Compiling my writings for Lesswrong and others.

by diegocaleiro3 min read22nd Jul 20146 comments


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I've just inserted about 50 new links to my list of writings, most of which from Lesswrong, here. For convenience, I'm copying it below.


I write a lot about a variety of topics in English and until 2013 also did in Portuguese, Notice Google Chrome automatically translates texts if you need. This will someday be a compilation of all my writings, divided by Borgean topics. There are also writings I wish I had written:

The ones I really, really want you to read before you read the rest:

Those that may help you save the world:

Those that are very long and full of ideas:

Those short:

Those about how to live life to the fullest:

Those related to evolution:

Those about minds:

Those which are on Lesswrong but I think should have been read more:

Those defying authority and important notions of the Status Quo:

Those I currently dislike or find silly:

Those humorous:


Those I want someone else to finish or rehash:

Those in portuguese:

Those not above:

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[-][anonymous]6y 2

What do you mean by compilation of writings "divided by Borgean topics"? I understand that it's a reference to Jorge Luis Borges, but have no idea what did you mean by that.

[-][anonymous]6y 4

It's usually a reference to this section of The Analytical Language of John Wilkins:

These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies remind us of those which doctor Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled 'Celestial Empire of benevolent Knowledge'. In its remote pages it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.

Indeed, the original:

Esas ambigüedades, redundancias y deficiencias recuerdan las que el doctor Franz Kuhn atribuye a cierta enciclopedia china que se titula Emporio celestial de conocimientos benévolos. En sus remotas páginas está escrito que los animales se dividen en (a) pertenecientes al Emperador, (b) embalsamados, (c) amaestrados, (d) lechones, (e) sirenas, (f) fabulosos, (g) perros sueltos, (h) incluidos en esta clasificación, (i) que se agitan como locos, (j) innumerables, (k) dibujados con un pincel finísimo de pelo de camello, (1) etcétera, (m) que acaban de romper el jarrón, (n) que de lejos parecen moscas.

Hey! I've read Number 005 before! That was a great post! Nice one ;)

I think that one is not Diego's. I was confused too, but the author's Wikipedia page) shows no sign of them being the same person[1], and Diego said:

There are also writings I wish I had written

I agree it's a great post though!

[1] Also, not to be confused with David Wong the philosopher).

Yes, at the moment there are only a few writing I wish I had written but I would like to put more of those there in the next iteration of link-insertion. Nothing by Paul Graham or AJ Jacobs is there yet, and I find many of their writings amazing. Not to mention Nick (Bostrom).