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A failure mode in which a rationalist vastly overestimates their ability to optimize someone else's life, usually as a result of underestimating the differences between themselves and others.
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'''Other-optimizing''' is a failure mode in which a person vastly overestimates their ability to optimize someone else's life, usually as a result of underestimating the differences between themselves and others.
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==See also==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/a6/the_mysteries_of_shangrila_dieting/ The unfinished mystery of the Shangri-La Diet] and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ab/akrasia_and_shangrila/ Akrasia and Shangri-La]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/a6/the_mysteries_of_shangrila_dieting/ The unfinished mystery of the Shangri-La Diet] and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ab/akrasia_and_shangrila/ Akrasia and Shangri-La]
 
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Revision as of 22:22, 6 June 2009

Other-optimizing is a failure mode in which a person vastly overestimates their ability to optimize someone else's life, usually as a result of underestimating the differences between themselves and others.

See also

Primary article

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