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Falsehoods programmers believe about time, in a single list
Falsehoods programmers believe about time, in a single list -
programming  time  false  assumptions  beliefs  gotchas  software 
11 days ago by fmjrey
A great post about overcoming limiting beliefs
goals  beliefs  bestof  recomended 
14 days ago by bigpicbruh
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
"Most people argue to win, not to learn. As Julia Galef so aptly puts it: people often act like soldiers rather than scouts. Soldiers are on the intellectual attack, looking to defeat the people who differ from them. Victory is the operative emotion. Scouts, meanwhile, are like intellectual explorers, slowly trying to map the terrain with others. Curiosity is the driving force.

If you want people to adopt your beliefs, you need to act more like a scout and less like a soldier. At the center of this approach is a question Tiago Forte poses beautifully, “Are you willing to not win in order to keep the conversation going?”

Be Kind First, Be Right Later
The brilliant Japanese writer Haruki Murakami once wrote, “Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right.”"
change  psychology  community  reread  arguments  culture  curiosity  social  beliefs  inspiration 
9 weeks ago by earth2marsh
AEAweb Journal Articles Display
" Abstract: We examine ways to measure the amount of information generated by a piece of news and the amount of uncertainty implicit in a given belief. Say a measure of information is valid if it corresponds to the value of news in some decision problem. Say a measure of uncertainty is valid if it corresponds to expected utility loss from not knowing the state in some decision problem. We axiomatically characterize all valid measures of information and uncertainty. We show that if measures of information and uncertainty arise from the same decision problem, then they are coupled in that the expected reduction in uncertainty always equals the expected amount of information generated. We provide explicit formulas for the measure of information that is coupled with any given measure of uncertainty and vice versa. Finally, we show that valid measures of information are the only payment schemes that never provide incentives to delay information revelation. "
emir.kamenica  alex.frankel  information  to:read  ****  beliefs  AER 
9 weeks ago by MarcK
WITCHCRAFT, THE PRESS, AND CRIME IN IRELAND, 1822–1922 | The Historical Journal | Cambridge Core
history  witches  legal_history  courts  beliefs  ireland 
august 2019 by JFIResearch
Summer of the Shark
Blog - Shtetl-Optimized - 19 April 2018
Beliefs  Cognition  Cognitive_Biases 
august 2019 by rwjones
The Problem With Facts
Blog - Tim Hartford - March 2017
Facts aren't enough - curiosity matters
august 2019 by rwjones
Muddled Information | Journal of Political Economy: Vol 127, No 4
"We study a model of signaling in which agents are heterogeneous on two dimensions. An agent’s natural action is the action taken in the absence of signaling concerns. Her gaming ability parameterizes the cost of increasing the action. Equilibrium behavior muddles information across dimensions. As incentives to take higher actions increase—due to higher stakes or more manipulable signaling technology—more information is revealed about gaming ability, and less about natural actions. We explore a new externality: showing agents’ actions to additional observers can worsen information for existing observers. Applications to credit scoring, school testing, and web searching are discussed."

The abstract sounds really interesting (and maybe related to motivated beliefs? Can't tell) but also quite confusing. Frankely has a paper with Emir Kamenica I think on identifying how people update from changes in actions/beliefs or some such?
JPE  alex.frankel  navin.kartik  information  information-economics  beliefs  **  to:read 
july 2019 by MarcK
How group identification distorts beliefs - ScienceDirect
"This paper investigates how group identification distorts people’s beliefs about the ability of their peers in social groups. We find that experimentally manipulated identification with a randomly composed group leads to overconfident beliefs about fellow group members’ performance on an intelligence test. This result cannot be explained by individual overconfidence, i.e., participants overconfident in their own skill believing that their group performed better because of them, as this was ruled out by experimental design. Moreover, we find that participants with stronger group identification put more weight on positive signals about their group when updating their beliefs. These in-group biases in beliefs can have important economic consequences when group membership is used to make inference about an individual’s characteristics as, for instance, in hiring decisions."

Actually more interesting than it sounds at first (skimmed).
to:read  JEBO  beliefs  motivated-beliefs 
july 2019 by MarcK
EMAIL - The Battlefield
"You can’t heal PTSD while you’re still on the battlefield."

This is a thought I’ve shared many times while coaching.

Here's what it means:

I believe that healing your traumas is one of the most important missions you can take on in your life.

BUT if you are trying to get over the wounds of your childhood, particularly the limited beliefs that parents have inadvertently programmed into you…
AND you are still in a relationship with the parent who created the original wound …
AND they are still engaging in the same behavior…
THEN the healing won't happen because you're continually being retraumatized.
If this applies to you, the solution is to create boundaries with the offending parent.
It only takes one person to create a boundary. And that person is you.
neil-strauss  childhood-pain  therapy  beliefs  mental-barriers 
july 2019 by lwhlihu
They Draw It!
A publicly available authoring tool that makes it easy to create line charts that ask users to sketch their beliefs before viewing data, and then optionally visualize other users’ beliefs.
visualization  education  infoviz  learning  teaching  trends  beliefs 
july 2019 by RBarnard
How to Change the World – The Understanding Project (Medium, 6/30/2019)
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” -GBS
changingtheworld  change  beliefs  overtonwindow 
july 2019 by davidkoren
Microsoft Word - DECKBL.doc - vie1401.pdf
"Incentivized methods for eliciting subjective probabilities in economic experiments presentthe subject with risky choices or bets that encourage truthful reporting. We discuss the mostprominent elicitation methods and their underlying assumptions, provide theoretical com-parisons, and propose some extensions to the standard framework. In addition, we surveythe empirical literature on the performance of these elicitation methods in actual experi-ments, considering also practical issues of implementation such as order effects, hedging, anddifferent ways of presenting probabilities and payment schemes to experimental subjects.We end with some thoughts on the merits of using incentives for belief elicitation and someguidelines for implementation."
beliefs  effort  effort-measurement  to:read  projection-bias 
july 2019 by MarcK

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