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I periodically do things to get out of my comfort zone. I started years ago before a friend introduced me to LW where I pleasantly discovered that CoZE was recommended.
This write-up is about my most recent exercise: Do a Non Gender-Conforming Thing
I chose to have my nails painted. Having painted nails requires low enough effort that I have no excuse not to and, wearing them out in public is just out-of-the-ordinary enough to make me worry about how people will react. After getting them painted, I realized why girls say "My nails!" a lot after a manicure and worry about screwing them up. It took work to paint them and chipping them makes them look like shit. Can’t let that happen to me!
Then I challenged some friends to do it and gave these suggestions:... (read more)
Don't spend your idiosyncrasy credits frivolously.
Is there a version of the Sequences geared towards Instrumental Rationality? I can find (really) small pieces such as the 5 Second Level LW post and intelligence.org's Rationality Checklist, but can't find any overarching course or detailed guide to actually improving instrumental rationality.
There is some on http://www.clearerthinking.org/
When I write I try to hit instrumental not epistemic (see here: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/mp2/). And I believe there is a need for writing along the lines of instrumental guides. (also see: boring advice repository http://lesswrong.com/lw/gx5/boring_advice_repository/)
As far as I know there has been no effort to generate a sequence on the topic.
Is there a specific area you would like to see an instrumental guide in? Maybe we can use the community to help find/make one on the specific topic you are after (for now).
Congrats to gwern for making it into the Economist!
the Tesla auto-driver accident was truly an accident. I didn't realize it was a semi crossing the divider and two lanes to hit him.
mental models list for problem solving
There is a much smaller set of concepts, however, that come up repeatedly in day-to-day decision making, problem solving, and truth seeking. As Munger says, “80 or 90 important models will carry about 90% of the freight in making you a worldly‑wise person.”
Some cognitive biases don’t allow a person to see and cure his other biases. It results in biases accumulation and strongly distorted world picture. I tried to draw out a list of main meta-biases.
Stupidity. It is not a bias, but a (sort of very general) property of mind. It may include many psychi
There's a fair bit on decision theory and on bayesean thinking, both of which are instrumental rationality. There's not much on heuristics or how to deal with limited capacity. Perhaps intentionally - it's hard to be rigorous on those topics.
Also, I think there's an (unstated, and that should be fixed and the topic debated) belief that instrumental rationality without epistemic rationality is either useless or harmful. Certainly thta's the FAI argument, and there's no reason to believe it wouldn't apply to humans. As such, a focus on epistemic rationality first is the correct approach.
That is, don't try to improve your ability to meet goals unless you're very confident in those goals.
Data science techniques, and some suggested reading in the footnotes.
and a link from the DCC site, for learning Python for data science
Springer offers me ebooks for $9.99 (deadline - August 1). Here's the list. If anybody's interested, I can buy and send you something.
Plant derived DNA can be absorbed thru ingestion directly into the bloodstream, without being broken down. GMO camp going to have a difficult time with this one, as it was a 1k person study
In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human
edit to add another study on blood disorders
"[O]ur study demonstrated that Bt spore-crystals genetically modified to express individually Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2A induced hematotoxicity, particula... (read more)
Last weekend I made a game! Many people say they like it :-)
I have a problem understanding why a utility function would ever "stick" to an AI, to actually become something that it wants to keep pursuing.
To make my point better, let us assume an AI that actually feel pretty good about overseeing a production facitility and creating just the right of paperclips that everyone needs. But, suppose also that it investigates its own utility function. It should then realize that its values are, from a neutral standpoint, rather arbitrary. Why should it follow its current goal of producing the right amount of pap... (read more)