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28 Post author: RobbBB 21 July 2014 10:14PM

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Comment author: wedrifid 23 July 2014 06:44:40AM 6 points [-]

I clicked on this post initially because I saw "Politics Is Hard Mode" expecting any one of:

  • An analysis of the difficulty of optimising decisions as a function of the number of participants.
  • A comparison between human competency at social politics and other far more simple 'intelligence' requiring tasks like arithmetic, logic, calculus and general relativity.
  • A 'comparative advantage' angle that considers things like the likelyhood of low hanging fruit existing in an area that most of the billions of humans that have ever existed have spent their life (and no small part of the selection pressure of their death and procreation) obsessed with optimising. (In the 'revealed preferences' sense.)
  • Some practical, useful explanation of politics that could be applied in our lives while also showing at least part of the enormity of the task.

Instead I got a boring argument about which word 'we should' use. On that question shminux and Yvain have explained the problems with the proposed change and I agree completely with each of their points.