Highlights From The Comment Thread On Meritocracy by Scott Alexander – Real merit vs credentials. Which merits do we reward? Meritocracy causes high ability people to concentrate into one class. Just rid rid of ruler and structural divisions between people. Scott finds the later idea utopian. ” The most salient alternative to meritocracy isn’t perfect equality, it’s cronyism.”
Write Down Your Process by Zvi Moshowitz – Writing down your thought process helps you improve. Magic R&D’s openness. Zvi’s success as a MtG player and writer.
Complexity Is Bad by Zvi Moshowitz – People can only think about ~3 things and store ~7 pieces of information in working memory. People will simplify in unexpected ways or fail to engage. Some concepts that help you manage complexity (ex: Resonance, Chunking). A link to the MtG head of R&D’s podcast about why complexity is a cost.
People Dont Have Beliefs Anymore Than They Have by Bound_up (lesswrong) – Actions are not deduced form goals. Beliefs are not deduced from models of the world. Maybe nerds have real beliefs but most people do not. Less nerdy people will probably interpret in your stated beliefs as social moves and will respond in turn.
Julia Galef On How To Argue Better And Change Your Mind More by The Ezra Klein Show – Thinking more clearly and arguing better, Ezra’s concerns that the traditional paths toward a better discourse. Signaling is turtles all the way down, motivated reasoning, probabilistic debating, which identities help us find truth, making online arguments less terrible. Julia heavily emphasizes the importance of good epistemic communities. Being too charitable can produce wrong predictions. Seeing like a State.