I've observed that consuming certain kinds of media make me smarter and other kinds of media makes me dumber.
Makes me dumber:
Makes me smarter:
By "smarter" I mean it holistically causes me to behave in a way that increases my overall rate of learning and quality of life. By "dumber" I mean the opposite.
For a long time I rejected this conclusion. Surely playing Kerbal Space Program must be more educational than reading Yu-gi-oh! manga. Nope. Yu-gi-oh! beats it by a long shot. I ran a long series of subjective personal experimen... (Read more)
In light of reading Hazard's Shortform Feed -- which I really enjoy -- based on Raemon's Shortform feed, I'm making my own. There be thoughts here. Hopefully, this will also get me posting more.
I've said in one of my posts:
I'm OK saying:
'The body has an almost infinite number of potential positions'
And I am OK with it, but not completely. Something's niggling at me and I don't know what.
Am I missing something? Or is the statement valid?
(No link to the post containing my reasoning because I don't want to contaminate anyone else's thoughts...)
When you click a link, by default your browser sends a request like:
GET /your-page HTTP/1.1 Host: your-site Referer: https://other-site/with-url [other headers]It's telling the server what page it wants ( https://your-site/your-page) and it includes a Referer saying that you came from https://other-site/with-url.
But why Referer and not Referrer? Let's look back. The original version of HTTP had a much simpler request format:
GET /your-pageNo Host:, no Referer: no headers at all. This initial version, implemented in the WWW browser, became know... (Read more)
I am currently conducting research on the persuasiveness of contrarian positions. I'm crowdsourcing a list of unpopular beliefs that people may have for which plausible-enough sounding arguments could be made in support of them.
Existing topics that I use include, "climate change is not primarily caused by human activity", "nuclear proliferation is good for global stability" (an argument made by Kenneth Waltz), and "recycling is bad for the environment." While I don't agree with any of these, compelling-sounding cases can be made for them.
Tossing this out as I know many here are deep into computer systems and may well have interest or knowledge of the underlying social media (using this in a very broad sense as I think it might go past just FB, Instagram, YouTube, Vimio, Meetups or other settings) technologies.
Status of the thought is "ligh bulb just turned" on but not clear it is really shining a light on anything sensible.
Have not studied the law but from the few news stories I've seen the goal is to require a ... (Read more)
I think there are many questions whose answers would be useful for technical AGI safety research, but which will probably require expertise outside AI to answer. In this post I list 30 of them, divided into four categories. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss these questions and why I think they’re important in more detail. I personally think that making progress on the ones in the first category is particularly vital, and plausibly tractable for researchers from a wide range of academic backgrounds.
Studying and understanding safety problems
This is a response to Abram's The Parable of Predict-O-Matic, but you probably don't need to read Abram's post to understand mine. While writing this, I thought of a way in which I think things could wrong with dualist Predict-O-Matic, which I plan to post in about a week. I'm offering a $100 prize to the first commenter who's able to explain how things might go wrong in a sufficiently crisp way before I make my follow-up post.
Currently, machine learning algorithms are essentially "Cartesian dualists" when it comes to themselves and their environment. (Not a philosophy major -- let... (Read more)
I'm a new member and now feeling giddy from the amount of contents presented here on the site. I've read those welcome and FAQ posts, they all point to the library's core reading as material for beginners. BUT... I've just finished the Preface post of R:A-Z, and from the author's very words, it looks like this series focus more on the big, vague things than those hands-on lessons.
So my questions are: among it and the Codex and HPMOR, which is the most newbie-friendly? In your opinion, what are the best 9 sequences rookies like me should read to get to a somewh... (Read more)
In the previous post, I talked about what I've learned. That post focused on bigger things. But there were a lot of smaller, more miscellaneous things that I've learned too. Those are the things that I want to talk about in this post.
Even when I clarify and try to explain that it's a web app, most people are still confused. So sometimes I call it a website, which I hate because that sort of implies tha... (Read more)
In this post, I'll try to bring together two things I enjoy: rationality and magic. Like Hazard, I've also practiced close-up magic for a good amount of time now. After recently seeing Tyler Alterman make a Facebook post about estimations and System 1, it occurred to me that there are a few calibration exercises you can do with a deck of playing cards. The three exercises below are all variants of cutting/manipulating a deck of cards, and then trying to intuit something about the deck.
This serves three purposes:
There are two popular language learning software platforms: Anki and Duolingo. Anki is hard, free and effective. Duolingo is easy, commercial and ineffective.
The number of Duolingo users far outstrips the number of Anki users. Duolingo has 8 million downloads on the Play Store. Anki has 40 thousand. So there are 200 Duolingo users for every Anki user. If you ask a random language learner what software to use they'll probably suggest Duolingo. If you ask a random successful language learner what software to use they'll probably suggest Anki. Most language learners are unsuccessful.
It should... (Read more)
Originally posted at Living Within Reason.
Last week, Jacob Falkovich, of the Putanumonit blog, put up a post trying to figure out why rationalists are disproportionately polyamorous. He notes that about 5% of Americans engage in consensual nonmonogamy, while 17% of Americans in the 2014 Less Wrong survey indicated that they did. My expectation is that the number for both is slightly higher today. In service of this goal, Falkovich developed several theories and surveyed a number of his readers. His results ended up inconclusive.
Since this involves the intersection of the two themes of this blo... (Read more)
I'm giving out $1,000 of prize money for the best exercises submitted in the next two weeks on a topic of interest to the LW community. I'm planning to distribute $1,000, with $500 of that go to the first place.
To submit some exercises, leave a comment here linking to your exercise(s) by midnight at the end of Friday 20th September PDT (San Francisco time), and I'll announce the winners by the Friday two weeks later (give me the time to try a bunch out). You're welcome to post them as a LW post, on your shortform feed, or privately link them to me in a PM if you want, thoug... (Read more)
Follow-up to: Status Regulation and Anxious Underconfidence
Somehow, someone is going to horribly misuse all the advice that is contained within this book.
Nothing I know how to say will prevent this, and all I can do is advise you not to shoot your own foot off; have some common sense; pay more attention to observation than to theory in cases where you’re lucky enough to have both and they happen to conflict; put yourself and your skills on trial in every accessible instance where you’re likely to get an answer within the next minute or the next week; and update hard on single pieces... (Read more)