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Amanda Knox Redux: is Satoshi Nakamoto the real Satoshi Nakamoto?

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Link: Toward Non-Stupid, Non-Blank-Slatey Polyandry

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Summary of "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

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Less Wrong NYC: Case Study of a Successful Rationalist Chapter

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Eliezer Yudkowsky and Michael Vassar at NYU, Thursday March 3rd

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Fun and Games with Cognitive Biases

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NYC Rationalist Community

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I know, right?? laughs

Then someone pointed out that since we responded out loud, there may have been an anchoring effect here.

This is standard epistemic hygiene - have everyone come up with an answer quietly before saying it out loud. (I suspect our natural inclination against lying is enough to keep people honest.)

To continue with the bias theme, how about confirmation bias? They settled on the most available theory that fits all the facts, and then it becomes part of their identity, they begin to rally the soldiers. Is their delusion that they are Jesus really that much less sticky than someone's political p...(read more)

TDCS isn't depolarizing neurons with magnetism, it doesn't disable brain regions at all. Instead it is running a direct current across them. This appears to permanently increase or decrease its level of excitability. o_O

Yvain, it seems like some of this is potentially answered by how this interacts with other cognitive biases present.

Re: specific delusions, when you have an entire class of equally-explanatory hypotheses, how do you choose between them? The **availability heuristic!** These hypotheses do have to c...(read more)

I had the exact same thought myself back in 2008, so I asked an experimental psych professor about this. At the same, he said that the TMS devices that we had are somewhat wide-area and also induce considerable muscle activation. This doesn't matter very much when studying the occipital lobe, but fo...(read more)

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Thanks for the excellent idea! I did in fact email Lukeprog personally to let him know. :)

Interesting!

"Applications for a contribution of pro bono professional services must be made by Deloitte personnel. To be considered for a pro bono engagement, a nonprofit organization (NPO) with a 501c3 tax status **must have an existing relationship with Deloitte through financial support, volun...(read more)

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