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Split and Commit

Your last point about flinching from hypotheses because they're undesirable is key.  That flinch is the enemy of equanimity, the acid that dissolves you to make room for Moloch.

Split and Commit

In my head this breaks down like:

  1. Split: generate alternative hypotheses.  "I believe X.  What not-X might I come to believe, and why?"
  2. Commit: flesh out those hypotheses with contingent commitments for action.  This is how you know you actually generated a real hypothesis rather than just "maybe the house elves did it, wow, this rationalist stuff is easy."
  3. Practice.  It might be a great rationality workout to take very low-probability hypotheses seriously and build an action plan.  "If I come to believe house elves did it, I will submit myself for psychological evaluation.  If I pass that evaluation, I will dedicate my life to documenting their existence."
The Best Software For Every Need

Any xp with Amethyst for compare/contrast?  I'll be switching laptops soon and the biggest thing keeping me on linux is my very custom multi screen sway setup

2Rudi C3moWhy do you want to switch to macOS? The only thing going for it is having Adobe and Office software. On the other hand, it is likely to do explicit on-device scanning, it doesn't support Docker well, it is generally slow and can hang when the internet connection has problems. Hell, even its API for changing the background wallpaper doesn't work reliably for me.
1tcelferact4moHaven't used Amethyst, but I do use sway on my personal machine, it's my favourite window manager! I prefer sway to my mac solution on my work computer, but that's mainly because macs are missing the $mod key, other than that I notice no real difference.
Working With Monsters

It's one thing when you make that choice for yourself.  This is about a disagreement so heinous that you can't countenance others living according to a different belief than your own.  I read JMH as arguing for a humility that sometimes looks like deferring to the social norm, so that you don't risk forcing your own (possibly wrong) view on others.  I suspect they'd still want to live their life according to their best (flawed) judgment... just with an ever-present awareness that they are almost certainly wrong about some of it, and possibly wrong in monstrous ways.

2Pattern5moIn order to argue for humility, one would have to give the "scissors statement". Have you read the fictional sequences?
3p.s.carter6moBeliefs and values aren't just clothes we wear -- we act on them, and live by them. (And don't confuse me for talking about what people say their values are, vs what they act on. Someone can say they value "liberation for all," for example, but in practice they behave in accordance with the value "might makes right." Even if someone feels bad about it, if that's what they're acting out, over and over again, then that's their revealed preference. In my model, what people do in practice & their intent are what is worth tracking.) So it's reasonable to assume that if someone has a particularly heinous belief, and particularly heinous values, that they act on those beliefs and values. Why should that particular humility be privileged? In choosing to privilege deference to a social norm or humility over $heinous_thing, one is saying that a {sense of humility|social norm} is more important than the $heinous_thing, and that is a value judgment. If you think your judgment is wrong, you always have the option to learn more and get better judgment. Being so afraid of being wrong that a person will refuse to act is a kind of trap, and I don't think people are acting that way in the rest of their lives. If you're wiring an electrical system for your house, and you have an ever-present awareness that you're almost certainly wrong about some of it, you're not going to keep doing what you're doing. You'll crack open a text book, because dying of electrocution or setting your house on fire is an especially bad outcome, and one you sincerely care about not happening to you. Likewise, if you care about some moral value, if it feels real to you, then you'll act on it.
Rationalism before the Sequences

0 or 1.  I saw this post and thought "finally!  I've been a fan since the early 90's.  I'm most surprised that it took you this long, and excited that you finally got around to it.  :)

The ratsphere is ripe for some of the same treatment you gave the fossphere back in the day.  (It's under attack by forces of darkness; it's adherents tend to be timid and poorly funded while its attackers are loud, charismatic, and throw a lot of money around; it revolves around a few centers of gravity ("projects") that are fundamental building bloc... (read more)

What are your greatest one-shot life improvements?

I'm fascinated by this phenomenon, where expunging even obviously poor chunks can feel like an amputation. If you don't mind, I have a couple of questions. Have you looked at using version control for your writing? What tools do you use (Apple Notes?) and why?

1practically2yMy guess would be that the feeling is probably due to some combination of sunk cost fallacy and maybe that the writer would tend to feel some type of emotional connection to whatever they've already written since it's a reflection of their opinions / at some point when they were writing it they thought it was good stuff. I looked this up and found other people who do the same; in this post [] there's a lot of discussion in the comments about this, if you wanted to take a look. I personally don't write that often, and the system of keeping the deleted chunks in Apple Notes was just out of convenience. Other people in the post linked above have used a Word Document to keep the deleted chunks, but I personally feel that it takes more time to open up a Word Document than to drop something in Notes, which is also particularly nice since you can always start a new note without having to scroll past old writing. I never really thought of using version control before but I do feel like it's not quite the same as just keeping the deleted chunks. Usually I might delete a large portion, make some significant changes to another portion, and then go back and decide I want to use stuff from the deleted portion, so version control might be inconvenient since I've already changed other things too. I might be wrong since I haven't really used version control before, though.