The Scout Mindset - read-along 2021-04-16T19:43:02.554Z
weft's Shortform 2020-05-08T20:43:16.231Z
Sophie Grouchy on A Build-Break Model of Cooperation 2018-05-25T14:55:19.043Z
Whose reasoning can you rely on when your own is faulty? 2018-02-18T22:41:53.729Z
Offloading Executive Functioning to Morality 2017-10-14T01:43:39.507Z
Rare Exception or Common Exception 2017-10-13T22:02:49.026Z
Community Capital 2017-10-09T03:49:06.926Z


Comment by weft on Coordination Schemes Are Capital Investments · 2021-09-07T03:48:53.487Z · LW · GW

Low-level specific recommendation: Here is a really great calculator for splitting rents for different rooms. You enter in some basic info (total rent, number of rooms), and it continuously adjust room rents and asks individuals what their preferred room would be at different rent splits until it finds a rent split at which everyone would prefer different rooms. You can keep running it a few rounds past that to refine the answer more too.

Comment by weft on A Layman’s Guide to Recreational Mathematics Videos · 2021-09-01T04:29:50.331Z · LW · GW

I know it's a decade old now, but I still love Vi Hart's stuff on YouTube (less complex topics than the ones you listed though)

Comment by weft on Any recommendation for reading material for pre-school children [3-4 yr]? · 2021-08-22T16:55:31.087Z · LW · GW

The Existential Giraffe is a pretty amusing primer on Cartesian doubt, but I don't know how much a young kid actually "gets" of it. (But I've still had kids who particularly enjoy it as a book).

It has such entertaining lines as "The possibility of not really existing made Sammy very, very sad."

The same author also wrote the Moribund Mouse (a mouse learns he is going to die and so finally starts "living" but then goes back to his boring cubicle life when he learns the doctor was lying) and the Perspicacious Penguin (a penguin really likes green even though God himself has proclaimed that blue is superior)

Comment by weft on Any recommendation for reading material for pre-school children [3-4 yr]? · 2021-08-22T16:38:29.322Z · LW · GW

Frog and Toad books are among my favorites.

Comment by weft on Your Dog is Even Smarter Than You Think · 2021-05-07T06:41:25.685Z · LW · GW

I am super-duper surprised she says it took a few weeks to teach the Outside button! It took about... 15 minutes to teach my dog to use her Food bell. And then the Outside bell and Treat bells were similarly fast. I don't think button pressing is inherently harder than bell ringing, so that shouldn't make a difference. 

I guess if the dog was starting at zero training it would take two weeks. (Robin already knew how to Target an item, which she learned after learning hand Touch, which she learned as part of the process of teaching how clicker-like training with positive reinforcers works in the first place. )

I can imagine abstract words like "Tomorrow" and "Where" taking a whole lot longer, but the words that are just ways to obtain concrete things are extremely easy to teach. Outside bells are a very well-known and frequently-done thing. Look them up on Amazon and you'll see about 20 options for sale. 

Comment by weft on Your Dog is Even Smarter Than You Think · 2021-05-02T20:13:49.710Z · LW · GW

My dog does this unusual roundhouse butt attack when she's playing with other dogs. It's unusual enough that people comment on it.

I've definitely noticed other dogs start doing it too after playing with her a bunch.

There also SEEMS to be a thing where in e.g. Berkeley the dogs at the park play quietly. I wondered how they taught their dogs not to bark while playing, because this is NOT the case in midwest dog parks. But apparently it's "cultural". If the dogs don't bark at the dog park you frequent, your dog will also not bark.

Comment by weft on Raj Thimmiah's Shortform · 2021-04-26T18:40:05.348Z · LW · GW

I'd do this! Right now my dog is my accountability partner, but she adjusts to waking up later herself! :) I'm in Pacific timezone

Comment by weft on How can we increase the frequency of rare insights? · 2021-04-20T09:40:09.391Z · LW · GW

You can simplify the problem into straight behaviorism.... I'd have to look up which book I read this in (Don't Shoot the Dog, maybe?), but there is a game you can teach dogs, dolphins, etc where you give them a box or something, and only reward them for novel behavior. So you reward them the first time they push it with their nose, but not any subsequent times. This seems to "teach" creativity, in that animals that play this game regularly get good at quickly coming up with unusual actions. 

