Liam Goddard

I used to want to take over the world once I grew up. Now I realize I was aiming too small.


Why We Launched LessWrong.SubStack

This is hilarious, but how do we access these "exclusive posts" without paying thousands of dollars?

Against neutrality about creating happy lives

I understand your point, but I'm not sure if your position is consistent. From a consequentialist standpoint, valuing new life is usually problematic in how it affects the world. The mere addition paradox is a thought experiment that shows that if you're willing to make even the tiniest sacrifice to create a new, slightly happy person, the continuation of the process suggests that it is moral to replace a small society of joyful people with a large society with very little average happiness. Because of this, many ethicists would prefer not to create new people just because they use up too many resources and therefore decrease the happiness of others. Would you be willing to create slightly happy people if it sacrificed utility in the lives of those who are already there?

Deflationism isn't the solution to philosophy's woes

Interesting, I didn't realize there were this many people on the site. How many users have written posts?


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Elephant seal

I'm noticing that you're making a lot of posts that are very off-topic. What does an elephant seal, or opening a thesaurus, or finding out your ancestry, have to do with rationality? This would probably be a lot better for shortform posts or a personal blog outside of LessWrong.

Luna Lovegood and the Chamber of Secrets - Part 4

It implies the writing is bad- GPT-3 isn't exactly the best author.

Luna Lovegood and the Chamber of Secrets - Part 4

Normally I would say you were being rude, but the last time I saw someone call a post GPT-writing, they were absolutely correct, so I'm going to avoid passing judgement unless lsusr verifies who wrote it.

The Darwin Game - Rounds 21-500

This has been a really interesting game! It's good to see I survived, although I barely made it to the end.

I assume that when you run the 'official' timeline, the arrival of AbstractSpyTreeBot will bring MeasureBot higher than in this, so MeasureBot will probably reach second place. But even with randomness as a factor, I doubt such a small change would disrupt EarlyBirdMimicBot's serious advantage. I think we can probably say Multicore is the winner.

I'd be interested in watching you continue the game past round 500- EarlyBirdMimicBot would most likely remain in first, and me in fourth, but I would want to see if things change between MeasureBot and BendBot. However, it might be a while before those rounds could be run- by this point we're seeing more alternate timelines than Doctor Strange. (Or the Guardians of the Universe, if you're more of a DC fan.)

The Darwin Game - Rounds 10 to 20

LiamGoddard is an EquityBot. It plays 3232 on the first four rounds and then determines the sequence for the rest of the game based on the opponent's sequence on the first four rounds- if they played 2323, then continue playing 32323232, if they played 3232, then play 232323, if they played 3333 then play a pattern of 3s and 2s that makes sure they don't outperform cooperation while maximizing my score, if they played something random then just try to keep cooperating. No matter what they played, my selected pattern will continue for the rest of the game.

It is really simple, but I don't know how to code myself so I wanted to be sure that it was specified carefully. I also didn't realize at the time that simulators would be allowed. Nevertheless, it's reached fourth place, which is better than I had expected. Long live the Dark Lord Liam!

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