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How to manipulate future self into being productive? 2011-11-04T04:24:54.483Z · score: 0 (3 votes)

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Comment by baldcat on How to manipulate future self into being productive? · 2011-11-06T19:23:11.448Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I will attempt to do so but I have no way of knowing whether this is accurate or it is just the best rationalization my brain came up with. In addition, I know very little of psychology and my attempt at introspection is probably inadequate to give much useful information.

If I introspect while making a decision I can notice a succession of feelings in response to each other. I tried reflecting upon the experience of making a poor decision and explicitly noticing the affective factors that influenced my decision. I constructed a new feeling which I thought would promote productivity. I attempted to suppress thoughts supporting the poor decision while promoting my constructed feeling whenever I was making a decision related to productivity.

Comment by baldcat on How to manipulate future self into being productive? · 2011-11-06T00:06:56.338Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I stopped procrastinating as much and kept more organized. I also spent more overall time on productive activities.

The wearing off was just a slow gradient of falling back into my usual level of productivity. I didn't notice it immediately as it was happening, only upon reflection.

Comment by baldcat on Felicifia: a Utilitarianism Forum · 2011-11-04T21:43:50.585Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Fortunately it just barely managed to get archived:

http://web.archive.org/web/20070901222628/http://felicifia.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=89

Comment by baldcat on How to manipulate future self into being productive? · 2011-11-04T05:14:33.667Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's a good idea. It seems to work but the thought takes a little while to convincingly construct.

Comment by baldcat on How to manipulate future self into being productive? · 2011-11-04T05:03:19.918Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It switches from current to future in 10-30 minutes. Future to far-future is not a hard limit. I just meant that I want my future self's work to eventually pay off.

Comment by baldcat on How to manipulate future self into being productive? · 2011-11-04T04:50:26.202Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

First, realize, that you're inherently time-locked: the current self is the only one on which you have some amount of control

Actually, I have managed to cause short-term changes in productivity to my future self but they tend to slowly wear off. This makes me optimistic that there are self-sustaining solutions.

Comment by baldcat on Felicifia: a Utilitarianism Forum · 2011-11-04T04:10:40.221Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Prelude to this thread

Comment by baldcat on Felicifia: a Utilitarianism Forum · 2011-11-04T04:07:29.422Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

In HTML, URLs must begin with the protocol or they will be assumed to be relative paths.

Change your code to felicifia.org.

Comment by baldcat on [LINK] Fraud Case Seen as a Red Flag for Psychology Research · 2011-11-04T03:59:06.429Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm suspicious that the solution is so simple. If academic recursive self-improvement were as straightforward as you imply, wouldn't somebody somewhere be making a killing off of it?

Comment by baldcat on [LINK] Fraud Case Seen as a Red Flag for Psychology Research · 2011-11-04T03:57:00.848Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

which to make matters depressing, I'm not even sure we have any more [w.r.t "societies [sic] truth seeking mechanism"]

If society no longer had a mechanism for finding truth would you still expect there to be regular technological and scientific discoveries like there are today?