Notes on Mental Security

post by SquirrelInHell · 2017-12-30T17:53:35.025Z · LW · GW · 2 comments

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comment by wunan · 2017-12-30T22:35:27.717Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I've noticed that your writing tends to be very abstract and gestures towards ideas with a lot of potential impact on instrumental rationality, but often doesn't spell things out in a concrete way. Do you think you could add examples and, in general, try to say things explicitly instead of hinting at them?

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comment by SquirrelInHell · 2017-12-31T10:21:18.986Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sounds like a reasonable complaint.

A part of the reason is that I keep my writing very low-energy, because otherwise I wouldn't care to make it happen at all. But yeah, this is fixable if I figure out how to make concrete writing more fun.

Another part is that "hinting at interesting and valuable directions to think" is often my ideal goal. There's a already a bunch of rationalists running around handing out free gun upgrades, resulting in a lot of people being able to shoot themselves in the foot with more power and precision than ever before.