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Bendini12 January 2018, 02:31

people skills improvement: give feedback on where someone could improve their conversation by annotating a chatlog

anonymous — 07 January 2018, 10:51


Bendini07 January 2018, 06:37

mental health: to not cheat yourself out of useful information when you can no longer handle a conversation, note it down somewhere you will remember it and come back at a time when you are in a better headspace

Bendini06 January 2018, 03:55

entry requirements: create a questionnaire to check if people have read the sequences before allowing them into a space which treats them as an underlying assumption

quanticle05 January 2018, 10:15

Version control everything.

quanticle05 January 2018, 10:11

Sometimes a local optimum is just fine. Before you strike out to find a global optimum, ask yourself if you're willing to put in 10x as much time as you think you'll need. If not, don't bother, because in practice, that's about as how long as it actually takes to go from a local optimum to another, better, local optimum.

Bendini03 January 2018, 23:34 do this for any major thing in your life

quanticle02 January 2018, 17:21

Follow up to the previous: if, in the process of reading something, you find that it isn't worth taking notes on, it probably wasn't worth reading in the first place.

quanticle02 January 2018, 17:18

Take notes while reading. You never remember as much as you think you will.

namespace02 January 2018, 15:47

Develop epistemic dragonfly eyes, allowing you to model multiple worldviews and update on them simultaneously.


namespace02 January 2018, 15:46

Have two people at the top instead of one, so that it's harder to pin the entire outrage on either of them.


Obormot02 January 2018, 13:49

Finding an expert and asking them.

namespace02 January 2018, 04:49

Being willing to be wrong for five minutes, so you can be more correct for a lifetime.

namespace02 January 2018, 04:46

The Pomodoro Method.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:49

Noticing when a response you gave is a cached thought.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:48

Noticing the cognitive frame your thoughts come from, and the emotions attached to them.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:47

One way to delay the impact of Goodhart's Law is to keep anti-cheater metrics a secret.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:43

If the king of science is empiricism, the queen is measurement. What the Wright Brothers invested was not an airplane, but a process that let them quickly measure the performance of different aircraft designs.

" During the winter of 1901, the brothers began to question the aerodynamic data on which they were basing their designs. They decided to start over and develop their own data base with which they would design their aircraft. They built a wind tunnel and began to test their own models. They developed an ingenious balance system to compare the performance of different models. They tested over two hundred different wings and airfoil sections in different combinations to improve the performance of their gliders The data they obtained more correctly described the flight characteristics which they observed with their gliders. By early 1902 the Wrights had developed the most accurate and complete set of aerodynamic data in the world. "

namespace02 January 2018, 03:37

Before you embark on a project to create something new, look at what work has already been done. Put real effort into literature review and reviewing prior work.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:36

"To do better, ask yourself straight out: If I saw that there was a superior alternative to my current policy, would I be glad in the depths of my heart, or would I feel a tiny flash of reluctance before I let go? If the answers are “no” and “yes,” beware that you may not have searched for a Third Alternative. " -

namespace02 January 2018, 03:33

"The moral is that the decision to terminate a search procedure (temporarily or permanently) is, like the search procedure itself, subject to bias and hidden motives. You should suspect motivated stopping when you close off search, after coming to a comfortable conclusion, and yet there’s a lot of fast cheap evidence you haven’t gathered yet—there are websites you could visit, there are counter-counter arguments you could consider, or you haven’t closed your eyes for five minutes by the clock trying to think of a better option. You should suspect motivated continuation when some evidence is leaning in a way you don’t like, but you decide that more evidence is needed—expensive evidence that you know you can’t gather anytime soon, as opposed to something you’re going to look up on Google in thirty minutes—before you’ll have to do anything uncomfortable." -

Bendini02 January 2018, 03:33

If you want to get good at the thing, and can't find good mentors, notice the things people who are good at the thing do that others don't, and things that others do that people good at the thing don't do. this is usually better than listening to the advice of people good at the thing

Bendini02 January 2018, 03:31

If you want to get good at the thing, and can't find good mentors, notice the things people who are good at the thing do that others don't, and things that others do that people good at the thing don't do. this is usually better than listening to the advice of people good at the thing

Bendini02 January 2018, 03:27

if you want something to be delivered on time and under budget: add a third to the estimated time, add a third downtime/slack, add a third to tractable costs and triple your median estimated blue sky costs

namespace02 January 2018, 03:21

Noticing when you are confused, and taking the time to figure out why.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:20

Learn how to change the parts of your personality that you don't like.

probot02 January 2018, 03:17

Inversion: Think of what you want to achieve and identify things that would cause it to fail. Then mitigate against these.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:17

Make a decent fermi estimate.

namespace02 January 2018, 03:16

Learn to have a great conversation consistently:

who do you think?02 January 2018, 03:14

project management general advice: learn hacker culture norms and emulate them as close as possible unless you have good reason for deviating from them (e.g. your group's communication's need to interface heavily with the outside world)

namespace02 January 2018, 03:13

The thing EY talks about where you reverse Deep Ancient Wisdom to see if it still sounds wise.

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