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Akrasia

TagLast edit: 18 Feb 2021 11:44 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Akrasia is the state of acting against one’s better judgment. A canonical example is procrastination.

Increasing willpower is seen by some as a solution to akrasia. On the other hand, many favor using tools such as Internal Double Crux to resolve internal mental conflicts until one wants to do the perform the reflectively endorsed task. The “resolve internal conflicts” approach is often related to viewing the mind in terms of parts that disagree with each other.

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Ugh fields

Roko12 Apr 2010 17:06 UTC
271 points
76 comments3 min readLW link

Akra­sia Tac­tics Review

orthonormal21 Feb 2010 4:25 UTC
77 points
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Work­ing hurts less than pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, we fear the twinge of starting

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Jan 2011 0:15 UTC
275 points
157 comments3 min readLW link

Subagents, akra­sia, and co­her­ence in humans

Kaj_Sotala25 Mar 2019 14:24 UTC
112 points
31 comments16 min readLW link

How to Beat Procrastination

lukeprog5 Feb 2011 18:49 UTC
227 points
161 comments15 min readLW link

Akra­sia is con­fu­sion about what you want

G Gordon Worley III28 Dec 2018 21:09 UTC
26 points
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Why Pro­duc­tivity Sys­tems Don’t Stick

Matt Goldenberg16 Jan 2021 17:45 UTC
48 points
21 comments3 min readLW link

Akra­sia, hy­per­bolic dis­count­ing, and picoeconomics

Paul Crowley29 Mar 2009 18:26 UTC
58 points
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Co-Work­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tion to Com­bat Akrasia

ShannonFriedman9 Mar 2013 18:17 UTC
74 points
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Self-de­cep­tion: Hypocrisy or Akra­sia?

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Mar 2007 17:03 UTC
53 points
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Im­prov­ing The Akra­sia Hypothesis

pjeby26 Feb 2010 20:45 UTC
97 points
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Anti-Akra­sia Tech­nique: Struc­tured Procrastination

patrissimo12 Nov 2009 19:35 UTC
58 points
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Triv­ial in­con­ve­niences as an an­ti­dote to akrasia

adamzerner18 May 2018 5:34 UTC
19 points
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Anti-akra­sia re­mote mon­i­tor­ing experiment

cousin_it27 Sep 2010 23:34 UTC
58 points
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Su­per­stim­uli and the Col­lapse of Western Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Mar 2007 18:10 UTC
103 points
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In­te­grat­ing dis­agree­ing subagents

Kaj_Sotala14 May 2019 14:06 UTC
120 points
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Two Co­or­di­na­tion Styles

abramdemski7 Feb 2018 9:00 UTC
38 points
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In­trap­er­sonal negotiation

datadataeverywhere23 Jan 2011 23:02 UTC
34 points
42 comments4 min readLW link

My Al­gorithm for Beat­ing Procrastination

lukeprog10 Feb 2012 2:48 UTC
126 points
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On Pro­cras­ti­na­tion—The art of shap­ing your fu­ture actions

Neel Nanda1 Aug 2020 10:22 UTC
12 points
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(www.neelnanda.io)

Akra­sia sur­vey data analysis

John_Maxwell8 Dec 2012 3:53 UTC
20 points
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Thoughts on de­sign­ing poli­cies for oneself

John_Maxwell28 Nov 2012 1:27 UTC
108 points
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Out­ward Change Drives In­ward Change

cousin_it15 May 2009 12:45 UTC
27 points
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On Sud­denly Not Be­ing Able to Work

Jacob Falkovich25 Aug 2020 22:14 UTC
35 points
11 comments4 min readLW link

Non-Co­er­cive Perfectionism

Matt Goldenberg26 Jan 2021 16:53 UTC
21 points
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Homeo­static Bruce

matejsuchy8 Apr 2021 19:13 UTC
12 points
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(matejsuchy.substack.com)

(Brain­stem, Neo­cor­tex) ≠ (Base Mo­ti­va­tions, Honor­able Mo­ti­va­tions)

Steven Byrnes12 Jul 2021 16:39 UTC
60 points
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Can Hu­man­ism Match Reli­gion’s Out­put?

