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Comment author: lifelonglearner 03 February 2017 03:05:33PM 7 points [-]

Hey everyone,

This is the full-length planning fallacy primer I've spent much of January working on. I really enjoyed the overall process, but it took over 20 hours to edit / put this together, which is quite a lot of time for me.

In the future, I'd like to make a few more primers (perhaps on habit-building), but I'm not sure about the general reception to things like these.

If you can spend a few minutes giving some feedback, even just a "this is likely to be useful", that would really help!

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 06 February 2017 07:34:36PM 3 points [-]

I think this post was well written and well researched and want to give you positive reinforcement for writing it!

Comment author: entirelyuseless 23 October 2016 09:03:16PM *  3 points [-]

Needing to have a job to support myself. But I suspect that is a problem that entrepreneurs will have great difficulty solving.

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 29 October 2016 11:04:00AM *  1 point [-]

One category of solutions to this problem is to lower your costs. Your main costs will probably be food and rent.

Some ideas on making food and rent cheaper:

Cheaper food.

  • Low carb Soylent.
  • //Why is food so expensive anyway?

Cheaper rent.

  • Convince likeminded people to move somewhere with cheap land (e.g. http://www.fortgalt.com/).
  • Nice vans that are built for people to live in.
  • Dating site for roommates to share a house.
Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 29 October 2016 09:55:45AM *  0 points [-]

Mental energy. I would like to be able to maximize the amount of "deep work" that I can do.

Roughly, I should be willing to pay quite a lot for this. If I value my deep work time at $X/hr and my non-deep-work hours at $Y/hr and I can increase the amount of "deep work" hours I work in a week by A, then I should break even at paying $A*(X-Y).

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 29 October 2016 10:36:35AM *  0 points [-]

Potential Solution 2: Better beds and pillows.

Helix custom beds seem pretty good.

Pillows: However, there don't seem to be good solutions for custom pillows. I'm imagining something like those curved memory foam pillows (which I need to buy/try), where the dimensions/curves are customized to your head.

Waterbeds: I've not tried a waterbed, but it seems like they relieve pressure points better than conventional mattresses. I want a waterbed that's easier to set up, less likely to break, and less likely to be a catastrophic disaster if it does break.

I've bought a buckwheat pillow, and a Mediflow pillow, and am still searching for a better pillow.

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 29 October 2016 09:55:45AM *  0 points [-]

Mental energy. I would like to be able to maximize the amount of "deep work" that I can do.

Roughly, I should be willing to pay quite a lot for this. If I value my deep work time at $X/hr and my non-deep-work hours at $Y/hr and I can increase the amount of "deep work" hours I work in a week by A, then I should break even at paying $A*(X-Y).

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 29 October 2016 10:34:10AM 0 points [-]

Potential Solution 1: Fancy biochemistry and lab-tests.

I got excited when I first heard about a company called Gene Solve, that has the following pitch:

"By optimizing a patient's body chemistry - vitamins, enzymes, proteins, prehormones, and hormones - GeneSolve patients experience boosts in their energy levels and mental sharpness throughout the day, recover faster from injuries or job-related stress and lose fat through natural metabolic improvements.

GeneSolve achieves these benefits through extensive analysis of DNA, blood panels and family and medical history. The resulting data, when combined with GeneSolve's proprietary expert systems, allow GeneSolve's doctors to make extremely precise adjustments to each patient's unique body chemistry."

For some reason, the company got dissolved I think. But, I think that doing something like this could be very interesting.

I guess there's also WellnessFx. I just don't get the feeling that their service really knows what to do with the lab results once they get them.

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 29 October 2016 09:55:45AM *  0 points [-]

Mental energy. I would like to be able to maximize the amount of "deep work" that I can do.

Roughly, I should be willing to pay quite a lot for this. If I value my deep work time at $X/hr and my non-deep-work hours at $Y/hr and I can increase the amount of "deep work" hours I work in a week by A, then I should break even at paying $A*(X-Y).

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Comment author: Risto_Saarelma 02 February 2016 04:59:27AM 3 points [-]

The Mind Illuminated by John Yates is my new favorite meditation instruction book. Has lots of modern neuroscience grounding, completely secular, and presents a very detailed step-by-step instruction on going from not having a daily meditation habit going to attaining very deep concentration states.

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 04 February 2016 01:43:07AM 4 points [-]

I also think John Yates's Progressive Stages of Mindfulness in Plain English is orders of magnitude better than all the other meditation books I've read.

From what I could tell from looking at the table of contents (and page lengths) for both, the book/pdfs I linked covers the same content, but is free! Though, I might consider buying his newest book, just because I liked the other one so much.

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 22 January 2016 06:10:45PM 1 point [-]

And now lots of people are thinking about who might be searched for insight. If it's Yvain then there are curated lists of that...

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 23 January 2016 04:30:40AM 1 point [-]

I'm basically going back over the sequences and top posts of LW again. I'm already aware of curated lists for Yvain and Kaj, but I don't think there are curated lists for the other top all-time posters. Unfortunately, A. That tool doesn't really work well enough. B. The list of all time top-posters has disappeared, and I'm sure I'd forget some of them if I tried to go off the top of my head.

Comment author: gwern 20 January 2016 12:12:06AM 6 points [-]

You mean Wei Dai's tool? eg http://www.ibiblio.org/weidai/lesswrong_user.php?u=gwern ? Works best with accounts with few comments...

Comment author: CurtisSerVaas 20 January 2016 01:51:46AM *  0 points [-]

Yep! Thanks!

Edit: I see what you mean about it being slow with accounts with lots of comments.

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