[SEQ RERUN] The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationality

by Tyrrell_McAllister1 min read8th May 20111 comment


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Today's post, The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationality, was originally published on 13 March 2007. Two summaries (taken from the LW wiki):

People have an irrational tendency to simplify their assessment of things into how good or bad they are without considering that the things in question may have many distinct and unrelated attributes.

(alternate summary:)

In non-binary answer spaces, you can't add up pro and con arguments along one dimension without risk of getting important factual questions wrong.

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Maybe instead of a notebook, Lady Justice could have a middle plate where all facts orthogonal to the question at hand get placed. Or maybe I'm not getting the intended metaphor.