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Comment author: realitygrill 29 July 2015 01:54:53PM *  0 points [-]


See you all there.

EDIT: I regret that I won't be able to make this one.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 11 March 2015 09:34:14PM 1 point [-]

Buddhism also has forms of saying grace before meals. Example.

Comment author: realitygrill 17 March 2015 05:25:43PM 1 point [-]

more widespread, "itadakimasu!"

Comment author: gworley 04 January 2015 07:59:46PM 1 point [-]

I actually think that no, most folks on LW have not reached 4/3, and it's what's holding them back. The same is true of the general population.

As for the gap you perceive, you're right that there is one if we limit ourselves to talking about the defining characteristics of constructive developmental levels, but constructive development tends to carry along with it a package of patterns of thought that fill that gap.

So to answer your question, yes, such a person could exist, however there should be relatively few such people who don't, in a period of a year or two, don't get over their akrasia barring any particular mental abnormalities.

Comment author: realitygrill 04 January 2015 08:38:58PM 0 points [-]

If I get you, you're saying that in practice getting to level 4 generally carries you past that gap. Like the patterns of thought accrete into a sort of momentum.

In response to Understanding Agency
Comment author: realitygrill 03 January 2015 07:21:04PM 1 point [-]

Interesting, but seems unconvincing and not very motivating.

Assuming the CDT system, I'd presume that most people on LessWrong have hit 4/3; level 4 is simply defined to be the level at which you reliably apply metacognition. Fine, but I don't see that reliably applying metacognition dissolves the problems of akrasia. Right now I'd say that level 4 is necessary, but insufficient. There's a gap. Or, at least I perceive a gap.

So here's my question: Are you unable to imagine someone who holds themselves as object having akrasia, or do you think such people cannot exist?

"I know many folks who have been part of the Less Wrong community for a long time yet have thus far won very little."

This is certainly a concern.

Comment author: realitygrill 11 January 2014 04:50:51AM 2 points [-]

I am out of school, but am an intellectually curious autodidact (not a particularly effective one). I was once considered mathematically gifted but fell off the bandwagon early - no encouragement or mentors. Others I know are in a similar position. This is LW, after all..

A bunch of us would be interested in shoring up and increasing our mathematical abilities, and so would be situationally similar to a homeschooler. Should we still contact you? Otherwise, I'll wait for your wiki of resources. Thanks!

Comment author: beoShaffer 11 March 2013 12:40:29AM 3 points [-]

Interesting, however this is basically just a link article. If it was properly labeled and novel that would be ok. However, it is not labeled [link], and the psmag article has been linked to in discussion before.

Comment author: realitygrill 11 March 2013 03:20:33AM 2 points [-]

Thanks for the feedback. I haven't participated in a while.

Non-replicability of Some Behavioral Economics Research Across Cultures

2 realitygrill 10 March 2013 10:04PM

Not our typical cognitive biases, but does raise the question of universality - I am aware of much stronger evidence for the universality of emotions and facial expression. Skimming the paper looks like a lot of fun.




Actual paper:




Comment author: realitygrill 20 August 2012 03:14:49AM 1 point [-]

Looking for a temporary place in Cambridge starting in September. PM me!

Comment author: beoShaffer 19 August 2012 09:59:57PM 4 points [-]

You might want to try the roommate coordination thread.

Comment author: realitygrill 20 August 2012 02:55:45AM 1 point [-]

Ahh, did not see that. Thanks.

Temporary Housing in the Boston area

2 realitygrill 19 August 2012 09:51PM


I'm doing an internship near MIT this fall and it hadn't occurred to me to think of trying to live with other aspiring rationalists. As expected, it's tough to find a convenient short-term place when so many students are fine signing 1-year leases..

Any of you possibly open to subletting a room to me Sept-Dec? Extra awesome if you're in Cambridge.

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