Note: I'm not saying the CORRECT thing to do is ignore all the substeps, conditions, pre-requisites, etc and go straight to "just reward the thing you want". It was just a cute anecdote that seemed relevant.

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-20T09:14:38.059Z · LW · GW

But they'd probably have to have years and years of correctly predicted boring missions to make up for the amount of incorrect 99% predictions, right?

Maybe the Star Trek universe has low key solved aging, so even though it doesn't seem like years between episodes, it really is. :P

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-20T09:08:45.153Z · LW · GW

There's the counter-identity of scorning people who "pick stuff up and put it down again" and calling all sports "sportsball", etc. 

I think it's related to what Julia mentioned about having an identity that's just against some other group. 

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-20T07:38:05.899Z · LW · GW

Thanks!  (Updating accordingly)

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-19T23:06:41.974Z · LW · GW

Oh wow. There is an example of a person who used to be certain they didn't want kids and changed their mind later, but felt awkward about it because older people used to be very patronizing about her desire to not have kids and would assure her that she'd change her mind when she got older.

This is me. Practically word for word how I've written about it. I would be certain this was literally me if it weren't for the fact that I'd expect Julia to have mentioned if she were using me as an example. And I know Scott Alexander has talked about really common issues amongst his clients that feel personal enough that he thinks if his clients read them they'd think they were talking about them in particular as opposed to a general thing. And it's probably not an uncommon thought to express.

But it's the most I've ever felt that feeling of "that is literally me being quoted there" before. And I feel like maybe I'm a paranoid person.

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-18T20:14:55.227Z · LW · GW

Chapter 2: What the Soldier Mindset Protects

  • Comfort, Self esteem, Morale, Pursuasion, Self Esteem, Belonging
Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-16T20:33:17.651Z · LW · GW

Chapter 1: Two Types of Thinking

  • Motivated Reasoning
    • "Can I believe this?" (searching for evidence something is true) v "Must I believe this?" (searching for evidence something is false)
Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-16T19:59:02.476Z · LW · GW


  • Scout Mindset is the ability to see things as they are, not as you wish they were. 
  • "Was I in the wrong in that argument?"
  • How do we NOT self-decieve?
    • Realize that truth isn't in conflict with your other goals
    • Learn tools that make it easier to see clearly, e.g. the Outsider Test
    • Appreciate the emotional rewards of Scout Mindset
Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-16T19:49:46.639Z · LW · GW

I expect this book to be well-written and have interesting examples, but I expect it will mostly cover ground I'm already familiar with. That's okay with me, the more I go over things, the more they get into my head and new examples help internalize thoughts in  a way factual knowledge doesn't.

I expect I will learn at least one new thing that isn't just an example. 

I expect that after listening to this book these ideas will be more in my head for the next week or month and so I will notice relevant issues and opportunities in my own life, which will help further internalize the ideas. But I also expect that big "in my head"-ness will diminish after a week or two. 

Meta - I often relate to things with personal examples, so that might be a lot of my commentary. 

The title and cover image reminds me of my grandfather who had been a Soviet scout in WW2. His job was to go far ahead closer to enemy lines, and radio back how to adjust their artillery fire to hit more accurately. He got shot out of a tree when the Germans saw the glint off his binoculars. Being a scout can be dangerous!

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-16T19:43:43.421Z · LW · GW

Meta Thread

Comment by weft on The Scout Mindset - read-along · 2021-04-16T19:43:19.013Z · LW · GW

Pre-Reading Thoughts

Comment by weft on Trapped Priors As A Basic Problem Of Rationality · 2021-03-13T08:28:41.628Z · LW · GW

Amusingly, the example of humans that are scared of dogs most reminded me of my rescue dog who was scared of humans! Common internet advice is to use food to lure the dog closer to humans. That way they can associate new humans with tasty treats. 

