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In order to reach a level of entertainment as near as possible to the one provided by poker tournaments you should consider building a prediction game having at least two characteristics:

1) Restricted to low-stakes events (consequences of the outcomes are minimal and affect only a small set of parties; ideally within an artificial environment rather than real world events).

2) The timeframe should be reduced to a single day.

Dynamic choice in a complex world

Murali Agastya, Arkadii Slinko

Journal of Economic Theory July 2015, Vol.158:232–258


(I'm sorry: Libgen seems to be currently out of reach.)

Note that what I'm going to diclose is the fact I have Asperger's, rather than the underlying (unrelated) reasons for the gap in my resume.

My autistic daughter is also intellectually disabled. She needs lots of special care, often on a difficult-to-predict basis. It was especially so in the first years following her official diagnosis. Not sure if it's a good thing to mention this, though: I'm afraid the employer could take this as evidence that there's a significant risk that I could some day descend into a poor productivity phase (or even another leave, at no notice). It may also be the case someone could take all this as a positive, by correlating it to a potential underlying disposition or motivation to hard work and responsability, but it seems better not to count on the possibility that this effect could override the first one.

An option would be to tell employers that I was on a leave to take care of a very sick family member (say suffering from the illness I suffered from) that since then has been definitely transferred to a special care facility, while trying to "fill" the gap with some skill-sharpening/expansion activities I did during the period. Classical example being online courses directly related to my main career path. Unfortunately it was not the case, as a I took online courses on online education, while planning to apply for typical engineering jobs. It's still something to show for that time off. I can try to make it applicable - e.g. I can relate it to being able to gain a skill to train others or take team leadership if necessary, or find ways to train people in other offices without having to travel.

Current employer is aware of my somewhat extraordinary circumstances involving both, being a father of a disabled child (my autistic daughter is also intellectually disabled and needs lots of special care, often on an unpredictable basis) and suffering from anxiety disorders myself. The employer was able to offer special working conditions regularly (e.g. working from home during a crisis).

Just for sharing an unpretentious but (IMO) interesting post from a blog I regularly read.

In commenting on an article about the results of an experiment aimed at "simulating" a specific case of traumatic brain injury and measuring its supposed effects on solving a particularly difficult problem, economist/game theorist Jeffrey Ely asked whether a successful intervention could ever be designed to give people certain unusual, circumstantially useful skills.

It could be that we have a system that takes in tons of sensory information all of which is potentially available to us at a >conscious level but in practice is finely filtered for just the most relevant details. While the optimal level of detail might >vary with the circumstances the fineness of the filter could have been selected for the average case. That’s the second >best optimum if it is too complex a problem to vary the level of detail according to circumstances. If so, then artificial >intervention could improve on the second-best by suppressing the filter at chosen times.

Any thoughts?

Incidentally, the blog InDecision has just published - as part of its "Research Heroes" series - a brief interview with the above-cited experimental psychologist Jonathan Baron (one of his books was described as "a more focused and balanced introduction to the subject of rationality than the Sequences" in one of Vaniver's much-useful summaries) and he stressed again his position that "rational thinking is both learnable and part of intelligence itself."

I'd recommend using Blogtrottr for turning the content from your RSS feeds into email messages. Indeed, as email is (incidentally) the only web-related tool I can (and must) consistently use throughout the day, I tend to bring a major part of the relevant web content I'm interested in to my email inbox - including twitter status updates, LW Discussion posts, etc.

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