Less Wrong/2009 Articles/Summaries
Describes some of the many complex considerations that determine what sort of happiness we most prefer to have - given that many of us would decline to just have an electrode planted in our pleasure centers.
You should try hard and often to test your rationality, but how can you do that?
Deceiving yourself is harder than it seems. What looks like a successively adopted false belief may actually be just a belief in false belief.
Why do people seem to care more about systematic methods of punching than systematic methods of thinking?
The classic failure modes of martial arts schools transfer over as direct warnings to would-be rationalists.
Reputational, experimental, and organizational: the different strengths of evidence needed to (a) prevent a school from degenerating, (b) systematically test particular techniques, or (c) credential individuals.
Brainstorming verification tests, asking along what dimensions you think you've improved due to "rationality".
Requesting suggestions for an actual survey to be run.
The term "playing to win" comes from Sirlin's book and can be described as using every means necessary to win as long as those means are legal within the structure of the game being played.
Knowledge of this heuristic might be useful in fighting akrasia.
Applied scenario about forming priors.
People don't actually remember much of what they know, they only remember how to find it, and the fact that there is something to find. Thus, it's important to know about what's known in various domains, even without knowing the content.
People are offended by grabs for status.