Rationally Irrational 2012-03-07T19:21:23.601Z · score: -11 (40 votes)


Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-23T21:00:46.164Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ok, so then I would say that the soccer player in being empathetic to my objectives would be strengthening his or her emotional/ social capacity, which would benefit his or her health/ productivity, and thus benefit his or her soccer playing.

Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-23T14:07:42.642Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Could you explain your last paragraph a little more?

Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-23T12:23:21.854Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Fair enough, could you tell me what exactly it means to be a good rationalist?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-21T11:21:38.550Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Ok, so these skill sets contribute significantly to the productivity and health of a person. Then would you disagree with the following:

  1. Social and emotional skills signifcantly contribute to health and productivity.
  2. Any job, skill, hobby, or task that is human driven can benefit from an increase in the acting agents health and productivity
  3. Therefore social and emotional skills are relevant (to some degree) to all other human driven skill sets
Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-21T11:10:58.836Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The feeling that I am jumping on nebu and the idea that I am advocating a straw vulcan is you using loaded words to make an extreme judement about my meaning and my motives. First of all, I am not trying to say a rational person has to be emotionless. The fact taht Emotions are important, doesn't mean that anyone invoking some emotional response is unconditionally right. Supporting something "not because you agree with it" but because you felt some personal attachment is the most common of pyschological reflexes. I am not telling Nebu that he has to be emotionless, or that rationality segregates itself from emtions, but that the way he is using his emotions here is irrational. If you support something how is it something you do not agree with, and why are you supporting something you do not agree with?

when the sentence would work as well with "thought", is rude as well.

Changing felt for thought is sneaking in connotations

Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-21T02:22:06.959Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Additionally, saying that the East should look to the West for enlightenment doesn't mean there is no enlightenment to be found in the East. It just says that by far the more important enlightenment is more common in the West than the East.

Actually saying that the East should look to the West for enlightenment says nothing about where enlightenment is more or less common, or anything about a degree of enlightenment. This is the assumption you are bringing to the statement. All this statement implies are there are things that the East could learn from the West, with no implication about how many things there are, or as was pointed out above, how many things there are in the East for the West to learn about.

Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-21T02:11:44.799Z · score: -4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I voted the comment up, but not because I "agreed" with it[1], nor because I wanted to "shut up hippies", but merely because I found it interesting and felt it earned my endorsement as a comment worth reading.

What the point is of attempting to adhere to or advocate for rationality as a human standard if the axiom of your decision to support something is not that it had any real merit, but that you "felt" it was good?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-21T02:01:21.719Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ok, then the next question is that would you agree for a human skills related to emotional and social connection maximize the productivity and health of a person?

Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-21T01:48:36.011Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Isn't saying that Yvain's final statement is

exactly backwards

also failing to make a distinction between a vaguely hostile comment and an extreme claim? To say it is exactly backwards is to imply that there is nothing wrong with steve jobs statement. I agree with you that some of Yvain's fallacies are distorted--most notably the assumption that those who liked the comment were venting out a subconscious lash at "hippies"--but that does not change the fact that Steve job’s statement contains huge logical issues.

First, Yvain is right that it is a fallacy of equivocation.

Second, any statement that attempts to make a generalization about "the East" is a HUGE over-generalization and quite frankly Orientalism. I mean how does Steve jobs justify making an assertion about Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the score of other countries that is associated with the term “the east” from one trip to India in his youth? On what grounds do we take Steve jobs one trip to who knows where in India for how long as representative of the functional value of the civilization as a whole.

Steve jobs is using an availability heuristic which is NOT rational.

There is sufficient evidence that the steve jobs quote and the second quote are not “exactly backwards” as you put it, so why did you put it that way? In my opinion, it suggests that Yvain hit it on the mark. Steven Jobs or something else contained in that quote carries personal connotations that you felt a need to defend.

Comment by hungryturtle on Defense Against The Dark Arts: Case Study #1 · 2012-04-21T01:23:00.459Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But I actually can't agree with your argument than "enlightenment" is a fallacy of equivocation. It IS the Enlightenment values of Bacon and Newton that brought us the enlightenment of vaccination and electricity---that's not a coincidence.

I think there is some confusion in Yvain's definition of the third type of enlightenment, and that is why you are missing the point. Yvain describes the third type of enlightenment as

"enlightenment", meaning achieving a state of nirvana free from worldly desire.

