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TagLast edit: 1 Jul 2020 22:52 UTC by Raemon

A conversation is when two people talk or correspond. Most content here is about how to have good conversations. (This wikitag needs work.)

For records of conversations, see Interviews, Debates,...

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Conversation Halter

This term was introduced on LessWrong by Eliezer in the eponymous post:

While working on my book, I found in passing that I’d developed a list of what I started out calling “stonewalls”, but have since decided to refer to as “conversation halters”. These tactics of argument are distinguished by their being attempts to cut off the flow of debate—which is rarely the wisest way to think, and should certainly rate an alarm bell.

Noise on the Channel

abramdemski2 Jul 2020 1:58 UTC
31 points
8 comments10 min readLW link

Yud­kowsky’s ‘Four Lay­ers of In­tel­lec­tual Con­ver­sa­tion’

Gram_Stone8 Jan 2017 21:47 UTC
29 points
3 comments1 min readLW link
(rationalconspiracy.com)

To listen well, get curious

benkuhn13 Dec 2020 0:20 UTC
313 points
39 comments4 min readLW link1 review
(www.benkuhn.net)

Choos­ing bat­tles (on the In­ter­net)

PatrickDFarley20 Jan 2022 15:38 UTC
24 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

Ex­ces­sive Nuance and Derailing Conversations

Alexander23 Jan 2022 10:42 UTC
42 points
15 comments4 min readLW link

A Sketch of Good Communication

Ben Pace31 Mar 2018 22:48 UTC
130 points
34 comments3 min readLW link1 review

Do you fear the rock or the hard place?

Ruby20 Jul 2019 22:01 UTC
59 points
10 comments5 min readLW link3 reviews

On the im­por­tance of Less Wrong, or an­other sin­gle con­ver­sa­tional locus

AnnaSalamon27 Nov 2016 17:13 UTC
163 points
365 comments4 min readLW link

Writ­ing Down Conversations

Raemon28 Dec 2017 22:08 UTC
52 points
13 comments2 min readLW link

Con­ver­sa­tional Cul­tures: Com­bat vs Nur­ture (V2)

Ruby31 Dec 2019 20:23 UTC
133 points
92 comments9 min readLW link5 reviews

How to always have in­ter­est­ing conversations

Kaj_Sotala14 Jun 2010 0:35 UTC
68 points
351 comments2 min readLW link

“Out­side View!” as Con­ver­sa­tion-Halter

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Feb 2010 5:53 UTC
88 points
103 comments7 min readLW link

Con­ver­sa­tion Halters

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Feb 2010 15:00 UTC
54 points
97 comments4 min readLW link

Ex­plore/​Ex­ploit for Conversations

Hazard15 Nov 2018 4:11 UTC
35 points
2 comments5 min readLW link

In­creas­ing day to day con­ver­sa­tional rationality

Hazard16 Nov 2017 21:18 UTC
13 points
11 comments3 min readLW link

Co­op­er­a­tive con­ver­sa­tional threading

philh15 Apr 2015 18:40 UTC
38 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

Ther­a­peu­tic Conversation

alkjash24 Jan 2018 3:23 UTC
7 points
4 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Hav­ing Use­ful Conversations

paulfchristiano12 Jul 2011 6:29 UTC
24 points
25 comments1 min readLW link

The Geog­ra­phy of the Room — im­pact of po­si­tion, ori­en­ta­tion, and visi­bil­ity on how of­ten ex­traverts start conversations

less_penguiny12 May 2019 17:21 UTC
11 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(www.lesspenguiny.com)

“Life Ex­pe­rience” as a Con­ver­sa­tion-Halter

Seth_Goldin18 Mar 2010 19:39 UTC
10 points
65 comments1 min readLW link

Do Con­ver­sa­tions Often Cir­cle Back To The Same Topic?

lifelonglearner24 May 2018 3:07 UTC
3 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(mindlevelup.wordpress.com)

