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October 3rd, 2004
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From:papertygre
Date:October 3rd, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
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I like your new pic. That one really looks like you.

This problem is disturbing because, although I can always just ignore Social Emotion entirely, there is such a thing as being desperate or too demanding, and by ignoring it, I lose my ability to detect that.

I know this feeling well.

It seems like you might be doing the right thing. Maybe your Social Emotion component is stiff, like a new hat. You need to break in the hat, and that can only happen by wearing it for a while and whacking it around until it gets supple. (This analogy comes courtesy of my new EFF hat, which just came yesterday.) Or maybe not, just thinking aloud.
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From:kenoubi
Date:October 3rd, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I like your new pic. That one really looks like you.

Thanks. :-)

It seems like you might be doing the right thing. Maybe your Social Emotion component is stiff, like a new hat. You need to break in the hat, and that can only happen by wearing it for a while and whacking it around until it gets supple. (This analogy comes courtesy of my new EFF hat, which just came yesterday.) Or maybe not, just thinking aloud.

I'd approach it from a slightly different perspective, but one that I think has pretty much the same result: if the thing is defective (and I think I have good enough evidence that it is) then the only reasonable thing to do is to ignore it, 'cause there isn't any specific action I can take to directly make it better. Then, maybe it will get better on its own while I'm ignoring it (it's supposed to be able to learn, right?) and maybe eventually I realize that hey, it's good enough to actually use now. Or maybe not—the point is, I have to deliberately ignore it now.

By the way, what I said about how people don't really get better at things was almost surely wrong. I do believe that there are fairly hard caps on how good a given person can get at a given skill, but there's a lot of room in there as long as you don't put a premium on being the best in the world. My shooting ability has noticeably improved with a pretty minimal investment. We should have a rematch in a year or something. :-)

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