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Ain't it the truth...


Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.

--- Scott Adams


The emphasis on dating is mine. If that doesn't describe my so-called love life, I don't know what does... [1]

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Sometime in the near future[2] I'm going to need a beta for a DC AU short fic[3]. Anybody interested?

[1] ETA: On further reflexion, that's actually progress of sorts; I used to not bother even trying[4].

[2] No idea of when, though. I've already written and then scrapped the whole thing three times, each with wildly different plots.

[3] It's another Lovecraftian take, but probably not directly related to the ones I posted before.

[4] Not that it isn't a valid choice. But I do have a bad habit of complaining about lack of results in things I didn't really try, so all things considered, doing irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs might be a good development for me.

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outlawpoet
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
The flaws that contribute to that kind of behavior interact in a particularly interesting way. Probably the most notable is a tendency to consider detailed outcomes more likely. This is likely because of our emotional preference for internally consistent complex stories(less likely to be easily falsified), and because we once lived in a somewhat less complicatedly presented world.

Lottery players know exactly how you get your money, they've seen people who have gotten the money, the know the mechanics of it, and so it seems a plausible thing to happen. And in their way they are right. It CAN happen.

And these days, you are barraged by images, stories, and plots of romances and religions, the way they (supposedly) work, their various details in stunning full-color adverts. It redlines your availability heuristic, and your judgments of relative uncertainties go out the window.

Always interested in betas, not sure if you liked my style.

(I love rewrites. most of what I do is write stuff and then immediately throw it away. I only still have one of my NaNoWriMo projects still, and a few intermediate outlines. It's not like I write for anybody but me, so I might as well make it as perfect as I like. My standards go down when I'm writing on assignment, though.)
__marcelo
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
It redlines your availability heuristic, and your judgments of relative uncertainties go out the window.

Sounds reasonable. Arguably, we get more input from fiction (including advertising and reframed news) than from direct observation, so it's natural, if inconvenient, that our models are more attuned to argumental than to realistic probabilities.

Always interested in betas, not sure if you liked my style. Thanks! You helped me a lot with the last one.

It's not like I write for anybody but me, so I might as well make it as perfect as I like. I should try to be at least a tiny bit like that *g*. I usually struggle to get the piece past some sort of threshold, and once it does I lose most of the motivation to keep working on it (while the real qualitative jump in quality comes from the effort after that point).

browngirl
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
t redlines your availability heuristic, and your judgments of relative uncertainties go out the window.

I was just thinking about this topic the other day; thank you both for putting it in these terms.

*wanders off thinkily*
__marcelo
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Let me know what you figure out? I'd like to hear your take on the issue.
wickedvirtue
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I like that they're not just unlikely payoffs, they're PHENOMENALLY unlikely payoffs...

Thanks for crushing my hopes of nailing the hot artist who came into the shop today, Scott Adams. Thanks A LOT.
__marcelo
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
On second thoughts, screw Scott Adams. As if "drawing (badly) a comic strip about office workers" wasn't an irrational thing to do with a phenomenally unlikely payoff.

Go for it/her/him!

outlawpoet
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't want to say, but Scott Adams is pretty low on my list of people who say things that make sense. I hadn't really thought about him, until he got a blog and started baiting people with pseudo-intelligent design arguments that were pretty insipid.

I have a coworker who follows him, so I get pretty regular doses of his various hijinks.

Also, in support, I have to say, that artist is in the bag, scrolling back on your LJ reveals you to be both smart and cute(thought likely too young for me these days). can I friend?
wickedvirtue
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
You absolutely can friend! Is 24 too young nowadays? Because damn, I see kids in high school and they're KIDS which leads me to believe I'm old. Older. I don't feel like I can relate in the slightest anymore.

And bah, who expects a cartoonist to make in-depth, compelling, and thought-provoking arguments? I expect them to make me giggle. (And if it extends beyond the strip,
well, I'm still not surprised.)

;)
outlawpoet
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
ah, well, for some reason you looked a bit younger to me. I'm 27.

I have met a depressing number of people look to Scott Adams for deep insight. His blog is a cesspit.

The gap between me and youth culture (which existed even when I was a youth) seems pretty unbridgeable now. I was born old.
wickedvirtue
Oct. 18th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
The artist is a him, and tomorrow he has a new show opening at his gallery... I'm going just to spite Dilbert-man.

And I will look PHENOMENAL.
outlawpoet
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
give us a report, I am always interested in art shows.
oflittlefaith
Oct. 17th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I'd be delighted to beta if you're still looking. I'm familiar in general with both DC and the Mythos, but if you want specifics, you'll do better elsewhere.
__marcelo
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
__marcelo
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Wrote it. Could you send me an email with your address? Mine is marcelo.rinesi@gmail.com . Thanks!
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