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53 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 09 August 2007 01:46AM

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Comment author: Tony 10 August 2007 02:56:20AM 2 points [-]

The depressed are less biased in their self-assessments than the population as a whole.

Can that be true? What about their assessments of the rest of the world outside themselves? My experience with depressed people runs very counter to that. Do you have any references to that?

Comment author: pnrjulius 30 June 2012 03:16:14AM 0 points [-]

Depressive realism is an incredibly, well, depressing fact about the world.

Is there something we're missing about it though? Is the world actually such that understanding it better makes you sad, or is it rather that for whatever reason sad people happen to be better at understanding the world?

And if it is in fact that understanding makes you sad... what does this mean for rationality?

Comment author: DanielLC 30 June 2012 03:51:36AM 0 points [-]

Depressive realism is an incredibly, well, depressing fact about the world.

It's not that depressing. If it was lack of bias that caused the depression, that would be bad, but I'm pretty certain it's the other way around.

Comment author: pnrjulius 30 June 2012 03:56:37AM 0 points [-]

So you're saying you think that while maybe typically happy people are more irrational, it's still possible to be rational and happy.

I guess I agree with that. But sometimes I feel like I may just hope this is true, and not actually have good evidence for it.