On­line vs. Per­sonal Conversations

katydee28 Dec 2013 4:31 UTC
12 points
26 comments1 min readLW link

Com­mon vs Ex­pert Jar­gon

Raemon21 Sep 2017 3:05 UTC
46 points
17 comments4 min readLW link

In­form­ers and Persuaders

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Feb 2009 20:22 UTC
29 points
21 comments5 min readLW link

Reflec­tive Complaints

Raemon21 May 2020 21:11 UTC
35 points
20 comments1 min readLW link

A Prac­ti­cal Guide to Con­flict Re­s­olu­tion: Comprehension

eapache13 Jun 2020 15:08 UTC
29 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Ac­cord­ing to Dale Carnegie, You Can’t Win an Ar­gu­ment—and He Has a Point

ChrisHallquist30 Nov 2013 6:23 UTC
111 points
80 comments5 min readLW link

Ar­gu­ments and rele­vance claims

Kaj_Sotala5 May 2014 16:49 UTC
39 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

Against ac­cus­ing peo­ple of motte and bailey

Kaj_Sotala3 Jun 2018 21:31 UTC
39 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

Lurk­ing More Be­fore Join­ing Com­plex Conversations

Raemon11 Jul 2020 17:11 UTC
42 points
11 comments3 min readLW link

Creat­ing bet­ter in­fras­truc­ture for con­tro­ver­sial dis­course

Rudi C16 Jun 2020 15:17 UTC
66 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

De­cou­pling vs Con­tex­tu­al­is­ing Norms

Chris_Leong14 May 2018 22:44 UTC
106 points
51 comments3 min readLW link3 reviews

Com­bin­ing Pre­dic­tion Tech­nolo­gies to Help Moder­ate Discussions

Wei_Dai8 Dec 2016 0:19 UTC
21 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

Crowd­sourc­ing mod­er­a­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing quality

paulfchristiano2 Dec 2016 21:47 UTC
18 points
26 comments1 min readLW link
(sideways-view.com)

Ex­pect­ing Short In­fer­en­tial Distances

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Oct 2007 23:42 UTC
264 points
106 comments3 min readLW link

Ta­boo Your Words

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Feb 2008 22:53 UTC
170 points
131 comments3 min readLW link

Notic­ing Frame Differences

Raemon30 Sep 2019 1:24 UTC
176 points
38 comments8 min readLW link2 reviews

Illu­sion of Trans­parency: Why No One Un­der­stands You

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Oct 2007 23:49 UTC
132 points
51 comments3 min readLW link

Ba­sic Con­ver­sa­tional Co­or­di­na­tion: Micro-co­or­di­na­tion of In­ten­tion

Eli Tyre27 Jul 2020 22:41 UTC
40 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Public Po­si­tions and Pri­vate Guts

Vaniver11 Oct 2018 19:38 UTC
83 points
13 comments8 min readLW link

Par­tial sum­mary of de­bate with Ben­quo and Jes­si­cata [pt 1]

Raemon14 Aug 2019 20:02 UTC
87 points
66 comments22 min readLW link3 reviews

The Prob­le­matic Third Per­son Perspective

abramdemski5 Oct 2017 20:44 UTC
28 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

Ex­pla­na­tion vs Rationalization

abramdemski22 Feb 2018 23:46 UTC
15 points
11 comments4 min readLW link

Hufflepuff Cyn­i­cism on Crocker’s Rule

abramdemski14 Feb 2018 0:52 UTC
15 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

On Disingenuity

Chris_Leong26 Dec 2018 17:08 UTC
28 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

De­bug­ging the student

adamzerner16 Dec 2020 7:07 UTC
43 points
7 comments4 min readLW link

We des­per­ately need to talk more about hu­man challenge tri­als.

