
2. You “finish” and then step back to marvel at how good it is, when a friend walks up.
3. Your friend then points out one glaringly obvious problem, and suddenly your entire vision of what you created changes.
4. Now all you see is this mistake your friend pointed out, and you have no idea how you possibly missed it.
I believe that this ...