[SEQ RERUN] The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationalitypost by Tyrrell_McAllister · 2011-05-08T17:43:27.892Z · score: 7 (8 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 1 comments
Today's post, The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationality, was originally published on 13 March 2007. Two summaries (taken from the LW wiki):
People have an irrational tendency to simplify their assessment of things into how good or bad they are without considering that the things in question may have many distinct and unrelated attributes.
In non-binary answer spaces, you can't add up pro and con arguments along one dimension without risk of getting important factual questions wrong.
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