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There are a list of actual stories and descriptions of creepy sexual harassment. It was enough for me to frown and think to recommend people to choose other branches of medical doctor other than cardiologists. Although I consider myself sensitive to anecdotal evidence and confounding variables, my inner disclaimer didn’t make it explicit this time. 

So wow, the last paragraph is talking directly to me. 

I suggest this society help people with this issue, to the same degree as poverty, as it is hard to make out of it alone.

This happens probably because I assumed he is certain about the topic and I didn't doubt. His message was clear: "Cardiologists are bad." Later I could break this statement because he didn't believe it at first place, as well as the bad reasoning. Notice he pulled the anecdotal evidence again, this time to defend the cardiologist side. We can refute him again, that "You can't convince me by just examples," however, I didn't do it last time I read this.  Should we doubt writers every time we read something? Yes, to avoid bias. Yes, when you detect bad reasoning. But my default is "read and assume they are right." I feel the necessity to doubt, but I am not certain if that is the right, correct path. 

Some desires are universal among humans.

  • I want to be rich without putting in much effort.

This is particularly meaningful message to me. It is about a year ago when I found a youtube channel talking about "small work big money." It isn't just a discussion channel, but they try to carry their desire to action, by drawing characters, making hoodies, and communicating with users and running and expanding their business; it was just impressive that they stretch their ability in the theme of "small work big money." 

Since then, I believe human desires have the potential to influence people, even if it is just a dream.  

Efficiency is everybody's concern, IMAO. I hope you can share progress on this issue later on:)

In online space, I saw several productive people who get reward by just crossing off the to-do list. I also get content feeling when I cross off, but it is not sufficient enough to let me do all the to-do list before sleeping. Lesswrong's karma system I get every morning is sufficient enough to write a comment constantly. I hope you hack the mechanism and boost our productivity:)

Your project sounds compelling! I think you may consider doing this as open project, so that people who find your project on online can contribute to the wiki site. 

Thank you! Yes, the plan is that I will do the first version myself, then invite those teachers who made the videos ("if you make a new video, would you be so kind to also add it here? also, feel free to add other content"), and finally open it for everyone. The reason I want to make the first version myself is that I have some strong opinions on what it should be like, and if I make it that way, other people will follow the existing standards. Inviting other people too soon would feel like inviting them to make the design decisions. (I am not really afraid of having my opinions overriden by group consensus: if many people feel differently, who knows, they may be actually right. Rather I am afraid of getting in conflict with the second or third editor, if they turn out to be a quarrelsome person.) Here are those strong opinions: * the wiki should be a list of resources, not a list of lists of resources. If you have a YouTube channel, I will include your individual videos, not your channel directly. The reason is that this is more convenient for my users: if they want to learn about e.g. quadratic equations, they can click Ctrl+F, type "quadratic equation", and click on the results (or immediately find out that there are none). Rather than opening dozen lists and searching in each of them separately (and maybe finding out that there is nothing relevant, two hours later). Also, when you have lists of lists, there is typically a large overlap between them, so you have 20 lists of 20 videos each, but that is only 50 videos in total, instead of the naively expected 400. So I'd rather make a list of those 50 videos. * videos with advertising? Yes, but clearly labeled as such. A video with ads is better than no video, but a video without ads is better than a video with ads. So one video would be called e.g. "Roman numerals", and the other would be called "Roman numerals (contains advertising)". This will be technically enforce

My gaining here is that people without aphantasia still have weakness in creating mental images. Aphantasia people just have more. Writing a visual description, creating a mental image for art, or remembering every moment of life are obviously difficult tasks to normal person, while trained aphantasia person may be able to. In my experience, intention of creating mental image directly turn to the "feeling" of creating the image(most people stops here), which can be scattered easily if I try to look up the image clearly. 

Based on unreliable online sour... (read more)

I suspect personality, skill level, and now aphantasia in your case impacted on fiction writing. Right now, I put personality as the top reason for this. I like comic books and web comics, thus my fiction consists of a series of images and motions in my head, and I don’t really write them down in texts. In this path, I am also not confident of writing a description with a variety of vocabulary. Oh, at the end, lack of time is the main issue, sadly;) 

Normally I would say it happens and people forget details. But his case seems like he has a biological issue. I think something serious is happening to him. 

The essay has several shocking parts. I enjoyed reading it. 

Besides being aphantasia, I like short, easy and clear writings, few sentences summarizings, and facts without decorations. Generally that is journalism writing. And if this is related to aphantasia...that’s interesting. 

Although I am not an aphantasia, I agree that fiction writing will be impacted by it, in addition to limited vocabulary, lack of practice, etc. And the graphic art will be the same case, as reference images and its mental processing are important.

After I posted the question, today I experienced a handful of moments when my brain didn’t work to visualize, even though I can. Also I am assured mental images are not the only source of creativity. Thank you for pinpointing out.

I am physically nodding to you right now:)

I do hear the voice of comic book/novel characters that my brain synthesizes automatically, everytime. I noticed this when there is an audio/movie version of a book and disparity exists. Actually, audiozation comes more often. I read and write texts with an inner voice, and sound gets clear when I read slower. That's why I stay to be a slow reader.

I generally have been a slow reader, so it sounds reasonable that people with aphantasia read fast. I am going to bring this topic to my friends and find out who may have aphantasia haha

When I first saw this test, I choose #6 directly without really imagining a red square. And I realized it and tried again. For first some moments I saw #1-3! And could not move to #6 really when I concentrated on. Although at this time, closing my eyes, I tried to “see” the image crystal clear, and it will be a hallucination if it happens. 

