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Unofficial Canon on Applied Rationality

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Less Wrong Karma Chart Website

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Systems Theory Terms

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Useful Wiki and special pages

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What Exactly Do We Mean By "Rationality"?

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Rudimentary Categorization of Less Wrong Topics

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Rationality Compendium: Principle 2 - You are implemented on a human brain

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Sensation & Perception

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Rationality Compendium

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Recent Comments

Actually, if you read further the above is described as taming the problem, which is bad, and is not solving it.

> Taming a wicked problem is a very natural and common way of coping with it. Instead of dealing with the full wickedness of the problem, people simplify it in various ways to make it ...(read more)

Quotes from post and this: http://www.cognexus.org/Rotman-interview_SharedUnderstanding.pdf

> It took me a while to realise what a wicked problem was. It is evil. It's a challenge.

"Wicked" in this context means resistance to resolution, rather than evil.

> I looked to cooking. No two ingred...(read more)

> Yet how is a lichen 'more than the sum of fungus and alga'?

I don't know anything about lichen, but [the below](http://www.turnbull-lichens.us/?page_id=79) is what I assume "more than the sum of" in this context means:

> "The symbiosis between the mycobiont and the photobiont creates an organ...(read more)

> My wish is to create rationalist communities which are emotionally healthy, capable of action, and successful in life. […] Similarly how the Sequences are not about "how to think rationally during a meetup", but how to think rationally in general.

Is your wish actually to create rationalist comm...(read more)

> I have an idea about a sequence I would love to see, but only if it is written well (because it would be very easy and tempting!!! to make it wrong in various ways): Starting with scientifically describing human emotions, social behavior, and sexual behavior.

This seems way too broad. If it was...(read more)

> I'm exploring the following hypothesis : sometimes, you have to give up constructive actions for the sake of focus.

I would try to make the hypothesis a bit more concrete. Something like: flow, immersion and engagement are all important factors in productivity. An implication of this is: (your ...(read more)

This from [here](https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9987679) seems pretty accurate for Usenet:

> Binary groups being a great big cost sink would be the main thing.

> The store and forward protocol required quite some disk space at the time. > The network relied on "control" messages to crea...(read more)

As far as I see it, there are 2 basic classes of solutions.

The first type of solution is something like reddit or Facebook's newsfeed which involves two concepts: linkposts which are links to or cross posts of outside content and normal posts which are hosted by the site itself. Making use of RSS ...(read more)

Is this a good summary of your argument?

NNTP was a great solution to a lot of the [problems](https://developer.jboss.org/people/ozizka/blog/2015/03/12/burn-mailing-lists-go-newsgroups-nntp?_sscc=t) caused by mailing lists. The main ones being:

* content duplication - mailing lists are bad beca...(read more)