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Recommending Understand, a Game about Discerning the Rules

I don't know about skills plural, but the game definitely drilled in that particular skill of aiming to falsify one's hypotheses instead of just confirming them. That's a skill well worth a dozen hours of deliberate practice in my opinion.

2021 Darwin Game - Everywhere Else

I reimplemented the game in vanilla Python and managed to simulate it several hundred times with ~10k random species for a total of hundreds of thousands of generations.

Unfortunately, I didn't read Hylang documentation carefully and thought foragers could simultaneously eat one of every food available, instead of just the most nutritious one...

Only my throwaway locust clone survived under the real rules. :'(

Where do your eyes go?

Haven't played Osu! for many years now unfortunately. I only got into it briefly to practice mouse accuracy for FPS games, but that motivation has dried up. I suspect Osu! would still be damn good fun without it, so I'll let you know if it gets to the top of my gaming queue. :)

Where do your eyes go?

Here are two recentish papers I really enjoyed reading, which I think are fairly reasonable to approach. Some of the serious technical details might be out of reach.

Where do your eyes go?

I tried Touhou Perfect Cherry Blossom at one point and never got past any difficulty, so I defer to your expertise here. There's a general skill of getting better at focusing one's attention in tandem with getting better at execution and this post is only a first approximation.

Where do your eyes go?

Yea, I think there's some general pattern of the form:

  1. Research is weird and mysterious.
  2. Instead of studying research, why don't we study the minds that do research?
  3. But minds are equally weird and mysterious!
  4. Ah yes, but you are yourself possessed of a mind, which, weirdly enough, can imitate other minds at a mysteriously deep level without consciously understanding what they're doing.
  5. Profit.
Where do your eyes go?

I love the film study post, thanks for linking! This all reminds me of a "fishbowl exercise" they used to run at the MIRI Summer Fellows program, where everyone crowded around for half an hour and watched two researchers do research. I suppose the main worry about transporting such exercises to research is that you end up watching something like this.

Gravity Turn

But then he encounters the rigamarole of the whole process you describe in your post and it stops him from doing what he originally dreamed. He needs to get published. He needs to do original research. He needs to help his advisor and other professors do their research. He needs to do all of that because otherwise he won't be respected enough to actually have a career in physics research. But doing that kind of work isn't why he got into physics in the first place!

I'm confused about the claim that the academic process is at all misaligned with his original dream. Isn't doing original research and getting published the clearest path - though perhaps not the only one - on the way to the goal of restructuring quantum mechanics? Isn't helping his advisor and other professors do their research one of the best ways of learning the ropes in the meantime? Isn't acquiring the respect of your colleagues exactly the path to having a whole community and field at your back to effect those paradigm-shifting breakthroughs, instead of going it alone?

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