Your Dog is Even Smarter Than You Think

I am super-duper surprised she says it took a few weeks to teach the Outside button! It took about... 15 minutes to teach my dog to use her Food bell. And then the Outside bell and Treat bells were similarly fast. I don't think button pressing is inherently harder than bell ringing, so that shouldn't make a difference. 

I guess if the dog was starting at zero training it would take two weeks. (Robin already knew how to Target an item, which she learned after learning hand Touch, which she learned as part of the process of teaching how clicker-like training with positive reinforcers works in the first place. )

I can imagine abstract words like "Tomorrow" and "Where" taking a whole lot longer, but the words that are just ways to obtain concrete things are extremely easy to teach. Outside bells are a very well-known and frequently-done thing. Look them up on Amazon and you'll see about 20 options for sale. 

Your Dog is Even Smarter Than You Think

My dog does this unusual roundhouse butt attack when she's playing with other dogs. It's unusual enough that people comment on it.

I've definitely noticed other dogs start doing it too after playing with her a bunch.

There also SEEMS to be a thing where in e.g. Berkeley the dogs at the park play quietly. I wondered how they taught their dogs not to bark while playing, because this is NOT the case in midwest dog parks. But apparently it's "cultural". If the dogs don't bark at the dog park you frequent, your dog will also not bark.

Raj Thimmiah's Shortform

I'd do this! Right now my dog is my accountability partner, but she adjusts to waking up later herself! :) I'm in Pacific timezone

How can we increase the frequency of rare insights?

You can simplify the problem into straight behaviorism.... I'd have to look up which book I read this in (Don't Shoot the Dog, maybe?), but there is a game you can teach dogs, dolphins, etc where you give them a box or something, and only reward them for novel behavior. So you reward them the first time they push it with their nose, but not any subsequent times. This seems to "teach" creativity, in that animals that play this game regularly get good at quickly coming up with unusual actions. 

Note: I'm not saying the CORRECT thing to do is ignore all the substeps, conditions, pre-requisites, etc and go straight to "just reward the thing you want". It was just a cute anecdote that seemed relevant.

The Scout Mindset - read-along

But they'd probably have to have years and years of correctly predicted boring missions to make up for the amount of incorrect 99% predictions, right?

Maybe the Star Trek universe has low key solved aging, so even though it doesn't seem like years between episodes, it really is. :P

The Scout Mindset - read-along

There's the counter-identity of scorning people who "pick stuff up and put it down again" and calling all sports "sportsball", etc. 

I think it's related to what Julia mentioned about having an identity that's just against some other group. 

The Scout Mindset - read-along

Thanks!  (Updating accordingly)

The Scout Mindset - read-along

Oh wow. There is an example of a person who used to be certain they didn't want kids and changed their mind later, but felt awkward about it because older people used to be very patronizing about her desire to not have kids and would assure her that she'd change her mind when she got older.

This is me. Practically word for word how I've written about it. I would be certain this was literally me if it weren't for the fact that I'd expect Julia to have mentioned if she were using me as an example. And I know Scott Alexander has talked about really common issues amongst his clients that feel personal enough that he thinks if his clients read them they'd think they were talking about them in particular as opposed to a general thing. And it's probably not an uncommon thought to express.

But it's the most I've ever felt that feeling of "that is literally me being quoted there" before. And I feel like maybe I'm a paranoid person.

The Scout Mindset - read-along

Chapter 2: What the Soldier Mindset Protects

  • Comfort, Self esteem, Morale, Pursuasion, Self Esteem, Belonging
The Scout Mindset - read-along

Chapter 1: Two Types of Thinking

  • Motivated Reasoning
    • "Can I believe this?" (searching for evidence something is true) v "Must I believe this?" (searching for evidence something is false)
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