While this might work fine for dogs that are just mildly suspicious of strangers, it is actually bad for fearful dogs and reinforces the fear/stress response in the way Scott describes. Not knowing this, we tried the typical route and were surprised when our dog got even more reactive towards people. If she saw us talking to people, this was a sign that WE MIGHT MAKE HER GO TO THE PERSON (even though we never forced her, but luring her with treats was enough), so now just seeing us talking to people was enough to raise her stress levels and get a reaction. 

I got a very good trainer, and she used the example of how if your boss hands you a paycheck while holding a gun to your head, the goodness of the paycheck doesn't overcome the gun to your head. 

Instead of trying to get her to go near strangers, we told all strangers to completely ignore her. We taught her to run away from strangers, and tossed treats away from the strangers.  If a stranger is nearby or even talking to me, they won't do anything scary like "look at her" (her previous life taught her that Attention From Humans is Dangerous), but instead she gets treats for running away. 

Now she is still a little shy around strangers, and might bark once while running away if someone freaks her out a bit, but she volunteers to go up to people of her own will, and NOW we let strangers give her treats if she is willingly going up to them and sniffing around their hands without any prompting from any of us (and I continue to give her treats if she runs away as well)

Comment by weft on [Lecture Club] Awakening from the Meaning Crisis · 2021-03-13T06:20:02.421Z · LW · GW

Consider doing some epistemic spot checks

 The issue here is that the easy, straightforward facts are all legit to the best of my knowledge (e.g. the basic history of the Bronze Age collapse and such), but the points that his thesis is more strongly built upon are not just straightforward fact checks (e.g. Pretending to be a deer helps you hunt deer, and tribes with shamans outperformed tribes without, etc)

It's like you list a bunch of real facts and real knowledge in order to make your point sound legit, and then put a bunch of wild speculation on top of it. (I'm not saying that's what he's doing, but that it's a really easy thing to do, and really hard to tell apart).

Comment by weft on [Lecture Club] Awakening from the Meaning Crisis · 2021-03-13T06:14:41.474Z · LW · GW

His solution is to create an "ecosystem of practices" (such as meditation, journaling, circling and such) that are practiced communally. Sometimes he also calls it "The religion that isn't a religion"

Two episodes / two hours in and he hasn't mentioned any of this that I recall. I feel like the introductory session should at least vaguely mention where he's going to be steering BEFORE you've invested many hours. 

Comment by weft on [Lecture Club] Awakening from the Meaning Crisis · 2021-03-12T21:04:05.894Z · LW · GW

I've just watched two episodes now, and while it's interesting, it's also... throwing up a lot of epistemic red flags for me. 

He goes off on all these interesting tangents, but it feels more like "just so stories". Like he can throw all this information at me to get me to nod along and follow where he's going, without ever actually proving anything, and because there's all these tangents I feel like he can slip stuff in without me noticing. 

I've been listening to him for two hours now, and I still don't quite get what his thesis is, except "There's a meaning crisis." I feel like he's trying to push me towards a solution without being upfront from the beginning about what that solution is.... "Traditionalism", maybe? 

Or like maybe he's saying something simple in a very complex and long-winded way in order to feel deep? But maybe that is the required method of saying it to get it deeper into your brain. 

Comment by weft on [Lecture Club] Awakening from the Meaning Crisis · 2021-03-12T06:15:16.154Z · LW · GW

His digression about shamans really getting into the mindset of a deer in order to better track them reminds me of a skill "Pretending to Be" that I think is useful for many skills.

Comment by weft on [Lecture Club] Awakening from the Meaning Crisis · 2021-03-12T05:44:20.784Z · LW · GW

I had previously watched an episode or two of this, and felt pretty meh about it. It felt like he overpromised and underdelivered, and talked a lot without getting to an actual point. I'm trying it again solely on the strength of your recommendation / it seems like you think there's a solid payoff if you stick with it. 

Comment by weft on Your Cheerful Price · 2021-02-14T06:17:55.591Z · LW · GW

But building flat-pack furniture is ADULT LEGOS! 

