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Instrumental rationality - Updating cached thoughts

(Note change of location)

At last week's meetup where we discussed terminal and instrumental goals and being inconsistent, the conversation drifted into economic and political policies. After embarrassingly long, I realized that my cached thoughts were speaking on my behalf espousing rather strong libertarian views which I had, on several prior occasions, marked "dirty". Giles remarked that he had notes on how to deal with cached thoughts, and we decided to make it our next topic. 

So, lets talk about cached selves. On how to identify them as they occur, on how to learn to say 'I don't know", or "I'm in the process of revising my opinion" and more generally, on the persistence of modifications to thought processes. 

We could perhaps ponder on properties of cached thoughts, like their half lives, the degree of reinforcement they undergo upon unconscious reproduction, and so on. 

The following article would be the recommended reading:

http://lesswrong.com/lw/4e/cached_selves/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all;

    Apparently I was not *completely* full of it (but I was ultimately wrong) when I was recounting that tale about the Milgram shock experiment and same guy that exposed the My Lai Massacre:

    "According to Jonathan Glover's book Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century, Ridenhour took part in the Princeton version of the Milgram experiment. Ridenhour was part of the minority who refused to administer electric shocks that would result in death. He was the only participant who refused to administer any shocks whatsoever. Subsequent investigations, however, showed that the Ron Ridenhour who took part in the Milgram experiment and the Ron Ridenhour who helped break the story of the My Lai Massacre are two different individuals."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ridenhour

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Saran, here's what I mentioned regarding increased female fertility for women with gay relatives: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biology_and_sexual_orientation#Female_fertility

    February 12, 2014

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