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Comment author: Jess_Riedel 14 April 2010 02:16:52PM *  1 point [-]

I suffer from exactly the same thing, but I don't think this what Roko is worring about, is it? He seems to worry about "ugh fields" around important life decisions (or "serious personal problems"), whereas you and I experience them around normal tasks (e.g. responding to emails, tackling stuck work, etc.). The latter may be important tasks -- making this an important motivation/akrasia/efficiency issue -- but it's not a catastrophic/black-swan type risk.

For example, if one had an ugh field around their own death and this prevented them from considering cryonics, this would be a catastrophic/black-swan type risk. Personally, I rather enjoy thinking about these types of major life decisions, but I could see how others might not.

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Comment author: gwillen 19 April 2010 02:12:02PM 11 points [-]

Well, the Ugh Field around emails doesn't start as being about email; it starts as being about some specific item in the inbox. But then as I avoid checking email for days in order to avoid looking at that item (and more from the same party), I start to realize that there are probably now other important things in the inbox that I haven't seen, since I haven't been reading it; and I probably don't want to read those either, especially since I'm probably now late in replying to them.

And so on.