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Comment by remizidae on Most People Aren't Fishermen · 2020-09-26T16:15:10.425Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think what OP is getting at here is that personal growth often involves some pretty dramatic changes in personality and lifestyle. An example would be someone who started out polyamorous and became monogamous, or vice versa. People might decide to have kids or more kids when they thought they didn't want them. Religious beliefs change, so do career plans and income levels. Or big life changes, such as having kids or changing jobs, might cause personality changes. 

Even changes that seem positive often end relationships. For example, people who quit drinking or doing drugs often see their relationship end. And most people who undergo weight-loss surgery will see their relationship end, according to what I've read. It seems odd—isn't losing weight or overcoming an addiction good?—, but the thing is, when you change one big foundational aspect of your life, other aspects of your life tend to change as well in ways that neither you nor your partner may have predicted. Maybe the person who lost weight is suddenly a social butterfly, when previously he was happy staying home most of the time. Or maybe the person who quit drinking has more clarity about her life and now wants to quit a well-paying job for something more meaningful. 

>What part of your personal growth do you expect you would need to sacrifice to maintain a marriage and/or a family?

This is the wrong question to ask, because we cannot plan out our personal growth trajectory in advance. I expect some of the changes I've listed seem like they will never happen to you or aren't relevant to you, but the thing is, when making a lifelong commitment, things will come up that you never would have predicted. Where my opinion differs from OP is that I think it's possible for people to stay married through these big life changes and end up better off than if they had divorced or never married. But...I'm not sure. 

Comment by remizidae on Most People Aren't Fishermen · 2020-09-25T19:45:47.714Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

You make two very different points here, and I think the point about marriage might have better been its own post.

That said, I'm in violent agreement that entrepreneurial types tend to overestimate the extent to which other people are enterpreneurial. Or assume that non-entrepreneurs are just stupid or conformist. Being an entrepreneur requires a very high tolerance for risk and unpredictability, and not everyone has that. Personally I'm very happy knowing exactly what my next paycheck will be and knowing it is very unlikely I will lose my job. I take the limited downside risk, even though it does mean my upside is limited, e.g., I am unlikely ever to be a billionaire.

There is a possibility that SOME people who are currently held back by poverty might become entrepreneurships if given an extra $1000/month. That's not convincing as the sole argument for UBI, but then I've never seen that framed as the sole argument for UBI.

Comment by remizidae on The rationalist community's location problem · 2020-09-23T20:58:07.061Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · LW · GW

It seems like you're making a lot of assumptions about this community. 

—They want to live in group houses

—They don't want to drive or own a car

—They don't want to live in places with cold weather

—They don't want to live in places with Confederate flags or lenient gun laws

You probably know this community a lot better than I do, but to what extent are these known facts vs. assumptions? Would it be worth doing some surveying to verify them? 

It's possible that some of what you observe, e.g. people living in group houses and not driving, is a function of circumstance and cost of living rather than people's true preferences. 

Comment by remizidae on EA Relationship Status · 2020-09-19T14:02:52.224Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This is pure speculation, but is there a geographic skew towards CA Bay Area, and if so, how do Bay Area marriage rates compare to the rest of US?

Comment by remizidae on EA Relationship Status · 2020-09-19T14:02:01.052Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The gender imbalance would only matter if EAs are reluctant to marry outside the group—is that the speculation here?

Comment by remizidae on ‘Ugh fields’, or why you can’t even bear to think about that task (Rob Wiblin) · 2020-09-14T23:00:01.954Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I guess I've had bad luck on this, because ugh fields tend to come up for me around talking to strangers on the phone, and I have to do that most days with my job! And yet, not to brag, but I do it, and I'm glad I can make myself do it.

Comment by remizidae on ‘Ugh fields’, or why you can’t even bear to think about that task (Rob Wiblin) · 2020-09-14T22:58:22.329Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

>I would agree that mentioning to a manager that you're finding something aversive is basically fine as long as you're more looking for support than reassignment.

I agree with this. Managers can do some productivity/performance coaching and find ways to help employees, although as an employee I wouldn't want to be the one who required the MOST help, unless I was brand new. And "help me find a way to work around this problem" is going to come off a lot better than "please reassign this because I don't wanna."

