TagLast edit: 5 Aug 2020 10:54 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals.” ― Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work.

Principles, Heuristics, and rules of thumb are generalizations that aim to produce an optimal outcome relative to their cheapness as decision rules.

Not using generalizations, Rules of thumb and Heuristics isn’t possible. precise decision rules such as Bayes Theorem are computationally intractable even to computers, and surely aren’t feasible for humans. the question become whether you have good and effective principles to guide you.

See also: Chesterton’s Fence, Conservation of Expected Evidence, Occam’s razor, Goodhart’s Law, More Dakka

Yes Re­quires the Pos­si­bil­ity of No

Scott Garrabrant17 May 2019 22:39 UTC
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Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Jul 2007 22:59 UTC
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Joey Savoie from Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship and His Prin­ci­ples—OpenPrin­ci­ples Speaker Session

ti_guo10 Oct 2022 2:28 UTC
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Re­spect Ch­ester­ton-Schel­ling Fences

shminux27 Feb 2023 0:09 UTC
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Truth­seek­ing pro­cesses tend to be frame-invariant

Adele Lopez21 Mar 2023 6:17 UTC
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In­cor­rect hy­pothe­ses point to cor­rect observations

Kaj_Sotala20 Nov 2018 21:10 UTC
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Oc­cam’s Razor

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Sep 2007 6:36 UTC
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Be­ware of Other-Optimizing

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Apr 2009 1:58 UTC
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Be­ware Iso­lated De­mands For Rigor

Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 19:50 UTC
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Be­ware The Man Of One Study

Scott Alexander12 Dec 2014 9:04 UTC
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Re­v­ersed Stu­pidity Is Not Intelligence

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Dec 2007 22:14 UTC
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Don’t Re­vere The Bearer Of Good Info

CarlShulman21 Mar 2009 23:22 UTC
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Use­ful maxims

Paul Crowley11 Jul 2012 11:56 UTC
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Some peo­ple just won’t get it

Amir Bolous12 Jun 2021 15:10 UTC
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Reflect­ing on build­ing my own tools from scratch and ‘in­vent­ing on prin­ci­ple’

Amir Bolous17 Jul 2021 18:43 UTC
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OpenPrin­ci­ples Boot­camp (Free) -- Reflect & Act on your Ra­tion­al­ity Prin­ci­ples.

ti_guo8 Sep 2022 3:06 UTC
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