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23 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 December 2008 02:26AM

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Comment author: Elo 09 June 2014 06:46:12AM 1 point [-]

What about when choice inflicts the problem of the multi-armed bandit on us: multi-armed bandit on wikipedia

Where with more options you need to explore them (some amount) to avoid missing out on rewards. Where you might not always know if Y is lesser than X, even when being told specifically that Y < X.

which is to say that: someone who behaves with applied rationality should be occasionally exploring choices to avoid missing rewards. Because of that, when spare choices come up - they create a burden of exploration on the party and that exploration is taxing on resources (even when not chosen).

Isn't that a clearer description for why extra choice can be harmful?