Rational Feed

Rationality:

Adequacy As Levels Of Play by Davis_Kingsley (LW 2.0) – When doing ‘Adaquacy analysis’ its useful to ask ‘whats the level of play here’. Three factors: Seriousness, Competitiveness and Aliveness.

A Long Review Of Elephant In The Brain by Robin Hanson – Artir (nintil) wrote a 21K review of Robin Hanson’s new book on hidden motivations in various domains. In brief Artir emphasizes: 1 – Other explanations can account for each of puzzling patterns we consider. 2 – We shouldn’t call hidden purposes “motives”, nor purposeful ignorance of them “self-deception”. Robin responds to both.

Understanding 1 2 3 by Zvi Moshowitz – Understand-3 means understanding enough to teach a concept. Understand-2 means you have unpacked the ideas and/or groked them. Understand-1 means you grasped the idea on an intuitive level using system-1 but didn’t have the time to absorb them using system-2. Saying understand-1 but not understand-2 can be a useful communication technique.

Hammers And Nails by alkjash (LW 2.0) – Hammers are people who apply the same techniques to a variety of problems. Nails are people who apply many techniques to the same few problems. Choices are bad so you should be either a nail or a hammer. Hammers can be underrated, powerful hammers have honed their simple tricks into superweapons.

Politics and Economics:

Warnings by Bayesian Investor – Review of Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes: “This book is moderately addictive softcore version of outrage porn. Only small portions of the book attempt to describe how to recognize valuable warnings and ignore the rest. Large parts of the book seem written mainly to tell us which of the people portrayed in the book we should be outraged at, and which we should praise. Normally I wouldn’t get around to finishing and reviewing a book containing this little information value, but this one was entertaining enough that I couldn’t stop.”

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Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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