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The Myth of Basic Science
The point is that feeling better is not the same thing as actually being more healthy in the sense of being less able to spread disease, not having one's productivity affected, etc. The effect of writing doesn't have to be caused by optimism ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
The company "has to hire natives first" because there is a regulation saying that the company has to hire natives first. That regulation would say what counts as trying to hire natives first. And it won't say the company has to try hiring the ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
One company hires the programmer and the other company then gets to point to the existing market and note that there aren't any candidates for the position. The company can then hire a H1-B. If you allow H1-Bs to freely change jobs, the ... read more

The Myth of Basic Science
The fact that you can decrease sick days of people by letting them write about their life goals is not very meaningful unless you have managed to decrease sick days by decreasing the severity of their illness rather than their perception of the ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
But having an incentive to lie is not equivalent to lying.
I claim the companies are lying. Using H1-Bs only makes the companies "competitive" insofar as having bigger profits (because they can pay lower wages) inherently makes them more ... read more

The Science Of Grading Teachers Gets High Marks
The degree of accuracy you need in order to say "this scientific experiment produced useful and meaningful results" is far less than the degree of accuracy you need to be able to ethically use the results for social engineering. Imagine if 5% or ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
Requiring them to pay to change jobs would be a form of not letting them change jobs. So this doesn't speak to what happens if you let them change jobs.
However, doing so risks making the US software industry less competitive and ultimately
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Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
Letting immigrants change jobs changes the incentives. If the immigrant can change jobs and therefore has to be paid a market salary ($120K in your example), the company would never sponsor him for immigration in the first place because the ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
Letting the immigrants change jobs would reduce their numbers because it would mean that they would demand market salary. Companies that prefer immigrants because they are lower salary than natives would then no longer have a reason to do so, ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
You won't understand my politics from thinking in the frame of Republican vs. Democrat. It's not an accurate frame for multiparty Germany nor for my own thinking with is even less based in the agenda of political parties.
My understanding ... read more

Donald Trump and the Methods of Rationality:    Part I. Deconstructing Political Motivations
The immigration of programmers has separate issues from the immigration of manual laborers. The main problem with immigrant programmers from India is that the immigrant is not really free to switch jobs, which drives down the salary for such ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
When you click on View Replies, the replies are shown without dates on ... read more

The cultural explanation of the difficulty of development
I'd suggest that the doctors dividing their incomes to support large families *does* harm the country. If making a lot of money means you can't keep it and have to give it to three dozen desperately poor relatives, it's going to be hard ... read more

Should companies use implicit association tests to screen potential hires?
I've never found believable the idea that companies won't discriminate because it's not a good business strategy. Buying a yacht isn't a good business strategy either, but business owners still buy yachts. In general, people buy ... read more

Should atheists support teaching both evolution and creationism in schools?
Parents who refuse to vaccinate generally do so because of dubious concerns about the safety of vaccines, not because they don't believe in the germ theory. Likewise, the argument against flu shots is not based on germ theory. As for why ... read more

Should atheists support teaching both evolution and creationism in schools?
Letting the students decide whether creationism is true is the equivalent of an isolated demand for rigor unless you want to let students decide in general whether the things taught to them are true. And pretty much nobody wants that. We don't ... read more

Should atheists support teaching both evolution and creationism in schools?
That doesn't answer the objection. I'm not talking about what we do in schools but what the meaning of phrases in conversational English is. The question "should we teach X in school" connotes "should we teach X in school as a fact", but ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Another problem: it is very difficult to reply to an article in a way which leaves the article on screen, so you can see it while you're writing the reply. If you just click "Post Comment", the article disappears from the screen to be replaced ... read more

Should atheists support teaching both evolution and creationism in schools?
The connotation of "should we teach X in schools" is "should we teach X as fact" unless the question specifically disclaims this. If you say that we should teach it because it's false and we need to teach things that are not scientific and ... read more

Political Evolution and the Future of Democracy
But it looks like TPP is going to get ... read more

What is the True Islam?
I'll be somewhat less charitable. "It isn't true Islam" is an applause light. It doesn't actually convey any content about what is true Islam and isn't meant to; it's something that you say to prevent your statements about Islamic ... read more

Is pay discrimination possible in a laissez faire economy?
This model requires unemployment among males to be substantially higher than among females.
No, because having the two piles be the same size in the first place is a simplification. It is possible that the piles are unequal sizes, in which case ... read more

Resolving Territorial Disputes - General Principles
Gaza strip and West Bank are two pieces of land. "Two" isn't enough to not be reasonably contiguous. As I said, that clause is intended to rule out things like claiming that 4chan can call itself a nation and secede. As for the question ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
I just went to the first page, saw under Personal Recommendations, "Replies" followed by a number. I clicked on it and got a page of articles with extremely short "read more" threshholds. Perhaps you should fix all of them in the codebase at ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
The threshold is also too low in other places: http://www.omnilibrium.com/thread.php?id=1147 for instance certainly does not seem to have a tripled threshold ... read more

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The threshold in "My Posts" has also been tripled now.
This seems not to be true. For instance, one of my post consists entirely of the following text:
Also, no way to edit your posts. LW lets you edit your posts, with no time limit, and
... read more