Comment by remizidae on ‘Ugh fields’, or why you can’t even bear to think about that task (Rob Wiblin) · 2020-09-14T22:56:14.803Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

EDIT: wrote this before reading someone else's comment, we don't disagree as much as I thought!

>Maybe they don't talk to you about their ugh fields? If they are doing a good job I am confident they will talk to someone else about it, or perform substantially worse if they don't have anyone to talk to about them.

I think you are right about this, and no, it's not a job with narrowly defined responsibilities. I don't disagree that very successful people can have "ugh fields," but in my mind talking about psychological problems is something you would do with a friend, family member, mentor, or therapist, not with a boss. Like other people have said, if the discussion is framed as "help me find a way to work around this," it might be okay to bring up. But I wouldn't go to my boss and ask to get out of a task because I procrastinated so long I developed a psychological aversion to it! And it puts the boss in a pretty bad position too, because if the thing has to get done they then have to get someone else to do it. It's probably going to take the new person longer to do it than it would have for Person 1 to just finish it, and then the boss has to explain to the client why it's late. And the next time there's an important assignment, that boss is going to wonder whether they can trust you with it or whether you'll just get halfway through and then abandon it.

Having to find a way to get yourself to do things that feel aversive to you seems to me to be a vital life skill. Some things that have helped me with "ugh fields" are the 'eat the frog' technique, i.e. do the aversive thing before anything else, doing the task with another person to keep me honest, and using artificial motivation-boosting tools like energizing music or lots of caffeine.

Comment by remizidae on In 1 year and 5 years what do you see as "the normal" world. · 2020-09-13T14:29:41.119Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I've been teleworking too, and I see some of the advantages you're talking about. I sit through a lot of boring meetings, and they're much less stressful now that I can be invisible and avoid the pressure of having to look professional—and with wireless headphones, I can walk around and do stuff.


Thing is, though, so much of work is about relationships and resolving conflict, and the way humans are built is that relationships just don't work as well when you're not face-to-face. I think we've all noticed this with internet interactions--people will say shit to you that they would never say if they were face to face, and conflicts get worse and less courteous (even with people you know in person, taking it online harms the relationship). And if you're at all interested in friendships or romantic relationships or mentorships formed at work, that's just not going to happen if you never meet people in person. I feel sorry for the new people who have joined our organization recently and have to work with people they've never met.


So I guess where I come out is, I'm glad I have the ability to telework as needed or perhaps a fixed one or two days a week, but I would not keep a job that was 100% telework, and I hope the future involves most people coming into the office most days.

Comment by remizidae on ‘Ugh fields’, or why you can’t even bear to think about that task (Rob Wiblin) · 2020-09-13T14:04:40.929Z · score: 8 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Are you a manager or are you just speculating? I imagine different fields are different, but it has been my experience that people I manage are able to get things done without a lot of handholding, and while they probably have some “ugh fields” as I do too, they don’t let that stop them from getting the job done. Reassigning things constantly would have a big cost to the organization.

Would probably reassign something due to psychological aversion as a one-time thing, if a trusted senior person asked me to, but not for a new person. My advice to employees would be to be very hesitant about coming to management with a complaint that you can’t/don’t want to do a core part of your job.

Comment by remizidae on In 1 year and 5 years what do you see as "the normal" world. · 2020-09-12T21:34:27.793Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

My employer is definitely considering allowing more people to telework, now that we see it can be done. So I expect a shift in that direction, although many people really prefer being in the office, so I expect very few companies to go to 100% telework for everyone.

Comment by remizidae on In 1 year and 5 years what do you see as "the normal" world. · 2020-09-12T21:32:13.924Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think that a minority of people will decrease their in-person interactions, even after covid is no longer a big problem, for years, decades, or the rest of their lives. Although this group will be a minority (similar to the number of people who are currently still maintaining strict quarantine), they will be influential because they are highly educated and because shut-ins have more time to express opinions online. I expect this to have a negative impact on society in several ways: fewer high-quality social interactions, more mental illness, fewer real-world sexual and romantic relationships, decreased level of courtesy, higher obesity rates, less connection to local communities and less awareness of facts in the real world.

Comment by remizidae on Choose simplicity and structure. · 2020-09-12T21:21:12.990Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This falls under the principle that all advice can be usefully reversed. I’ve had times when I felt overwhelmed and needed life to be simpler, and other times when I wanted to have more going on in my life, take on more, and make my life harder & more complex.

