Monthly Archives: November 2011

Little Aversions

Trying to write a blog post every day has really hammered home the point that lots of times people don’t do things because there are little aversions in the way. What is an aversion? It’s something you want to avoid. … Continue reading

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Lean on Your Beliefs

One thing that I’ve been trying out recently is trying to exaggeratedly follow my beliefs, and do what they would prescribe. If I’m right, then I’m doing what I think I should be doing. If I’m wrong, then I get … Continue reading

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Drowning, Flailing, Failure

There’s a piece of mental imagery that I use for “working really hard, really uselessly”. It’s drowning. Drowning involves thrashing really hard while not swimming. It involves lots of hard work and effort, but does none of the things that … Continue reading

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Drop Down Menu Model of Choice

I don’t think that people particularly do things that they haven’t done before, or have seen other people do before. There’s lots of relying on cached answers, and very little deriving actions from first principles. Basically, when people look at … Continue reading

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Identity and Self-Limiting Beliefs

Paul Graham writes I think what religion and politics have in common is that they become part of people’s identity, and people can never have a fruitful argument about something that’s part of their identity. By definition they’re partisan. Which … Continue reading

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Draft a Day Initiative

So. I want to get better at writing. Lots of people say that that means I should so some writing. So I’ll write once a day, and whatever I have written at the end of the day is it. By … Continue reading

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Reciprocation and Money

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is money. What is money? Why should giving someone pieces of paper compel them to give me things? A while ago my answer would have been “Because they think that … Continue reading

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