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[Link] Mainstreaming Tell Culture

My thoughts are that you probably havn't read Malcolm's post on communication cultures, or you disagree.

Roughly, different styles of communication cultures (guess, ask, tell) are supported by mutual assumptions of trust in different things (and product hurt and confusion in the absence of that trust). Telling someone you would enjoy a hug is likely to harm a relationship where the other person's assumptions are aligned with ask or guess, even if you don't expect the other person to automatically hug you!

You need to coordinate with people on what type of and which particular culture to use (and that coordination usually happens through inference and experimentation). I certainly expect people who happen to coordinate on a Tell Culture to do better, but I doubt that it works as an intervention, unless they make the underlying adjustments in trust.

Nature publishes an article about alternative therapy

The article isn't so much about Reiki as about intentionally utilizing the placebo effect in medicine. And that there is some evidence that, for the group of people that currently believe (medicine x) is effective, the placebo effect of fake (medicine x) may be stronger than that of fake (medicine y) and (medicine x) has fewer medically significant side effects than (medicine y).

Rationality Compendium: Principle 2 - You are implemented on a human brain

Thinking Fast and Slow references studies of disbelief requiring attention - which is what I assume you mean by "easier".

Rationality Compendium

We're a long way from having any semblance of a complete art of rationality, and I think that holding on to even the names used in the greater less wrong community is a mistake. Good names for concepts are important, and while it may be confusing in the short term while we're still developing the art, we are able to do better if we don't tie ourselves to the past. Put the old names at the end of the entry, or under a history heading, but pushing the innovation of jargon forward is valuable.

Palatable presentation of rationality to the layperson

I've been introducing rationality not by name, but by description. As in, “I've been working on forming more accurate beliefs and taking more effective action.”

Brainstorming new senses
  • Ionizing Radiation - preferably expressed as synthetic heat or pain with a tolerable cap. The various types could be differentiated, by location or flavor, but mostly it's the warning that matters.
If you could push a button to eliminate one cognitive bias, which would you choose?

There are a significant number of people who judge themselves harshly. Too harshly. It's not fun and not productive, see Ozy's Post on Scrupulosity. It maybe would be helpful for the unscrupulous to judge themselves with a bit more rigor, but leniency has a lot to recommend it as viewed from over here.

Request for help: Android app to shut down a smartphone late at night

Basic version debug apk here, (more recent) source on GitHub, and Google Play.

The most notable feature lacking is locking the phone when the start time arrives. PM me if you run into problems. Don't set the end time one minute before the start time, or you'll only be able to unlock the phone in that minute.

Request for help: Android app to shut down a smartphone late at night

A more advanced version of this would be to lock the phone into "emergency calls only" mode within a specific time window. I don't know how hard that would be to pull off.

This appears to be possible with the Device Administration API to relock the screen upon receiving an ACTION_USER_PRESENT intent. Neither of which requires a rooted phone.

Some famous scientists who believed in a god

Probably because they have been dead for forty for fifty years.

The best example still living might be Robert Aumann, though his science is less central (economics) than anyone on your list. Find a well known modern scientist who is doing impressive work and believes in any reasonably traditional sense of God! It's not interesting to show a bunch of people who believed in God when >99% of the rest of their society did.

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