December 2011

Best of Rationality Quotes, 2011 Edition – lesswrong.com

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Less Wrong has semi-monthly open threads for user to post quotes about rationality. DanielVarga recently compiled a collection of the best quotes from 2011. Below are a few that stood out to me. Check out the full list here. Warning: Procrastination opportunities ahead! From MinibearRex: The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is […]

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The Straw Vulcan: Hollywood’s illogical view of logical decision-making

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What is rationality? What do people think it is? Many people misunderstand what the word ‘rationality’ really means, in large part because of its confused portrayal in movies, on TV, and in the media. How exactly do they get it wrong? Julia Galef gave a presentation at Skepticon 4 on Hollywood rationality. It does a great job of […]

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How to Be Humble

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I’m writing a series that highlights key material from LessWrong.com. This post is based on The Proper Use of Humility by Eliezer Yudkowsky. “Faced with the choice of changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” —John Kenneth Galbraith Humility: Good and Bad Proper humility is difficult—both […]

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How to Get the Most Out of the Next Year

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(Cross-posted on Less Wrong: How to get the most out of the next year.) We are not automatically strategic. Since we want to get stuff done, it only makes sense to try harder—and what better time than the start of a new year? In short: the New Year is a great time to do some life review and planning. […]

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