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Is Clickbait Destroying Our General Intelligence?

I really like this, however the term 'hard selecting' or 'selecting harder' is confusing to me. Do you think you could rephrase it to me, so I could understand it better?

7Pattern3yQuick fictional example: There are 2 schools, let's call them school A and school B, that will only accept the best of the best. School A will only accept people that were in the top 10% of the people who graduated their high school. School B says Ha! We will only accept people who were the top student in their graduating class. And then later down the line it is discovered that while the graduates/attendees of school B are 'more brilliant', they also have a higher burnout rate, and more mental health problems. Why? Maybe in a graduating class the top 10% are hard workers, but the top person might work too hard.
Embedded Agents

Thank you for explaining this in a way in which a visual learner like me can understand. Please make more comic style posts in the future!

On Doing the Improbable

From my experience with working with groups I've found a few things to work, all of them revolve around incentivizing or promoting positive feedback loops. This includes: bribery/payment (while most people think of this as being with money, since I work with 10-17 year olds it's usually candy or pizza), lowering the bar so that small bits of progress are celebrated greatly, making the actual task less boring (turning on some music, working with friendly people, making it look pretty), humor, taking breaks to promote sanity, having a comfortable working environment etc.

writing as the thinker's canvas

I personally find just writing quite a challenge when trying to convey an idea to someone else, not everyone has the same learning style so I try as much as possible to use multiple mediums when explaining. For example: drawing pictures or saying something out loud including sound affects or gesticulating. So, while I agree with your point, I think that additional forms of explaining are equally as invaluable

Does This Fallacy Have A Name?

I quite agree with Paperclip Minimizer, you succumbed to the typical mind fallacy even as you talk about the typical mind fallacy, how ironic.

Thinkerly: Grammarly for writing good thoughts

Just be careful, because it's better to make an abacus than to make a calculator. What do I mean by that? Well, an abacus helps you get the answer to your question but it also teaches you how to get that answer: take the abacus away, you can still do math, because now you know how. This is not so with a calculator.

So, make something that teaches proper thinking, not blatantly corrects thinking.

Imagine it this way: you've made your Thinkerly and then an evil overlord hacks into it so that 'good thinking' is now defined as being a non cr... (read more)

2ryan_b3yI should have made this specific, but I had not considered using such a thing for producing writing for other people's consumption. What I wanted from Grammarly was this: 1) The latest grammar analysis. 2) The instant feedback. With this, I envisioned two probable uses: A) Writing your own thoughts down as notes. Thinkerly catches possible errors. This improves stream-of-consciousness writing as a tool for training better thinking, because the feedback loop is much tighter than with the draft-revision format to which we are usually constrained. B) Looking critically at something from somewhere else. This seems like it would be more useful on the margins, because it is very easy even for skilled thinkers to accidentally rely on a few suspect thoughts. I can't see any way for it to drop in to writing workflow the same way as spellcheckers do now, because I don't see how it could make good suggestions about replacements the way spellcheckers do. Even if there are signatures of poor thinking, that doesn't mean there is a corresponding correct thought the way there is with spelling.
Why don’t we treat geniuses like professional athletes?

I would say that we already do, in some respects. For example nap pods at Google or the ever common situation of sucking up to all of the needs of a genius, CEO, or prodigy. However I think the real problem is making these services available to more than just the geniuses at big companies with lots of money. Like the way that a neighborhood gym has a weight room, we need mental treadmills in communities too.

Moloch in whom I sit alone

I personally do not find this dynamic confusing at all. Seeing as this is not obvious to other people I'll try to explain how I understand it to work (and because I like the idea of cats and pineapples I'll stick to those):

1. You need to start with cats, and the right cats: Two people who have each other's undivided attention makes for a much better conversation than starting in a group. And obviously these two cats need to have something both of them have common knowledge about in order to have a conversation.

2. Soon you'll start to f... (read more)

I've heard of an app called Vent that may help your research

Does This Fallacy Have A Name?

The typical mind fallacy sounds like the best fit so far. Thanks to both Unnamed and shminux for mentioning it.

The Feedback Problem

I actually find that, when I do a performance that I find is mediocre feedback that says, "That was good." is much worse than feedback that says, "This specific thing was bad" and it's even better if it says, "This specific thing was bad and here's a way to fix it/compensate". Specific critique is more helpful to me than general critique - no matter the positive or negative implications. Things like "Do this more" "Stop doing this" and "Do this instead of that" are, to me the most helpful kinds of feedback. (The question of which comments to execute and how to execute each is my problem to deal with though)

Strategies for Personal Growth

Right, I forgot about the biases I attained from choosing to not have social media.

Strategies for Personal Growth

Can someone please tell me what FB stand for? (It's mentioned in the very first sentence) Thanks!

2Raemon3yAh, Facebook.
New Improved Lottery

This random gratitude dynamic is exactly what social media platforms use to make their apps addicting. I remember having a conversation about it with a friend and she said something along the lines of, "Man, if Instagram gave me all my notifications at noon, the rest of the day I'd look really stupid. But because there's always a random chance of getting notifications, I check my phone all the time." The lottery system is obviously a bit different because you get a call rather saying you won, rather than you have to call them, to see if you've won. Nevertheless, even if there is a more positive feedback loop it's still as addictive, if not more...

The Third Alternative

Proof that they can be used singularly too: "It looks like someone left their jacket here, I wish I knew who it was so I could give them their jacket so they can stay warm."

Problem Solving with Mazes and Crayon

I really like this post, it's very informative about the kind of search algorithms that exist. I had one question though, in my experience as a child solving mazes with a crayon I stumbled upon the tactic of starting at the end and getting to the beginning. This worked really well for me, but it always confused me as to why it was easier. Does anyone have a hypothesis as to why this might be?

3Gurkenglas3yThe mazes may have been constructed to be hard from the front. (Lesser hypotheses: If you switch to the back when you notice it's hard from the front, on average it's going to become easier. If you switch after having explored the maze a little from the front, you already know where to go.)
Emotional Training Model

What should I do when I don't feel calm and/or relived after feeling what I really feel for a long time?

(Edit: in this case ' a long time' means more than 6 months)

2Elo3yDo you feel like you hit the depth of the feeling or only approached it in a shallow way? Do you feel like you hit the crux of the feeling or just one of the ones along the way? Also - what do you feel like you should do? I would suggest exploring nearby feelings. Often I have had trouble with things that were "too obvious" and I didn't think would be the problem. It doesn't hurt to rule them out.