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Motivations

TagLast edit: 5 May 2020 2:10 UTC by Ruby

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Motivation are the reasons why we think and do the things that we do. Related: Desire, Values. Many questions can asked about motivation such as: i) what does/​could/​should motivate people? ii) which stated motivations are true motivations for belief and behavior? iii) which motivations are valid vs invalid? iv) How does motivation even work?

See also:

Motivation and Belief

In the context of belief, a valid motivation for believing something might be having encountered Bayesian evidence for it; in contrast, simply wishing something were true is a poor motivation for believing and often results motivated reasoning [link need].

The Litanies of Gendlin and Tarsky [links] are often invoked to elicit feels which motivate truth-seeking behaviors.

Motivated Cognition, Confirmation Bias, Rationalization

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Stated vs Actual Motivation

It is no secret that often the reasons people give for their actions and beliefs are probably not the real ones driving their behavior. Is that your real objection? The work of Hanson....Signaling...

The Cognitive Science of Motivation

While most people can recognize the feeling of motivation, it is a much more complication question on how agents, particularly humans, implement motivation.

In 20xx, Lukeprog wrote <Neuroscience Review>. Lengthy and thorough. Unknown uptodateness.

Related to the question of Motivation is subagents. Is one’s overall self actually made up of subagents each with their own desires. Kaj Sotala explores this in his Multiagent Theories of Mind Sequences. CFAR techniques: Internal Double Crux are aimed harmonizing between the desires/​motivations of different “parts” of oneself.

Aligning Motivations

Practical Techniques for Motivation

Habitual Productivity and Nate’s Writing

Something to Protect

See also Motivated Reasoning

On Caring

So8res15 Oct 2014 1:59 UTC
225 points
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Not for the Sake of Plea­sure Alone

lukeprog11 Jun 2011 23:21 UTC
50 points
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From fear to excitement

Richard_Ngo15 May 2023 6:23 UTC
104 points
8 comments3 min readLW link

Some­thing to Protect

Eliezer Yudkowsky30 Jan 2008 17:52 UTC
205 points
81 comments6 min readLW link

Player vs. Char­ac­ter: A Two-Level Model of Ethics

sarahconstantin14 Dec 2018 19:40 UTC
88 points
27 comments7 min readLW link3 reviews
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Is That Your True Re­jec­tion?

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

Book Re­view: The Elephant in the Brain

Zvi31 Dec 2017 17:30 UTC
52 points
9 comments31 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

A Crash Course in the Neu­ro­science of Hu­man Motivation

lukeprog19 Aug 2011 21:15 UTC
200 points
93 comments38 min readLW link

Would Your Real Prefer­ences Please Stand Up?

Scott Alexander8 Aug 2009 22:57 UTC
90 points
132 comments4 min readLW link

No­body does the thing that they are sup­pos­edly doing

Kaj_Sotala23 Sep 2017 10:40 UTC
60 points
6 comments2 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

Mo­ti­va­tors: Altru­is­tic Ac­tions for Non-Altru­is­tic Reasons

Ruby21 Jun 2014 16:32 UTC
26 points
20 comments9 min readLW link

Cyn­i­cism in Ev-Psych (and Econ?)

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 Feb 2009 15:06 UTC
35 points
40 comments4 min readLW link

“Win First” vs “Chill First”

lionhearted (Sebastian Marshall)28 Sep 2020 6:48 UTC
101 points
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Fo­cus on the places where you feel shocked ev­ery­one’s drop­ping the ball

So8res2 Feb 2023 0:27 UTC
413 points
61 comments4 min readLW link

Book sum­mary: Un­lock­ing the Emo­tional Brain

Kaj_Sotala8 Oct 2019 19:11 UTC
317 points
48 comments21 min readLW link3 reviews

I learn bet­ter when I frame learn­ing as Vengeance for losses in­curred through ig­no­rance, and you might too

chaosmage15 Oct 2022 12:41 UTC
79 points
9 comments3 min readLW link1 review

Build­ing up to an In­ter­nal Fam­ily Sys­tems model

Kaj_Sotala26 Jan 2019 12:25 UTC
264 points
86 comments28 min readLW link2 reviews

To what de­gree do we have goals?

