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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 114 + chapter 115

The reason you didn't see the Philosopher's Stone in your first read is that it wasn't there. Eliezer accidentally dropped it in one of his edits, and put it back in after Reddit was all "Where's the Stone?!"

4 Common Prediction Failures and How to Fix Them [LINK]

Possible typos.

  1. "And the difference might not that amount to that much." Extra "that"

  2. "Think through each step of what you’ll be doing, and try to avoid relying on your brains associations with whole events." Should be "brain's associations"

  3. "So, how successful, do you predict, you’ll be able to influence your predictions?" I'm having trouble parsing this sentence.

2Peter_McIntyre7yFixed. Thanks for taking the time to give feedback. :)
Open Thread, Feb. 2 - Feb 8, 2015

No, my eating disorder hasn't been an active problem for ~8 years. Thank you for your concern.

Open Thread, Feb. 2 - Feb 8, 2015

I agree that "unclear and often highly subjective" are downsides to categories of content that warrant trigger warnings, but this exchange (below) would pretty clearly warrant a trigger warning for eating disorders if it was on a site that used trigger warnings.

Are there effective methods of ceasing to enjoy some activity, or of refraining from enjoyable things?

For food items you can create distaste by mixing the food item with something that makes you throw up.

4JoshuaZ7yBut if anything that actually shows how subjective this is and how much of an issue it is. It is one thing to say that trigger warnings should apply to issues that may involve PTSD. It is quite another thing to suggest that they should involve mentions of every possible mental health issue.
Open Thread, Feb. 2 - Feb 8, 2015

This comment made me wonder if trigger warnings might have a place on Less Wrong. Probably not, because I suspect that the utility gains would not be worth the controversy of trying to change norms in that direction.

3ChristianKl7yDid the comment trigger you in a bad way?
0MathiasZaman7yContent warnings/notes for threads might be worth it (and not that hard to do, seeing as threads already support tags), but doing so for individual comments would be mostly annoying.
5JoshuaZ7yThis seems if anything like an argument against it: it isn't considered a commonly triggering issue. This shows one of the fundamental problems with trigger warnings: it is unclear and often highly subjective what should get such a warning.
Open thread, Jan. 12 - Jan. 18, 2015

Is there a better search term than "self-modification," or a better place to look other than LW, for self-modification ideas/experiments, of the "when system 1 and system 2 are in conflict, listen to system 2" type? Any comments like "This particular thing worked for me and here's a link to it" are welcome.

Your Evolved Intuitions

The link in "And no, evolutionary psychologists do not only offer 'postdictions'..." is broken.

0ialdabaoth7yIt looks like this might be it: []
Open thread, Dec. 22 - Dec. 28, 2014

I'm in the middle of a rationality crisis. I wish I had somebody to talk to, but I'm not close enough to any rationalists to ask for a personal chat when I keep thinking, "They have more important things to do!" and none of my close friends are rationalists.

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2drethelin7yI almost never have more important stuff to do but I can't guarantee useful advice.
2dthunt7yYou might check IRC - #lesswrong, maybe #slatestarcodex, someone is probably willing to help, and you might make a friend.
3satt7yI know you retracted that comment, but if you're still looking for someone to talk to, you could make a post in the Discussion section []. If that seems a bit too public or off-topic or whatever, Tumblr might be worth a shot; there are quite a few LWish people there [] too, and commiseration about personal crises isn't exactly rare on Tumblr.
Quantum Explanations

The link to an "Intuitive Explanation of Bayesian Reasoning" is broken. The new URL is here:

Meetup : Boston: Self Therapy

To clarify, this meet-up is not at MIT, even though it's the third Sunday?

1atucker7yYes. This meetup is at the citadel.
2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey - Call For Critiques/Questions

1a) If you're planning on comparing IQ scores to SAT scores, you should include age at which the respondent took the SAT. I know of at least one international gifted program, run by Johns Hopkins University, which administers the SAT to 12-year-olds.

1b) Scores on the different sections of the SAT might be interesting. E.g. SAT Score out of 1600; SAT-Verbal score out of 800; SAT-Math score out of 800 and SAT Score out of 2400; SAT-Reading score out of 800; SAT-Writing score out of 800; SAT-Math score out of 800.

2) A mere typo: "Do you attend Less Wrong... (read more)

Conservation of Expected Evidence

The hyperlink "An Intuitive Explanation of Bayesian Reasoning" is broken. The current location of that essay is here: