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Your example only works if both majority and subgroup are otherwise equal (i.e. subgroup does same quality/amount of work for the same wage). In real life conflicts of this type, the subgroup will generally work for lower wages, thus lowering average wage and reducing income of the majority.

I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Most often two of these qualities come together. The officers who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Those who are stupid and lazy make up around 90% of every army i...(read more)

"Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed."

C. S. Lewis "The Magician's Nephew"

Alternatively, after sobering up, Mimi might decide that experiencing heroine high makes her life so much more fulfilling, that the much shortened life expectancy of a heroine addict doesn't seems to be a fair price to pay for it.

As usual it is all up to personal definition of utility.

> The reason irrationality "wins" for the "many people" you mention is that they re-define winning in hindsight when things don't work out.

Does it really matter if the definition of winning shifts, as long as you still experience the warm fuzzies? I think for some people it doesn't. Quoting Elieze...(read more)

It doesn't show correctly in either Google Docs or Open Office. Sadly, vote down.

I think I would agree partially with both of you. If I assume that there is no information at all .5 is a good choice. Once a bead of any color is pulled out, I can start making guesses on a potential number of beads in the jar from the relative volumes of the jar and the bead, so if I know that the...(read more)

I guess, this is what comes out of writing in a hurry. The way it came out, I am an arrogant ass, who only reads what others have to say to see if it relates to something he, himself wants to say. I found most articles on both OB and LW to be enlightening and some to be a major revelation. The way I...(read more)

* Handle: mitechka * Name: Dmitriy Kropivnitskiy * Location: Brooklyn, NY * Age: 35 * Education: 2 years of college (major chemistry) * Occupation: Systems Administrator

About a year ago, I have found [Eliezer''s article about cognitive biases]( and fr...(read more)