Scott Alexander15 Jul 2011 23:11 UTC
77 points
52 comments7 min readLW link

Why Pro­duc­tivity Sys­tems Don’t Stick

Matt Goldenberg16 Jan 2021 17:45 UTC
56 points
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Live a life you feel ex­cited about

Neel Nanda21 Aug 2020 19:16 UTC
18 points
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(www.neelnanda.io)

Iden­tities are [Sub­con­scious] Strategies

Ruby15 Oct 2017 18:10 UTC
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I’m try­ing out “as­ter­oid mind­set”

Alex_Altair3 Jun 2022 13:35 UTC
90 points
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Pro­fess­ing and Cheering

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Aug 2007 7:20 UTC
108 points
45 comments2 min readLW link

At­ten­tion con­trol is crit­i­cal for chang­ing/​in­creas­ing/​al­ter­ing motivation

kalla72411 Apr 2012 0:48 UTC
279 points
91 comments7 min readLW link

Be­come a per­son who Ac­tu­ally Does Things

Neel Nanda25 Jul 2020 9:29 UTC
53 points
17 comments3 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Ugh fields

Roko12 Apr 2010 17:06 UTC
374 points
80 comments3 min readLW link

Learned Blankness

AnnaSalamon18 Apr 2011 18:55 UTC
237 points
188 comments5 min readLW link

Beliefs as emo­tional strategies

Kaj_Sotala9 Apr 2021 14:28 UTC
68 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

Notic­ing the Taste of Lotus

Valentine27 Apr 2018 20:05 UTC
203 points
81 comments3 min readLW link3 reviews

Self-lead­er­ship and self-love dis­solve anger and trauma

Richard_Ngo22 May 2023 22:30 UTC
66 points
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How To Raise Others’ Aspira­tions in 17 Easy Steps

chanamessinger6 Jan 2022 0:14 UTC
99 points
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The Third Alternative

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 May 2007 23:47 UTC
144 points
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Belief as Attire

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Aug 2007 17:13 UTC
124 points
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Al­gorith­mic In­tent: A Han­so­nian Gen­er­al­ized Anti-Zom­bie Principle

Zack_M_Davis14 Jul 2020 6:03 UTC
50 points
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Op­ti­miz­ing Fuzzies And Utilons: The Altru­ism Chip Jar

orthonormal1 Jan 2011 18:53 UTC
138 points
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Pur­chase Fuzzies and Utilons Separately

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Apr 2009 9:51 UTC
212 points
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Will As Thou Wilt

Eliezer Yudkowsky7 Jul 2008 10:37 UTC
6 points
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Meta-prefer­ences are weird

16 Jul 2020 23:03 UTC
13 points
2 comments5 min readLW link

How I Ended Up Non-Ambitious

Swimmer963 (Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg) 23 Jan 2012 23:50 UTC
249 points
240 comments10 min readLW link

Choos­ing the Zero Point

orthonormal6 Apr 2020 23:44 UTC
170 points
24 comments3 min readLW link2 reviews

28 so­cial psy­chol­ogy stud­ies from *Ex­per­i­ments With Peo­ple* (Frey & Gregg, 2017)

Yuxi_Liu16 Jun 2019 2:23 UTC
12 points
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Are Your Ene­mies In­nately Evil?

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Jun 2007 21:13 UTC
192 points
144 comments3 min readLW link

List of com­mon hu­man goals

Elo24 Aug 2015 7:58 UTC
19 points
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Cor­re­spon­dence Bias

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Jun 2007 0:58 UTC
94 points
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Strate­gic ig­no­rance and plau­si­ble deniability

Kaj_Sotala10 Aug 2011 9:30 UTC
60 points
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Urges vs. Goals: The anal­ogy to an­ti­ci­pa­tion and belief

AnnaSalamon24 Jan 2012 23:57 UTC
126 points
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You can be wrong about what you like, and you of­ten are

Adam Zerner17 Dec 2018 23:49 UTC
30 points
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Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Behavior

Scott Alexander10 Jul 2011 20:20 UTC
88 points
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The Power of Agency

lukeprog7 May 2011 1:38 UTC
110 points
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How and Why to Granularize

lukeprog17 May 2011 15:16 UTC
83 points
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Does Goal Set­ting Work?