It would be better to think about nirvana as an alternative mental state produced through a highly focused and intentional lifestyle. In this sense it is a technique for internal transformation of the individual psyche. I run every day to get blood flowing to my brain, and mediate in the evening to lower my blood pressure, clam myself, and sharpen my focus. I am not saying I am an expert on buddhism, hinduism, janism, or that I am in a state of nirvana. What I am saying is that there are techniques for internal transformation and techniques for external transformation. What Yvain is saying is that to compare enlightenment techniques, which focus on how best to organize and implement a person for external transformation; and indian religious practices which focus on how best to implement a person for internal transformation is a false comparison. It is like trying to compare a refrigerator and an air conditioner. What defines a good refrigerator does not necessarily define a good air conditioner; what defines a good technique of external transformation does not necessarily define a good technique for internal transformation.

You say

t IS the Enlightenment values of Bacon and Newton that brought us the enlightenment of vaccination and electricity---that's not a coincidence.

Yvain is not saying it is a coincidence. What he is saying is that vaccination and electricity are not the intended transformations of hinduism or buddhism. A proper equivalent would be to compare how the Western enlightenment values and techniques have benefited concentration, anger management, patience, lowering blood pressure, these type of things. Which I would argue are in increasing shortage in our society.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-21T00:48:53.796Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm trying to find a LW essay, i can't remember what it is called, but it is about maximizing your effort in areas of highest return. For example, if you are a baseball player, you might be around 80% in terms of pitching and 20% in terms of base running. to go from 80% up in pitching becomes exponentially harder; whereas learning the basic skill set to jump from dismal to average base running is not.

Basically, rather than continuing to grasp at perfection in one skill set, it is more efficient to maximize basic levels in a variety of skill sets related to target field. Do you know the essay i am talking about?

Comment by hungryturtle on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2012-04-21T00:37:55.551Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That depends, of course, on what the society values. If I value oppressing people, making me more efficient just lets me oppress people more efficiently. If I value war, making me more efficient means I conduct war more efficiently.

So does rationality determine what a person or group values, or is it merely a tool to be used towards subjective values?

Sure. But that scenario implies that wanting to kill ourselves is the goal we're striving for, and I consider that unlikely enough to not be worth worrying about much.

My scenario does not assume that all of humanity views themselves as one in-group. Whereas what you are saying assumes that it does. Killing ourselves and killing them are two very different things. I don't think many groups have the goal of killing themselves, but do you not think that the eradication of competing out groups could be seen as increasing in-group survival?

Almost entirely orthogonal.

You are going to have to explain what you mean here.

Comment by hungryturtle on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2012-04-20T15:13:56.474Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think we have a way of slowing technological progress that a) affects all actors (it wouldn't be a better world if only those nations not obeying international law were making technological progress), and b) has no negative ideological effects.

By "negative ideological effects" do you mean the legitimization of some body of religious knowledge? As stated in my post to Dave, if your objective is to re-condition society to have a rational majority, I can see how religious knowledge (which is often narratively rather than logically sequenced) would be seen as having "negative ideological effects. However, I would argue that there are functional benefits of religion. One of which is the limitation of power. Historically technological progress has for millennia been slowed down by religious and moral barriers. One of the main effects of the scientific revolution was to dissolve these barriers that impeded the production of power (See Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia). However, the current constitution of American society still contains tools of limitation, even non-religious ones. People don’t often look at it this way, but taxation is used in an incredibly moral way. Governments tax highly what they want to dissuade and provide exemptions, even subsidies for what they want to promote. The fact that there is a higher tax on cigarettes is a type of morally based restriction on the expansion of the tobacco industry in our society.

Stronger than taxation there is ability to flat out illegalize something or stigmatize it. Compared to the state of marijuana as an illegal substance and the stigma it carries in many communities makes the limitation of the cigarettes industry through taxation seems relatively minor.

Whether social stigma, taxation, or illegalization, there are several tools at our nation’s disposal to alter the development of industries due to subjective moral values, next to none of which are aimed at limiting the information-technology industries. There is no tax on certain types of research based on a judgment of what is right or wrong. To the contrary, the vast majority of scientific research is for the development of weapons technologies. And who are the primary funders of this research? The department of homeland security and the U.S military make up somewhere around 65-80% of academic research (this statistic might be a little off).

