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Logical Pinpointing

so AFAIK it's theoretically possible that I'm the first to spell out that idea in exactly that way

I remember explaining the Axiom of Choice in this way to a fellow undergraduate on my integration theory course in late 2000. But of course it never occurred to me to write it down, so you only have my word for this :-)

Bayes' rule =/= Bayesian inference

And yet they do this all the frigging time in medical stories, as documented extensively on, for instance, Bad Science.

Edinburgh LW Meetup Saturday April 16th

I'll be in Nottingham that day. Oh well, have fun :-)

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread

Actually, that was something about the original books that really bugged me: their sexlessness. Rowling captures the frustration and rage of being an adolescent boy very well, but not the lust - and that's probably deliberate. Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole books are much better in this regard.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread

Or we've just learned something about Eliezer's sexual development that I, for one, would rather not have known.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread

As soon as I'm old enough to get an erection I'm going to rape that bitch.

Yes, I found that sentence really jarring too. Even assuming that Draco was for some reason unable to get an erection, he'd hardly admit it.

Newcomb's problem happened to me

If you're calling the potential bride in your scenario Kate, you should really have called her suitor Petruchio :-)

The AI in a box boxes you

In which case, your actions are irrelevant - it's going to torture you anyway, because you only exist for the purpose of being tortured. So there's no point in releasing it.

The AI in a box boxes you

So, since the threat makes me extremely disinclined to release the AI, I can conclude that it's lying about its capabilities, and hit the shutdown switch without qualm :-)

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