I've been a LessWrong organizer since 2011, with roughly equal focus on the cultural, practical and intellectual aspects of the community. My first project was creating the Secular Solstice and helping groups across the world run their own version of it. More recently I've been interested in improving my own epistemic standards and helping others to do so as well.

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I don't expect OS vendors are more aligned, but it might be a more achievable political goal to get them aligned, since there's a smaller number of them. (I'm not sure if this is true, just a hypothesis)

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Fair. Did the google scholar stuff include circadian rhythm stuff?

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Hmm. I... think I roll to disbelieve on this?

Like, I believe that most of the problem is from the screen, and I never really had a strong opinion about eye-strain-in-particular. But... I find myself much more alert with blue light. I thought the mechanism was supposed to be circadian-rhythm based rather than fatigue based, which that article doesn't discuss.

(The author also comes across as having a bit of a axe to grind about technology before bed, which is, like, a fair ax to want to grind, but makes me suspicious of the broader claim)

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I've definitely spent a bunch time about how to evolve LW shortform in this direction. One of the key things is that a lot of how FB works is to make things feel very low effort, and casual and fun. I don't know that that would mix well with LessWrong, especially if it were trying to fill the void of "everyone and their grandmother are joining."

There's a bunch of obvious features to build to cover the basics (i.e. making it easier to subscribe to people's shortform), that still fit easily within the LW aesthetic. 

My guess is it'd be pretty reasonable to fork LessWrong for purposes of building a more explicitly social website, and that a lot of the infrastructure would be a good starting place.

Exercises in Comprehensive Information Gathering


I like the idea of posts that suggest concrete exercises, and I think the sort of project John is pointing at here is something I hope LessWrong folk to do more often. 

I also think it lends itself well as a self-reinforcing concept on LessWrong in particular (i.e. lots of rationality exercise you might just do quietly by yourself, but the sort of review John suggests here seems like it'd often lead to good new blogposts that'd be useful for others to learn from, as well as reminding people about the possibility of doing this exercise for themselves. Although obviously if you just end up doing it for yourself that's quite valuable as well). 

If giving unsolicited feedback was a social norm, what feedback would you often give?

note: I didn’t mean to be coming across as adversarial. I’m asking because you expressed very strong confidence in a claim that was surprising to me. 

I tried chewing that way once and it felt gross so I stopped and I’d need a compelling reason to do it again. “people reliably feel better / get more energy / something” is a plausible reason. I’m not asking for you to fully justify the idea here, I just wanted a sense of whether your belief came more from “I tried it and it had a small effect, or a large effect, or I read some studies“ or whatnot. There’s a huge number of things to try.

I have a background model on why satiety matters, which I’m assuming we‘re on the same page about. I agree that eating slower is good for ‘detect satiety’ reasons, but I can do that by just pausing more.

I also do try to eat mindfully, which I find intrinsically enjoyable, but not when I’m chewing things until they’re liquid  

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A couple years back I looked into one of those "designed from the ground up to be decentralized" facebook alternatives... and it was god-awful. And it wouldn't have been all that hard for it to be at least "reasonable." 

I do think it's legitimately hard to keep up with Facebook because it keeps improving, and then it's legitimately hard to solve the coordination problem to switch. But it seems like at least one eccentric billionaire should be funding this sort of thing. (I guess they 

But this seems like something you should be able to get an eccentric billionaire to fund to the point that it's at least, like, Google Plus levels of good. (Okay, I guess we have one now maybe?)

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. 

So I'm actually fairly optimistic about this working out, just... slowly enough that you'll continuously be somewhat frustrated that the "obvious" things haven't been implemented yet.

If giving unsolicited feedback was a social norm, what feedback would you often give?

I'm with you on the satiety thing. The chewing bit is the one I'm skeptical of. I don't currently chew this way. If I did, what life outcomes would be better for me? (you say "better digestion = better", but why? and why do you believe it?)

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