Smartphone Etiquette: Suggestions for Social Interactions 2024-06-04T06:01:03.336Z
My Dating Heuristic 2024-05-21T05:28:40.197Z
Mental Masturbation and the Intellectual Comfort Zone 2024-05-07T05:47:05.257Z
Rejecting Television 2024-04-23T04:59:50.253Z
Perceptual Blindspots: How to Increase Self-Awareness 2024-03-26T05:37:33.044Z
Facts vs Interpretations: Reinterpreting the Past for a Better Future 2024-02-27T07:57:50.508Z
Become a Better Storyteller by...Pausing 2024-02-13T07:59:19.301Z


Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Smartphone Etiquette: Suggestions for Social Interactions · 2024-06-07T14:08:31.676Z · LW · GW

It's probably in part generational, with younger people more influenced by this tech culture. One of my inspirations to write this post was this other LW post: Notifications Received in 30 Minutes of Class.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Is suffering like shit? · 2024-05-31T17:20:32.531Z · LW · GW

I say often that the fundamental unit of human experience is the story. We love stories. And the best stories are the ones with a sprinkle of drama in them. A story about a rich kid who never struggled? Boring! A story of riches-to-rags-to-riches? Sign me up!

Why? Because stories are a form of Supernormal Stimuli. We like to live vicariously through the lives of more interesting people. And it just so happens that the lives of interesting people are usually filled with some amount of suffering that they're able to transcend. That's why people like superhero movies. We relate to the struggle and rejoice when the hero wins the battle (for maybe we, too, can overcome our struggles).

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Awakening · 2024-05-30T13:40:35.149Z · LW · GW

other than was it is

*other than what it is

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Awakening · 2024-05-30T13:37:42.533Z · LW · GW

I worked from short sits up to longer sits

Remove the word "up" for clarity?

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on My Dating Heuristic · 2024-05-22T00:18:24.722Z · LW · GW

My original intent was in talking about how I shouldn't use information I found online about the other person to try to impress them (e.g., I find out they used to play volleyball, then slip into conversation that I like volleyball). It makes things messy.

What you're talking about is whether one should try to impress their date in general. In this case, my dating heuristic on what an emotionally healthy person would do is up for narrow interpretation. I say 'narrow' because lying to impress someone would be out of scope for the heuristic. But your interpretation (trying to authentically impress and attract someone), I think most people would agree, would be within scope.

Personally, I try to live a diverse lifestyle and let the other person decide on their own if they find me impressive.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on My Dating Heuristic · 2024-05-21T05:30:11.267Z · LW · GW

An unintended consequence: While writing this post, I realized that adopting this heuristic for my dating life led to it bleeding into other parts of my life. In conversations with friends, family, bosses, I found myself asking what an emotionally healthy person would do in this context and it improved those interactions, as well.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Rejecting Television · 2024-05-07T14:45:01.133Z · LW · GW

To make an analogy to diet, you essentially replaced a sugar fix from eating Snickers bars with eating strawberries. Gradation matters!

I had a similar slide with my technologies, as I explained in the post. I eventually landed on reading books. But even that became a form of intellectual procrastination as I wrote in my latest LW post.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Mental Masturbation and the Intellectual Comfort Zone · 2024-05-07T05:53:01.213Z · LW · GW

Another example of Mental Masturbation I decided to exclude from the main text:

  • While playing a piano piece I already know fairly well but am lacking in one specific spot, my brain will say, “Hey, rather than painstakingly drill the 1-2 measures that are tricky, you should play the entire song through to get a balanced perspective of the piece!” To fix this, I put a sticky note on my music stand that says: “Stop Mental Masturbation and practice the hard part!”
Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Unintentionally Creating Value · 2024-05-07T03:19:19.243Z · LW · GW

The person totally understands the point I'm trying to make, and is then surprised by something I assumed they already understood.

Reminds me of Expecting Short Inferential Distances.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Rejecting Television · 2024-04-23T16:15:44.813Z · LW · GW

When I watched "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" in theaters last year, the animations were amazing but I left two hours later with a headache. Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting older, but it was just too much for my brain.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Perceptual Blindspots: How to Increase Self-Awareness · 2024-03-26T16:44:05.398Z · LW · GW

Good point. The question I use to identify perceptual blindspots is best suited to ask people who are interested in your genuine well-being. Asking a toxic ex-girlfriend is probably not going to be a productive conversation...

It was outside the scope of the original post and cut for space, but I'll add that these types of conversations operate best when they are a collaboration. Even when I'm the one receiving constructive criticism, I try to help them make the best argument. Then, we can determine together whether it's an accurate assessment. Regardless of its veracity, you may discover a new way that people perceive you that maybe you weren't aware of before.

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Become a Better Storyteller by...Pausing · 2024-02-13T09:11:26.347Z · LW · GW

Depends on the conversation and application. When applied to engineering, math is the language used to solve problems. 

Math is also used, for example, to help explain the principles of physics. And the physical laws help tell the story of our universe.

Comment by declan-molony on [deleted post] 2024-01-16T17:40:17.648Z

Huh. When I search using either google or duckduckgo they both show the tweet under Images. I edited the above post to include this image, per your suggestion.

I attempted to find additional sources online while writing this post, but there's nothing out there. Perhaps the Youtuber stumbled across it at the time and wrote it down, but it wasn't covered by any media outlets. And that's part of the point I was trying to make---trolls can take you down with no repercussions. Keisha's left to pick up the pieces of her tarnished reputation. 

Comment by Declan Molony (declan-molony) on Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct · 2022-06-06T19:11:11.131Z · LW · GW

I think it depends on the motivation. If you're trying to become stronger by following shoulds/oughts (ie: external motivation), you'll most likely burnout and may (incorrectly) assign the blame to yourself. 

Example: let's say you're trying to lose weight. If the motivation for doing so is because you feel you ought to be healthy or to try to gain the approval of others, then you'll most likely fail. Try to remember previous times in which you attempted to achieve something with the use of external motivation. Did you succeed then? If not, why not? 

Let's compare that example with being internally motivated to lose weight. What first has to be asked genuinely is: why exactly do you want to lose weight? Let's say you love the taste of food and believe only unhealthy food tastes great. Then exposure to a healthy-eating cooking class may help you realize that eating healthy is not a substitute for eating great-tasting food. Finding the right motivation is dependent upon being exposed to the right information that is unique to your situation. If the desire to change is not genuine, then you'll never become stronger. So yes, I agree with you that "depression [is] manifested by doing it the wrong way."