Comment by remizidae on ‘Ugh fields’, or why you can’t even bear to think about that task (Rob Wiblin) · 2020-09-12T20:29:06.973Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

As a manager, I have to say it would NOT come off well for an employee to ask to simply not do a task they had been assigned because they had developed a psychological aversion to it. I agree that ugh fields exist and that there’s nothing shameful in suffering from one, but if this comes up in a work context you cannot just abandon the task.

Comment by remizidae on Capturing Ideas · 2020-09-09T22:41:26.384Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'm a big fan of the "get everything out of your head" principle from Getting Things Done. And a benefit to doing this on paper, rather than on your phone, is that you can have your system with you at all times, without the distractions that come with a smartphone.

Comment by remizidae on microCOVID.org: A tool to estimate COVID risk from common activities · 2020-09-01T04:29:26.761Z · score: 1 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I suggest clarifying in the calculator how people are supposed to use the "scenarios" versus Step 2 or Step 3. Also, you suggest that the only difference between restaurant and bar in your model is volume of talking, but that doesn't seem to fit the result when I pick Step 2 and Step 3--the bar scenario gives me 10,000 microcovids, but the indoor place with loud talking option is only 9000. Also, why do you think all bars are indoor and involve loud talking? Weird assumption. Some bars are very quiet and empty, lots have outdoor seating nowadays.

Overall, I think you guys haven't quite figured out what your intended audience is. If you want to reach the general public, you'll need an easy to use calculator that does not smuggle in a lot of doubtful assumptions. Yeah, I understand you can download the spreadsheet and customize, but that option is for the nerds.

Comment by remizidae on microCOVID.org: A tool to estimate COVID risk from common activities · 2020-08-30T20:50:25.970Z · score: 11 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Couple other thoughts (cause this is fascinating, thanks!)

--The activity of grocery store shopping could be usefully expanded to shopping in any indoor store. Seems like all stores would be about the same level of riskiness if you control for number of people nearby (unless there are grocery-store-specific concerns?)

--The bar/restaurant distinction, and specifically rating bars as much higher risk than restaurants, is not convincing. I've heard people make this claim before but without explaining why. They might be thinking that going to a bar involves 1) more crowds, 2) more likely sitting at the bar, or 3) heavy drinking that clouds judgment. But while all of those things *sometimes* occur in bars, they don't always, and they very often occur in restaurants too. (Plausibly people drink on average more in bars, but that's not enough to warrant a dramatic increase in risk.) I suspect some of this is coming from people who either are unfamiliar with bars or have a certain Puritanical prejudice against drinking, leading them to think of bar-going as "more optional" than restaurant dining and therefore more condemnable. Obviously, both activities are optional, and there's no reason to judge the bar-goer more harshly than the diner.

Anyway, your numbers should be revised to reflect the reality that the key risk factors for a dining establishment are indoor vs. outdoor, and crowded vs. spaced. The type of liquor license the place has doesn't matter.

--This one is less feedback for the developers and more thinking out loud. A few people, like OP, are still on very high voluntary lockdown levels even now that almost every place has reopened. A few people, on the other hand, never really changed their habits that much because of COVID, or only did so when forced. The vast majority I expect are people who made significant sacrifices during the first month or two or three, but started to move back in the direction of a normal life when it became obvious that this pandemic was going to last a while. I wonder about the psychological effects it will have for the hardcore few to see groups 2 and 3 doing all sorts of things that the hardcore won't let themselves do. Just sitting at home and watching quasi-normal life going on around them, while they shut themselves out and self-flagellate about every grocery store trip. I'm not criticizing--but, guys, be careful of your mental health. If it makes you happy to track the risk metrics this closely, do it, but if it's making you anxious and amplifying tendencies towards scrupulosity, you don't have to do it!

Comment by remizidae on microCOVID.org: A tool to estimate COVID risk from common activities · 2020-08-30T18:25:33.973Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Selecting the scenario is duplicative of Steps 2 and 3. Should I skip those if I pick a scenario? Instructions are not clear.

I also think you should enable people to choose higher than average risk tolerance.

Comment by remizidae on You Need More Money · 2020-08-22T16:23:29.059Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It’s not about me, but you should know that many people will be less willing to listen if you take a lecturing, dictatorial tone. You can teach without doing so, and you will be a more effective teacher if you teach with emotional intelligence.

