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Try Things

TagLast edit: 24 Jan 2023 1:58 UTC by Drake Thomas

Try Things is a mantra that reminds you to gather data about what works by experimentation. If a proposed intervention works and you learn that it works, you’ve just gained something that you’ll be able to use over and over again. If it doesn’t work, you’ve only had it not work once.

To the knowledge of one editor of this article, the phrase was introduced to the LessWrong community by CFAR, at least as early as 2016.

See also: Value of Information

On Blog­ging and Podcasting

DanielFilan9 Jan 2023 0:40 UTC
18 points
6 comments11 min readLW link
(danielfilan.com)

Touch re­al­ity as soon as pos­si­ble (when do­ing ma­chine learn­ing re­search)

LawrenceC3 Jan 2023 19:11 UTC
107 points
7 comments8 min readLW link

Eval­u­a­tions (of new AI Safety re­searchers) can be noisy

LawrenceC5 Feb 2023 4:15 UTC
120 points
9 comments16 min readLW link

Go Try Things

atucker25 Feb 2011 6:23 UTC
18 points
28 comments2 min readLW link

CoZE 2

alkjash24 Feb 2018 5:40 UTC
16 points
7 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Go Try Things

atucker3 Mar 2011 1:51 UTC
12 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

Pro­duc­tivity tool: race!

wwa16 Jan 2014 21:53 UTC
43 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

No, Se­ri­ously. Just Try It.

lukeprog20 Apr 2011 16:11 UTC
86 points
42 comments2 min readLW link

Just Try It: Quan­tity Trumps Quality

atucker4 Apr 2011 1:13 UTC
86 points
83 comments2 min readLW link

What have you re­cently tried, and failed at?

Emile5 Jul 2012 9:52 UTC
32 points
131 comments1 min readLW link

Gifts as free exploration

willbradshaw3 Dec 2020 10:51 UTC
33 points
2 comments6 min readLW link
(apomorphic.com)

What I Learned From Run­ning a Pol.is Conversation

hamnox5 Jan 2021 0:14 UTC
19 points
3 comments2 min readLW link
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