Swimmer963 (Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg) 16 Oct 2013 20:54 UTC
54 points
22 comments11 min readLW link

How I Be­came More Ambitious

Swimmer963 (Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg) 4 Jul 2013 23:34 UTC
126 points
48 comments8 min readLW link

Cul­ti­vat­ing Valiance

Shoshannah Tekofsky13 Aug 2022 18:47 UTC
35 points
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A Case Study of Mo­ti­vated Continuation

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 Oct 2007 1:27 UTC
35 points
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SotW: Avoid Mo­ti­vated Cognition

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 May 2012 15:57 UTC
33 points
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Mo­ti­vated skep­ti­cism: it’s harder to avoid than I’d think

Klao9 Oct 2011 18:35 UTC
27 points
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Im­mod­esty, De­ceit and Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

whpearson29 Oct 2017 10:34 UTC
7 points
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[Link] Ide­ol­ogy, Mo­ti­vated Rea­son­ing, and Cog­ni­tive Reflec­tion: An Ex­per­i­men­tal Study

[deleted]2 Dec 2012 14:43 UTC
24 points
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LINK: Study demon­strates poli­ti­cally mo­ti­vated innumeracy

Alejandro14 Sep 2013 18:14 UTC
24 points
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So­cial Im­pact, Effec­tive Altru­ism, and Mo­ti­vated Cognition

JonahS8 Jun 2013 2:31 UTC
16 points
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In­for­mal Post on Motivation

Ruby23 Feb 2019 23:35 UTC
29 points
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A Pro­cess for Deal­ing with Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

Vaughn Papenhausen3 Sep 2018 3:34 UTC
15 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Mo­ti­va­tion: You Have to Win in the Mo­ment

Ruby1 Mar 2019 0:26 UTC
49 points
20 comments9 min readLW link

Act of Charity

jessicata17 Nov 2018 5:19 UTC
186 points
49 comments8 min readLW link1 review

Con­crete Take­aways Post-CFAR

lifelonglearner24 Feb 2017 18:31 UTC
20 points
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Karma Mo­ti­va­tion Thread

Jack13 Dec 2010 21:59 UTC
32 points
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Three Levels of Motivation

DragonGod21 Aug 2019 9:24 UTC
15 points
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In­trin­sic mo­ti­va­tion is cru­cial for over­com­ing akrasia

JonahS17 Jun 2015 22:39 UTC
28 points
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From self to crav­ing (three char­ac­ter­is­tics se­ries)

Kaj_Sotala22 May 2020 12:16 UTC
51 points
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Ego syn­tonic thoughts and values

Scott Alexander17 Jul 2011 20:43 UTC
86 points
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Ne­go­ti­at­ing With Yourself

orthonormal26 Jun 2020 23:55 UTC
25 points
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Nav­i­gat­ing emo­tions in an un­cer­tain & con­fus­ing world

Akash20 Nov 2023 18:16 UTC
42 points
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“She Wanted It”

sarahconstantin11 Nov 2018 22:00 UTC
116 points
19 comments7 min readLW link
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Policy-Based vs Willpower-Based Intentions

Unreal28 Feb 2019 5:17 UTC
56 points
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The two-layer model of hu­man val­ues, and prob­lems with syn­the­siz­ing preferences

Kaj_Sotala24 Jan 2020 15:17 UTC
69 points
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Towards de­con­fus­ing values

Gordon Seidoh Worley29 Jan 2020 19:28 UTC
12 points
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On pointless waiting

