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landfish lab

I recently did a quick Google scholar search which convinced me of this, but was lazybwhen finding source for you :).

Google scholar search convinced me but totally ok to disbelieve. After all who is to say non-replications will replicate :).

landfish lab
Perhaps worth noting: a few years back, the hip intellectuals I know "knew" that blue screens were bad for you and invented/downloaded Flux, and it was discouraging that that was a weird hack you had to get for yourself. But, a few years later, that's been rolled into official Apple Products, and iPhones now have some built in screen-time managing tools. 

Off topic:

Apparently, like most else, this hasn't replicated; https://news.osu.edu/blue-light-isnt-the-main-source-of-eye-fatigue-and-sleep-loss---its-your-computer/ .

Raemon's Scratchpad

Causality and dependency are two things that people want to be neat and unidirectional but they're not. There are feedback loops and mutual dependencies.

One part of being a good teacher is figuring out how to take a mutual dependency and explain just enough of one part in a "fake way" such that people can get it enough to understand the second part, which in turn allows them to "truly" get the first part.

Video: The Phenomenology of Intentions

I'm using intentions in a very narrow sense here, that is, a "held end state". If we loosen the definition of intentional to something more like "goal directed" I think that's correct.

Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed

Agree, the model doesn't fully generalize and lacks nuance. I think programming is a plausible counterexample.

Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed

I think I'm decent at it. I suppose you could answer this question better than I.

Jimrandomh's Shortform

Ahhh I see, so you're making roughly the same distinction of "hidden revenue streams".

Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed

The things that I'm most qualified to teach are the things that I'm worst at.

Take procrastination for example. My particular genetic and cultural makeup ensured that focus would never be a strong suit. As a result, I went through basically every problem that someone who struggles through procrastination goes through. I ran into a ton of issues surrounding it, attacked it from a variety of angles, and got to a point where I can ship cool projects and do great work. Probably average or slightly above in productivity, but functional.

Meanwhile, when I teach overcoming procrastination, I can truly talk about the path you need to learn the material. When a student runs into an issue, its' rare that it's an issue I haven't overcome myself (usually multiple times in different forms) and I can give excellent advice on a path to success.

Meanwhile, the things that I'm best at are the things I'm worst at teaching.

Take constructing conceptual models. It's something that has always come naturally to me. Upon realizing that it was a particular strength of mine, I worked to hone it and understand it and push it to the limits. However, even with this deep understanding, I'm still not great at teaching it. I can tell people what it feels like, and my introspection on the parts of it, and all of the systems I've built to enhance it and the reasoning behind them.

But, I cannot tell them the path to go from not having the skill of conceptual model building to having it. It's like breathing to me. If they run into a problem in acquiring the skill, I cannot help them overcome it because I never ran into it myself. It's much harder for me to truly understand what it's like to be someone who struggles with the skill.

Source of Karma

Recently ran across this post that recommends using a Beta-Binomial distribution to more correctly represent the uncertainty that any given post adds to your overall karma. I thought it was a cool idea and would love to see what my Karma is when represented that way, rather than just adding everything together:

https://moultano.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/how-karma-should-work-betabinomial/

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