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Play in Easy Mode | Don't Worry About the Vase
Easy Mode is easier. The reason to Play in Easy Mode is because it is the best known way to achieve your explicit measurable goal and get to the victory screen.

Strategies that work in Easy Mode won’t work in Hard Mode.

The key idea of Easy Mode is to keep your eyes on the prize. You know exactly what you want. You will munchkin your way to getting it.
life  strategy  rationality 
2 days ago by johnmarkos
Play in Hard Mode | Don't Worry About the Vase
Hard mode is harder. The reason to Play in Hard Mode is because it is the only known way to become stronger, and to defend against Goodhart’s Law.

Strategies that work in Easy Mode won’t work in Hard Mode.

The key idea of Hard Mode is to keep your eyes on the prize. You know exactly what you want. You can’t munchkin your way to getting it.
life  strategy  rationality 
2 days ago by johnmarkos
Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought | WIRED
What makes the psychology of tribalism so stubbornly powerful is that it consists mainly of cognitive biases that easily evade our awareness. Indeed, evading our awareness is something cognitive biases are precision-engineered by natural selection to do. They are designed to convince us that we’re seeing clearly, and thinking rationally, when we’re not. And Harris’s work features plenty of examples of his cognitive biases working as designed, warping his thought without his awareness. He is a case study in the difficulty of transcending tribal psychology, the importance of trying to, and the folly of ever feeling sure we’ve succeeded.
SamHarris  rationality  bias  review  critique  Wired  2019 
9 days ago by inspiral
Egypt's Aswan Damn - Unintended Consequences
A good example of how simple, unicausal explanations are often very alluring but also often wrong.
science  rationality 
27 days ago by debrouwere
How Lichens Explain (And Re-explain) the World - The Atlantic
Lichens may be mini-ecosystems of >1 type of fungus living symbiotically/mutualistically/parasitically/we-don't-know yet. This is a great example of paradigm shift in action: before we had the ">1 fungus" paradigm, we ignored the evidence for many fungi, or didn't look for it.
science  bio  lichens  rationality  philosophy 
29 days ago by pozorvlak
Simple Heuristics That Make Algorithms Smart - Behavioral Scientist
This is fascinating. It turns out that outperformance of algos vs judgment is driven not by the algos being better than heuristics, but by consistency. If you apply the heuristic the people use, but do so like a machine, you do better....

...until you hit an edge case.
algorithms  cognition  bias  rationality  to_blog 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
LessWrong 2.0
A community blog devoted to refining the art of rationality
science  articles  rationality 
5 weeks ago by jonny

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