Category: evolutionary psychology

Loneliness and Love in a Darwinian World (a rational critique of PUA)

Introduction and disclaimer I’m not quite sure why I have written this. I guess I just wanted to write about my past experiences with loneliness, admittedly to get my story out there but also to evoke some sympathy for a lot of lonely shy guys who must have made similar experiences – and are still making them. Another

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Pessimistische Psychotherapie I

[Diese Abhandlung ist offensichtlich von weinerlichem existentialistischem Gedankengut inspiriert. Und ich bin natürlich auch nicht der erste, der auf eine fruchtbare Verknüpfung von Existentialismus und Psychotherapie hinweist. Zu einiger Bekanntheit gelang beispielsweise die existentielle Psychotherapie von Irvin Yalom. Allerdings war Yalom noch ziemlich von der Psychoanalyse beeinflusst und ignoriert meines Wissens nach viele neuere psychologische Erkenntnisse. Mein

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The Craft and the Community: Post 23 – 24

23. Bayesians vs. Barbarians Yudkowsky thinks that a country full of rationalists could win in a war against barbaric, um, barbarians that believe in an afterlife and God and stuff. He mentions several things, I’m too lazy to elaborate on, because we’ve talked about them already too much like iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, one-boxing in Newcomb,

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Evolutionary Psychology Posts

Three posts about evo-psych. You probably noticed that I don’t care about those ridiculous numbers anymore.) Informers and Persuaders Writing abstract and using polysyllabic words is a good way to signal authority, severity and intelligence. It’s also easy. Writing colorful, passionate and concrete is hard. The style of most science papers is therefore pretty horrible.

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521. Ethical Notes – 522. Which Parts Are “Me”?

521. Ethical Notes Some remarks on the previous posts. 522. Which Parts Are “Me”? Which modules of your brain do you consider important and which do you reject? What does the ‘you’ in the previous sentence even mean? There is no ‘me’ or ‘you’. There are just different brain-modules, some of them are sometimes conscious

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516. Dark Side Epistemology – 520. Prices or Bindings?

516. Dark Side Epistemology If you want to hold on to one false cherished belief – be it socialism or the soul – you’re epistemically screwed because you now have to protect other false beliefs that protect this false belief. Having false beliefs isn’t a good thing, but it doesn’t have to be permanently crippling—if,

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513. Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans) – 515. Traditional Capitalist Values

513. Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans) Nice post that argues for deontological constraints based on consequentialism and evolutionary psychology: In some cases, human beings have evolved in such fashion as to think that they are doing X for prosocial reason Y, but when human beings actually do X, other adaptations execute to promote self-benefiting

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510. The Ritual – 512. Why Does Power Corrupt?

(Two petty posts and a nice one about evolutionary psychology.) 510. The Ritual Continues the fictional story of Jeffreyssai. 511. Rationality quotes 512. Why Does Power Corrupt? ….as soon as I was introduced to the notion of evolutionary psychology (~1995), it seemed obvious to me why human beings are corrupted by power….: Humans (particularly human

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429. Does Morality Care What You Think? – 430. Changing Your Metaethics

429. Does Morality Care What You Think? Another dialogue about meta-ethics between Subhan and Obert. It concludes with: Subhan:  “Look, there’s a perfectly normal and non-mysterious chain of causality that describes where morality comes from, and it’s not from outside humans. If you’d been told that killing was right, or if you’d evolved to enjoy

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415. Rebelling Within Nature

415. Rebelling Within Nature Can we trust our emotions? Obviously not, we run on corrupted hardware; after reading some evolutionary psychology you may think ‘evil hardware’ is a more apt description. But who says this hardware is corrupted or evil? Ultimately our brain, i.e. our evil hardware itself. We can only rebel against our nature

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