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125 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 17 November 2011 07:28PM

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Comment author: CG_Morton 18 November 2011 05:56:58PM 2 points [-]

It's excessive to claim that the hard work, introspection, and personal -change- (the hardest part) required to align your actions with a given goal are equivalent in difficulty or utility to just taking a pill.

Even if self-help techniques consistently worked, you'd still have to compare the opportunity cost of investing that effort with the apparent gains from reaching a goal. And estimating the utility of a goal is really difficult, especially when it's a goal you've never experienced before.