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I don't understand what is so shocking about this story. The lessons seems quite clear: the mouth that you feed today will bite you tomorrow. It's not as if we don't have this in western culture.

@Eliezer, you mention that "This hypothesis then has two natural subdivisions:" I suppose you consider the second correct and the first incorrect?

@Eliezer: is the following a real experiment that was actually made or are you hypothesizing?

<i>The actual experiment which shows that parental grief correlates strongly to the expected reproductive potential of a child of that age in a hunter-gatherer society - not the different reproductive curv...(read more)

Thanks Vladimir. Maybe a game like chess could also be a model. When you start to see the patterns you start getting better. Btw, I noticed that in fact a lot of errors people make when playing chess can be attributed to biases.

Eliezer, at 39:38 if I heard correctly you say:

<i>"I have to say I'm the first person who actually ran to the opposite extreme and put the entire burden of rationality on system one fast perceptual intuitive judgement."</i>

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that make overcomingbias meaningles...(read more)

Regarding Obama vs. Bush, I wonder why even rationalists seem to operate under the assumption that the president has the power to make all important decisions. Even if Obama wanted he probably couldn't go against the power elite that is operating behind the scenes. JFK tried it.

Eliezer, I don't understand the following:

<i>probably via resolving some other problem in AI that turns out to hinge on the same reasoning process that's generating the confusion</i>

If you use the same reasoning process again what help can that be? I would suppose that the confusion can be solve...(read more)


what would be the right thing to do regarding our own choices? Should we limit them? Somehow this seems related to the internet where you always have to choose when to click another link and when to stop reading. Timothy Ferris also recommends a low information diet. I'm just brainstorming...(read more)