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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 29 July 2016 05:36:35PM 1 point [-]
Comment author: RomeoStevens 28 July 2016 02:11:11AM *  5 points [-]

Rationalists often presume that it is possible to do much better than average by applying a small amount of optimization power. This is true in many domains, but can get you in trouble in certain places (see: the valley of bad rationality).

Rationalists often fail to compartmentalize, even when it would be highly useful.

Rationalists are often overconfident (see: SSC calibration questions) but believe they are well calibrated (bias blind spot, also just knowing about a bias is not enough to unbias you)

Rationalists don't even lift bro.

Rationalists often fail to take marginal utility arguments to their logical conclusion, which is why they spend their time on things they are already good at rather than power leveling their lagging skills (see above). (Actually, I think we might be wired for this in order to seek comparative advantage in tribal roles.)

Rationalists often presume that others are being stupidly irrational when really the other people just have significantly different values and/or operate largely in domains where there aren't strong reinforcement mechanisms for systematic thought or are stuck in a local maximum in an area where crossing a chasm is very costly.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 29 July 2016 05:33:23PM 4 points [-]

Ratiionalists stil have too much trust in scientific studies, especially psychological studies.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 28 July 2016 01:34:30PM 2 points [-]

I'd say the problem is that Zebra was extremely bad at imagining good outcomes in a way which led to him taking action-- in other words, probably depression. There's a sort of bipolar which looks a lot like depression because the manic phase is very small, but it has to be identified accurately because depression meds don't work for it.

Part of Zebra's problem was that he was punishing himself for not being more active, and I think you did good work defusing that part of the logjam.

I'm not sure how I came to that conclusion-- the pattern seemed very obvious to me.

I'm also concerned about him assaulting someone. I might have brought up the circumstances to see whether his thought processes which led to it could be avoided. It's not clear to me whether his girlfriend and his roommate are the same person. If he assaulted someone who was financially dependent on him, the lack of sequelae that he noticed doesn't mean it was no big deal.

Comment author: gjm 13 July 2016 03:49:04PM -1 points [-]

Not necessarily for their target market.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 14 July 2016 01:04:13PM 0 points [-]

I belief that being flexible about target markets is one of the major ways businesses grow.

In response to comment by ingres on Zombies Redacted
Comment author: kilobug 05 July 2016 12:27:37PM -6 points [-]

Sorry to go meta, but could someone explain me how "Welcome back!" can be at -1 (0 after my upvote) and yet "Seconded." at +2.

Doesn't sound like very consistent scoring...

In response to comment by kilobug on Zombies Redacted
Comment author: NancyLebovitz 05 July 2016 06:10:25PM -10 points [-]

We have a karma troll.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 23 June 2016 12:08:53PM 3 points [-]

What do you mean by full AI?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 13 June 2016 04:13:59PM 6 points [-]


Possible clues about limits of lifespan but also how to possibly get around those limits and how people might stay healthier longer.

Comment author: gjm 06 June 2016 12:51:49PM -1 points [-]

Spammer, apparently around since 2015 but not booted then.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 07 June 2016 03:58:07PM -1 points [-]


Comment author: Pimgd 17 May 2016 02:55:51PM *  1 point [-]

This adds so much more to my LW experience. Reading open threads just became doable, rather than an exercise in trying to remember what parts of the discussion I've already seen and which ones I hadn't. ... Although I'm not seeing everything with a pink border whenever I look at an old page, so I think that part of the explanation is false. That, or there is a bug somewhere...

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 17 May 2016 04:17:28PM 4 points [-]

The first time you look at a page (no matter how old it is) , you don't get any pink borders.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 17 May 2016 02:06:37PM 3 points [-]

Comments use Markdown, not html. The Show Help button at the lower right of of a comment box will give you details. As I recall, two spaces at the end of a line are a hard return-- it's been a while since I had to wrestle with how a list or a poem would appear.

Articles use html, sort of. There's an html button at the top. If you copy and paste from a word processor, you might get inconvenient formatting.

I don't like this system, but the only thing worse than this system is having to try to guess how it works.

[comment score below threshold] I think that's anything with -3 karma. You can see the article/thread for free by clicking on the link, but if you reply to anything on that thread, you lose 5 points.

[continue this thread]-- LW has limited nesting of comments, so this link will start a new window. You will lose your pink borders on the old window if you left click, so I recommend using a new tab for continuing threads. You get the option of a new tab by right-clicking on the link.

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