Comment by weft on Your Cheerful Price · 2021-02-14T06:15:42.355Z · LW · GW

Yes, you are correct that the Cheerful Price could be less than my normal wage. But this is not usually the case for me. People aren't usually asking my Cheerful Price to eat some ice cream, or something similarly pleasant. And unfortunately we don't live in a world where my regular wages are above my Cheerful Price. 

Comment by weft on Your Cheerful Price · 2021-02-13T20:02:05.258Z · LW · GW

I expect most people on LW to be okay being asked their Cheerful Price to have sex with someone. But e.g. even contemplating "Cheerful Price to kill my dog" throws an error and causes large psychic damage.

(Otoh, I fell asleep pondering my Cheerful Price for various random things, and I think it's about $100k for my dog to stay with my ex instead of me)

(Edited: replaced torture thought experiment)

Comment by weft on Your Cheerful Price · 2021-02-13T08:56:43.671Z · LW · GW

It's sometimes hard for me to figure out exactly where my "cheerful price" is. So when I'm "negotiating" with people I trust, I often list a couple of prices, that are some set of:

  • I definitely would not do it at this price (without it being a favor/ social exchange)
  • The lowest price I think I would do it at. 
  • My Satisfied Price: I am happy to do the thing for you! This is what I normally get paid for similar jobs
  • My Cheerful Price: I am excited to do the thing for you! This is more than my average, and I am actively happy about the opportunity!
  • My Ecstatic Price: My Cheerful Price is definitely lower than this. I would be ecstatic if you paid me $100 / hr to do laundry. This is an amazing deal for me. 

This can help because finding the ONE SPECIFIC NUMBER that is your Cheerful Price feels daunting.  But feeling out a range helps you narrow it down.

For example: "You want my blegg?? Well I definitely wouldn't give it to you for $10. But if you offered me for $500 I'd think it was my lucky day and you were crazy. Normally I give people bleggs for about $100. I've never gotten more than $200 for a blegg, and I was really happy about that, so.... $200?"

And honestly I feel more comfortable giving someone that whole set of information than just throwing out $200.  


Comment by weft on Does anyone else sometimes "run out of gas" when trying to think? · 2021-02-03T21:11:20.810Z · LW · GW

Yes. Trying to Think Hard about something logical just makes my mind feel like a brick wall slams down. Things that work: 

-Sticking with things that are easy enough I don't actually have to use Real Brain Power. If I'm learning complex things, the underlying level of abstraction has to be absolutely second nature before I put anything on top of it. 

-Pretending To Think, which works good enough if you just want to trick people into believing that you are working hard at thinking

-Tricking my mind into not recognizing it is Thinking by use of humor, play, narrative

Like Ustice I have ADHD, and have a frequent feeling of low-level boredom that I get around by usually having two tracks running in my brain, e.g. watching TV while working / answering emails. 

Comment by weft on Group house norms really do seem toxic to many people. · 2021-01-12T22:48:54.633Z · LW · GW

I lived in DT and it was awful. OTOH I lived in quite a few other Rationalist houses (in both the bay and nyc) and they were all positive experiences.

I think making sure you filter for similar cleanliness levels, adultiness levels, lifestyle, etc is extremely important.

To me, living with random people you just vaguely like is still pretty good if they are a good lifestyle, etc match.

But it only takes ONE person to completely ruin a group house.

Comment by weft on Location Discussion Takeaways · 2020-11-11T00:43:05.240Z · LW · GW

I'm too old to really mesh with university culture, and don't code which makes programmer/startup culture not a good fit either.

(I would also argue that woke culture is taking over coastal programmer culture too, anyways)

Comment by weft on Location Discussion Takeaways · 2020-11-10T21:57:27.321Z · LW · GW

You mention that moving to a rural area would be an "all-in" dynamic, but Berkeley feels more that way to me than most places. 

It's so far-left / woke here that I feel my only option is to hang out with rationalists. It doesn't really feel like I have social options outside of the rationality community that aren't a version of "hold your tongue and fake agree with everything that's said."

I've lived in a lot of places, and there DO exist places with much weaker / nonexistent cancel culture. Blue cities in red states are usually this way. 

