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What is the exact formal difference/relation between probability distribution , random variable , and causal model ?

And you can't just get that stuff by asking your mind to tell you that stuff; you have to let your mind do its thing sometimes, without requiring a legible justification.

I need to really internalize this. I tend to "rediscover" this and forget about it the moment things become more stressful. 

Requiring that things be explicitly justified in terms of consequences forces a dichotomy: if you want to do something for reasons other than explicit justifications in terms of consequences, then you either have to lie about its explicit consequences, or you have to not do the thing. Both options are bad.

Unless one explicit justification is simply that "this is fun to do, which is Good™ in-and-of-itself, and also <insert this article here/>"?

Overall extremely good article and makes me less guilty about engaging in playful thinking (a frequent occurrence) 


  • using repetitive that hacks aren't easy -> using repetitive hacks that aren't easy
  • expects to be given you -> expects to be given to you

Testing Out Shortform and Comments

I really appreciate the existence of this functionality, since when it comes to trying to do something I either overdo or don't do at all. Shortforms make it managable and still publicly shared, so I still have enough incentive to create something nice and understandable. A much much better Twitter, and allows everyone to glimpse into the "studio" of very good writers.

Oh wow I can include images like this! Very nice.


Kind of agree. What do you think is the most value you get from this? Was wondering about whether I should post accountability-related stuff here (e.g. by editing the post) but not sure if it makes sense.

I have been feeling extremely impostery lately and do agree on the critical self-evaluation tendency. For the last month or so I felt entirely stuck with even the idea of an application giving me severe anxiety. Have been overcoming this slightly lately but I think this post and the conversations it caused has made em feel better. Thank you.

Successful Work Analysis

Managed to end up submitting some applications to places I think I would like to work at. I think things that helped me do this (notwithstanding chance/luck) were (in descending order of perceived priority):

  • Preventing potentially "oppressive" silence by having an audiobook/chat in the background. Not necessarily white noise chat, which can feel just irritating (not usually) and I don't tend to like music due to it influencing emotions too much. It also sometimes requires too much fiddling about with playlists etc. Examples:
  • "Positively" working myself out / physically tiring myself. Went out to have long walk with a friend. Though I think physical activity is indeed important, it didn't feel as impactful as the oppressive-silence-breaking.
  • The idea of being able to tell a friend, who is not that much invested in what I'm doing, that I did this and this cool thing.

These seem to somewhat lower my sense of anxiety both for applications/rejections and sending a message to people I should send a message to (e.g. job or someone I haven't replied to in a very long time).

This feels like a mini-twitter. Interesting

colab notebook

this interactive notebook

check out the notebook


First link is not like the others.

I propose a compromise: 1.5 hoses. This will lead to greatness.

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