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HughRistik comments on Beware of Other-Optimizing - Less Wrong

79 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 10 April 2009 01:58AM

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Comment author: HughRistik 10 April 2009 05:59:34AM 6 points [-]

I agree that there are many people running around who are overconfident with their advice because it happens to work for them. But could there also be people out there with potentially good advice who never talk about it because of underconfidence?

Personally, I relish all advice, good or bad. I would consider it worth to hear bad advice from 10 people in order to hear substantially good advice from one. I can just toss out the bad advice; it doesn't cost me much, and I'm pretty confident about my bullshit filter. Of course, this approach to advice may not work for everyone in every domain. If you don't have a good way of evaluating advice in a particular domain, then it would be difficult to filter out bad advice which could harm you. And if the person has power over you, then you can't throw out their advice so easily.

There have been some times where I've followed bad advice (usually some sort of oversimplification) that lead me to figure out some new things, to see the flaw in the advice, and to find my own way of doing things.

I support people giving advice, and just including YMMV caveats.