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!
Huh, let me ask about that!
Thanks for your interest.
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.
Thanks for the recommendations. One thing that would is just knowing what this is called. Do your books give it a name?
Not yet. That's part of what we're hoping to learn about here.
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.
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.
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
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... (read more)
I hadn't known about that, but I came to the same conclusion!
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.
That's not a bad idea. As it stands I'm pursuing the goal of building a dedicated group of people around these ideas, which is proving difficult enough as it is. Eventually I'll want to move forward with the institute, though, and it seems wise to begin thinking about that now.
I have done that, on a number of different occasions. I have also tried for literally years to contribute to futurism in other ways; I attempted to organize a MIRIx workshop and was told no because I wasn't rigorous enough or something, despite the fact that on the MIRIx webpage it says:
"A MIRIx workshop can be as simple as gathering some of your friends to read MIRI papers together, talk about them, eat some snacks, scribble some ideas on whiteboards, and go out to dinner together."
Which is exactly what I was proposing.
I have tried for years to... (read more)
You're right. Here is a reply I left on a Reddit thread answering this question:
This institution will essentially be a formalization and scaling-up of a small group of futurists that already meet to discuss emerging technologies and similar subjects. Despite the fact that they've been doing this for years attendance is almost never more than ten people (25 attendees would be fucking woodstock).
I think the best way to begin would be to try and use this seed to create a TED-style hub of recurring discussions on exactly these topics. There's a lot of low-hang... (read more)
(1) The world does not have a surfeit of intelligent technical folks thinking about how to make the future a better place. Even if I founded a futurist institute in the exact same building as MIRI/CFAR, I don't think it'd be overkill.
(2) There is a profound degree of technical talent here in central Colorado which doesn't currently have a nexus around which to have these kinds of discussions about handling emerging technologies responsibly. There is a real gap here that I intend to fill.
That hadn't even occurred to me, thank you! Do you think it'd be inappropriate? This isn't a LW specific meetup, just a bunch of tech nerds getting together to discuss this huge tech project I just finished.
Thanks! I suppose I wasn't as clear as I could have been: I was actually wondering if there are any people who are reading it currently, who might be grappling with the same issues as me and/or might be willing to split responsibility for creating Anki cards. This textbook is outstanding, and I think there would be significant value in anki-izing as much of it as possible.
Because I missed numerous implications, needlessly increased causal opacity, and failed to establish a baseline before I started fiddling with variables. Those are poor troubleshooting practices.
So a semi-related thing I've been casually thinking about recently is how to develop what basically amounts to a hand-written programming language.
Like a lot of other people I make to-do lists and take detailed notes, and I'd like to develop a written notation that not only captures basic tasks, but maybe also simple representations of the knowledge/emotional states of other people (i.e. employees).
More advanced than that, I've also been trying to think of ways I can take notes in a physical book that will allow a third party to make Anki flashcards or ev... (read more)
I mentioned CMU for the reasons you've stated and because Lukeprog endorsed their program once (no idea what evidence he had that I don't).
I have also spoken to Katja Grace about it, and there is evidently a bit of interest in LW themes among the students there.
I'm unaware of other programs of a similar caliber, though there are bound to be some. If anyone knows of any, by all means list them, that was the point of my original comment.
I think there'd be value in just listing graduate programs in philosophy, economics, etc., by how relevant the research already being done there is to x-risk, AI safety, or rationality. Or by whether or not they contain faculty interested in those topics.
For example, if I were looking to enter a philosophy graduate program it might take me quite some time to realize that Carnegie Melon probably has the best program for people interested in LW-style reasoning about something like epistemology.
Data point/encouragement: I'm getting a lot out of these, and I hope you keep writing them.
I'm one of those could-have-beens who dropped mathematics early on despite a strong interest and spent the next decade thinking he sucked at math before he rediscovered numerical proclivites in his early 20's because FAI theory caused him to peek at Discrete Mathematics.
Both unknown to me, thanks :)
Why? What's wrong with wanting to be masculine?
Interesting tie-in, thanks.
Incidentally, how cool would it be to be able to say "my epistemology is the most advanced"? If nothing else it'd probably be a great pickup line at LW meetups.
It's worth a lot, I'll look into it.
Agreed. I think in light of the fact that a lot of this stuff is learned iteratively you'd want to unpack 'basic mathematics'. I'm not sure of the best way to graphically represent iterative learning, but maybe you could have arrows going back to certain subjects, or you could have 'statistics round II' as one of nodes in the network.
