Tag Archives: Rationality

Choices are Bad

Epistemic Status: Spent way too long deciding what to put here Kind of a Follow-Up to: Change is Bad Will Hopefully Lead To, But No Promises: Some combination of, when and if I write them: Complexity is Bad, Choices Are … Continue reading

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You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and People Would Like You

Epistemic Status: Playing the odds Originality Status: Very low. These are not unique views and this has been said many times before, so apologies if you’ve seen it many times before, but the message never gets through, so we keep … Continue reading

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Why Rationality?

Previously: Responses to Tyler Cohen on Rationality Recently: Yes, We Have Noticed the Skulls, When Rationalists Remade the World Repeat as Necessary: Principle of Charity A lot of people do not understand the appeal. I was surprised to find that Will Wilkinson was among … Continue reading

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Responses to Tyler Cowen on Rationality

In his recent podcast with Ezra Klein (recommended), Ezra asked Tyler his views on many things. One of them was the rationality community, and he put that response on Marginal Revolution as its own post. Here is the back and … Continue reading

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If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

Pick one. There will be a quiz. ADT – Acausal Decision Theory. Figure out what other agents want and do it, even if you can’t talk to them and they might not exist, if and only if they would do … 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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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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Metrics in Everything: “Human Lives”

Epistemic Status: Ranting with the fire of a thousand suns I was on page 48 of the (so far) otherwise interesting and enjoyable Algorithms to Live By, a birthday gift from my friend Jacob who writes the blog Put a … Continue reading

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The Twelve Virtues of Rationality

Yesterday, Raymond Arnold sent out an email announcing that those at Highgarden had come up with a really cool art project and invited everyone to come down and participate. The idea was to paint panels depicting the Twelve Virtues of … Continue reading

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Trolley Problems: Conveniently Inconvenient Worlds Considered

The basic trolley problem is under-specified. In the basic case (no one will ever know what you did or did not do, a transfer saves N people and dooms M other statistically identical people) I hold that the answer is … Continue reading

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