Costs of Rationality

Instrumental and epistemic rationality don't always go together perfectly. Sometimes, knowing the truth can hinder us in our goals. We'll be discussing some of the day-to-day pitfalls of trying to be better calibrated and more knowledgeable.

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  • Jake W.

    How many people here are "socialists" and how many are libertarians? How many people here have a "true rejection" of coercive collectivism, but an overt (self-contradictory) acceptance of it? By my (well-informed by experience) estimation, the government schools have done their jobs far too well for most human intelligence to be worthy of any respect or engagement. I'm personally looking forward to skynet, because skynet will certainly be more civilized, intelligent, and internally-consistent than man. Even if Moravec's "North American Landbridge" analogy is correct, I expect this will be the case.

    November 17

    • Jake W.

      I'm tired of talking with people who cannot express rational, high-level goals (LessWrong.communists are the worst offenders). The detail level is far less important, far more dwelled upon, with no differentiation between high-level and low-level goals. LW = people "too cool for school." If this meetup is really rational, let it change its name to "intelligent libertarian planning" meetup. ...Priorities! Restore the market that gives you long-term life? Or minutiae like which diet gives you the most energy within a + or - 1% difference? Most LessWrong participants can't even wrap their heads around viable options for #1, so they dicker, dither, and debate #2.

      After all, wouldn't want to get "mind-killed."­ LOL

      November 17

    • Conor H.

      The meetup group is no longer active. It doesn't do much good to call yourself "well-informed"­ because the uninformed may be too uninformed to know that they are not well informed. When the meetup did exist, it kept its identity small.

      November 17

  • Conor H.

    I wrote up a mini-recap of some things discussed, with links to relevant material, here:!topic/less-wrong-chicago-2/wee5j5WMBqM

    February 22

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