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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 October 2008 01:30:53AM 10 points [-]

Honesty is an end in itself, but because the benefits involve unknown unknowns and black-swan bets, they are underrated.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 03 July 2013 06:25:36AM *  2 points [-]

I think you enormously over-state the difficulty of lying well, as well as the advantages of honesty.

Comment author: ikrase 11 May 2013 12:14:56AM 6 points [-]

You have to be careful with this sort of thing. It's possible to accidentally make yourself unhappy even if you don;t actually harm yourself or something. I think different people respond to this sort of thing in different ways.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 20 May 2013 03:29:25AM 0 points [-]

Already done this to myself -- it lowers your self-esteem enormously.

Comment author: [deleted] 14 May 2013 04:00:06AM 11 points [-]

I've always pretended to be <X> in order to get whatever skill I've needed. I just call it "putting on hats". I learned to dance by pretending to be a dancer, I learned to sing by pretending to be a singer. When I teach, I pretend to be a teacher, and when I lead I pretend to be a leader (these last two actually came a lot easier to me when I was teaching hooping than now when I'm teaching rationality stuffs, and I haven't really sat down to figure out why. I probably should though, because I am significantly better at <X> when I can pretend to be it. And I highly value being better at these specific skills right now.)

I had always thought everyone did this, but now I see I might be generalizing from one example.

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Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 20 May 2013 03:17:13AM 0 points [-]

I used to do exactly this, but I created whole backstories and personalities for my "hats" so that they would be more realistic to other people.

Comment author: [deleted] 09 May 2013 11:01:43PM 3 points [-]

The memetic evolution of baroque music in Europe is a development towards learnability? There are probably no more than 100 people alive that can make their way through Bach's 2nd Partita for violin.

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Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 10 May 2013 12:00:12AM 2 points [-]

It might be more accurate to say that pretty much everything, including what we call biology and physics -- humans are the ones codifying it -- is memetically selected to be learnable by humans. Not that it all develops towards being easier to learn.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 17 October 2012 01:10:59AM 0 points [-]

May I ask how many people any of you have seen walking around entirely barefoot, as opposed to wearing minimalist footwear of any kind?

Comment author: shminux 10 September 2012 10:13:37PM 5 points [-]

What do you do in this situation? Let them speak? Ask them to write down their solution, to be discussed later?

Oops... Couldn't resist proposing solutions.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 11 September 2012 05:08:44AM 1 point [-]

To be perfectly honest, at the time I simply planted my face on the table in front of me a few times. I was at a dinner party with friends of my mother's; I would have sounded extremely condescending otherwise.

Comment author: wedrifid 31 July 2011 09:30:21PM *  17 points [-]

The best way to disabuse a Christian of any false notions - under the assumption that those notions are false - would be to lead them to Less Wrong. :P

I don't agree. I think the best way to disabuse them of such notions would be to lead them to extremely high status atheists including a community of highly attractive potential mates. You change group affiliation beliefs by changing desired group affiliation.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 11 September 2012 05:04:00AM 1 point [-]

That is what happened to me.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 11 September 2012 04:58:50AM *  0 points [-]

The lack of this knowledge got me a nice big "most condescending statement of the day award" in lab a year ago.

Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 10 September 2012 10:05:41PM 11 points [-]

I have attempted using this in more casual decision making situations, and the response I get is nearly always something along the lines of "Okay, just let me propose this one solution, we won't get attached to it or anything, just hear me out..."

Comment author: [deleted] 05 July 2012 05:47:22PM 4 points [-]

So, reinforcement with M&Ms doesn't translate into an addiction for extrinsic rewards and the reduction of intrinsic motivation?

I'm missing something here, I know.

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Comment author: Insert_Idionym_Here 12 August 2012 05:45:23PM 0 points [-]

One could attempt to fight that by reducing the number or frequency of M&Ms eaten over a long period of time, essentially weaning one's self off of extrinsic rewards.

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