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Cognitive scientist Joel Chan on metascience, scaling and automating innovation, collective intelligence, and tools for thought.

My admin pointed out the RSS feed (which I assume is what you found) and he's going to see if there's a way to make subscribing easier. 

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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I'm looking for a really short introduction to light therapy and a rig I can put in my basement-office. Over the years I've noticed my productivity just falls off a goddamn cliff after sundown during the winter months, and I'd like to try to do something about it. 

After the requisite searching I see a dozen or so references across lesswrong, and was wondering if someone could just tell me how the story ends and where I can shop for bulbs. 

For the most part I was thinking about just making things brighter, but I'm open to trying red-light therapy too if people have had success with that.  

I'm interested in a sub-field of AI but don't know what to call it.

Thanks for the recommendations. One thing that would is just knowing what this is called. Do your books give it a name?

I'm interested in a sub-field of AI but don't know what to call it.

Not yet. That's part of what we're hoping to learn about here.

Running a Futurist Institute.

I like that idea too. How hard is it to publish in academic journals? I don't have more than a BS, but I have done original research and I can write in an academic style.

Running a Futurist Institute.

A post-mortem isn't quite the same thing. Mine has a much more granular focus on the actual cognitive errors occurring, with neat little names for each of them, and has the additional step of repeatedly visualizing yourself making the correct move.

https://rulerstothesky.com/2016/03/17/the-stempunk-project-performing-a-failure-autopsy/

This is a rough idea of what I did, the more awesome version with graphs will require an email address to which I can send a .jpg

Running a Futurist Institute.

Different reasons, none of them nefarious or sinister.

I emailed a technique I call 'the failure autopsy' to Julia Galef, which as far as I know is completely unique to me. She gave me a cheerful 'I'll read this when I get a chance" and never got back to me.

I'm not sure why I was turned down for a MIRIx workshop; I'm sure I could've managed to get some friends together to read papers and write ideas on a whiteboard.

I've written a few essays for LW the reception of which were lukewarm. Don't know if I'm just bad at picking topics of interest or if it's a reflection of the declining status of this forum.

To be clear: I didn't come here to stamp my feet and act like a prissy diva. I don't think the rationalists are big meanies who are deliberately singling me out for exclusion. I'm sure everyone has 30,000 emails to read and a million other commitments and they're just busy.

But from my perspective it hardly matters: the point is that I have had no luck building contacts through the existing institutions and channeling my desire to help in any useful way.

You might be wondering whether or not I'm just not as smart or as insightful as I think I am. That's a real possibility, but it's worth pointing out that I also emailed the failure autopsy technique to Eric S. Raymond -- famed advocate of open source, bestselling author, hacker, philosopher, righteous badass -- and he not only gave me a lot of encouraging feedback, he took time out of his schedule to help me refine some of my terminology to be more descriptive. We're actually in talks to write a book together next year.

So it might be me, but there's evidence to indicate that it probably isn't.

Running a Futurist Institute.

I hadn't known about that, but I came to the same conclusion!

Running a Futurist Institute.

I gave that some thought! LW seems much less active than it once was, though, so that strategy isn't as appealing. I've also written a little for this site and the reception has been lukewarm, so I figured a book would be best.

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