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2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

I'd consider partaking in the survey worthy of positive reinforcement, but I'd agree that the average karma award a bit out of proportion. Regardless I think it's a rather interesting phenomena to dislike getting karma.

Also I realized that my previous comment may have been unintentionally hostile. I mean, suppose that you indeed did countersignal, then my comment could be interpreted as a challenge to your genuinity. I hope it's clear that I intend to be game theoretically nice, but I'm really uncertain how to accomplish that in a such situation.

2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

Not sure if your're countersignaling, but if you aren't, why mention it?

0Alsadius7yRegarding karma? Because I'm not a big fan of karma whoring, and I don't want to feel like I'm just posting to get free upvotes. It feels unearned. I wanted to post to make an actual point, without feeling like I was going to get +50 votes just for breathing.
2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

Did the entire survey in the nick of time.

I'm very thankful for the humiliating experience of racking my brain to come up with plausible sounding reasons for why the answers to the calibration questions should be one thing or another, trying to lower my certainties so that I felt that surely I couldn't be falling for that old overconfidence bias again, finishing the survey, and looking up the answers on wikipedia afterwards. Now that we have ten widely different questions I really can't rationalize setting Russia as the fourth most populated country with 55% subjective certainty.

At least I got the darn norse god right.

2013 Survey Results

I'd like:

  • Estimated average self-perceived physical attractiveness in the community
  • Estimated average self-perceived holistic attractiveness in the community

Oh, we are really self-serving elitist overconfident pricks, aren't we?

3Creutzer7yHow do you expect anybody to be able to answer that and what does it even mean? First, what community, exactly? Second, average - over what?
Rationality Quotes December 2013

As blame is a social construct that can be used to modify behavior and status, blame assignment can be a constructive way of preventing unwanted consequenses. At least in part.

0Sanji7yThen again negative reinforcement doesn't work quite as well as positive reinforcement, and is sometimes counterproductive? The Power of Reinforcement [] It implies that in there all over the place but never outright states it. EDIT: Assuming that blame is being used as operent conditioning, which is the impression I got.
Focus Your Uncertainty

And, as always, I vastly enjoy this first person perspective that makes the necessity of rationality so blatantly obvious. However, does a 80 percent certainty in "bonds go up" mean a 20 percent certainty in "bonds go down or stay the same"? Can there not be a pool of still undecided minutes left at the bottom of the anticipation barrel? I not, this mode of thinking clearly highlights one thing: If you are 95 percent certain that you turned of your oven, you are also 5 percent certain that you did not, which means that if you are bound for a vacation, 95 percent certainty in a turned off oven should probably be enough for you to check it again.

2Davidmanheim6yThere was a small reference to Dempster Schafer probability, ("DS") that is intended to address exactly this question. As Eliezer noted, you still need to divide your 100 minutes. For even more complex, difficult formulations to accomplish this, Dezert-Smarandache Theory (DSmT) has you covered.
Rationality Quotes October 2012

Sure is a little turbulent with up to fourteen voices all expressing their opinions and viewpoints. Don't know how anyone keeps it under proper control.

Meetup : Stockholm meetup

Yes! I would kill for one.

2Alicorn9yThat seems excessive.
Doublethink (Choosing to be Biased)

I can even experience a slight stroke of euphoric lunacy upon the shattering of my delusions. Somehow the world seems to burn brighter without the blurry lenses that biases provide.

Doublethink (Choosing to be Biased)

By comparing a written self-evaluation and serotonin and dopamine levels in ones brain, perhaps?

5hannahelisabeth9yHow would you calibrate a brain scan machine to happiness except by comparing it to self-evaluated happiness? You only know that certain neural pathways correspond to happiness because people report being happy while these pathways are activated. If someone had different brain circuitry (like, say, someone born with only half a brain), you wouldn't be able to use this metric except by first seeing how their brain pattern corresponded to their self-reported happiness. It seems to me that happiness simply is the perception of happiness. There is no difference between "believing you're happy" and "being happy." You can't be secretly happy or unhappy and not know it, 'cause that wouldn't constitute happiness.
0ancientcampus9yI want to upvote this thing so hard.