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Or "good place for those".

I didn't downvote, but to hazard a guess, this should have been submitted as a New Comment, but it was inappropriately submitted as a New Answer to the original question, which it clearly doesn't attempt to answer. (It is possible to edit an Answer into a Comment.)

I do not understand the appeal of MOJO. If you're going to overcomplicate Python to the point of C++, just use C++. Or, you know, a saner systems language like Rust. CPython has C interop already.

He's back. Again. Maybe.

We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam [Altman] to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo.

We are collaborating to figure out the details. Thank you so much for your patience through this.

Anyone know how Larry or Bret feel about x-risk?

If we don't have Ruler-level coordination to avoid it, we fall either to Moloch or the next Black Marble.

I recently stumbled across this video, which is making me rethink the Mini Habits thesis.

In summary, Dr. K specifically calls out that many people focus on habits to avoid running out of willpower but considers good habits and discipline to be separate things. He says "discipline" is not the exertion of willpower either, but rather it's a particular emotion: resolve.

To help explain what "resolve" means, he said that the opposite emotion is doubt. I think the cultivation of doubt is super important to our practice of epistemic rationality, but (according to Dr. K) to become disciplined, one must cultivate its opposite, resolve. So perhaps our epistemic skills have come at the cost of neglecting our agency. Resolve seems pretty dangerous if it's aimed at the wrong goals, so (if this works) I think it's important to cultivate both and to choose goals very carefully. On the other hand, too much doubt might also be unhealthy in the long term as it tends to numb all the other emotions over time.

Dr. K say that for the practice of cultivating resolve, one shouldn't start with something too important. One should pick something relatively easy/medium difficulty. His example was giving up ice cream for ten years. That particular resolution might not be appropriate for everyone, but it kind of indicates the level to aim for. It's not saving the world, but it's not trivial either. One should meditate on one's feeling of resolve about the practice resolution daily for at least a few minutes. Just stoke the emotion and amp it up.

His example was giving up ice cream for 10 years, but it doesn't take 10 years to see some progress. He says to move on to a more important resolve after cultivating the unimportant practice one daily for about 30 days. Then you can meditate on the important one daily for 15-20 minutes.

  • Walk back into the room keeping the thoughts you want to have
    • or (less effective) vividly imagine doing so.
  • Think with your eyes closed more often
    • or close your eyes when you notice your thoughts becoming important. (Not while operating heavy machinery ;)
  • Meditate deeply on the connection between your thoughts and vision, and potentially learn to notice thoughts slipping soon enough to consciously intervene when it happens.
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