AllAmericanBreakfast19 Dec 2020 10:00 UTC
28 points
25 comments4 min readLW link

Con­ver­sa­tion, event loops, and er­ror handling

adamzerner8 Jan 2021 8:05 UTC
18 points
2 comments7 min readLW link

Sup­port vs Ad­vice & Hold­ing Off Solutions

abramdemski23 Feb 2021 1:12 UTC
28 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

Why don’t long run­ning con­ver­sa­tions hap­pen on LessWrong?

adamzerner30 May 2021 22:36 UTC
64 points
75 comments2 min readLW link

Im­pli­ca­ture Conflation

abramdemski9 Aug 2021 19:48 UTC
52 points
5 comments7 min readLW link

18 pos­si­ble mean­ings of “I Like Red”

ozziegooen23 Aug 2021 23:25 UTC
28 points
14 comments3 min readLW link

Frac­tal Con­ver­sa­tions vs Holis­tic Response

abramdemski5 May 2021 15:04 UTC
43 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

Con­ver­sa­tion as path traversal

adamzerner27 Dec 2021 8:41 UTC
14 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Is fake news bul­lshit or ly­ing?

HarperSachs26 May 2020 16:55 UTC
22 points
8 comments4 min readLW link

Up­dated Hier­ar­chy of Disagreement

Bob Jacobs28 May 2020 15:57 UTC
14 points
13 comments2 min readLW link

The non­cen­tral fal­lacy—the worst ar­gu­ment in the world?

Scott Alexander27 Aug 2012 3:36 UTC
340 points
1,756 comments7 min readLW link

Sport­ing vs. Herd­ing: two styles of discourse

Suspended Reason25 Jul 2020 1:56 UTC
5 points
4 comments9 min readLW link

Counterspells

Virgil Kurkjian27 Apr 2019 23:37 UTC
97 points
24 comments10 min readLW link

What i learned giv­ing a lec­ture on NVC

Yoav Ravid20 Feb 2019 9:08 UTC
13 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Tran­shu­man­ism and the de­no­ta­tion-con­no­ta­tion gap

PhilGoetz18 Aug 2010 15:33 UTC
25 points
31 comments2 min readLW link

How to Not Lose an Argument

Scott Alexander19 Mar 2009 1:07 UTC
154 points
416 comments6 min readLW link

When Truth Isn’t Enough

Scott Alexander22 Mar 2009 20:23 UTC
130 points
59 comments3 min readLW link

Meta-tations on Moder­a­tion: Towards Public Archipelago

Raemon25 Feb 2018 3:59 UTC
78 points
176 comments23 min readLW link

Philo­soph­i­cal Landmines

[deleted]8 Feb 2013 21:22 UTC
153 points
146 comments3 min readLW link

The Power of Reinforcement

lukeprog21 Jun 2012 13:42 UTC
161 points
474 comments4 min readLW link

The Power to De­mol­ish Bad Arguments

Liron2 Sep 2019 12:57 UTC
97 points
78 comments11 min readLW link6 reviews

The Power to Teach Con­cepts Better

Liron23 Sep 2019 0:21 UTC
88 points
22 comments8 min readLW link1 review

Hand­shakes, Hi, and What’s New: What’s Go­ing On With Small Talk?

Benquo2 Jan 2014 22:08 UTC
99 points
79 comments5 min readLW link

Against Pre­ma­ture Ab­strac­tion of Poli­ti­cal Issues

Wei_Dai18 Dec 2019 20:19 UTC
77 points
22 comments2 min readLW link

How Speci­fic­ity Works

Liron3 Sep 2019 12:11 UTC
86 points
48 comments7 min readLW link

In My Culture

Duncan_Sabien7 Mar 2019 7:22 UTC
58 points
58 comments1 min readLW link2 reviews
(medium.com)

Over­com­ing the Curse of Knowledge

JesseGalef18 Oct 2011 17:39 UTC
59 points
56 comments3 min readLW link

Defend­ing points you don’t care about

Hazard19 Jun 2019 20:40 UTC
41 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

What product are you build­ing?

