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(SSC) Summary of "Rule thinkers in, not out"
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We should accept individuals who can come up with at least some brilliant ideas, not reject individuals who are wrong somewhere.

Because coming up with new ideas is much harder than evaluating ideas
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Summary of Matt Might: HOWTO: Get into grad school for science, engineering, math and computer science
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publish
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def Paul Graham's Conformist Test
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Do you have opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?

If the answer is no, there's a problem with you because our era isn't yet the one that gets everything right
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(SSC) def bravery debate
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a debate where both sides think they are the heretical, oppressed by the giant other side
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"Ads don't work that way" by Kevin Simler: what's the refuted mainstream argument about how ads work?
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They associate their product with positive emotions
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"Ads don't work that way" by Kevin Simler: argument against emotional inception and for cultural imprintment
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Why do we see plethora of ads for beers, and never for bed sheets? Because buying bed sheets is completely obscure, there's no social signalling involved
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Paul Graham, Be Good: summary
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Sometimes, the best way to develop a charity is to make it a company
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Paul Graham, How to lose time and money: summary
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Fortunes are lost not through excessive spending (raises alarms), but through bad investments

In the same way, the most dangerous way to lose time is not fun, it's fake work.
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example of marginal charity (Robin Hanson)
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Want to build an apartment complex, 10 stories is optimal for profit. But there's a housing shortage. So build 11 stories instead.
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Paul Graham: how to detect bias
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The test was biased against the selected group that later outperforms the others
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(SSC) Fight Me, Psychologists: Birth Order Effects Exist And Are Very Strong: where does his data come from?
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SSC survey
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(SSC) Fight Me, Psychologists: Birth Order Effects Exist And Are Very Strong: main result
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eldest children have higher IQ and openness
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(Paul Graham) def designer paradox
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You can't hire a good designer if you're not a sufficiently good designer yourself because you won't be able to recognize a good designer
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(SSC) summary of Creationism, Unchallenged
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the 2000's were the decade of fierce media opposition to Creationism. Now it's ignored. And it performs just as well, so maybe leaving things like this unchallenged is okay.
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Summary of Paul Graham, Do Things that don't scale (paulgraham.com/ds.html)
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initially, recruiting users manually, and making them extremely pleased, is not scalable but essential (like some other non-scalable things)
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Paul, Graham, What you can't say: summary
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a way to look for commonly held wrong beliefs is to ask what people can't say
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(SSC) Lizardman's constant is 4%: summary
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A number of people will answer bullshit to surveys for fun, or to promote their cause (example: a survey saying global warming deniers were also believers in all sorts of bullshit, filled mainly by people from pro-science websites (and so enough of them wanted to make the climate change deniers look bad)).
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(SSC) Revenge as charitable act: summary
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revenge can sometimes be seen as self-sacrifice for the greater good, to punish bad behavior.
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(SSC) summary of "Asymmetric weapons gone bad"
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even though infinite resources of time, intelligence, and debate should lead us to the truth, it doesn't mean the curve has to be monotonous.

In some circumstances, the more we think about / debate something, the more wrong we are (until a certain point which we may not have reached).

e.g. socialism in the early 20th century. It seemed so obviously the right thing to do.
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Paul Graham, Modeling a wealth tax: summary
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small wealth taxes produce huge effects because they're applied repeatedly on the same money, year after year
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