Comment by remizidae on What posts on finance would your find helpful or interesting? · 2020-08-22T16:19:18.024Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I see how quants or other people who run hedge funds would have some special knowledge. But most LWers do not run hedge funds, and I don’t think smart nerdy LWers are more qualified to write about money than smart nerdy non-LWers. I like to hear from analytical nonconformist types, but they’re already out there writing about money! Don’t assume rationality is only to be found here.

Comment by remizidae on What posts on finance would your find helpful or interesting? · 2020-08-22T12:58:17.807Z · score: 0 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think there are a lot of good sources out there on finance, and a LW author wouldn’t necessarily have any particular credibility or special knowledge on the subject.

Comment by remizidae on Should we write more about social life? · 2020-08-20T02:40:57.848Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I really like posts about social life. More so when it’s framed as “this is the weird shit that works for me” and less when it’s framed as “All must obey my Grand Abstract Theory.” Because we all have theories about social life, right, and there’s no particular reason to believe one anonymous person on the internet has it figured out more than another.

Comment by remizidae on Spending Update 2020 · 2020-08-18T02:20:47.438Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

How many earners are we talking about here?

Also, is there anything you’d like to spend more or less on?

Comment by remizidae on Rationally Ending Discussions · 2020-08-13T20:54:14.845Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I guess if other people want to play by these rules, good for them, but I personally wouldn't participate in any debates if I wasn't allowed to leave without either following somebody's incredibly rigid discussion-ending rules or suffering reputation harm.


Also, why is being busy not an adequate excuse? It's very normal that I have, say, an hour to devote to a given debate, but I will bow out if it stretches on to 2 or 3 hours. That's basic time management and prioritization.

Comment by remizidae on You Need More Money · 2020-08-12T22:33:47.516Z · score: -3 (10 votes) · LW · GW

I wasn't asking for advice, and I would appreciate it if you would avoid the lecturing tone. Assume that people you are talking to know about as much as you do about this subject.

Comment by remizidae on You Need More Money · 2020-08-12T13:25:57.039Z · score: 14 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Part of the reason why money buys happiness is that money buys *absence of financial stress.* That means that strategies that involve increasing stress in order to get more money are not necessarily going to increase your happiness. This consideration weighs in favor of:

1) More traditional, low-risk, low-effort investment strategies, like your bog-standard automatic investment into index funds. They're more likely to get 7% than your theoretical 18-24%, but they require very little effort. Strategies like flipping houses, building a real estate empire, or startups *might* get you a higher return, but they also take significant time and effort and come with a high risk of loss or bankruptcy. (I personally have met a number of people who tried real estate and wound up bankrupt.) Maybe risk-loving people like Trump can sail through bankruptcy with no stress, but I sure couldn't!

2) Considering financial stress also weighs in favor of reducing expenses, especially fixed costs that are hard to alter, such as debt payments, mortgages, and car loans. The person with a $5000/month income and $1000 rent is safer and feels richer than the person with a $7000/month income and $3000 rent.

I also think you leap a little too fast from "$75k income associated with happiness" to "therefore, you need $75k income." The person with 75k income isn't spending 75k, they're likely paying ~20% in tax and saving some amount too.

Comment by remizidae on Food Spending During Covid · 2020-08-01T20:33:09.950Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

When I ran the numbers for my two-person household, I found that our pre-covid spending averaged $348 for groceries and $62 for gas. Post-covid, we’re at $387 for groceries and $23 for gas—coincidentially the same total! $300 per person just for groceries sounds really high. I don’t know if you’re interested in saving money, but if so there’s a lot of fat to cut there.

Comment by remizidae on Billionaire Economics · 2020-07-29T18:07:23.687Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My point is that those schemes don’t work for everyone—which is not to say they’re a bad idea, but they’re not going to end homelessness.

Comment by remizidae on Billionaire Economics · 2020-07-29T15:28:28.194Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

One of the problems with providing free housing to people is that they are then free to destroy or abandon it. Consider that most homeless people have mental illnesses, often serious ones, and substance abuse problems. Sometimes the problem is just mismatch between housing prices and income—often it’s not. And even infinite funding will not always fix these problems.