Kaj_Sotala10 Jun 2019 8:58 UTC
43 points
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Mean­ingful­ness and the scope of experience

Kaj_Sotala5 Oct 2017 11:30 UTC
16 points
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(kajsotala.fi)

In­fer­ring Our Desires

lukeprog24 May 2011 5:33 UTC
60 points
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Two ar­gu­ments for not think­ing about ethics (too much)

Kaj_Sotala27 Mar 2014 14:15 UTC
61 points
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Fake Selfishness

Eliezer Yudkowsky8 Nov 2007 2:31 UTC
70 points
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Akra­sia is con­fu­sion about what you want

Gordon Seidoh Worley28 Dec 2018 21:09 UTC
26 points
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On­tolog­i­cal Cri­sis in Humans

Wei Dai18 Dec 2012 17:32 UTC
78 points
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Judg­ments of­ten smug­gle in im­plicit standards

Richard_Ngo15 May 2023 18:50 UTC
83 points
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We learn long-last­ing strate­gies to pro­tect our­selves from dan­ger and rejection

Richard_Ngo16 May 2023 16:36 UTC
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Trust de­vel­ops grad­u­ally via mak­ing bids and set­ting boundaries

Richard_Ngo19 May 2023 22:16 UTC
125 points
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Co­er­cion is an adap­ta­tion to scarcity; trust is an adap­ta­tion to abundance

Richard_Ngo23 May 2023 18:14 UTC
86 points
11 comments4 min readLW link

Joy in Discovery

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Mar 2008 1:19 UTC
73 points
48 comments4 min readLW link

Self polic­ing for self doubt

KatjaGrace7 Nov 2019 23:10 UTC
36 points
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(meteuphoric.com)

Why Does Power Cor­rupt?

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Oct 2008 0:23 UTC
59 points
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On Need-Sets

Marcello15 Aug 2020 23:25 UTC
47 points
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Nar­row your an­swer space

Vaniver28 Dec 2010 11:38 UTC
33 points
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Hy­poth­e­sis about how so­cial stuff works and arises

the gears to ascension4 Sep 2018 22:47 UTC
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Strate­gies for deal­ing with emo­tional nihilism

[deleted]10 Oct 2010 13:31 UTC
39 points
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Out­ward Change Drives In­ward Change

cousin_it15 May 2009 12:45 UTC
26 points
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Slava!

[deleted]3 Oct 2010 2:47 UTC
40 points
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[Question] Us­ing false but in­stru­men­tally ra­tio­nal be­liefs for your ca­reer?

Tim Liptrot23 Nov 2020 19:18 UTC
7 points
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Notes on Care

David Gross5 Dec 2020 16:33 UTC
8 points
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The Good Life in the face of the apocalypse

16 Oct 2023 22:40 UTC
82 points
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A work­shop on Life Influences

Elo10 Jan 2021 11:23 UTC
8 points
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The im­pact merge

Joe Carlsmith13 Jan 2021 7:26 UTC
48 points
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Catch­ing the Spark

LoganStrohl30 Jan 2021 23:23 UTC
111 points
21 comments36 min readLW link1 review

Hell is wasted on the evil

lsusr15 Apr 2021 8:52 UTC
37 points
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Sa­bien on “work-life” balance

Rob Bensinger20 May 2021 18:33 UTC
57 points
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(Brain­stem, Neo­cor­tex) ≠ (Base Mo­ti­va­tions, Honor­able Mo­ti­va­tions)

Steven Byrnes12 Jul 2021 16:39 UTC
62 points
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You are prob­a­bly un­der­es­ti­mat­ing how good self-love can be

Charlie Rogers-Smith14 Nov 2021 0:41 UTC
145 points
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Long-term Short-term Happiness

UtilityMonster8 May 2022 15:53 UTC
10 points
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Four rea­sons I find AI safety emo­tion­ally compelling

28 Jun 2022 14:10 UTC
39 points
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Sur­vey: What (de)mo­ti­vates you about AI risk?

