Philosophy PhD student. Interested in ethics, metaethics, AI, EA, disagreement/erisology


[Book Review] The Trouble with Physics

You might check out Eric Weinstein's podcast, "The Portal" and the associated discord server. He has a theory about this, "geometric unity". And while I haven't been active on the discord server, I think they're working on this as well.

If you want to be invited to the discord server, PM me and I'll send you a link.

Why Productivity Systems Don't Stick

I liked this post a lot.

My experience with ideas related to this (e.g. Replacing Guilt, IFS) has been that I tend not to be able to muster compassion and understanding for whatever part of myself is putting up resistance. Rather, I just get frustrated with it for being so obviously wrong and irrational. I just can't see how those parts of myself could possibly be correct (e.g. How could it possibly be correct to not do my paper, that would get me kicked out of my PhD program). And when I remind myself of these sorts of techniques and that I'm supposed to be trying to have compassion and understanding for those parts of myself and leave room for the possibility that they might have a point, this just creates another iteration of the same problem: I get frustrated with myself for not being able to understand myself.

Reading this post helped me see, at least a little bit, how some of those motivations of mine might be based on things that are valuable.

(Actually, writing this comment was helpful as well: writing out the above made me realize that I don't have to acknowledge that there's even a chance that those parts of myself might be totally correct. Rather, I have to acknowledge that there's a chance they might be at least partially correct. E.g., if part of me doesn't want to do my paper, I don't have to acknowledge that there's a possibility that the best thing to do is to not do it ever. Rather, perhaps there's some reason not to do it now - perhaps I just need a rest, or perhaps there's some way that doing it now would harm me and I need to fix that first.)

Why Productivity Systems Don't Stick

I for one would like to read that

What currents of thought on LessWrong do you want to see distilled?

One thing I would like distilled is Eliezer's metaethics sequence. (I might try to do this one myself at some point.)

Another is a discussion of how the literature on biases has held up to the replication crisis (I know the priming stuff has fallen, but how much does that taint? What else has replicated/failed to replicate?)

What do you think should be included in a series about conceptual media?

No problem. I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

Signaling importance

I'm not positive, but I think in principle you could use colors on LW, via CSS in the markdown editor. Could be wrong here though.

What are Examples of Great Distillers?

Can't claim advanced knowledge for either of these, but based on benefitting from them myself: Jonathan Haidt for social and evolutionary psychology, and the 3Blue1Brown youtube channel for math.

Why does History assume equal national intelligence?

Also, in various places you seem to be moving back and forth between explaining events in terms of how smart a decision was, vs how smart a person was. These are different (though of course related).

Why does History assume equal national intelligence?

“raw computing power” or “adeptness at achieving ones’ desired outcomes”

If you go for the second one, then you're essentially suggesting that sometimes we should explain a person's success (failure) in terms of their innate tendency to succeed (fail). This sounds like a mysterious explanation. It's like saying that sleeping medicine works because it has a dormitive potency.

I'm not saying the second definition is never useful, just not in this context.

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