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Thanks Connor! To self-prime, we need to generating priming material (or strategies for generating priming material). What might these generators look like? If your goal is to introduce new directions of thinking without particular targets, here possible strategies:

-Go to r/random and look at the best of all time for up to 5-10 minutes (set a site nanny like StayFocusd so it doesn't exceed this)

-... Same, but for YouTube, Podcasts, Wikipedia, etc. Youtube video walking tours of different cities are intriguing and different

-Quickly list things that yo... (read more)

These are great! (Although the media one seems like it would take ages and be more about actual exploration than priming per se.) As to your comment at the end, I want to note that the point isn't actually novelty! Yours are in fact more novel than mine were. You just want your brain to be chewing on something. If you choose things you like, they won't be very novel, but they *should* hook your brain and get you idly replaying them in the back of your head. Hopefully just basking in cool/interesting things for a bit will take care of the "artificial" objection?

If this norm were to be followed, I think it should apply to endorsements / positive statements as well. Unjustified positivity and endorsement is more harmful when criticism is discouraged.

I think that being unreasonably negative is generally a lot worse than being unreasonably positive, at least in terms of its effect on other participants -- while both might be epistemically unsound, the consequences of a space being too negative are much more stifling to a community than the consequences of a space being too positive. That said, I do think it would be good form to justify or retract unreasonably positive statements as well if challenged!

I've recently begun to experiment with alcohol for entertainment. While intoxicated I attempt to retain my mental control despite handicaps as a challenge in rationality. This has led me to observe my thinking patterns while sober more often--to a hypothetical superrational being, humans in the best scenario must seem at least as impaired as those beings would in their version of drunkedness. Some of the things I'm hoping to test are how my ability to analyze logical propositions, assign probability to various outcomes, or determine the choice that maximiz... (read more)

I've seen worse excuses to get drunk :) I recently did some sim racing while mildly intoxicated. I'm fairly consistent with certain car and track setups so my performance doesn't vary many tenths of a second per lap. Suprisingly getting buzzed seemed to improve my performance by several tenths for about half an hour and after that it plummeted to fairly embarrassing levels. I've felt this temporary performance boost in other tasks as well, but wouldn't have expected to measure it in a difficult motor task requiring quick reflexes and good eye-hand coordination.
7ChristianKl9y provides a good test suite for mental tests.
There are apps for that :-)
  • The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Sun-mi Hwang, touching contemporary fable.
  • Nightfall - Isaac Asimov, old enough to be cliche and predictable despite being original for its time.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (1-5) - G R R Martin, took a while to read and addictive. Stays interesting if he explores a character you can relate to.
  • Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, and Making Money - Terry Pratchett, fun Discworld novels.
  • The Age of Spiritual Machines - Ray Kurzweil, outdated but thought provoking.
  • My Stroke of Insight - Jill B Taylor, a TED talk-ish book on neuroscience for the masses.
  • I am a Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstadter, GEB without the dialogues and focused on consciousness.
  • The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver, makes a good case for Bayes' theorem without showing the theorem.
  • Social Engineering: the Art of Human Hacking - Chris Hadnagy, rehashes Cialdini's Influence, describes some neat techniques, and includes some pseudoscience. Still nice intro to social engineering despite the author being a pentester, not a writer.

Hey, I do the same thing to take notes. I even decorate the header with the "==" too! What I do is I download a pdf or epub of a book (from straight google search or and split the screen, notes on one side and the book on the other. If I turn off wifi, this can be fantastically productive.

Perhaps something like the representativeness heuristic? While more details make something sound more believable, each detail is another thing that could be incorrect.

A new challenge not present when everyone you knew was from your area: How do you know this person?

With text messages and twitter, conciseness is valued and practiced. Outside of those, typing is faster than handwriting and there is no physical limit on length, just what someone is willing to read.

Due to text communications, personal hygiene and appearance are less important than proper spelling and grammar. Now it is possible to have strong connections with people without knowing their real name or what they look like. Avoiding the meatspace completely is easy, so skills such as making eye contact, small talk, and strong handshakes decay.

This has become increasingly true for me. There are several people across the world who I regularly converse with and referring to them in every day conversation with (meatspace) friends and family tends to be full of qualifiers: E.g. "This friend in the US I met over tumblr", or "That guy from the Magic: The Gathering forum." When talking about people I know "in real life", I don't feel the need to qualify where I met them.