I am a bit confused now how to balance between aphantasia and hallucination. I know I am not aphantasia based on several moments that mental images striked my memory. I am also not seeing hallucination, it normally ... (read more)

I have not tried the square test before, and it's weird. At my first attempt I just completely failed. I've certainly seen enough squares in my life to imagine them, but it just did not happen. Then I imagined drawing that square - not the tactile sensition of it, but just the process of going from A to B to C to A, but that only gets me the 3rd type of square. I can push it to the 4 with additional effort, but I can't seem to get past that just yet. So it's far from red. The shape is certainly easier for me to imagine than color, colors tend to be really bleak. It reminds me of another classic example, where they ask you to imagine an apple. At my very first attempt I found that difficult for some reason, but after a while I have no trouble imagining any apples I want - green, red, yellow, mixed color, stem with leaf or without leaf, no stem, partially eaten, cut in half, partially rotten, with a worm inside it, etc etc. But then again I have a lot more experience paying attention to apples then to abstract red squares, even if I do see squares way more often. Maybe it adds to effect. Or maybe all the possible transformations of shape distract me enough from color so that I fail to notice how poor my imagination of it really is.  

Thank you for the detailed description, I can sense how aphantasia is like much better now:)  

And I realized I have a very similar experience with you, because visualization is not happening everyday in my brain. Now I feel that It just makes content memorable when it happens, and that makes me think I do visualization often. But when I read a name of someone, I am reading his or her name, not imagining the face of the person.  And I still can recall a sense of the person just by reading it. I can grasp your concept of “fundamental” with thi... (read more)

Oh this post surprises me! Similar thoughts are going on your next post and this one.

I love this post! This seems like not different from running a high school club haha. 

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Guess you could say that!
  • Answerers should generally try to figure out enlightened questions and answer those questions. This method is often the one that will be best for the asker's utility.

This takeaway makes sense to me, and I would suggest separating questions into different categories(contexts, characters, etc). In a large classroom, people often need clarifications than solutions, as thinking more than one minute here can be counter productive; Professor would answer directly and shortly, especially when questions are simple. In a problem-solving or thesis writing, people st... (read more)

Solid points, thank you. On the latter (around information feeds), I very much agree. Those examples are good ones. I just released a follow up post that goes into a bit more detail on some of this, here:

My previous prediction was that if the CDC were to update its guidance in sensible ways, that elite opinion would fall in line with that. Those defending the old guidelines would shift to defending the new ones because their actual algorithm is to defend the official line, so opposition to a change before it happens is a very different thing from opposition to a change after it is announced.

This striked my thinking algorithm. In the retrospect of the beginning of COVID crisis, I was in a huge favor of wearing mask because I thought myself was right when me... (read more)

I thought work-life-balance is the term accusing the exploitation of workers: Chronic overtime work and frequent night work with strict penalty on late coming. Although I know such workplaces exist in America, I expect them to be much more frequent in Asia. If the author haven't worked in those, he or she may not see the whole picture of the pursuit of work-life-balance. I generally agree about the point of the writing though.

There have been many derivations of education, focusing on optimizing the power of lecture and sharing of knowledge. this project focuses on dormitory, which has been just "side" and it seems very impactful and it is working. Also this tights several ideas I was thinking of--from creating a company, teamwork, renting a whole apartment, cheap life cost, "students should pay for the education?" etc. I'd like to join it when my time comes.

My guess would be that it's different in Asia because there industrial development is much younger, and the population is more used to "poor" and less luxurious living conditions.

You suspects there is an association between "industrial development" and "living conditions." I can start from here.

By the way, thanks for reply! My comment below contains mainly American evidences, so I hope this can fit to the situation of Europe.

For people who want to live in city, but are poor, you brought up nano-apartment to fulfill the needs and wondered why it is not freq... (read more)

I think he will be fine as he mentioned faith and open-mind, but your story also helps us with some glance of faith experimentation. Expansion with faith seems exciting, partially because it is restricted. Thank you for sharing:)  

Well, I know it exists. At least in Korea.

There is a symbolic example of your “nano-apartment,” called Goshitel. It is the cheapest form of rent, with about the area of 3.3 meter squared. The term “Goshi” is attached because it has been used by people who decided to spend every minute studying for the Goshi exam and become the public governor, the most sustainable job in the country. 

Therefore the first reason people need the nano apartment is to have the longest possible time while not working for their reasons: people who refused work. Well, the sec... (read more)

Thanks for your answer! I had an idea that there's more very small housing in Asia, but never got such a clear exposition to a clear example. I'm not from the US, but from Europe, but they're fairly similar culturally (although I suspect Europe might have even stronger housing regulations than the US). After some of the comments here, I've settled on a mixture of "it's the regulations" and "not *that* many people want it, but it's still available for the ones who do". I think that's because the need for dense housing during the industrial revolution was a long time ago, and the majority of people don't need/want nano-apartments, so they don't care/think about the possibility of very dense housing. My guess would be that it's different in Asia because there industrial development is much younger, and the population is more used to "poor" and less luxurious living conditions. Do you think that's getting at the truth?

While delivering knowledges is a major part of education, I just want to mention that post-education is very important because most students stop learning about subjects. When I was young, I joined a science summer camp and had fun and challenging time, but after camp my life hadn't changed at all. Today I reflect past memories and think I may become different person if my learning is continued even after no teachers are around.

Finding outside resources, planning a research or engaging with a community can be desirable habits for students. Also questioning a big picture and real-life applications help students learn about other subjects.

after this chapter, I have one interesting thought: death becomes a secret.

I know people all die one day at early childhood, and I believe current kids also know it (although it does not mean I understand what is it like to lost somebody). Death seems like a universal law that controls over all of life. But what if we can avoid death? So that kids and teens don't know about the concept of death?

it is going to be fun, I imagine