It seems like insights are what you're really aiming at, so maybe instead of 'probability theory' you have a node for 'distributions' and 'variance' at some early point in the tree then later you have 'Bayesian v. Frequentist reasoning'.
This would help also help you unpack basic mathematics, though I don't know much about the dependencies either. I hope too, soon :)
I thought of that as well, it does need some work done in terms of presentation. It'd be a good place to start, yes.
My two cents: I studied math pretty intensively on my own and later started programming. To my pleasant surprise, the thinking style involved in math transmitted almost directly over into programming. I'd imagine that the inverse is also true.
I'm sorry I missed this and hope it went well. Work has been chaotic lately, but I absolutely support a LW presence in Denver. I've tried once before to get a similar group off the ground, and would be happy to help this one along with presentations, planning, rationalist game nights, whatever.
I'll try to be there.
Actually, I folded it into another group called the Boulder Future Salon, which doesn't deal exclusively with x-risk but which has other advantages going for it, like a pre-existing membership.
How would you recommend responding?
I think I'm basically prepared for that line of attack. MIRI is not a cult, period. When you want to run a successful cult you do it Jim-Jones-style, carting everyone to a secret compound and carefully filtering the information that makes it in or out. You don't work as hard as you can to publish your ideas in a format where they can be read by anyone, you don't offer to publicly debate William Lane Craig, and you don't seek out the strongest versions of criticisms of your position (i.e. those coming from Robin Hanson).
Eliezer hasn't made it any easier on ... (read more)
"Note that AI is certainly not a great filter: an AI would likely expand through the universe itself"
I was confused by this, what is it supposed to mean? Off the top of my head it certainly seems like there is sufficient space between 'make and AI that causes the extinction of the human races or otherwise makes expanding into space difficult' and 'make an AI that causes the extinction of the human race but which goes on to colonize the universe' for AI to be a great filter.
This comment is a poorly-organized brain dump which serves as a convenient gathering place for what I've learned after several days of arguing with every MIRI critic I could find. It will probably get it's own expanded post in the future, and if I have the time I may try to build a near-comprehensive list.
I've come to understand that criticisms of MIRI's version of the intelligence explosion hypothesis and the penumbra of ideas around it fall into two permeable categories:
Those that criticize MIRI as an organization or the whole FAI enterprise (people mak... (read more)
A good point, I must spend some time looking into the FOOM debate.
I've heard the singularity-pattern-matches-religious-tropes argument before and hadn't given it much thought, but I find your analysis that the argument is wrong to be convincing, at least for the futurism I'm acquainted with. I'm less sure that it's true of Kurzweil's brand of futurism.
Correct, I've been pursuing that as well.
Only the IE as defended by MIRI; it'd be a much longer talk if I wanted to defend everything they've put forward!
With what software was this done?
For those interested, I ended up donating to the Brain Preservation Foundation, MIRI, SENS, and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund.
More detail here:
Good stuff. It took me quite a long time to work these ideas out for myself. There are also situations in which it can be beneficial to let somewhat obvious non-truths continue existing.
Example: your boss is good at doing something but his theoretical explanation for why it works is nonsense. Most of the time questioning the theory is only likely to piss them off, and unless you can replace it with something better, keeping your mouth shut is probably the safest option.
I'd like to aim squarely at Death.
The Brain Preservation Foundation was one of the first charities I thought of, I'll definitely be considering them.
I would be interested, yes.
Head over to meetup.com and search for AI and Existential Risk, then join the group. We just had our inaugural meeting.
I too think it would be economics, though probably of a more philosophical type, like what they do at the London School of Economics.
And yes, I'd be very interested in doing something like that :)
I propose that we reappropriate the white/black/grey hat terminology from the Linux community, and refer to black/white/grey cloak rationality. Someday perhaps we'll have red cloak rationalists.
Another nail hit squarely on the head. Your concept of a strange playing field has helped crystallize an insight I've been grappling with for a while -- a strategy can be locally rational even if it is in some important sense globally irrational. I've had several other insights which are specific instances of this and which I only just realized are part of a more general phenomenon. I believe it can be rational to temporarily suspend judgement in the pursuit of certain kinds of mystical experiences (and have done this with some small success), and I believ... (read more)