Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

Strange7 comments on LW Women- Minimizing the Inferential Distance - Less Wrong

58 [deleted] 25 November 2012 11:33PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (1254)

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: Strange7 27 November 2012 02:18:09AM 4 points [-]

Praise means more when it has to be earned.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 27 November 2012 04:21:14AM 2 points [-]

Especially for little kids, you don't want to make praise too hard to get.

Comment author: ialdabaoth 27 November 2012 04:32:51AM 4 points [-]

Exactly. "What is it? <pause to listen> I think I see it! I bet you can do even better next time!" is far less discouraging than "that's horrible, I can't even tell what it is!"

Assuming that your goal is to construct a well-functioning mind, that is. (Which I hope is the goal of everyone who decides to make a child)

Comment author: Strange7 27 November 2012 10:32:24PM 2 points [-]

It's a tricky balance. I don't agree with Esar's strategy, but I can see the logic behind it and was trying to share that understanding with Emile.