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Reflecting on building my own tools from scratch and 'inventing on principle' 2021-07-17T18:43:38.772Z
Some people just won't get it 2021-06-12T15:10:05.456Z
Abstractions and translation 2021-05-20T02:45:10.485Z
Talkers and doers 2021-04-28T04:26:28.269Z
Curiosity needs courage 2021-03-25T03:38:02.162Z
Aim to get rejected often 2021-02-22T22:38:42.570Z
What it means to be lucky 2021-02-06T17:40:43.761Z
Distinguishing goals from chores 2021-01-10T07:45:15.378Z
Genius is (mostly) comparative 2021-01-05T20:57:18.471Z

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Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Reflecting on building my own tools from scratch and 'inventing on principle' · 2021-07-18T04:45:43.965Z · LW · GW

Interesting perspective, I can definitely see the value in that, I actually came across a "midwit" meme with that similar theme. What's the tool you've built that you're most proud of? What's the tool you're built that you use the most often to this day?

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Some people just won't get it · 2021-06-14T00:02:01.553Z · LW · GW

Whoops, thanks for the shout, updated!

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Some people just won't get it · 2021-06-14T00:01:23.459Z · LW · GW

Whoops, thanks for the shout!

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Talkers and doers · 2021-04-29T23:25:10.185Z · LW · GW

Talking in this context = saying they are doing/working on things as opposed to everything you just said

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Aim to get rejected often · 2021-02-23T01:16:16.222Z · LW · GW

This is a great point. I think my takeaway isn't to seek out rejection, especially if that's at an expensive cost of your mental health. It's to not let your fear of rejection stop you in cases where there is an asymmetric upside.

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on What it means to be lucky · 2021-02-09T18:56:48.517Z · LW · GW

I agree with your definition that it's the result of a random event outside your control (up to an extent) but why are you thinking about this in terms of the negation? Why does doing X or Y reduce the likelihood of being unlucky as opposed to increase the likelihood of being lucky? And if so, why and how are these mutually exclusive?

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on What it means to be lucky · 2021-02-09T18:54:58.711Z · LW · GW

That's a good point but it's hard to think about in practice. How do we define the opposite of luck? Is it being unlucky - as in bad things happen more regularly to you than others? That's probably not a definition we would care about too much. Is the opposite of luck the absence of luck? What does that mean?

The problem with all of this is that in hindsight, no one can say why things turned out the way they did. Sometimes luck and optionality are on your side (your interview was in a good mood when they were interviewing you, or the traffic light malfunctioned and it saved your car crashing into the truck etc. etc.) and sometimes they're not. The only thing we can really do is IMO a. be humble about this i.e. recognize the importance of luck b. put ourselves in positions where this is more likely to happen than otherwise (by working hard etc.)

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on What it means to be lucky · 2021-02-09T18:50:38.216Z · LW · GW

Yep I definitely see that, thanks for sharing!

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Motive Ambiguity · 2021-01-23T14:00:35.628Z · LW · GW

I think the reason situations of problem 2 arise is because of misaligned incentives. When you care more about pleasing some other party, the best action is not necessarily the one that does the most good, but the one that best pleases the other person.

The cost incurred from doing so is then payed by either you (i.e. I pay the price in choosing a restaurant I hate) or society (in the factory example, the water is poisoned because of your choice)

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Bets, Bonds, and Kindergarteners · 2021-01-13T12:19:50.386Z · LW · GW

Super awesome that your parenting style actually gives your children agency! Not that I'm a parent, but not belittling or not respecting that children can make informed, rational decisions is something we as a society do all the time and we need to strive to do better:)

Comment by Amir Bolous (amir-gamil) on Genius is (mostly) comparative · 2021-01-11T18:54:50.708Z · LW · GW

Hey Tristan, thanks for the feedback! What you're saying is right of course, to clarify, I meant minimize the time spent on chores constrained by each person's time being equally valuable. I'll clarify this in the post but I'm not trying to present comparative advantage from an optimization standpoint as far as trying to draw an allegory between the [comparative vs. absolute] dichotomy and the [learned skill vs. innate advantage]. Hope that makes sense!