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Mar 2009 11:32 UTC
69 points
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Old-world Poli­tics Fallacy

Rudi C23 Jun 2020 12:32 UTC
7 points
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The Curse Of The Counterfactual

pjeby1 Nov 2019 18:34 UTC
100 points
32 comments19 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

Defeat­ing Ugh Fields In Practice

Psychohistorian19 Jun 2010 19:37 UTC
90 points
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Mea­sur­ing aver­sion and habit strength

Academian27 May 2011 1:05 UTC
109 points
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Anti-akra­sia tool: like stickK.com for data nerds

dreeves10 Oct 2011 2:09 UTC
78 points
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Chaotic Inversion

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Nov 2008 10:57 UTC
79 points
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Ap­plied Picoeconomics

Scott Alexander17 Jun 2009 16:08 UTC
60 points
86 comments4 min readLW link

Poll re­sults: LW prob­a­bly doesn’t cause akrasia

AnnaSalamon16 Nov 2011 18:03 UTC
71 points
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The 8 Tech­niques to Tol­er­ify the Dark World

adamShimi20 Jul 2020 0:58 UTC
2 points
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Slack Club

quanticle16 Apr 2019 6:43 UTC
52 points
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(www.thelastrationalist.com)

Akra­sia and Shangri-La

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Apr 2009 20:53 UTC
48 points
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Pain and gain motivation

Kaj_Sotala7 Apr 2010 18:48 UTC
61 points
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The Noddy problem

Apprentice12 Jan 2012 22:18 UTC
45 points
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Silver Chairs, Pa­ter­nal­ism, and Akrasia

dclayh9 Apr 2009 21:24 UTC
34 points
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Cel­e­brate Triv­ial Impetuses

Alicorn24 Jul 2009 22:36 UTC
44 points
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Triv­ial In­con­ve­nience Day (De­cem­ber 9th at 12 Noon PST)

namespace7 Dec 2018 1:26 UTC
32 points
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There is No Akrasia

lifelonglearner30 Apr 2017 15:33 UTC
31 points
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An akra­sia case study

[deleted]10 Dec 2011 20:46 UTC
44 points
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Guardian column on ugh fields, men­tions LW

Kaj_Sotala9 Jul 2011 12:34 UTC
34 points
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Break­ing the chain of akrasia

lukeprog20 Jan 2012 4:12 UTC
33 points
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Peanut Butter

Jacob Falkovich3 Dec 2018 19:30 UTC
28 points
3 comments12 min readLW link

Re­in­force­ment and Short-Term Re­wards as Anti-Akratic

Intrism13 Apr 2013 20:47 UTC
36 points
27 comments5 min readLW link

How a patholog­i­cal pro­cras­tinor can lose weight [Anti-akra­sia]

dreeves18 Apr 2009 20:05 UTC
28 points
31 comments5 min readLW link

Macro-Procrastination

Neel Nanda28 Sep 2020 16:07 UTC
7 points
0 comments9 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

On Op­tion Paral­y­sis—The Thing You Ac­tu­ally Do

Neel Nanda3 Oct 2020 11:50 UTC
10 points
10 comments6 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

The Five Hin­drances to Do­ing the Thing

moridinamael25 Sep 2017 17:04 UTC
8 points
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Share Your Anti-Akra­sia Tricks

Vladimir_Golovin15 May 2009 19:06 UTC
24 points
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Akra­sia Tac­tics Re­view 2: The Akra­sia Strikes Back

polutropon16 Jul 2013 2:17 UTC
31 points
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Notes on Self Con­trol (Con­ti­nence)

David_Gross9 Nov 2020 21:27 UTC
5 points
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Ac­tions and Words: Akra­sia and the Fruit of Self-Knowledge

Annoyance15 Apr 2009 15:27 UTC
10 points
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Fight­ing Akra­sia: In­cen­tivis­ing Action

G Gordon Worley III29 Apr 2009 13:48 UTC
11 points
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Fire and Motion

rwallace29 Apr 2009 16:06 UTC
7 points
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Ar­ti­cle sketch: When pro­cras­ti­na­tion isn’t akrasia

[deleted]8 Oct 2012 4:27 UTC
29 points
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Akra­sia is Hypocrisy.

Lev Protter4 Jan 2021 5:07 UTC
−10 points
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Harm­ful Options

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Dec 2008 2:26 UTC
40 points
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Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Pica

Alicorn16 Aug 2009 21:23 UTC
117 points
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Com­pro­mis­ing with Compulsion

matejsuchy25 Feb 2021 16:43 UTC
4 points
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Ha­bit­ual Productivity

So8res9 Jan 2014 6:44 UTC
73 points
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Would Your Real Prefer­ences Please Stand Up?

Scott Alexander8 Aug 2009 22:57 UTC
59 points
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