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What's Stopping You?

I just want to emphasize that "Making your own path can be exhausting and stressful". And I'd add overwhelming. I have the strong tendency to make my own path rather than following the default one —for me this does not have to do with having agency but lacking it; I'm actually learning to use my agency to not deviate too much— and I am the opposite of effective. I learned a lot and I'm able to do and understand mostly anything by myself, without any help, but this came at the cost of wasting lots of time, and spending long periods confused about my next (c... (read more)

What will be the most important resource after the information age?

Information is not scarce, but relevant good and not distracting information is scarce in the sense that it is very difficult to separate the grain from the chaff. So good information can be considered scarce independently of it being hard to adsorb or to use correctly, no?

What will be the most important resource after the information age?

I think relevant information of very good quality, meaning not just any information but information with a high signal-to-noise ratio for each person in each moment in time. Or maybe any tool that really helps hiding the information which is not of very high quality, relevance and level for you in any particular moment. I think information overload is the main externality of the information age.

At the end, there are only few main resources: energy (this includes food and water) and (good)knowledge-time-attention. I think knowledge, time and attention form a bundle of resources that are very related but difficult to summarise within a wider resource.

Living with a homeopath - how?

Oh, such a pity it did not work but funny that you tried it already :-)

Living with a homeopath - how?

I find the concept regression toward the mean very useful because it is very intuitive, understandable and not related to health. Especially this example of Kahneman about an instructor of the Israeli Air Force is totally relatable, funny and understandable.

The fact that this concept (and the example) is not related to health has the advantages that one doesn't need to have any kind of health-related knowledge to understand it and that it may not trigger usual arguments. The disadvantage is that they may argue that it does not apply to health. But there is... (read more)

2sudoLife3moOh, I loved that example when I read it in his book! Funnily enough, she does use this kind of argument herself when advocating against the Covid vaccines. I think I tried using it once at some point and it went like this:
Treatments for depression that depressed LW readers may not have tried?

Maybe it would help to make your intention explicit? Especially in posts about depression or similar.

Treatments for depression that depressed LW readers may not have tried?

[Disclaimer: although I felt very bad at the moment, I have never sough mental medical advise/treatment (something which I think is quite common). Therefore, I was never diagnosed of depression.]

Relocate. I know it is much easier said than done, but sometimes the chance just arises at the right moment. I guess that in a large community the chances for someone to be able to do it are quite high.

I left home, country, family and friends for 10 months for an study exchange (Erasmus) and it was a game changer. If you are lucky and with a bit of work, you even g... (read more)

How to Sleep Better

I saw this interview some months ago, the author indeed claims this "technique" helps you breath through your nose. 

Is it true that most studies in Kahneman's 'Thinking fast and slow' are not replicable and the book is largely not supported by evidence?

I don't know how well the studies on which is based replicate, but 'Predictably irrational' from Dan Ariely is also in the Behavioural Economics field, and Dan seems to put a lot of effort into preparing valid experiments.

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How can there be a godless moral world ?
Answer by mikbpJul 03, 202110

I think you are pointing in the right direction when you say you understand that societies that discourage murder probably have better prospects than those that do. I'm far from well read in this topic but I think the basis of ethics/morality (in a general way, at least) is our evolution.

A collective with a feeling that murdering is bad will, in the long run, outlive a collective without that feeling. Keep that feeling for long enough and their society as a whole will rationalise it. Something similar can be said for, at least, many of our other moral pref... (read more)

Deliberately Vague Language is Bullshit

I generally agree with the post but I miss a paragraph pointing at that precise language can be (and it is extensively used to) bullshit. It is hinted in "How many shares of a company you own is vaguer than what percentage you own". And also, as others say, vague language does not imply attempting to obscure reality.

I find also that nuanced language is much more precise and less bullshit than very direct language.