Comment by remizidae on Are parasitic worms an effective weapon against MS? · 2020-07-23T19:13:40.087Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Have you quantified the risk that deworming medication might not work?

Comment by remizidae on My Dating Plan ala Geoffrey Miller · 2020-07-17T16:49:16.348Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Also, downvote for cologne. I have never known it to make someone more attractive. Often it’s a negative.

Comment by remizidae on My Dating Plan ala Geoffrey Miller · 2020-07-17T16:47:31.495Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Honesty does not require saying everything you think. I feel like you haven’t really addressed the concern here. And i didn’t say anything about judging you for preferring attractive women.

Comment by remizidae on My Dating Plan ala Geoffrey Miller · 2020-07-17T15:48:33.804Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

When it’s time for you to find a job, assuming you’re single then, think about gender ratios in your prospective workplace. Dating in the workplace can be problematic, especially for a man, but it’s still the way many of us find relationships—both because people you work with are automatic status matches, roughly same intelligence level, and because you’ll have a chance to get to know them without the tension of a date. (This was part of my approach when I was single—favor workplaces with lots of smart nerdy men— and I think it paid off.)

Comment by remizidae on My Dating Plan ala Geoffrey Miller · 2020-07-17T15:45:45.438Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Why assume that women who want to date don’t go to homeless shelters? Women and men both get the same advice to put yourself out there, try new things, and volunteer as a way to find a date. And some women who are there for other reasons will also be interested in dating.

Comment by remizidae on My Dating Plan ala Geoffrey Miller · 2020-07-17T15:43:06.686Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I had a negative reaction too. OP, would you really be comfortable with future friends or mates seeing this? Especially since you’ve included a lot of personal details which could identify you?

I came up with a similar plan years ago tbh, and it worked, but I would not have shared it with anyone. Not sure I can justify why, that’s just my reaction.

Comment by remizidae on Should I take an IQ test, why or why not? · 2020-07-10T20:12:11.529Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don’t see a reason to. If you’re wondering “am I smart enough to do X,” there are probably more targeted ways to assess your skill in X.

Comment by remizidae on What are the risks of permanent injury from COVID? · 2020-07-10T14:33:17.597Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What is your source for "fairly common," and can you quantify that?

Comment by remizidae on Partially Stepping Down Isolation · 2020-07-08T13:41:56.969Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Well, that's incredibly strict. Thanks for sharing. I take it all of you are having groceries delivered (I've found it impossible to go to the store without getting <6 feet with multiple people). Are you concerned at all about taking up grocery delivery slots that high-risk people might need? Or are there plenty of grocery delivery slots in your area?

Comment by remizidae on If someone you loved was experiencing unremitting suffering (related to a constellation of multi-dimensional factors and processes, those of which include anomalous states of consciousness and an iatrogenic mental health system), what would you think and what would you do? · 2020-07-05T11:41:05.803Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

If I could write an action plan for you, it would go:

  1. Get family members, you, and your brother on the same page
  2. Get brother out of hospital (perhaps by convincing him to conform for a while, perhaps via a lawyer). Of course, don’t take this step unless you have a plan for his care. Can he live with you? Are you willing to be his caregiver? What happens if he attempte suicide again or does something else that would legally warrant commitment?
  3. Is there a local Hearing Voices group? Or research Hearing Voices online. Lots of people have experience with living with the experience of hearing voices while managing the distress and disruption they can cause.
Comment by remizidae on If someone you loved was experiencing unremitting suffering (related to a constellation of multi-dimensional factors and processes, those of which include anomalous states of consciousness and an iatrogenic mental health system), what would you think and what would you do? · 2020-07-05T11:25:41.683Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Is your brother in the hospital now? If so, do you have a plan for getting him out?

You might also want to talk to a lawyer to better understand the standards for involuntary psychiatric commitment, your legal options, such as guardianship, and your potential liability for attempting treatments which your brother perhaps cannot consent to, and some of which involve illegal drugs. Are your other family members on the same page?

Comment by remizidae on How to decide to get a nosejob or not? · 2020-07-03T00:52:27.777Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don’t think “Do I have a big nose” is the right question. Big isn’t necessarily bad. “Would I be more attractive after rhinoplasty?” Yes, some people will lie or avoid the question, so ask your blunt friends who also have good judgment.

