i’m often told people love half of what i write and hate the other half (to a surprising degree)

the second costs followers every time but it feels better to aim for honesty than status. I'm helped by the few who engage with the hated ones, and i don't think they know 1/
i’d encourage anyone in a similar position for others to do it more. First, they'll love you if you engage with the stuff others don’t, either riffing off in agreement or providing thoughtful criticism. But the reason to do it isn’t to be loved 2/
but because you’re helping cultivate the courage to write what is true to them, which is surprisingly hard. And by helping them write you're helping them think. Their best stuff hides in the intersection of hated and true, and you're helping them search this area for treasure
there's a lot of great work on this topic but my favorite is probably paulgraham.com/say.html

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8 Dec
Current feeling on meta-science: I’m not sure anyone — authors, readers, etc — actually likes papers. What if we just got rid of them?

What could we replace them with?
conjecture: papers are weak and unopinionated

want to communicate an idea? do a vlog -- most communication is about inexplicit vibes

want to release a reproducible protocol? Record you in colab doing it, release for one click reproducibility

want to debate your side of an idea against another side? Do an adversarial collaboration with someone who disagrees with you slatestarcodex.com/2019/07/24/adv…

want real peer review? Record podcast with a bunch of peers for a couple hours. Less time, higher bandwidth than normal review
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3 Nov
“The most counterintuitive secret about startups is it’s often easier to succeed with a hard startup than an easy one.” - Sam Altman

I think there’s a similar secret in psych. It’s sometimes easier to become happier than anyone you’ve ever met than it is to just cure low mood
one reason is that with the ambitious path you’ll need powerful tools and tons of self introspection to understand how you work and why you’re not 10/10 already

Whereas if you aim for marginal gains you may try symptomatic treatments that end up doing nothing at all
another is that in my experience most people only have one or two core things (part of identity, a trauma, etc) blocking them, often that they’re unaware of

Without reverse engineering and healing them it’s hard to have any progress, but if you do process can be shocking
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31 Oct
theres nothing more interesting to me about you than what you’ll lose status for

What idea do you believe so deeply you’ll share it knowing you’ll lose followers
Current worldview: most everyone deeply believes things that would cause them to lose status that they wished others believed too, but aren’t willing to actually make that trade

Please prove me wrong
I’ve lost ~100 followers on you deserve newborn love and I will continue to climb the empty office buildings and shout it from the rooftops
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31 Oct
how do I spend the next hour to cultivate more newborn love for everything, every hour till I die
lighting two candles while I shave moves me marginally closer to newborn love for the universe, so two candles it is
aim is to never leave metta, but changing object of attention is okay
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30 Oct
the only good thing in my formal education was accidental. The dangerous preteen rebellious identity I formed eg getting really into drugs, faking identity actually ended up being extremely healthy, drugs -> psych -> neuro, identity -> dodge child labor law -> start career early Image
A lot of my peers in my low social-class school got really into drugs too. Where I basically accidentally leveraged into interest in qualia, neuro, psych, hedonic baselines, they overdosed on fentanyl. Roll the dice again and it could have easily been me
also, I’ve never seen anyone else advocate for this, but imo changing child labor laws for outliers is incredibly important

The kids that desperately want to work somewhere real at 11yo are the creative risky weirdos who may accidentally kill themselves if they can’t
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29 Oct
give to twitter and it gives back just trust the process
almost everyone I know who got really into twitter had their lives transformed in ways they couldn’t have anticipated. We need an MTV Cribs of twitter where people just talk about how it improved their lives
there's usually like an eight month delay though

twitter wont give you its treasure if it thinks you'll leave it in the morning, needs to know you're committed
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