Comment by weft on Is Success the Enemy of Freedom? (Full) · 2020-11-02T20:01:47.653Z · LW · GW

If I were to come up with a Clever Title for some of this, I might call it The Trap of the Local Maxima. 

I did childcare and disability care in college, because it was a better option than being a cashier or something. Then I graduated and it was a recession, but I could use my childcare experience to get nanny jobs. And so on, and so on. 

Now I have about 15 years of childcare experience. It is REALLY EASY for me to get GOOD PAYING nanny jobs. I can literally go on to a website, send out 5-10 applications to what I think are the best jobs there, and be working within a week. 

Every now and then I try to do something else, but it is harder to find other types of jobs given my resume, and when I do the job is usually harder than nannying, and pays less. (I was recently an Office Manager, which had expectations I couldn't live up to, and paid less than nannying. Now I do some Virtual Assistant work that is mostly writing / social media which is nice and easy, and a similar amount of pay per hour, but not as many hours per day)

I don't even LIKE being a nanny. I never CHOSE it as a career. I don't PARTICULARLY like children (not in the way most people who choose childcare do). Kids are easy, but my people-skills are mediocre when dealing with e.g. parents or other nannies. 

I tell myself someday I will semi-retire and be a dog walker.

Comment by weft on The rationalist community's location problem · 2020-10-10T01:07:37.506Z · LW · GW

COVID has taught me that I don't need a big physical community, but it's ALSO taught me that I am 100% uninterested in virtual replacements. I still e.g. post on facebook, but have not enjoyed virtual hangouts and the like. 

If I could have a community of 7-200 people that were on the same street / property / very close, I think that would be my ideal. Being close to other similar groupings would be nice but not necessary. I think a community of about 20 is much stronger than a community of about 100 (the larger number necesitates weaker ties). A major issue is finding 7-20 people who would be a good fit and are willing to do it

Comment by weft on The rationalist community's location problem · 2020-10-09T23:39:56.031Z · LW · GW

Yeah, Prague is a definite draw. 

Amusingly, getting a dog is going to be a major issue to a potential move for us, since I'm pretty strongly against travelling with her in cargo which isn't very safe. There isn't a good way to get a dog to Europe. (There's a single international cruise line that takes dogs, but nixes anything pitbull adjacent since they only dock in England which has strong anti-pitbull laws)

You can charter a private plane or yacht cabin, but it's insanely expensive and I can't find anywhere where e.g. 12 people who all want to fly their dogs to Europe but don't care about the exact schedule charter a private plane together (at which point it's pretty affordable, and would definitely be worth it)

Comment by weft on The rationalist community's location problem · 2020-10-09T23:00:19.832Z · LW · GW

I think I would be more happy in a gated / monastery community than in one with easy access to a big city. I love museums and historic architecture and whatnot, but on a day-to-day level I'd rather hedgehog than fox at this point in my life. I'd prefer a lifestyle that was designed to encourage frequent interaction with a small set of people, rather than a lifestyle that was designed to encourage frequent new experiences. 

I enjoy the "small town" feeling of walking down a street and knowing a bunch of the people you pass. Combining this with rationalist values (as opposed to the religious or conservative values frequent in many small towns) seems ideal. 

Comment by weft on The rationalist community's location problem · 2020-10-09T22:08:55.861Z · LW · GW

I'm a Berkeley rationalist. My partner and I have been considering leaving Berkeley, mostly due to the cost of living and the political climate. We're most likely to move back to the midwest where our families are located, but would move elsewhere for similar social support. We're most strongly considering Columbus or Louisville.  Or maybe a smaller town nearby. We've also considered Czechia, Poland, etc. for the low cost of living and beauty. I don't think we'd go to Canada, which has all the difficulties of leaving the States, but none of the cost benefits.

If you have kids, living near grandparents / relatives provides a LOT of free labor. For me to prefer a rationalist community hub, it would have to have similar kinds of support. I'm imagining a circle of parents that takes turns watching ALL the kids. Or passes toys around in an exchange circle. There is also an issue where rationalists often have very particular ideas about child rearing, and they don't all mesh. Even with people filling the child care role for each other, I think I'd strongly miss not having "elders" around. 

