Here's your space to talk about anything totally unrelated to being Less Wrong
Ming the Merciless offers you a choice that you cannot refuse. Either (a) his torturer will rip one of your fingernails off, or (b) his torturer will inflict pain more intense than you can imagine, continuously for the next 24 hours, without otherwise harming you. But in case (b) only, his evil genius neuroscientists will cause you to afterwards completely forget the experience, and any other aftereffects from the stress will be put right as well. If you refuse to make a choice, you will get (b) without the amnesia.
What do you choose?
If you choose (a), how much worse would (a) have to be, for you to choose (b)? If you choose (b), how much less bad would (a) have to be, for you to choose (a)?
This is interesting.
Apparently, humans (and teams of them) are beating computer programs at... protein folding?
would anyone be interested in a 2-3 post sequence on metaethics? The idea would be to present a slower, more simplified version of Eliezer's metaethics. I've notice that many people have had trouble grasping it (myself included), and I think an alternate presentation might help. Thoughts?
lesswrong.com's web server is in the US but both of its nameservers are in Australia, leading to very slow lookups for me -- often slow enough that my resolver times out (and caches the failure).
I am my own DNS admin so I can work around this by forcing a cache flush when I need to, but I imagine this would be a more serious problem for people who rely on their ISPs' DNS servers.
Please add a favicon, they make bookmarking much easier. The FHI diamond in green might work, but just about anything is better than nothing.
I have a speck in my eye. It hurts. Just thought I'd let you guys know.
This is the latest Off Topic Thread I could find. Are we supposed to make off-topic posts in the Open Thread now? Anyway, to be safe, I'll post here.
There was a recent article in the NY Times about fixing tendon problems with simple eccentric exercise. It might be helpful for others here who make heavy use of computers, which can cause tendon problems. I've had pain in the tendons in my shoulders and arms, which I eventually managed to control using weekly sessions of eccentric exercise.
For the record, Thom_Blake is thomblake.
Are there any Less Wrong-like web sites that are about intellectual pursuits in general?
If we come up with a strong AI that we suspect is un-Friendly, should we use it to help us create Friendly AI? (Perhaps by playing a single game of 20 Questions, which has probably been played enough times that every possible sequence of yes-or-no answers has come up?)
Off topic thread again, huh? Let's see...
Look out robots will kill you
Anybody got a good reason for adopting a certain utility function versus some other one?
Because I can't find one, and now I feel weird, cause without a decent utility function, rationalism gives you knowledge, but no wisdom.
what are you doing?