Could you please elaborate on how I could apply this? Or where can I learn more?
Oh, I was totally wrong. I was on https://forum.effectivealtruism.org and had “include community posts” on which was why I saw it. Sorry!
Thanks! I think it’s very unlikely that I was viewing the all posts category but I don’t have a screenshot. And I don’t think I was viewing the community page either, because I distinctly remember showing my partner that it was neat that my two posts were both on the front page one after the other at positions #2 and #3. is it possible it was re-classified as community as mentioned below by larks?
But it’s mostly a moot point anyway as sounds like if it was ever on the frontpage, that was either an error or I’m mis-remembering, so it mostly clears up my question anyway :)
And makes sense that this post should be in the personal blog category, thanks!
I highly recommend the book “The Media Training Bible” – I found it to be surprisingly insightful and broadly useful.Specific to this thread, it teaches you how you can maximize the odds of being represented in a way you’re happy with, rather than feeling disappointed when you see how you’re quoted / the final article.
Thanks. Your comment helped me realize that I didn’t accurately describe my position. My position is more accurately: I think that most people who think it’s terrible that Trump is President are heavily biased by tribal ideology, and that this makes it hard for them to see clearly, and hard for them to realize that they’re not seeing clearly.
That I’ve wondered if reducing abortions might be a suitable focus area for EA (more abortions per year in the US than people dying of smoking related illnesses in the US).
That I don’t think it’s terrible that Trump is President.
I think the “how” is roughly:
If you do not know the steps to your goal with high confidence, then do the following:
You can imagine that you’re looking at a map, and your distant goal is somewhere on the map, but the map is blurry / not yet revealed all the way to your distant goal
So then identify what options you *do* know the steps to (the ones that _are_ visible on the map), and then pick the option from those that is most novel
This is because the more novel it is, the more likely it is to reveal large and unexpected portions of the map, potentially including the part that gives you a visible path to your distant goal
So when uncertain, identify the most novel thing you know how to do/achieve, and repeat that, and that’s likely the best (albeit very roundabout!) route for getting to your distant not-yet-visible-path goal.
If the above is intriguing, I’d highly recommend watching the video – I think it’s a very well spent 15 minutes if watching on 2x speed.
@AaronGertler it seems there’s a bug when pasting a link in between braces ().
My suggestions so far:
“The Secret of Our Success” https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ZpuYSQaLd5uMEoSxK/link-book-review-the-secret-of-our-success-or-slate-star
“Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/FuztztEKAAfWqpYTY/link-why-generalists-triumph-in-a-specialized-world
Other suggestions and brief summary of what you’ll get out of them:
“SPIN Selling” and “To Sell is Human.” Sales seems to be an often undervalued but important skill, these are good “how” and “why” books, respectively.
“Feeling Good Together” about why marriage counseling generally doesn’t work and how to have good relationships
“Why We Sleep” about the benefits of sleep
“Trust Surrender Receive” about MDMA and how many of our challenges come via trauma
“The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team” about how to enable a team to be productive and collaborate well
“Don’t Shoot The Dog” about reinforcement learning and animal training (you’ll see positive and negative reinforcement everywhere after you read this book)
“How To Get Lucky” about how to be luckier and have more good things happen for you
Ah, sorry. That’s my mistake! I’ve fixed that now by adding it to the OP.
Aaron what would you recommend so that this post has a fresh chance to get visibility? Deleting and re-posting it, leaving it as is, or something else? Thanks!