COVID has taught me that I don't actually need all the bells and whistles of Berkeley. I'm fine with my partner and my dog and some new hobbies.  So I'm torn between living somewhere like Berkeley where you can walk to cafes and nice little shops and such, and somewhere in the middle of nowhere where I can have chickens and a permaculture garden. 

Things I care a lot about:
- I love autumn. I don't like if it's very cold or very hot a lot. 
- Community. It doesn't have to be the rationalist community, but I like to exist in very tight knit communities.
- Access to relatives, or other people who will fill that role. 
- Cost of living as related to earning potential
- Being able to afford a nice house
- Less political heat. More "live and let live" than here.
- My partner has to be able to do software work.


Comment by weft on How to learn from a stronger rationalist in daily life? · 2020-05-20T20:03:09.817Z · LW · GW

I would expect that if casual levels on interaction with stronger rationalists could feasibly raise your own levels, that Berkeley rationalists would be significantly stronger than their pre-Berkeley selves, or than rationalists elsewhere.

I don't think that's the case, but I guess that can be an open question.

People joining one of the orgs DOES seem to level them up.

The big difference there is 40 hours a week of intensive work on accomplishing an outside goal.

But given that like: living with rationalists, in a community of rationalists, that often talk rationalist, doesn't seem to have much effect, it seems unlikely that weaker versions of the thing would.

(Single datapoint: I did most of my levelling up when I was running a rationality group that was giving frequent public facing classes. I did not level up from moving to Berkeley and immersing in the rationality community there.)

Comment by weft on weft's Shortform · 2020-05-08T20:43:16.574Z · LW · GW

GO TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE THIS FALL: If you were going to be enrolling in school this year, it makes a lot of sense right now to go to community colleges or branch campuses to knock out your gen eds. No matter where you go it is (likely) going to be distance learning, so you won't get the social networking benefit of pricier schools.

Many solid universities have "feeder" schools that you can automatically transfer in and out of at will, and that are a fraction of the cost. They even frequently let you take up to half your courses from the main school.

(Related hack: Branch campuses frequently have almost automatic admission, and generally if you pass your classes there for a year you can automatically transfer to the main campus, so this is an easy way to get accepted to schools you might otherwise not. Probably most people reading this blog in high school have high enough scores they could get into any of those schools anyways (these aren't like Ivy leagues or anything), but still good info to know)

Getting any sort of professor job is really hard, so the professors at lower end schools are almost always really passionate about their subject, and if you show interest are happy to work with you if you want to go more in depth on something or whatnot (possibly even more so than professors at pricy schools, where you'll stand out less).

Comment by weft on The Embarrassing Problem of Premature Exploitation · 2020-04-30T23:59:01.959Z · LW · GW

I just wanted to say that I particularly appreciated your "voice" in this post. While the ideas you covered weren't new, the writing was immensely readable, and amusing, in a way that often the earlier posts exploring ideas are not. I know that takes extra effort that isn't always rewarded around here, so I wanted to explicitly point out my appreciation.

Comment by weft on "Preparing for a Pandemic: Stage 3: Grow Food if You Can [COVID-19, hort, US, Patreon]" · 2020-04-04T02:04:57.462Z · LW · GW

Note: I'm one of those people who has taken up gardening for lack of other activities, and we've probably spent $200 so far, and that's WITH me getting a lot of free stuff from e.g. Nextdoor (which is a big time sink, because it disappears pretty fast)

Comment by weft on "Preparing for a Pandemic: Stage 3: Grow Food if You Can [COVID-19, hort, US, Patreon]" · 2020-04-03T20:54:27.293Z · LW · GW

The run on garden supplies is because people are bored and don't have much else to do.

Unless you already have a good set up, growing your own food is expensive, both in terms of initial investment and time.

Sure plant a tomato or whatnot.

But if your goal is "have veggies in the future", buying a second freezer and stocking it with frozen veg / stocking canned veg is going to get you way more bang for your buck (unless you don't really put a value on your time, or enjoy it as a hobby)

Comment by weft on Weighting Attachment in Relationship Decisions · 2020-03-05T20:58:07.750Z · LW · GW

My strategy in trying to find a life partner has been to do as much filtering as possible early on, keeping my standards as high as I can manage. Lowered standards that let in hundreds of people don't help, since I only need ONE. But I need to keep them low enough that my local options are still numerous enough for some trial and error.