In regards to non-academic research, one of the primary impetuses may not be militarization, but is without doubt entrepreneurialism. Where the primary focus of a person or group is the development of capital the purpose of innovation becomes not fulfilling some need, but to create needs to fulfill the endless goal of cultivating more wealth. Jean Baudrillard is a very interesting sociologist, whose work is built around the idea that in western society no longer do the desires (demands) of people lead to the production of a supply, but rather where desires (demands) are artificially produced by capitalists to fulfill their supplies. A large part of this production is symbolic,, and ultimately distorts the motivations and actions of people to contradict the territories they live in.

Comment by hungryturtle on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2012-04-20T14:19:51.425Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Honestly, I would moderate society with more positive religious elements. In my opinion modern society has preserved many dysfunctional elements of religion while abandoning the functional benefits. I can see that a community of rationalists would have a problem with this perspective, seeing that religion almost always results in an undereducated majority being enchanted by their psychological reflexes; but personally, I don’t see the existence of an irrational mass as unconditionally detrimental.

It is interesting to speculate about the potential of a majorly rational society, but I see no practical method of accomplishing this, nor a reason to believe that, I see no real reason to believe that if there was such a configuration would necessarily be superior to the current model.

Either swimmer or Dave, are either of you aware of a practical methodology for rationalizing the masses, or a reason to think why a more efficient society would be any less oppressive or war driven. In fact, in a worst case scenario, I see a world of majorly rational people as transforming into an even more efficient war machine, and killing us all faster. As for the project of pursuit of Friendly AI, I do not know that much about it. What is the perceived end goal of friendly Ai? Is it that an unbiased, unfailing intelligence replaces humans as the primary organizers and arbiters of power in our society, or is it that humanity itself is digitized? I would be very interested to know…without being told to read an entire tome of LW essays.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-19T12:29:39.746Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What would you say if I said caring about my goals in addition to their own goals would make them a better soccer player?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-18T12:44:35.436Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the link. I'll respond back when I get a chance to read it.

Comment by hungryturtle on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2012-04-18T12:20:30.477Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Could you show me where he argues this?

Comment by hungryturtle on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2012-04-14T13:19:28.191Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Definitely barking up the wrong tree there.

I am asking for Eliezer to apply the technique described in this essay to his own belief system. I don't see how that could be barking up the wrong tree, unless you are implying that he is some how impervious to "spontaneously self-attack[ing] strong points with comforting replies to rehearse, then to spontaneously self-attack the weakest, most vulnerable points."

Comment by hungryturtle on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2012-04-13T13:41:20.823Z · score: -3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I would like to ask if you have turned this idea against your own most cherished beliefs?

I would be really interested to hear what you see when you "close your eyes, empty your mind, grit your teeth, and deliberately think about whatever hurts" rationality and singularity the most.

If you would like to know what someone who partially disagrees with you would say:

In my opinion, the objective of being a rationalist contains the same lopsided view of technology's capacity to transform reality that you attribute to God in the Jewish tradition.

According to Jewish theology, God continually sustains the universe and chooses every event in it; but ordinarily, drawing logical implications from this belief is reserved for happier occasions. By saying "God did it!" only when you've been blessed with a baby girl, and just-not-thinking "God did it!" for miscarriages and stillbirths and crib deaths, you can build up quite a lopsided picture of your God's benevolent personality.

Technology cures diseases, provides a more materially comfortable life style for many people, and feeds over 7 billion. By saying "rapid innovation did it" when blessed with a baby girl who would have died in birth without modern medical equipment, and just-not-thinking "rapid implementation of innovation did it" for ecocide, the proliferation of nuclear waste, the destruction of the ocean, increase in cancer, and the ability to wipe out an entire city thousands of miles away, you can build up quite a lopsided picture of technological development's beneficial personality.

The unquestioned rightness of rapid, continual technological innovation that disregards any negative results as potential signs for the need of moderation is what I see as the weakest point of your beliefs. Or at least my understanding of them.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-13T12:57:42.911Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The idea of using your time and various other resources carefully and efficiently is a good virtue of rationality. Framing it as being irrational is inaccurate and kinda incendiary.

Here is my reasoning for choosing this title. If you don't mind could you read it and tell me where you think I am mistaken.

I realize that saying 'rationally irrational' appears to be a contradiction. However, the idea is talking about the use of rational methodology at two different levels of analysis. Rationality at the level of goal prioritization potentially results in the adoption of an irrational methodology at the level of goal achievement.

