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I think you're gonna need to define soul here. Not in a way that implies you've understood everything, but in the way that you might describe fire as the red hot stuff.
I found myself saying recently, "While this strategy does not in this case seem to have much causal connection to good outcomes, I feel like following the strategy in the past few months has been good for my soul."*
Humans don't have souls. I could imagine substituting, "This strategy has made me an easier agent to coordinate with and has moved me closer to the morality I was taught growing up, which has reduced my cognitive dissonance with my formerly more consequentialist actions. And it's an important part of the strategy that I don't alter it just because I can't see any negative consequences here."
I dunno, maybe that's the right way to say the thing? I think if I'd thought of that phrasing at the time maybe I should have just said that. It seems tempting to go with the shorter "good for my soul" phrasing, but I think it's likely to be pretty ambiguous in interpretation. I think after writing this rather stream-of-consciousness shortform that I'd rather stick to awkward but clear language instead of turning poetic.
* (A note in defense of my past self — While recently I've moved further in non-consequentialist directions, I've never been willing to defect when in coordination games with cooperating members of my communities.)
I'm here for the parables and the pun titles. Thanks for providing me a little of Scott Alexander during the SSC drought.
I doubt anyone will think the basic argument of the post is very surprising. Nevertheless, it is not something that lends itself to staying in one's mind. The other side is dumb. "I am permitted" to continue to believe my side. A post with a very memorable title and compelling stories is a good way to fight that effect.
This is one of my favorite readings period in 2019. I remember retelling it's message in multiple conversations and it was important in my thinking about how my organization should think about accountability.
My understanding of the value of the practices of large organizations progressed a lot in 2019. This post is one the causes.
I just want to say that this looks beautiful, and the ad you have on the homepage is fabulous. I also expect to enjoy reading it.
My partner asks if there's an ebook version. I'm pretty sure he's not trying to troll you.
Looks like malformed markdown. The correct link is here: https://lesswrong.com/books.
This video seems highly relevant to the luminator fans here.