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Counterfactual Induction

Oh, I see what the issue is. Propositional tautology given means , not . So yeah, when A is a boolean that is equivalent to via boolean logic alone, we can't use that A for the exact reason you said, but if A isn't equivalent to via boolean logic alone (although it may be possible to infer by other means), then the denominator isn't necessarily small.

Counterfactual Induction

Yup, a monoid, because and , so it acts as an identitity element, and we don't care about the order. Nice catch.

You're also correct about what propositional tautology given A means.

Counterfactual Induction (Algorithm Sketch, Fixpoint proof)

Yup! The subscript is the counterfactual we're working in, so you can think of it as a sort of conditional pricing.

The prices aren't necessarily unique, we set them anew on each turn, and there may be multiple valid prices for each turn. Basically, the prices are just set so that the supertrader doesn't earn money in any of the "possible" worlds that we might be in. Monotonicity is just "the price of a set of possibilities is greater than the price of a subset of possibilities"

Counterfactual Induction

If there's a short proof of from and a short proof of from and they both have relatively long disproofs, then counterfacting on , should have a high value, and counterfacting on , should have a high value.

The way to read is that the stuff on the left is your collection of axioms ( is a finite collection of axioms and just means we're using the stuff in as well as the statement as our axioms), and it proves some statement.

For the first formulation of the value of a statement, the value would be 1 if adding doesn't provide any help in deriving a contradiction from A. Or, put another way, the shortest way of proving , assuming A as your axioms, is to derive and use principle of explosion. It's "independent" of A, in a sense.

There's a technicality for "equivalent" statements. We're considering "equivalent" as "propositionally equivalent given A" (Ie, it's possible to prove an iff statement with only the statements in A and boolean algebra alone. For example, is a statement provable with only boolean algebra alone. If you can prove the iff but you can't do it with boolean algebra alone, it doesn't count as equivalent. Unless is propositionally equivalent to , then is not equivalent to , (because maybe is false and is true) which renders the equality you wrote wrong, as well as making the last paragraph incoherent.

In classical probability theory, holds iff is 0. Ie, if it's impossible for both things to happen, the probability of "one of the two things happen" is the same as the sum of the probabilities for event 1 and event 2.

In our thing, we only guarantee equality for when (assuming A). This is because (first two = by propositonally equivalent statements getting the same value, the third = by being propositionally equivalent to assuming , fourth = by being propositionally equivalent to , final = by unitarity. Equality may hold in some other cases, but you don't have a guarantee of such, even if the two events are disjoint, which is a major difference from standard probability theory.

The last paragraph is confused, as previously stated. Also, there's a law of boolean algebra that is the same as . Also, the intuition is wrong, should be less than , because "probability of event 1 happens" is greater than "probability that event 1 and event 2 happens".

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CO2 Stripper Postmortem Thoughts

Yup, this turned out to be a crucial consideration that makes the whole project look a lot less worthwhile. If ventilation at a bad temperature is available, it's cheaper to just get a heat exchanger and ventilate away and eat the increased heating costs during winter than to do a CO2 stripper.

There's still a remaining use case for rooms without windows that aren't amenable to just feeding an air duct outside, but that's a lot more niche than my original expectations. Gonna edit the original post now.

CO2 Stripper Postmortem Thoughts

Also, a paper on extremely high-density algal photobioreactors quotes algal concentration by volume as being as high as 6% under optimal conditions. The dry mass is about 1/8 of the wet mass of algae, so that's 0.75% concentration by weight percent. If the algal inventory in your reactor is 9 kg dry mass (you'd need to waste about 3 kg/day of dry weight or 24 kg/day of wet weight, to keep up with 2 people worth of CO2, or a third of the algae each day), that's 1200 kg of water in your reactor. Since a gallon is about 4 kg of water, that's... 300 gallons, or 6 55-gallon drums, footprint 4 ft x 6 ft x 4 ft high, at a bare minimum (probably 3x that volume in practice), so we get the same general sort of result from a different direction.

I'd be quite surprised if you could do that in under a thousand dollars.

CO2 Stripper Postmortem Thoughts

[EDIT: I see numbers as high as 4 g/L/day quoted for algae growth rates, I updated the reasoning accordingly]

The numbers don't quite add up on an algae bioreactor for personal use. The stated growth rate for chlorella algae is 0.6 g/L/day, and there are about 4 liters in a gallon, so 100 gallons of algae solution is 400 liters is 240 g of algae grown per day, and since about 2/3ds of new biomass comes from CO2 via the 6CO2+6H2O->C6H12O6 reaction, that's 160 g of CO2 locked up per day, or... about 1/6 of a person worth of CO2 in a 24 hour period. [EDIT: 1 person worth of CO2 in a 24 hour period, looks more plausible]

Plants are inefficient at locking up CO2 relative to chemical reactions!

Also you wouldn't be able to just have the algae as a giant vat, because light has to penetrate in, so the resulting reactor to lock up 1/6 [EDIT: 1] of a person worth of CO2 would be substantially larger than the footprint of 2 55-gallon drums.

CO2 Stripper Postmortem Thoughts

I have the relevant air sensor, it'd be really hard to blind it because it makes noise, and the behavioral effects thing is a good idea, thank you.

It's not currently with me.

I think the next thing to do is build the 2.0 design, because it should perform better and will also be present with me, then test the empirical CO2 reduction and behavioral effects (although, again, blinding will be difficult), and reevaluate at that point.

So You Want to Colonize The Universe Part 5: The Actual Design

Good point on phase 6. For phase 3, smaller changes in velocity further out are fine, but I still think that even with less velocity changes, you'll still have difficulty finding an engine that gets sufficient delta-V that isn't fission/fusion/antimatter based. (also in the meantime I realized that neutron damage over those sorts of timescales are going to be *really* bad.) For phase 5, I don't think a lightsail would provide enough deceleration, because you've got inverse-square losses. Maybe you could decelerate with a lightsail in the inner stellar system, but I think you'd just breeze right through since the radius of the "efficiently slow down" sphere is too small relative to how much you slow down, and in the outer stellar system, light pressure is too low to slow you down meaningfully.

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