Resolving Territorial Disputes - General Principles
Yes, yes, and yes. I did say I couldn't think of any real case that failed on that account except bantustans (which were fake anyway). Palestine and Kosovo are real cases, so obviously I don't think they fail on that account. Perhaps you ... read more

Resolving Territorial Disputes - General Principles
I don't think reasonable size and reasonably contiguous actually are problems in the real world. I can't think of any case where an attempted or successful secession got into the history books as other than a curiosity, where the area that ... read more

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The threshhold in "My Posts" still seems to be extremely ... read more

Resolving Territorial Disputes - General Principles
I would generally support the self-determination principle provided that
  • The area is of reasonable size
  • The area is reasonably contiguous
  • The government follows some minimal standards for a good government, such as allowing certain
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Resolving Territorial Disputes - General Principles
Russia isn't just picking the rules, Russia is also twisting the facts. Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are *not* a case of national determination, but Russian press is not very free and people inside Russia believe that it is because of the ... read more

Is pay discrimination possible in a laissez faire economy?
Think of piles of men and women, with the most competent at the top; the employers pick starting at the top. If the piles are the same size but women ask for less money, the employer would then find the men at one point in the male pile equivalent ... read more

Is pay discrimination possible in a laissez faire economy?
People are willing to pay money for intangibles. People will pay more for a meal in a restaurant with good food and service than a restaurant with bad food and service, even if they come away from the restaurant equally fed in both cases. The ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Also, no way to edit your posts. LW lets you edit your posts, with no time limit, and it doesn't seem to be ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Looking at the fixes to the site, I see some things have improved, but there are still problems. To start with, there's still far too much white space. Because of the cumulative effect of many minor design decisions, there's too much white ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
If you think that if the statement is not accepted without argument then there is no point in trying to argue for it it is not a very discussive attitude.
In order for arguing to be of any use at all, some statements must be accepted without ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Not having posts with dates is the equivalent of selling hot dogs at a festival without buns and then demanding that people give reasons as to why they want buns before you'll even consider it. It is always possible to demand an endless stream ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
"Vouch more for them" is an ambiguous statement. "I'll only really oppose it" is more vouching than "I'll really, REALLY, oppose it". What I am asking is if you mean what you seem to mean when you say that the reasons don't need to ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
So if I come up with a list of reasons why people might use dates, even if you don't think those reasons are valid, you will then support adding ... read more

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I am not interested in forming a burden of proof
If using it has to be justified, and you don't want it in unless it's been justified, then you are interested in putting the burden of proof on me. That's what "burden of proof" ... read more

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Saying that we need to justify implementing "random features" when the feature is as ubiquitous as dates is putting the burden of proof on the wrong side. You're basically saying "we have to reconstruct everything from first principles". That ... read more

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Users have several different purposes for that type of information. Not putting them in unless it is possible to articulate a specific, universal, reason for them is unhelpful, and also subject to arguing that each individual reason isn't ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
This link is absent when you click on "Preceding Comments" to get to the list of all comments. Also, when you use this option, on Firefox at least, there's a large blank space at the left side of the page which is not present when viewing the ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
The more nested comments in the thread have a "read more" which is produced at a ridiculously low size. The first level comment can be several times the size of a more nested comment and only the nested comment gets a "read ... read more

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But that's not the option to read all the comments in a ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Interestingly, your example below of reading all comments in a thread does have it phrased the second way. However, any attempt to read anything else still phrases it in the first ... read more

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Your example is better than what we have now (it still has too much blank aread between comments but that's a side issue), however, I can't figure out where that option is ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
There is an option to sort comments *by* date, but not an option to actually *display* the date. Also, "Show/Recommended" and "Show/Recent" are misleading terms; they can be easily be interpreted as "show only the recommended posts" or "show ... read more

How did the Citizens United decision affect US government policy?
The first thing I would ask here is "what do you believe the Citizens United decision decided on?" This decision is one which was seized on by politcal groups and as a result, there are misconceptions about what the decision actually ... read more

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Also, there needs to be an option "completely ignore recommendations". Any automated system like that can fail; the user needs to have a way to bypass it when he doesn't trust ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Also, replies do not show dates on them. We need to be able to see what is relatively ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
This needs an option to show replies to something, nested far enough to show all replies. Having to click whenever the replies are nested below a certain level is very inconvenient. It's even more inconvenient because of the fact that doing so ... read more

What should an average person do to improve the policies of his country?
Frame, by subgroups I mean the groups which are political footballs, which are generally illegal aliens, Mexicans (which overlaps a lot with illegal aliens), and H1Bs. These also happen to fit the unskilled and skilled division, but that's not ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
If you want to do something for poorer students, pay a percentage of their tuition cost in direct proportion to their grades; a perfect GPA means free college.
This will cause GPAs to be subject to Goodhart's law even more than it is now. ... read more

What should an average person do to improve the policies of his country?
I think the immigration question is ill-posed. Empirical studies show that something happens. They don't show why something happens. At best, the empirical studies provide data which you can use to create hypotheses to later test. A question ... read more