[2021-02-14] Food Choice

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[2021-02-14] Food Choice

Post by pgn674 »

The book referenced in the pop up text, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths, is an awesome book that I keep referencing back to myself.

The notion described is called "computationally unkind" in the book. I've tried to incorporate the lesson in my life as well. For example, if it's a good time to clean the house or put things away, I try not to just ask my wife "What should I do now?" Instead I'll search and think for a bit and then say something like "I'm thinking I'll go take care of X, does that sound good?" It gives my wife a reasonable default choice while also giving her a chance to direct me in case she had a goal for the day.

The book also introduced me to the 37% stopping problem, and now I go hunting for opportunities to use it in life.


Re: [2021-02-14] Food Choice

Post by deliverything »

When asked this and similar questions by family members, I often responded much as in panel 1. They ended up just making these decisions without my input. I'd argue this is a good strategy: if the person being asked legitimately doesn't have a preference, this isn't a problem, and if they do, it'll hopefully motivate them to actually say something useful instead of putting all the work on the questioner.

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