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

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Comment author: TGGP3 10 August 2007 07:13:54AM 3 points [-]

Do you have any references to that? Yes. They do underestimate the probability their their depression will end, however (I'll see if I can find the link to where I read that, it was likely another GMU blogger). I don't know about other cognitive biases in the depressed.

Comment author: DanielLC 05 July 2011 07:12:52PM 1 point [-]

Wikipedia now has an article on depressive realism.

Comment author: pnrjulius 30 June 2012 03:18:44AM 1 point [-]

It looks like there's still some serious controversy on the issue.

But suppose for a moment that it's true: Suppose that depressed people really do have more accurate beliefs, and that this really is related to their depression.

What does this mean for rationality? Is it more rational to be delusional and happy or to be accurate and sad? Or can we show that even in light of this data there is a third option, to actually be accurate and happy?

Comment author: DanielLC 30 June 2012 03:49:33AM 0 points [-]

If you're an egoist, it's best to be delusional and happy. If you're not, the needs of others outweigh your own. Of course, even if depressed people are more accurate, that doesn't mean that they're more productive. Then again, they may be able to use their more accurate beliefs to find a better charity and make up the difference. Of course, you could just have a depressed philanthropist tell you where to donate.

Comment author: RRam 07 November 2015 08:00:28AM 0 points [-]

Depressive people are definitely accurate on certain things. But they have lost their hopes. They are not seeing the whole picture. We must live and we must help others to live.