When Gears Go Wrong

Thanks for the clarification.

If you were intentionally bold, which I like as a didactic technique, I'm sorry to have messed with it ;-) And no worries about the hammer: I have enough armor.

I meant it as synthesis of two viewpoints.

I agree that learning what the possibly hidden gears process is important. Esp. the distribution of inputs in practice. But I do't think gears and input/output can be clearly separated. The understand the input structure you have to understand some of the gears. Life is a messy graph.

When Gears Go Wrong

I tried to view it not as a black and white but as a trade-off based on effort/cost. That's why I though brought in the cost of learning the gears. Maybe it's non-linear? Anyway if you think my synthesis has failed what would you say is the trad-off?

When Gears Go Wrong

Synthesis: There are different degrees of gears. Learn only those that you can learn quickly (and wait until you have accumulated enough knowledge of related gears).

This post is a meta-gears article. Gears of gears. Rationality overall is meta-gears.

Tagging Open Call / Discussion Thread

I have tagged a few posts from the top of the spreadsheet but not too many because it caused me reading too many old posts...

I have added the tag Habits; hope that makes sense. I'm not too clear about the taxonomy.

How frequently is the spreadsheet updated? UPDATE: Every 5 Min according to the OP.

Covid-19: My Current Model

@Zvi have you updated your model in the last two months?

Meaning is Quasi-Idempotent

I recommend

A Human's Guide to Words

But as a humourous comment your "meaning("meaning") = meaning" reminded me of the Church of the Least Fixed Point:

Self = Why Think = Think (Why Think)
"Can you keep this confidential? How do you know?"

I will not bring up the topic until personal details are mentioned. Things that are likely not already known to a number of people. I may bring it up anyway if the conversation is longer and thus constitutes something of private detail itself. I will refer to the detail and ask for example:

"Do you want me to keep this details private? You didn't say so and I have noticed that people have widely different expectations about that."

"Normally, I would not share personal details but I would like to able to pass on things I learned from it. So may I share anonymized information from this conversion? For example: 'A person I once talked to recommended to do X.'"

"Please also note that I would share anything you tell me with a significant other (of which I currently do not have any). If you don't want me to share something with them we would have to discuss this in more detail."

I will make an extra effort on topics that are typically seen as confidential for example about relationships, conflicts, or other details you'd share with a professional advisor. In such a case I might say:

"I will treat all we say from now on as confidential. No private details leave this room without talking to you beforehand."

Another type of question might be:

"Are you public by default or private by default?"

Someone pointed out to me that according to Danah Boyd the younger generation seems to run on "Public by Default, Private through Effort".

What cognitive biases feel like from the inside

This is fantastic. My first reaction was to share this with my son. It is like a translation between languages and that is great.

"Can you keep this confidential? How do you know?"

People have different "privacy settings".

The person with the strongest expectation of privacy I know would plausibly be unhappy with me writing this sentence. Because this is a personal piece of information about him that I'm sharing without his consent - you might be able to find out who he might be and then know that he has this expectation.

I'm not sure what the person with the most public setting is but I know at least one person who has no problems talking with total strangers about her most private details. She does keep other people's info confidential to a typical level. So it is not an extreme case like the marytavy mentioned elsewhere.

And I know many other people in-between.

When I figured this out my lesson was to ask people about their privacy settings. It's a nice analogy with many people knowing these settings from FB. And if not that is also a nice nerd conversation starter.

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