Soldiers, Scouts, and Albatrosses.

post by Jan (jan-2) · 2021-09-12T10:36:32.719Z · LW · GW · None comments

This is a link post for https://universalprior.substack.com/p/soldiers-scouts-and-albatrosses

TL;DR: Soldier and Scout as modes of thought. Soldiers "assume the conclusion", which is sometimes unreasonably effective. Search as a synthesis of Soldier and Scout. Lévy flight as optimal trade-off.

Hey IAN! What's the best way of thinking?

#[[IAN says]]: I think of the soldier mindset as the most important mindset, the one where you're doing the right thing, the one where you're on a mission. I think of the scout mindset as the one with the most virtue, the one where you have very high potential for doing the right thing, the one where you're driven to find the truth and to seek out new things.

IAN might be onto something there. But let's tell the story in order...

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