L1- Goal Prioritization L2- Goal Achievement

L1 rationality can result in a limitation of L2 rationality within low priority goal context. Let’s say that someone was watching me play a game of soccer (since I have been using the soccer analogy). As they watched, they might critique the fact that my strategy was poorly chosen, and the overall effort exerted by me and my teammates was lackluster. To this observer, who considers themselves a soccer expert, it would be clear that my and my team’s performance was subpar. The observer took notes of all are flaws and inefficient habits, then after the game wrote them all up to present to us. Upon telling me all these insightful f critiques, the observer is shocked to hear that I am grateful for his effort, but am not going to change how I or my team plays soccer. He tries to convince me that I am playing wrong, that we will never win the way I am playing. And he is correct. To any knowledgeable observer I was poorly, even irrationally, playing the game of soccer. Without knowledge of L1 (which is not observable) the execution of L2 (which is observable) cannot be deemed rational or irrational, and in my opinion, will appear irrational in many situations.

Would you say that to you it appears irrational that I have chosen to label this idea as ‘rationally irrational?’ If that is correct. I would suggest that I have some L1 that you are unaware of, and that while my labeling is irrational in regard to L2 (receiving high karma points / recognition in publishing my essay on your blog) that I have de-prioritized this L2 for the sake of my L1. What do you think?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-13T12:26:39.205Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In your article, you seemed to be saying that you specifically think that one shouldn't have a single "final decision" function at the top of the meta stack. That's not going to be an easily accepted argument around here, for the reasons I stated above.

Yeah, this is exactly what I am arguing.

For technical reasons, it is always possible (and also usually helpful) to describe this as a single function or algorithm, typically around here called one's "utility function" or "terminal values".

Could you explain the technical reasons more, or point me to some essays where I could read about this? I am still not convinced why it is more benefical to have a single operating system.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T22:30:53.439Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

So you didn't just go through and down vote a ton of my posts all at once?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T22:20:50.633Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I understand what you are saying; you are saying that for the speaker of the statement it is not irrational, because the false statement might meet their motives. Or in other words, that rationality is completely dependent on the motives of the actor. Is this the rationality that your group idealizes? That as long as what I say or do works towards my personal motives it is rational? So if I want to convince the world that God is real, it is rational to make up whatever lies I see fit to delegitimize other belief systems?

So religious zealots are rational because they have a goal that their lies and craziness is helping them achieve? That is what you are arguing.

If someone told you that the moon was made of cheese, being a rational person, without providing any evidence of the fact, if they had no reason to believe that, they just believed it, you would think they were being irrational. And you know it. You just want to pick a fight.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T21:59:35.775Z · score: -4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

So if it bothers you why not just say so. I said if it offends you or anyone else please tell me. At this point wedrifid all you are doing is hazing me due to personal insecurities.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T21:18:00.805Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think it is polite, and if it does not offend you or anyone else I will keep doing it.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T21:17:32.795Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Or it is just polite

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T21:15:40.410Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

(Leaving aside the problems with declaring a course of action "irrational" without reference to a goal...)

If you make a claim about the character of another person or the state of reality do you or do you not need some evidence to support it?

I can be wrong about your motivations, and you can be wrong about your motivations.

Isn't being rational about being less wrong, so if some declarative statements can be wrong wouldn't it be rational to avoid making them?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T21:11:38.771Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

(I don't suppose you'd be enlightened if I said "Yes, that's incorrect")

Tell me honestly, do you really think that it is rational to make a declarative statement about something you know nothing about?

Do you consider it irrational to say the sky is blue when you are in a room with no window?

No, because there is reason and evidence to support the statement that the sky is blue. The most obvious of which is that it has been blue your entire life.

No offense, but your example is a gross misrepresentation of the situation. I am not saying that no statement can be made without evidence (this is Wedrifid's semantic twist). My statement is that it is impossible for a person to directly know the subjective experience of another person's consciousness, and that it is irrational to say that you know when someone is being insincere or not.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T21:04:03.997Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If by "not intentionally driven" you mean things like instincts and intuitions, I agree strongly.

Yes, exactly.

if you could tweak your brain to make certain sorts of situations trigger certain automatic reactions that otherwise wouldn't, or vice versa, what (if anything) would you pick?

I think both intentional and unintentional action are required at different times. I have tried to devise a method of regulation, but as of now, the best I have come up with is moderating against extremes on either end. So if it seems like I have been overly intentional in recent days, weeks, etc, I try to rely more on instinct and intuition. It is rarely the case that I am relying too heavily on the later ^_^

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:57:36.296Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

So Mr. Thomblake,

If someone were to make a statement about what another person was sincere about, without even knowing that person, without ever having met that person, or without having spent more than a week interacting with that person, would you say their statement was irrational?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:55:54.541Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes it is irrational to say something is a lie if you have no way of knowing it is a lie or not. Is this incorrect?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:52:10.555Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I am taking your subsequent rhetoric as confirmation that you do in fact agree "are you actually claiming" is a type of applause lights terminology.

