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Raemon comments on Fictional Bias - Less Wrong

0 Post author: thomblake 02 April 2012 02:10AM

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Comment author: Raemon 03 April 2012 03:53:42AM 9 points [-]

I appreciated it in part because there have been a few Less Wrong posts that HAD citations (or at least a bunch of links going to articles that looked fairly legit) which I took at face value, and I lazily threw the links at people without having read them thoroughly, only to find that they didn't say what I thought they said, or the evidence wasn't nearly as compelling.

It was a wake up call that you can't to outsource your rationality to someone else, even a community of rationalists. So essentially I try to always treat Lesswrong articles as if they are an April Fool's prank, either doublechecking them or not flagging them as "obvious truth" until I've read more background material.

I think having an occasional article that explicitly reminds of this is useful.

Comment author: handoflixue 03 April 2012 08:33:03PM 0 points [-]

Hmmm, you make a fair point! I might not have valued the post, but that doesn't mean it wasn't valuable to others.