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I think it depends a lot on the game and on the quality of the digital version. This game and Through the Ages (by the same devs) do have really good digital implementations that are a joy to play on tablets (that’s what I’ve tried).

Yet there is definitely something awesome about the tactility of real tiles over touch screens. But having to explain and double check rules instead of getting feedback from the digital system is actually not very energizing for me.

This is one of the reasons I hope something like will make it, then we could potentially get the best of both worlds 🙂

The digital version makes the second half a lot quicker, so maybe that’s enough? 🙂

I generally don't like digital versions of board games (I find playing in person with friends energizing, and playing digitally draining) but Galaxy Trucker's first half seems especially poorly suited for a digital version?
Answer by YiarJun 06, 20223

The Crew. One of the few good cooperative games. You can’t speak during a round and have only a few ways to communicate to solve the puzzle together. The campaign adds complexity over time to make it stay interesting as the group learns the tricks of the game.


Mindbug. Made in part by the creator of Magic the Gathering, but made much more accessible to play with new people. Still, it is really deep. The core idea of mind bug is that you can take control of the card the other player wants to play (with your mind bug), this creates a lot of mind games a... (read more)

Mage Knight has an excellent steam workshop mod for Tabletop Simulator which I highly recommend! 🙂 Automates some things so you can focus on the most fun strategy. Amazing 1-player game, but also fun at 2-players.

Strongly second Great Western Trail. Very fun and replayable 🙂

Answer by YiarJun 06, 20225

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I actually didn't reflect about her having makeup. I recall (but hopefully don't misrepresent in my paraphrasing) Julia Galef discussing that a society where people wear makeup is perhaps a more fair option since the difference between the most and least naturally beautiful people would be smaller then. I haven't thought deeply about this, but in that case, wearing makeup might be the rational thing to do. However, regarding the appraisal that the artwork represents the woman's beauty more than her strength, I can totally see how that reinforc... (read more)

My objection to makeup is that it's sorta a zero sum game, where if everybody spends 1hr a day on makeup, the world isn't really a better place since beauty is a relative thing. I agree that, in a society where everybody is judged by their made-up looks, innate beauty would matter less, and that's good. However, people will start competing on effort spent on makeup, which to me feels like a really bad thing. Imagine everybody having to spend 2 hours on make-up every day before heading out. I think that's what some women already have to deal with in their workplaces and I'd rather not everybody's lives be like that.

As I reread this short essay on teaching I came to think of this article, e.g. the importance of targeting the metric of really trying to live up to what one teaches, to stay on track as a good teacher. So I thought I'd link it here if anybody is interested in a similar perspective but differently communicated. 

Would be interesting to use this framework for articles on LessWrong. Most people don't spend time arguing why they downvote or upvote posts. It would be useful to know that the community e.g. had downvoted a post mostly based on e.g. enjoyability, robustness, or novelty. There are probably many other ways one could measure, but this one still seems simple yet very useful.

One could of course post one's ranking using text as a comment, but that doesn't aggregate the community's judgment effectively.

Similar to other media, some works are designed better and some worse. For example games like Outer Wilds and The Witness doesn’t try to make you addicted, a lotus-eater.

Instead of having the policy to shut the whole medium out (I’m not saying that you are just because you quit CS:GO), I'm instead trying to make a conscious effort to find the better alternatives that don't addict me. 
I'm not saying that games on average do this well, but I think there is potential for really good experiences from using the dynamic interactive medium for many things, e... (read more)

If you liked this post you’d probably like this facebook post that Ozzie wrote recently on a similar topic:

Answer by YiarFeb 11, 20221

Thanks for the initiative! I’m interested! 🙂 It’s easy to mostly look at the new posts, but probably more important for me to think deeper and transfer the ideas in classic posts to my current adventures!

This framework reminded me of this quote from Bret Victor's talk "The Humane Representation of Thought" (timestamp included in link)

I've transcribed it approximately here (with some styling and small corrections to make it easier to read). 


"There are many things, especially kind of modern things that we need to talk about nowadays which are not well-represented in spoken language

One of those is systems. We live in an era of systems:

Natural systems:

  • Environment
  • Ecosystems
  • Biological systems
  • Pathological systems
  • etc

Systems that we make:

  • Political
... (read more)

Thanks for this clear framework, it's really useful for me right now!

I haven't read Kahneman's book 'Noise' yet, just listened to a podcast episode where he described how it is important to distinguish between noise and bias. I'm curious if that distinction is important in this framework and if I should read "Bias (Noise)" as "Bias & Noise" or something else instead?

Hi, not sure where to write this but something happened to this post. Curious to read it but it looks like this right now for me:

Sorry about that! Fixed now.

”The further from shore, the deeper the ocean.”