Then, since I filtered strongly early on, I feel pretty comfortable committing to anyone who makes it past the first few months in a "Only break this off if you discover something that will make the relationship work poorly in the long-run" kind of way.

I had the initial thought that failure mode that this runs into, is that the people you end up dating for six months or so are more hesitant to commit for longer, since I'm more of an average person in their dating pool. But after reflecting for a moment, this seems not true. Most of my filters are lateral, such that adding or removing them gets me more or less OPTIONS, but not more or less in demand ones, in general.

Comment by weft on What is operations? · 2019-10-02T05:19:12.802Z · LW · GW

Random thought:

Before working in operations, I was a nanny for many years. Before that I was doing research while in grad school. I've always been bemused by the differences between the way people perceive and treat me in my various roles over the years.

Particularly, operations jobs (and childcare jobs) are possibly not a great idea for people whose identity is strongly centered around being (perceived as) intelligent:

Most of your work isn't the sort of work that proves how smart you are. Coworkers expectations of your intelligence will be much lower. The skills you need run towards conscientiousness and agreeableness, which are traits that people stereotype as correlated with lower intelligence. Because your tasks are so wide ranging, there will always be things you are brand new at, therefore less competent at.

I've pushed my identity over the years more into being "a responsible hard worker", so that people's opinions of my intelligence don't feel meaningful at all. Given that I feel the need to have SOME sort of identity, this seems like a more useful one. Identifying as "smart" can't do anything to change my underlying g factor. But identifying as responsible and hard working is likely to actually make me behave in those ways.

I'm mostly bringing this up because LW readers often highly value being regarded as intelligent, and it might be a thing to take stock of before aiming for a new career in operations.

Comment by weft on The Relationship Between the Village and the Mission · 2019-05-13T04:28:22.974Z · LW · GW

Let's say a bunch of friends hang around a beach on the weekends. There isn't food there and they wish there were. It's really easy to become the person who brings a cooler of goodies and some veggie hot dogs to grill.

The Berkeley community is like a beach that already has a really good taco truck. Sure, maybe it'd be nice if there was another food truck down the beach a ways, or with a different type of food, but food isn't really NEEDED in the same way. The low hanging fruit is taken. It's harder to establish a brand new thing when there's a pre-existing thing. And maybe the person running the taco truck would like to step down, but it's a lot bigger ask to hand off running a fully licensed taco truck, than bringing some goodies in a cooler.

Comment by weft on Status model · 2018-11-27T02:48:17.542Z · LW · GW

This model makes it easier to point out when people are using circular reasoning around status. E.g. "Bob has mates because he's high-status" -What do you mean by high-status?-"He's obviously high status because he has mates!"

Comment by weft on The Third Alternative · 2018-10-18T18:01:19.285Z · LW · GW

Yes, but from my current understanding if you were both Young Earth Creationists when you HAD your children and THEN one of you became atheist (or whatnot), then the court would rule to keep the kids with the Young Earth Creationist parent, and not let the atheist do any atheisting at the kids.

Comment by weft on Paper Trauma · 2018-10-18T06:03:13.653Z · LW · GW

The tin ceiling tiles work well as dry erase boards. I got a few samples, and learned that if the tile is "unfinished" it is much less dry eraseable than one that is finished. So you can get the tiles in any solid color. Note: Even on the finished ones, if you leave writing up for a really long time (multiple months), then it will leave a bit of an afterimage that's hard to get off, but the same is true for regular dry erase boards.

Comment by weft on Reflections on Berkeley REACH · 2018-06-13T20:44:04.768Z · LW · GW

Thanks for all the work on this!

Do you think it's possible for it to be (mostly) self financed through bed/room rentals any time in the near future, or do you think it will always rely primarily on donors?

Comment by weft on Open Thread June 2018 · 2018-06-02T20:27:08.509Z · LW · GW