I like "the VCR disagreement". It sounds nice and evokes visual associations (a courtroom, a VCR) that might help one remember it. Since no alternative has been found or proposed I will start using this term for the phenomenon.
On a related note, I wonder if there is a search system that matches va...(read more)
I found that variations on the following exchange are very common on programming forums:
> Alice: Programming language feature X is misused more often than not. It's bad.
> Bob: Every language feature can be misused. That does not make it bad.
Suppose Alice is correct on the statistics: most co...(read more)
Less Wrong and its comments are a treasure trove of ethical problems, both theoretical and practical, and possible solutions to them (the largest one to my knowledge; do let me know if you are aware of a larger forum for this topic). However, this knowledge is not easy to navigate, especially to...(read more)
Am I correct in assuming the color you chose for the "Startup culture" block is a reference to Y Combinator or is this a coincidence?
>It's very rare that a precommitment to holding a belief in spite of the evidence is the best way to investigate a topic related to that belief.
What valid very rare cases of this do you think of? One that comes to my mind is that at least might be valid is that of "faking it 'till you make it". P...(read more)
If I believed in ghosts and wanted to investigate a haunted mansion I think it would be in my best interest to persuade myself temporarily to not believe in ghosts for the length of the investigation. In fact, I'd benefit only if I turned myself into a Narnia-style sceptic about them (one who wouldn...(read more)