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Lessons I've Learned from Self-Teaching

Perhaps I am overthinking this, but when it comes to applying your knowledge gained through spaced repetition, is there a difference in how effectively you can apply it in these two situations?

  1. You spend time memorizing what a function is. A function comes up in a problem in a very similar format to how it looked on your Anki card. You are able to understand it because the prompt of the function in the problem causes you to recall your understanding from studying and then apply it.
  2. You spend time memorizing what a function is. A problem comes up that can be solved by using functions. However, the problem doesn't explicitly mention functions like in #1; it's up to you to recall your understanding of functions and recognize that this is a time to use them without seeing the prompt that you studied with.

In case this example is too weird or confusing, you can think of the using Anki for memorizing cognitive biases; you'll be able to recall the definition of them, but how much will spaced repetition help you recognize when cognitive biases pop up in your life (so that you can employ whatever counter-measures you see fit)?

Why Productivity Systems Don't Stick

Honestly, I could do another 100 tweets on what this looks like in each case. The delicate dance of beliefs, emotions, strategies, behaviors, and tools that can be combined to internalize a new way of being.

I would love to see further discussion of what the solution looks like. Is there any writing out there that discusses this?

Deconditioning Aversion to Dislike

I'm not a psychologist/psychiatrist, but isn't personality not very mutable past the age of around 7? At least without psychedelics or brain damage or something?

I've read that this is a common myth and that personality continues to change throughout our lives (1, 2). According to some psychologists, this could be related to the end of history illusion.

The book Personality Isn't Permanent talks a lot about personality myths and ways to change one's personality. In the section on how to change one's personality, he suggests (albeit doesn't cite studies) that the reason personality changes less in adulthood than childhood may be because our environment becomes more constant and environment can shape personality.

#2: Neurocryopreservation vs whole-body preservation

It seems that they can use vitrification as opposed to solely freezing the body, and this is more effective at preservation. Here's a paper about scientists vitrifying a rabbit kidney then rewarming it and successfully putting it back into a rabbit (h/t wait but why). However, it seems that each organ must be studied so that it can be successfully vitrified given its unique complexities, so we can't just apply that paper's solution to every organ.

How Hard Would It Be To Make A COVID Vaccine For Oneself?

This seems to be almost exactly what you are suggesting. At the end of the article he seems to offer an open invitation to receive their vaccine. While there is no mention of their vaccine's efficacy in the article, the article was written in late July so the team may have more updates by now if you reach out to them directly.

How to eradicate the desire to check time-wasting sites

I've used the DelayWebpage extension. It can delay the loading for websites you choose but doesn't offer some features mentioned in the article such as resetting if you alt+tab or increasing the wait time each check.

Do I have to trust past experience because past experience tells me that?

I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question correctly; are you asking whether you're obligated to act in accordance with what worked in the past for you? One response could be that if you always follow what worked in the past, then you'd be akin to the recluse, constantly exploiting and never exploring. This means you could miss out on great opportunities that are not part of your past experience.

The Good Life Quantified

That's interesting, do you have a link so I can read more about that?

Virtue ethics and why the rationalist community might care about it.

I wonder if this effect is restricted to younger people who are supposedly more malleable

Capturing Ideas

I read about a study in Thinkertoys, a handbook for creative thinking, about how employees who thought they weren't creative but were told to tell themselves that they're creative had more ideas compared to those who continued thinking they were not creative. (I could be paraphrasing incorrectly since it was a while ago). Writing your ideas down could be a way to reinforce to yourself the idea that you are creative, in case you have doubts about that.

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