Daniel_Friedrich3 Aug 2022 19:17 UTC
1 point
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(forms.gle)

Book re­view: “The Heart of the Brain: The Hy­potha­la­mus and Its Hor­mones”

Steven Byrnes27 Sep 2022 13:20 UTC
65 points
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The biolog­i­cal func­tion of love for non-kin is to gain the trust of peo­ple we can­not deceive

chaosmage7 Nov 2022 20:26 UTC
43 points
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Re­spect­ing your Lo­cal Preferences

Scott Garrabrant26 Nov 2022 19:04 UTC
72 points
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Work­ing to­wards AI al­ign­ment is better

Johannes C. Mayer9 Dec 2022 15:39 UTC
8 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

“Sta­tus” can be cor­ro­sive; here’s how I han­dle it

Akash24 Jan 2023 1:25 UTC
71 points
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My Model Of EA Burnout

LoganStrohl25 Jan 2023 17:52 UTC
237 points
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Ad­vice I found helpful in 2022

Akash28 Jan 2023 19:48 UTC
36 points
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Fight­ing with­out hope

Akash1 Mar 2023 18:15 UTC
44 points
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Notes on Loyalty

David Gross15 Nov 2020 19:30 UTC
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Notes on Temperance

David Gross9 Nov 2020 2:33 UTC
14 points
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Notes on Jus­tice (as a virtue)

David Gross5 Nov 2020 20:27 UTC
6 points
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Notes on Fairness

David Gross7 Dec 2020 18:52 UTC
20 points
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Notes on Benevolence

David Gross26 Nov 2020 2:43 UTC
25 points
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Notes on Duty

David Gross18 Dec 2020 18:54 UTC
17 points
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Notes on Honor

David Gross17 Nov 2020 5:25 UTC
20 points
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Notes on Ambition

David Gross22 Nov 2020 19:53 UTC
19 points
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Tak­ing the first step

Neel Nanda25 Jul 2020 9:33 UTC
10 points
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(www.neelnanda.io)

[Question] Is the in­fluence of money per­va­sive, even on LessWrong?

shanen2 Feb 2021 20:22 UTC
−1 points
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Se­crets of the eliminati

Scott Alexander20 Jul 2011 10:15 UTC
133 points
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Are wire­heads happy?

Scott Alexander1 Jan 2010 16:41 UTC
180 points
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A sum­mary of ev­ery Re­plac­ing Guilt post

Akash30 Jun 2022 0:46 UTC
31 points
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(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

[Question] If I adapted re­ciproc­ity.io for In­sta­gram, would you be more in­clined to use it?

Yoyo Y7 May 2023 16:54 UTC
1 point
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(www.reciprocity.io)

Com­pro­mis­ing with Compulsion

matejsuchy25 Feb 2021 16:43 UTC
4 points
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How You Can Gain Self Con­trol Without “Self-Con­trol”

spencerg24 Mar 2021 23:38 UTC
109 points
41 comments23 min readLW link

Strat­egy of In­ner Conflict

Jonathan Moregård15 Nov 2022 19:38 UTC
9 points
4 comments6 min readLW link
(honestliving.substack.com)

Di­a­gram­ming “Re­plac­ing Guilt,” Part 1

armatures5 Aug 2020 23:36 UTC
34 points
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To­day a Tragedy

Logan Riggs13 Jun 2018 1:58 UTC
54 points
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The benefits of mad­ness: A pos­i­tive ac­count of arationality

Skatche22 Apr 2011 19:43 UTC
132 points
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Pain and gain motivation

Kaj_Sotala7 Apr 2010 18:48 UTC
71 points
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Good Macro, Bad Micro

Ilemauzar4 Jun 2021 4:30 UTC
14 points
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Re­duc­ing Agents: When ab­strac­tions break

Hazard31 Mar 2018 0:03 UTC
13 points
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An­nounc­ing the Re­plac­ing Guilt audiobook

gianlucatruda25 Jun 2021 13:38 UTC
65 points
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Emily Brontë on: Psy­chol­ogy Re­quired for Se­ri­ous™ AGI Safety Research

robertzk14 Sep 2022 14:47 UTC
2 points
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Is so­cial the­ory our doom?

