Less Wrong

In the time since my last post, while trying to solve interesting problems and wandering around the web reading, I stumbled upon two related websites:

As it turns out, while I do not agree with everything word-for-word they promote, it’s *really* darn close. Close enough, as it turns out, that there isn’t much point in writing the remainder of this blog. The occasional tidbit might come along which demands a post, if there’s something I strongly disagree with or some factual or philosophical matter which falls outside the scope of Less Wrong’s mission. However, if you want to know what I think on some matter, start with the Less Wrong consensus. The odds are pretty good 🙂

As for what you should do instead of reading my blog now that I’m no longer even keeping up the pretence of intending to post: read HPMOR and Less Wrong. Just go read them, right now, you’ll thank me.

For those curious what I *do* disagree with them on, it is mostly quibbles on philosophical axioms (moral, and some metaphysical/epistemic). This doesn’t much affect models-of-the-world as much as it affects how I respond to that model, and what my preferences are.

Game Theory

We come, at last, to the final subsection of our “worldbuilding” series. Having touched on biology, culture, and the mind, we now turn back to a slightly more abstract topic: game theory. More generally, we are going to be looking at how people make decisions, why they make the decisions they do, and how these decisions tend to play out over the long term.

This topic draws on everything else we’ve covered in worldbuilding. In hindsight, understanding human decision-making was really the goal of this whole section, I just didn’t realize it until now. I’m sure there’s something very meta about that.

Game theory is traditionally concerned with the more mathematical study of decisions between rational decision-makers, but it’s also bled over into the fuzzier realms of psychology and philosophy. Since humans are (clearly) not always rational, it is this fuzzy boundary where we will spend most of our time.

The wiki article on game theory is good, but fairly math-heavy. Feel free to skim.