Angela Pretorius


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Luna Lovegood and the Chamber of Secrets - Part 12

Or is the author a text predicting neural network which has no visuospatial capacities and sucks at geometry?

Gauging the conscious experience of LessWrong

I'm trying to find out which associations are or aren't universal.

Do you associate higher pitched sounds with paler colours and feel them more in your extremities? Do you associate lower pitched sounds with darker colours and feel them more in your core?

When you look at a visually cluttered scene, does your inner speech get louder in order to compete for your attention? If not, how would you make sense of the metaphor 'a loud shirt'?

Would you be more likely to associate thickly textured music with the sensation of being under a duvet than thinly textured music?

Do you automatically associate some sounds with roughness and some sounds with smoothness?

When people talk about something having a 'clear sound', do you imagine it being translucent?

When you hear a very loud and discordant chord, is the pain localised to a particular part of your body depending on the pitch and timbre of the note, do you experience pain that is not really localised anywhere, or is it not painful at all?

Gauging the conscious experience of LessWrong

All but three of your definitions are exactly the same as the definitions that I would give.

Split notes are what novice brass players produce. To hammer a note is to play a note that is loud and sudden and short. Music is flowing if every note feels like it is the natural continuation of the notes before it. So an unanticipated discord or pause or change in volume will break the flow, but if it feels like the music is building up to a sudden change then the flow will be broken by not having this sudden change.

Gauging the conscious experience of LessWrong

Here's one thing I've always found puzzling:

Everyone seems to knows what it means when a music teacher describes a passage as 'flowing' or 'full of energy' or 'treacly', or describes a note to be 'hard' or 'soft' or 'bright' or 'split'. Yet some people say that they don't have synaesthesia and there are even people who say they have no imagery at all.

Are there people who instinctively know what a 'bright sound' is yet don't automatically visualise such sounds as being brightly coloured? Or who instinctively know what a 'hammering note' is without feeling any physical pain when they hear one?

The Flynn Effect Clarified

The paper Parasite prevalence and the worldwide distribution of cognitive ability by Christopher Epping et al suggests that the Flynn effect was partly due to a reduction in exposure to parasites and infectious diseases during pregnancy and childhood.

Forecasting Thread: Existential Risk

I agree. I mean, when would you say that the existential catastrophe happens in the following scenario?

Suppose that technological progress starts to slow down and, as a result, economic growth fails to keep pace with population growth. Living standards decline over the next several decades until the majority of the world's population is living in extreme poverty. For a few thousand years the world remains in a malthusian trap. Then there is a period of rapid technological progress for a few hundred years which allows a significant portion of the population to escape poverty and acheive a comfortable standard of living. Then technological progress starts to slow down again. The whole cycle repeats many times until some fluke event causes human extinction.

Swiss Political System: More than You ever Wanted to Know (II.)

How are these percentages to be interpreted?

Municipalities spend the most on the cost item "environment" (63%). Environment is followed by "culture, sports and recreation" (56%) and "administration” (44%).

Prisoners' Dilemma with Costs to Modeling

In the definition FB(X)↔□(X(FB)) , what does FB(X) mean and what does X(FB) mean?

What are objects that have made your life better?

Here is my list:
1. Peltor Optime 3M earmuffs. Without them I would not be able to work, vacuum the house, be in the same room as a spinning washing machine or allow my husband to control the volume on the TV.
2. Poundland earplugs. They block more noise than any other brand that I've tried.3. Tangle Teezer hair brushes. As a child, if anyone tried to touch my hair I would run away or, if cornered, kick and bite the aggressor. I refused to brush my hair or to cut off my dreadlocks myself. Instead, every time my hair needed to be cut or washed I would be physically restrained and I would be screaming during the whole procedure. Tangle Teezer brushes solved the whole problem.
4. Poundworld has closed down but my list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Poundworld comfort bras. Poundworld boys socks were also great; if you turned them inside out they were actually more comfortable than many expensive brands of seamless socks.
5. Primark full briefs. They are more comfortable than Asda full briefs.
6. Any smartphone, e-reader or other portable boredom-reducing device.

What are your greatest one-shot life improvements?

I can't fall asleep with earplugs in. I wear earplugs and earmuffs at work, but my job involves fast-paced assembly work which provides a lot of tactile feedback to distract me from the itchy earplugs.

Also be aware any earplugs marketed as being 'for sleep' or 'for nuisance noise' block out so little noise that you are better off sleeping on your side with a pillow over your ear. Look for earplugs with an SNR of at least 30dB (preferably at least 35dB).

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