pchvykov15 Jul 2021 3:31 UTC
6 points
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The Im­por­tance of Sidekicks

Swimmer963 (Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg) 8 Jan 2015 23:21 UTC
231 points
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Nate Soares’ Re­plac­ing Guilt Series com­piled in epub Format

lifelonglearner30 Apr 2017 6:36 UTC
33 points
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[Question] How can one be less wrong, if their con­ver­sa­tion part­ner loses the in­ter­est on dis­cussing the topic with them?

Ooker19 Mar 2024 18:11 UTC
−10 points
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Higher Purpose

Eliezer Yudkowsky23 Jan 2009 9:58 UTC
44 points
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Ex­pert trap: Why is it hap­pen­ing? (Part 2 of 3) – how hind­sight, hi­er­ar­chy, and con­fir­ma­tion bi­ases break con­duc­tivity and ac­cu­racy of knowledge

Paweł Sysiak9 Jun 2023 23:00 UTC
3 points
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Mo­ti­va­tion in AI

nickasaf16 Jun 2023 9:50 UTC
−1 points
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Com­plex Be­hav­ior from Sim­ple (Sub)Agents

moridinamael10 May 2019 21:44 UTC
112 points
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In­te­grat­ing Three Models of (Hu­man) Cognition

jbkjr23 Nov 2021 1:06 UTC
31 points
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Against lone wolf self-improvement

cousin_it7 Jul 2017 15:31 UTC
45 points
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De­sire is the di­rec­tion, ra­tio­nal­ity is the magnitude

So8res5 Apr 2015 17:27 UTC
35 points
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[Question] Good com­plete views on motivation

Valdes20 Dec 2021 22:10 UTC
6 points
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COVID Skep­ti­cism Isn’t About Science

jaspax29 Dec 2021 17:53 UTC
127 points
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Can Hu­man­ism Match Reli­gion’s Out­put?

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Mar 2009 11:32 UTC
79 points
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On sav­ing the world

So8res30 Jan 2014 20:00 UTC
227 points
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The Sub­tle Art of still giv­ing the F*ck (Part 1 — We just need a Happy End­ing!!)

shashank200027 Jun 2023 11:01 UTC
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Three types of “should”

Sniffnoy2 Jun 2018 0:54 UTC
9 points
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Choice begets regret

bryjnar4 Jan 2018 20:28 UTC
12 points
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The Ax­iolog­i­cal Treadmill

eapache15 Sep 2020 18:36 UTC
6 points
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The Blue-Min­i­miz­ing Robot

Scott Alexander4 Jul 2011 22:26 UTC
322 points
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[Question] What is to be done? (About the profit mo­tive)

Connor Barber8 Sep 2023 19:27 UTC
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I want to save myself

DanArmak20 May 2011 10:27 UTC
29 points
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[Question] What is your per­sonal ex­pe­rience with “hav­ing a mean­ingful life”?

Hazard22 May 2019 14:03 UTC
22 points
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Learned Blank­ness and Ex­pec­ta­tions of Solubility

brook18 Mar 2022 12:42 UTC
8 points
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Mean­ing wars

Elo14 Dec 2017 23:17 UTC
11 points
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My Tran­shu­man Dream

Johannes C. Mayer5 Apr 2022 15:44 UTC
8 points
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AGIs may value in­trin­sic re­wards more than ex­trin­sic ones

catubc17 Nov 2022 21:49 UTC
8 points
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Crav­ing, suffer­ing, and pre­dic­tive pro­cess­ing (three char­ac­ter­is­tics se­ries)

Kaj_Sotala15 May 2020 13:21 UTC
84 points
56 comments19 min readLW link

[Question] How to deal with the sense of de­mo­ti­va­tion that comes from think­ing about de­ter­minism?

SpectrumDT7 Feb 2024 10:53 UTC
13 points
71 comments1 min readLW link
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