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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: Peter_de_Blanc 01 August 2009 02:04:47AM *  3 points [-]

Because of this.

Comment author: CronoDAS 01 August 2009 05:44:15AM 1 point [-]

I don't consider that a drawback.

Comment author: Fetterkey 01 August 2009 05:28:06AM *  1 point [-]

Shouldn't rational individuals be able to avoid such perils?

Comment author: wedrifid 01 August 2009 10:57:24AM 6 points [-]

By, for example, acknowledging their weaknesses and managing their environment such that it doesn't waste valuable willpower on trivialities.

Comment author: Fetterkey 01 August 2009 09:29:26PM 0 points [-]

The amount of will necessary to close a window is itself trivial, if will can indeed be considered a resource to be spent.

Comment author: wedrifid 02 August 2009 02:08:13AM 4 points [-]

The amount of will necessary to close a window is itself trivial,

Many people find the will cost non negligible. While I don't actually know (or want to know) exactly what TV troups is, avoiding the temptation to, say, follow links from google reader to lesswrong.com is a sufficient expense that I often install leechblock for months at a time.

if will can indeed be considered a resource to be spent.

Willpower can absolutely be considered a resource to be spent. References on request or on google. In fact, I seem to recall the topic coming up here once or thrice.

Comment author: Fetterkey 02 August 2009 05:02:40AM 4 points [-]

You are right. Thank you for pointing that out, you have helped me improve.

Comment author: CronoDAS 02 August 2009 06:11:46AM 1 point [-]

The TV Tropes Wiki is a wiki about recurring elements in fiction, such as situations, character types, and plots, which are collectively referred to as "tropes".

Be warned, though. TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life.