(shore is pronounced like ’sure’)

Not sure if it fits this image but I liked this quote which was mentioned on EconTalk.

Nice with a female version, but nicer if the artist didn't feel the need to focus on her beauty instead of strength. Makeup, really? Also, with the colored skin I have a hard time identifying her as a statue; she seems to be about to open a bleeding wound with that chisel.

One could frame this as a need for more media that is both yummy and true/useful. Since there is statistically so much yummy media that isn’t true/useful we might gain the (somewhat false) intuition that yummy is a good signal for not true/useful. But that’s how the world is now, not necessarily how it should be. Sam Rosen had a similar argument on the Clearer Thinking podcast (timestamp in the link):

Products and content can be designed without the effect of addicting you, without making you a lotus eater (https://www... (read more)

Glad you liked it! 🙂 Yeah, I love it when they add instrumental versions 😃

What a great song! 😃 Thanks for recommending!

Well if you like groove, here’s a little playlist I put together of groovy goodies

Answer by YiarNov 27, 20214

I love ’Be Real’ by Rasmus Faber & Metaxas

Perfection is probably not possible to find, but for me this song ticks many important boxes:

Meaningful aesthetic lyrics (even fairly rationality aligned) without being too vague. E.g. ”I forgot what you need, you forgot how I feel, I just want to be real with you”,

Not too complicated harmonies so most people probably enjoy it without a trained ear, which makes it easier to recommend to many people.

Well produced, though timbre of the sounds is seldom perfect... (read more)

That's a lovely song. The beat is so rich. The instrumental version is also excellent. I love groovy songs. One of my favourite songs over the past year has been Glamour Profession by Steely Dan. It is insanely groovy.

Thanks for your explanation from your search for tighter concepts! Also thanks for putting in the effort into making it yummy for us to read! 🙂

I’m very curious about understanding modeling better too! I’m wondering what you think about the REDCAPE (Reason, Explain, Design, Communicate, Act, Predict, Explore) classification of what models are useful for, from the book The Model Thinker. What other classifications have you found useful? 🙂

Thank you, glad you enjoyed reading it! (: Also, cool that you mention Scott Page's book! I have it on my shelf but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. When I do I'll write an update.
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That book sounds somewhat interesting - would you broadly recommend it?

About 8 years ago, as I was in the transition of updating from music education to psychology and computer science (thanks to Rationally Speaking and LessWrong ♥️ ), I tried to make music with higher utility for a while before I started prioritizing paths with more potential social impact. I mostly explored for good ideas so most tunes are not fully formed yet. Also, I didn't polish them to a releasable quality, but now that I got distance from it I thought that maybe somebody here would enjoy some of the more promising attempts. 🙂 


♫ Tailwind Ta... (read more)

Playlist (YouTube, Apple Music) of tunes from various genres with mostly reasonable lyrics, but as you say one might need to steel woman & make some creative interpretation to make the connection clear. There are better ways to boost motivation, but listening to these songs for a while serves as a complementary source of motivation on days when I need it. 🙂

Some sneak peeks:

  • The tune 'Be Real' has lyrics "Sometimes I doubt the words you say. I forgot what you need, you forgot what I feel, I just want to be real with you." -  Scout Mindset, Seeking
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Thanks for the suggestions!

I think you’re onto something. A scout mindset alternative way to frame this issue was done by Spencer Greenberg at the end of this episode, which might help.

tl;dr Encourage the good parts of creative ideas and be supportive, instead of only shooting down creative ideas. Yet encourage the person to have a scout mindset, so they learn more effectively.

Some of it might be expectations. In my experience people are often not comfortable showing projects that are not sufficiently done yet, perhaps because the system is set... (read more)

Answer by YiarMar 16, 20218
Uncertainty from Vast Space of Possibilities
Answer by YiarMar 16, 20215
What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett

Also, I’d recommend thinking about learning in terms of the principles at Sparkwave’s 10 Conditions for Change. How to set up a design that aid oneself to actually do these demanding but effective learning behaviours, is key.

Another book related to this is Ultralearning by Scott Young.

Have not read all chapters thoroughly as I’ve learned about many of these principles elsewhere, but this book seem to include most of the learning concepts you mention, as well as some of the CFAR concepts such as Turbocharging, Overlearning, Tutoring Wheel, and so on. I recall the author of Learning how to Learn calling it the best book on learning, so it might interest you! 🙂

Thank you, I will look into it!

I've been listening to the book with an iOS app called Voice Dream Reader, with the voice Amy from Ivona. It's the best quality voice I've found for iOS and it let's me listen to all my ebooks. A real voice is probably better, but I got used to the voice in no time and now enjoy stimulating my mind while I e.g. go to school. Greatly recommended!