"More Right" was too political
March 6, 2009 10:54 AM Subscribe
posted by grobstein (36 comments total)
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is a community blog devoted to "the art" of rationality. It revolves around discussion of short essays. Less Wrong is a project of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute and a companion site to Overcoming Bias
; how to read
Less Wrong aims to take advantage of the big reader community on OB, as the original OB posters start participating less in that site. Here are some highlights (courtesy Eliezer here
- Test Your Rationality by Robin Hanson.It's easy to find reasons to believe yourself more rational than others, but most people do this; what real ways can be found to test your rationality?
- Unteachable Excellence and Teaching the Unteachable by Eliezer Yudkowsky.The rare superstars are rare because their skills are currently hard to transfer. A large number of Nobel laureates are students of other Nobel laureates. How do you teach skills you can't put into words?
- The Costs of Rationality by Robin Hanson. Rationality can be useful for many things, but humans aren't really designed for it, and a true effort to believe truly can get in the way of many aspects of ordinary life. Are you willing to pay the real costs of ratonality?
- No, Really, I've Deceived Myself and Belief in Self-Deception by Eliezer Yudkowsky. A woman I met who didn't seem to believe in God at all, while honestly believing that she had deceived herself successfully - which may bring most of the same placebo benefits.
- The ethic of hand-washing and commuity epistemic practice by Steve Rayhawk and Anna Salamon. Diseases become more virulent in the presence of poor hygiene, since they can jump hosts more easily. Are there analogous effects for ideas? What is the equivalent of washing our hands?
and some interesting stuff is bubbling up on the site's "popular" page
The site runs the Reddit engine and includes "karma" voting on posts and comments. I haven't figured out what the full moderation model is; maybe they haven't yet, either. (I wish that everyone starting a site like this would have a look at MeFi, but so far things seem to be working okay.)