Matt Goldenberg


Non-Coercive Motivation
Changing your Mind With Memory Reconsolidation


Beware over-use of the agent model

But what is a good second lens for looking at these conglomerations of atoms that exert power over the future? 


One interesting alternative I've been learning about recently is the buddhist idea of "dependent origination".  I'll give a brief summary of some thoughts I've had based on it, although these should definitely not be taken as an accurate representation of the actual dependent origination teaching.

The basic idea is that the delusion of agency (or in buddhist terms, self) comes from the conglomeration of sensations (or sensors) and desires.  This leads to a clinging on to things that fulfill those desires, which leads to a need to pretend there is an agent that can fulfill those desires.  This then leads to the creation of more things that desire and sense(babies, AIs, whatever), to whom we pass on the same delusions.  We can view each of these as individual agents, or we can simply view whole process as one thing, a perpetual cycle of cause and effect the Buddhists call dependent origination.

Against "Context-Free Integrity"

I unironically think this a great example of doing the thing the OP is pointing at correctly.

"Taking your environment as object" vs "Being subject to your environment"

I think you may mean taking your environment as object? The typical idea behind a subject-object shift is that first you are subject to a lens, then you can take it as an object to look at.


Alright I'm convinced. Does anyone know if I can emulate this if I don't have an iPhone?

The Comprehension Curve

So, in addition to raw comprehension rate, there's also what kind of knowledge you want to foster. This probably varies from text to text. In some cases it's best to absorb a broad base of material rapidly. In other cases it's more useful to get a really detailed understanding, questioning all of the author's conclusions, working through everything yourself.


I tried to take a stab at when to do which model in this post.

The slopes to common sense

I think Gerald is making the point that perhaps the slope is asymmetric because the risk is asymmetric.

What's your best alternate history utopia?

In particular, spaced repetition software with judicious use of machine learning on the backend. Technically this breaks the rule of "Same level of technology as today


I'm pretty sure this definitely exists today in apps like Duolingo and Khan Academy, at the very least the originator of spaced repetition wrote an article about it in 1998:

Your Cheerful Price

Yeah I mean it's pretty clear to me when I'm talking about things that make me "cheerful" that my feelings are fairly scope insensitive

Oliver Sipple

It seems to me there was some causal factor that caused the switch to flip to me (maybe it was reading about UDT or something), and I should be seeking to cause that same causal factor in other similar brains.

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