Rationality, competitiveness and akrasia

by cousin_it1 min read2nd Oct 201357 comments


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Here's an internal dialogue I just had.

Q: How do we test rationality skills?

A: We haven't come up with a comprehensive test yet.

Q: Maybe we can test some part of rationality?

A: Sure. For example, you could test resistance to akrasia by making two contestants do some simple chores every day. The one who fails first, loses.

Q: That seems like a pointless competition. If I'm feeling competitive, why would I ever skip the chores and lose?

A: Whoa, wait. If competitiveness can cure akrasia, that's pretty cool!

Now we just need to figure out how to make people more competitive in the areas they care about...