Comment by remizidae on Somerville Mask Usage · 2020-06-30T16:00:45.104Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I estimate about one-third wear masks (edit: outside) in my suburb. I probably would wear one on a very crowded sidewalk, but IMO they’re not necessary in an outside place where you can reliably avoid being near others.

Comment by remizidae on What gripes do you have with Mustachianism? · 2020-06-14T23:33:23.242Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

>He also is a fan of EA. More specifically, he supports the idea of first saving up your money so that you can retire, and then spending your time on EA once you're retired.

You see, though, how there's a basic conflict between those philosophies. For the Mustachian, giving to charity only comes after you're a millionaire yourself (or however you define FI).

Comment by remizidae on What gripes do you have with Mustachianism? · 2020-06-13T00:16:20.168Z · score: 18 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Looks like no one has brought up yet the tension between Mustachianism and EA. They both advise frugality, but the theoretical Mustachian works the minimum time necessary to become financially independent and then retires to do less or no work for pay, because their priority is freedom. The theoretical EA person would work all their life because their priority is maximizing the good done/money donated.

I find arguments for both of these philosophies compelling, but they can't be reconciled: either you choose to focus your energy towards helping yourself, a (probably) upper-middle-class American, or you're altruistic and focus your energy towards helping the most needy. Yes, even altruists spend some money on themselves, and even Mustachians typically give some money to others, but there's a basic difference in what your main goal is.

A secondary criticism is that Mustachians tend to denigrate the role of work in people's lives (oh isn't it terrible that I have to put on uncomfortable clothes and drive far away to work with people I don't like), BUT, if you look at retired Mustachians or people who are rich enough not to work, typically they just find another line of work. Having some sort of work is crucial for most people's self-esteem, self-efficacy, social lives, and even physical health.

The Mustachian riposte to this is that, even if you want to work, isn't it better if you don't have to? I agree, but I think the honest description of their movement is that it's not about retiring early, which is only a true goal for very few of us--it's just about getting rich.

Comment by remizidae on Why isn’t assassination/sabotage more common? · 2020-06-05T14:00:54.214Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not so sure it's feasible to carry out an assassination with enough secrecy that no one could know you did it. It's hard to keep a secret if the world's best intelligence agencies are all highly motivated to figure it out! Now, your word choice was "no one could necessarily _prove_ you did it," but even if it could not be proven in say an international tribunal, if other countries knew that my country did it, they could retaliate.

Comment by remizidae on Why isn’t assassination/sabotage more common? · 2020-06-04T20:24:16.498Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If you’re assuming people can get starting capital by theft at an acceptable risk level, why wouldn’t they just continue with that strategy instead of escalating to the risk of murder?

Comment by remizidae on Why isn’t assassination/sabotage more common? · 2020-06-04T18:40:58.955Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Off the top of my head:

  1. People willing to commit murder are typically those with little to lose. In order to make a significant amount of money from shorting, you have to have a significant amount of money already. Yes, rich people often want more money, but they’re unlikely to tolerate the high risk of committing a murder when there are many less risky ways of making money.

  2. If the USA assassinates foreigners, foreigners can fight back. It’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain a low-assassination equilibrium instead of a high-assassination one.

  3. Some of this is done in war. Why not outside of war? See 2.

Comment by remizidae on Status-Regulating Emotions · 2020-06-04T17:07:56.161Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

>It bothers me when someone attempts to selfishly seize power.


I think this is what Eliezer is talking about. If someone tried to tell you what to do without justification, would you resent it? If so, that's the emotion. We accept being told what to do by hierarchical superiors because we believe that is what is best for the larger whole, whether that's the CEO setting direction for the company or your mom deciding what is served for dinner. People who tell others what to do outside an accepted hierarchy are perceived as acting selfishly and disruptively.

Comment by remizidae on What aspects of the world emotionally bothers you on an immediate personal level on a daily basis? · 2020-05-22T14:09:30.266Z · score: 10 (7 votes) · LW · GW

None. I think this is partly a function of age. I have as many complaints about the world as I did 10 or 20 years ago, but the extent to which I take these things personally or feel personally threatened by them, and the intensity of my emotions about them, have gone way down.

Comment by remizidae on Why do you (not) use a pseudonym on LessWrong? · 2020-05-07T21:39:41.411Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I prefer to be anonymous whenever there is not a reason to use my legal name. I see no benefit to using my legal name here.