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Principles

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
153 points
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Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Jul 2007 22:59 UTC
224 points
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In­cor­rect hy­pothe­ses point to cor­rect observations

Kaj_Sotala20 Nov 2018 21:10 UTC
82 points
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Oc­cam’s Razor

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

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

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

Scott Alexander12 Dec 2014 9:04 UTC
38 points
1 comment8 min readLW link

Re­v­ersed Stu­pidity Is Not Intelligence

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Dec 2007 22:14 UTC
93 points
114 comments3 min readLW link

Don’t Re­vere The Bearer Of Good Info

CarlShulman21 Mar 2009 23:22 UTC
120 points
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Use­ful maxims

Paul Crowley11 Jul 2012 11:56 UTC
38 points
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