Instrumental Rationality Questions Thread

This thread is for ask­ing the ra­tio­nal­ist com­mu­nity for prac­ti­cal ad­vice. It’s in­spired by the stupid ques­tions se­ries, but with an ex­plicit fo­cus on in­stru­men­tal ra­tio­nal­ity.

Ques­tions rang­ing from easy (“this is prob­a­bly triv­ial for half the peo­ple on this site”) to hard (“maybe some­one here has a good an­swer, but prob­a­bly not”) are wel­come. How­ever, please stick to prob­lems that you ac­tu­ally face or an­ti­ci­pate fac­ing soon, not hy­po­thet­i­cals.

As with the stupid ques­tions thread, don’t be shy, ev­ery­one has holes in their knowl­edge, though the fewer and the smaller we can make them, the bet­ter, and please be re­spect­ful of other peo­ple’s ad­mit­ting ig­no­rance and don’t mock them for it, as they’re do­ing a no­ble thing.

(See also the Bor­ing Ad­vice Re­pos­i­tory)