Tag Archives: Optimization

Avoiding Emotional Dominance Spirals

Follow Up to: Dominance, care, and social touch One thing Ben said in his latest post especially resonated with me, and I wanted to offer some expanded thoughts on it: Sometimes, when I feel let down because someone close to me … Continue reading

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On Automoderation

Follow Up to: Trio Walks, Duo Talks Response to: Automoderation (Ferocious Truth) Hat Tip: Automoderation (Agenty Duck) In my post Trio Walks, Duo Talks I laid out the thesis that the key to a high-quality discussion with more than two participants … Continue reading

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Restaurant Guide 2: Pizza

Continuation From: Restaurant Guide 1 Epistemic Status: Hungry Pizza is a special case that is worthy of its own attention, so this section will do that. There isn’t as much of a boarder thesis here, and the judgments are more … Continue reading

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Trio Walks, Duo Talks

Epistemic Status: Exploration Related: The Engineer and the Diplomat Having a great conversation is hard, but valuable. The structure a conversation is built around determines how it will go. How should we engineer more valuable conversations? At the retreat, it was … Continue reading

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Restaurant Guide 1: Restaurants should not look like (most) restaurants

Epistemic Status: Full Power Related: Surgeons Should Not Look Like Surgeons, An Economist Gets Lunch Follow-Up: Restaurant Guide 2: Pizza Conceptually Related More Than You Might Think: Short-Termism I have spent a lot of time optimizing restaurant choice, and what to do when … Continue reading

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What If It Rains?

Follow Up To: Full Service Gas stations in New Jersey do not have awnings to protect customers from the rain. Let us presume for the moment that due to some combination of inertia, regulations and initial costs, it is not … Continue reading

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Full Service

New Jersey has a law that says that you are not allowed to pump your own gas. They have had this law for 70 years. This is, of course, absurd. But if it is so absurd, why do 63 percent … Continue reading

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