HumanFlesh's Comments

Is arguing worth it? If so, when and when not? Also, how do I become less arrogant?

Could you give an example of "three reasons why [x] is good, and one broader conceptual reason why it might not be”? I’m not sure I follow.

Why is it rational to invest in retirement? I don't get it.

Now I have no idea what it means.

To 'Flip a coin' is to choose randomly between two options.

post proposal: Attraction and Seduction for Heterosexual Male Rationalists

I prefer the term 'endowed' because our adaptations are often sub-optimal.

Clarification: Behaviourism & Reinforcement

You may want to distinguish classical conditioning from operant conditioning.

[SEQ RERUN] The Comedy of Behaviorism

Behavioral science and cognitive science had a turf war over control of psychology departments in the mid-twentieth century. We like to recite the criticisms that became tropes in that war in order to pat ourselves on the back.

[link] Cargo Cult Debugging

The link contends the terminology used to describe superstitious behaviour. It doesn't claim that an arbitrary schedule of reinforcement has no effect on the pigeon behaviour.

[link] Cargo Cult Debugging

Cite please.

Skinner avoided appeals to internal states and demonstrated how schedules of reinforcement affected behaviour.

Non-theist cinema?

I liked Frailty. Without giving too much away, it demonstrates how any agent with god-like powers could make you believe whatever it wants you to believe. Therefore if you ever find yourself in a universe in which gods and powerful demons exist and have an interest in influencing your life, you could fall into a situation where you have no means of determining which gods or demons are best aligned with your long-term goals. Also, a sufficiently cogent propaganda campaign could have a good chance of convincing you to commit atrocities.

[LINK] Serotonin Transporter Genotype (5-HTTLPR) Predicts Utilitarian Moral Judgments

Sorry about the redundant post. I would delete it, but I feel that Jayson_Virissimo's comment is worth archiving.

Improving My Writing Style

You are right. However, I don't think the advice was meant to be used to evaluate weather or not a given essay is boring. I found it helpful because it provided a simple rule that I used to change my writing habits. I had a vague sense that some of my sentences were stilted, but I didn't know how to remedy that problem. Not everyone will get the same utility from creative restrictions, but I find them inspiring.

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