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CronoDAS comments on For progress to be by accumulation and not by random walk, read great books - Less Wrong

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Comment author: CronoDAS 16 April 2010 05:38:46PM 1 point [-]

The writing at that link is confusing. It's too... "dense", let's say, and reminds me of attempts to sound profound by deliberately being hard to understand rather than actually being profound - what others may have called using too many "big words". I don't have a good way of describing the feeling of reading something hard to understand, and, when something is hard to understand, it's also hard to know whether it's worth putting in the effort to try to understand it or whether it's just gibberish. Am I making sense here?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 16 April 2010 06:27:24PM 0 points [-]

You're making sense. I'm sure Focusing is legitimate, and TAE is the same process I use for accessing new ideas. The bit I quoted sounds like TAE is incredibly valuable for people who've gotten false ideas about thinking from school and/or mainstream society.

However, in spite of all this, I find the TAE site unreadable, and I can handle moderately difficult text.

I'm not sure what the problem is.I don't think it's the vocabulary-- it might be that there's too much philosophy inserted in the wrong places, but this is only a guess.

Comment author: thomblake 16 April 2010 06:43:28PM 1 point [-]

"Philosophy" should have been in scare quotes.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 16 April 2010 06:59:50PM 0 points [-]

Can you be more specific about that?

Comment author: CronoDAS 16 April 2010 06:36:41PM 0 points [-]

Yeah, there is definitely something very wrong with the writing style on that site.