Raemon4 Jul 2019 19:08 UTC
47 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

The Power to Un­der­stand “God”

Liron12 Sep 2019 18:38 UTC
18 points
45 comments5 min readLW link

A few analo­gies to illus­trate key ra­tio­nal­ity points

kilobug9 Oct 2011 13:00 UTC
69 points
52 comments5 min readLW link

Ra­tion­ally End­ing Discussions

curi12 Aug 2020 20:34 UTC
−7 points
27 comments14 min readLW link

Is That Your True Re­jec­tion?

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Dec 2008 14:26 UTC
105 points
100 comments3 min readLW link

You’re never wrong in­ject­ing com­plex­ity, but rarely you’re right

MrMind3 Oct 2018 14:20 UTC
36 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

Maps vs But­tons; Nerds vs Normies

Bound_up28 Dec 2017 21:11 UTC
23 points
23 comments6 min readLW link

Rare Ex­cep­tion or Com­mon Exception

weft13 Oct 2017 22:02 UTC
14 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

The Pink Sparkly Ball Thing (Use unique, non-ob­vi­ous terms for nu­anced con­cepts)

MalcolmOcean20 Feb 2016 23:25 UTC
36 points
14 comments5 min readLW link

Up­dat­ing My LW Com­ment­ing Policy

curi18 Aug 2020 16:48 UTC
7 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

Find your­self a Wor­thy Op­po­nent: a Chavruta

Raw_Power6 Jul 2011 10:59 UTC
48 points
74 comments3 min readLW link

The Truth about Scots­men, or: Dis­solv­ing Fallacies

Tesseract5 Dec 2010 21:57 UTC
37 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

How my so­cial skills went from hor­rible to mediocre

JonahS19 May 2015 23:29 UTC
46 points
204 comments11 min readLW link

Don’t Get Offended

katydee7 Mar 2013 2:11 UTC
41 points
592 comments2 min readLW link

Ra­tional Communication

Swimmer96310 Sep 2011 2:30 UTC
37 points
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Thoughts on the Fea­si­bil­ity of Pro­saic AGI Align­ment?

iamthouthouarti21 Aug 2020 23:25 UTC
8 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

Men­tal Metadata

Alicorn30 Mar 2011 3:07 UTC
47 points
35 comments3 min readLW link

Spec­u­la­tions on im­prov­ing debating

Richard_Ngo5 Nov 2018 16:10 UTC
22 points
4 comments4 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Raw Post: Talk­ing With My Brother

AllAmericanBreakfast13 Jul 2019 2:57 UTC
23 points
6 comments5 min readLW link

Think Be­fore You Speak (And Sig­nal It)

Wei_Dai19 Mar 2010 22:21 UTC
35 points
40 comments2 min readLW link

How to learn from conversations

Neel Nanda25 Jul 2020 9:36 UTC
16 points
3 comments4 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

More thoughts on assertions

Scott Alexander25 Mar 2010 1:39 UTC
28 points
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Lead­ing Dis­cus­sions: Ad­dress­ing Time Monopolizers

SwingDancerMike21 Jun 2012 16:44 UTC
36 points
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“I know I’m bi­ased, but...”

[deleted]10 May 2011 20:03 UTC
32 points
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The en­g­ineer and the diplomat

Benquo27 Dec 2016 20:49 UTC
35 points
11 comments1 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Notes on Amiability

David_Gross15 Feb 2021 19:34 UTC
15 points
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Notes on Sincer­ity and such

David_Gross1 Dec 2020 5:09 UTC
8 points
2 comments12 min readLW link

To ev­ery peo­ple ac­cord­ing to their language

Yair Halberstadt4 Oct 2021 18:42 UTC
32 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Us­ing GPT-3 for pre­vent­ing con­flict dur­ing mes­sag­ing — a pitch for an app

Eli_17 Mar 2022 11:02 UTC
19 points
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