I infer further, from what you've said elsewhere, that it's a type of repression that works by making some users less able to make comments/posts than others, and some comments less visible to readers than others, and some posts less visible to readers than others. Is that correct?


Assuming it is, I infer you consider it a bad thing for that reason. Is that correct?

No, not exactly. As I told swimmer in theory the karma system is a good idea. I do not think it would be better if all posts were equally visible, I think it would be better if there was a fairer system of down posting ideas. Not exactly, In theory the idea of monitoring for trolling is good, but in my opinion, the LW karma system fails in practice.

First of all, do you believe that the up-down voting and down voting serves the purpose of filtering well written, interesting ideas? I feel a large portion of voting is based on rhetoric.

If a person uses any terminology that exists outside of the LW community, or uses a LW terminology in a different context, they are down-voted. Is this a valid reason to down vote someone? From what you and other LW members have said, I infer that the reason for down voting in these cases is to create a stable foundation of terminology to limit misunderstanding by limiting the number of accepted definitions of a term. Is that correct?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:34:09.098Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I do that all the time. There seems to be nothing in the meaning of the word that means it cannot be applied to another.

Let me rephrase, it is irrational to make a declarative statement about the inner workings of another person's mind, seeing as there is no way for one person to fully understand the mental state of another.

That isn't true. It is simply a different form of communication. Description is different from argumentative persuasion. It is not (necessarily) irrational to do the former.

You talk to me about semantic gymnastics? No, it is not necessarily irrational to be descriptive without providing evidence. Author's of fiction can be descriptive and do not need to provide evidence, as well as several other mediums of writing. But come on, do you really think that if you attack my writing and intentions you don’t need evidence and that is ok?

NO! "Burden of proof" is for courts and social battles, not thinking. This isn't debate club either!

Wedrifid, if you do not think that it is the obligation of a rational statement to provide some evidence or reason for justification of its claim, then I do not know what to say to you.

If you go around saying "You downvoted me therefore you suck!" then it drastically increases the chances that you will receive a reply "No, the downvotes are right because your comments sucked!"

Anyone who read my comments and interpreted them as me saying “you down voted me therefore you suck!” is vilifying me. I made a comment about a time I got up voted and how I did not understand why out of everything I wrote that sentence was deemed more rational. I never insulted anyone, or was demeaning in anyway.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:06:04.959Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You can still make comments disagreeing with other comments-which to me seems like a much better way of voicing your ideas than a silent downvote.

I think so to.

I believe that the karma cap on making posts (20 karma needed for a top level post) is partly to make sure members understand the vocabulary and concepts used on LessWrong before they start making posts,

I understand the purpose of it. I just think there are some problems with it.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:04:05.949Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

what does see grandparent mean?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T20:03:15.176Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I do think the way negative karma works is a type of repression. Honestly I don't see how you could think otherwise.

And your use of "acutally claiming"?

Perhaps I was not clear enough. What I meant was that you saying "are you actually claiming" is applause light. Do you disagree?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T19:59:43.905Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ok, then I probably made a mistake when I clicked on my new message from you. Sorry about that.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T19:57:25.354Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No, it doesn't. It's a blatant contradiction, which is by definition false.

Rational Irrationality is talking about rationality within two different levels of analysis. The result of being rational at the level of goal prioritization, the individual abandons rational methodology at the level of goal achievement.

L1- Goal Prioritization L2- Goal Achievement

If I am at a party I have desired outcomes for my interactions and experiences that produce goals. In prioritizing my goals I am not abandoning these goals, but placing them in the context of having desires that exist outside of that immediate situation. I still am trying to achieve my goals, but by correctly assessing their relevance to overarching goals, I either prioritize or de-prioritize them. If I de-prioritize my party goals, I am limiting the effort I put into their achievement. So even if I could think of more potent and effective strategies for achieving my party goals, I have abandon these strategies.

