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I think it's a solid proposal.

One major caveat I think is that it's a structure that wouldn't work for most people in the rationality community. Calling most of them libertines incompatible with such a strict framework wouldn't be too far from the truth. But those are the views of a very distant outsider who doesn't know the the deeper views/feelings of the Berkeleyans you refer to, and is only familiar at a superficial glance.

But for a niche group of strongly driven baby rationalists lacking for direction/purpose who aren't opposed to operating within a s... (read more)

0Duncan_Sabien5yYeah. In most-but-not-all of my conceptions of the house, I imagine "leaving" the post of guy-in-charge after a year, if not six months. Maybe not leaving the context as a whole, but "turning over" as far as roles are concerned.
Defecting by Accident - A Flaw Common to Analytical People

This reminds me of another post Yudkowsky made on a very similar topic.

I would consider most of the people here to be informally operating on at least a milder version of Crocker's rules.

The Red Bias

I can think of a scenario where the colour red tends to have the opposite effect... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshirt_(character)

Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts

The sensitivity to irregular caffeine users is just due to lack of tolerance. It can still be avoided by just reducing the dosage compared to regular caffeine users.

Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts

Sure, I can imagine caffeine impeding long-term learning from exam revision.

But I find the increased focus to be much more important, for an exam that I've already studied for, and for material I will very likely never need to know in quite as much detail ever again.

There's 2 different kinds of studying I do. Studying conceptually for the long term, and cram time for a specific exam fitting in all the fine details, and then quickly regurgitating them. If it takes exam revision to significantly enhance the former, then I already learned too little, too late. That said, I commonly use caffeine for the latter with no regret of the side effects.

1wedrifid12yTim's point is that things that you learn while on a specific substance (and so in a specific brain state) are actually more accessible while in that same state. So if you study without caffeine then perform with caffeine you don't access the memories as well as if you had studied with caffeine too. The reverse applies as well. As you say, the focus benefit you get probably gives you a net benefit from the caffeine regardless but state specific learning is worth considering.