L1 rationality limits L2 rationality within low priority goal context. Rationally condoning the use of irrational methods in minor goal achievement.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T19:46:16.817Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why did you change your post here?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T19:44:10.941Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ok, but your parent comment exists within a context. It was responding to Random832, who was responding to TheOtherDave's comment about democracy. I was not solely responding to you, but to your comment with the context of theotherdave's

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T18:24:48.364Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In a game of soccer, you could want to improve teamwork, you could want to win the game, you could want to improve your skills, you could want to make a good impression. All these are potential goals of a game of soccer. There is a group of objecetives that would most accurately acheive each of these possible goals. I am suggesting that the for each goal, acheiving the goal to the utmost level requres an objective with relatively high resource demands.

Is that better?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T18:12:00.238Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

And your use of "acutally claiming"?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T18:10:27.140Z · score: -6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Ok so we agree I am not belligerent. I don't think it is possible for you to tell someone that they are disingenuous, so that one is out too. All that leaves is the claim that my writing uses an irrational style.

If I recall the comments were a bunch of rhetorical and semantic gymnastics trying to support a blatant contradiction and make it sound deep rather than like a mistake.

If you are going to make a claim that I do not use rational styles of argumentation, why do you not have to yourself use rational styles of argumentation? It is not rational to make a claim without providing supporting evidence. You cannot just say that I am making blatant contradictions or performing “semantic gymnastics” without undertaking the burden of proof. You make an argument so that I can counter it, you can’t just libel me because you have deemed that to be what is logical. There is nothing rational about this method of writing.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T17:43:08.297Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It is a false overstatment. I agree with your point.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T17:40:19.270Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I feel that your use of "actually claiming" and "repression" here falls under the category of applause light. mentioned by thomblake.

The fact that my essay becomes significantly harder to find because 11-27 people ( had some positives) disliked it, what would you call that?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T17:25:09.286Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

When you say "use above" I assume you are referring to TheOtherDave, because my questioning of the democratic principles of Lesswrong Karma were because it was described in response to my comment as democratic.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T17:18:32.938Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If humanity is as integral to our reality as you describe, then I am confused why our beliefs about how reality works don't totally control how reality actually works.

Wouldn't you say oxygen is integral to the current reality of earth? That does not mean that the current reality of earth is shaped by the will of oxygen. Saying that humanity is integral to the constitution of our reality is different from saying humanity consciously defines the constitution of its reality. Right?

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T16:26:56.299Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No, your example is fine, but I would say it is the most elementary use of this idea. When faced with a serious threat to health it is relatively easy and obvious to realign goal-orientation. It is harder to make such realignments prior to facing serious damage or threats. In your example, a more sophisticated application of this idea would theoretically remove the possibility of twisting an ankle during training, excluding any extreme circumstances.

I imagine this might raise a lot of questions so let me explain a little more.

Training is not serious. The purpose of training is to prepare for a race, but the purpose of training is subsumed over the larger purpose of personal health, happiness, and survival. Therefore, any training one does should always be taken with the context of being trivial in light of these overarching goals. Having this mindset, I do not see how a runner could sprain their ankle, barring extreme circumstances.

A real runner, taking these overarching values into account would

  • Prior to running build knowledge about safe running style and practices
  • During running be primarily concerned with safety and developing positive running habits rather than meeting some short term goal.

To me, someone who has integrated my idea would never prioritize a race to the point that they risk spraining their ankle in training. Of course there are bizarre situations that are hard/ impossible to plan for. But tripping and twisting your ankle does not seem to be one of these.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T16:05:16.099Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I still don't think what I said is false, it is a rhetorical choice. Saying it is rational irrationality still makes sense, it just hits some buzz words for this group and is less appealing than choosing some other form of label.

Comment by hungryturtle on Rationally Irrational · 2012-04-12T15:29:33.824Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Let’s say I am playing soccer. I have decided that any goal-orientation within my soccer game is ultimately not worth the expenditure of resources beyond X amount. Because of this I have tuned out my rational calculating of how to best achieve a social, personal, or game-related victory. To anyone who has not appraised soccer related goal-orientations in this way, my actions would appear irrational within the game. Do you see how this could be considered irrational?

I definitely understand how this idea can also be understood as still rational, it is because of that I called it 'rationally irrational,' implying the actor is never truly abandoning rationality. The reason I choose to word it this way instead of finding some other way to label it as meta-rationality is for rhetorical purposes. This community targets a relatively small demographic of thinkers. That being individuals who have both the capacity and the work history to achieve upper levels of rationality. Perhaps this demographic is the majority within this blog, but I thought it was highly possible that there existed Less Wrong members who were not quite at that level, and that it would be a more symbolically appealing idea if it suggest an element of necessary irrationality within the rationalists paradigm. Maybe this was the a poor choice, but it was what I choose to do.