What language do you use in the meetups?
I'm thinking of coming, but I don't speak Danish, only English and Swedish.
Yeah. I have considered that.
There's overlap between empathy and therapy/psychiatry, but also important differences.
Though working with some kind of therapy might suit my personality, and the way I want to work.
I mostly agree with this.
Right now I live in a small town, and my meatspace friends don't need the particular kind of support I can offer.
Outreach/community is one of the reasons, maybe the primary reason I'm considering to do studies (academic, certification or something similar).
Still, the internet seems like a viable way to connect with people.
I like the way you phrased that :)
Narcissism and narcissistic parenting are very real (and hard-to-detect) problems, with potentially serious long-term consequences, so I think it's good that you brought this up.
You might also want to see http://www.reddit.com/r/raisedbynarcissists/
(as stated in another comment, though - I really don't see Harry as being narcissistic)
I should probably make clear that most of my knowledge of AI comes from LW posts, I do not work with it professionally, and that this discussion is on my part motivated by curiosity and desire to learn.
Emotions are a core part of how humans make decisions.
Emotions are a core part of how humans make decisions.
Your assessment is probably more accurate than mine.
My original line was of thinking was that while AIs might use quick-and-imprecise thinking shortcuts triggered by pattern-matching (which is sort of how I see emotions), human emotions are too inconveniently packaged to be much of use in AI ... (read more)
Unrealistically so? Is Harry's assessment of self less accurate than other people's self-assessments on average?
accurately perceives science
accurately perceives science
Once again, not what I was talking about.
The traits I mentioned Harry possessing are opposites of what are considered to be narcissistic traits.
From http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/NarcissismA lack of psychological awareness (see insight in psychology and psychiatry, egosyntonic)Difficulty with empathy.Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magica... (read more)
Having high self-awareness of his strengths and weaknesses as a salesman
That's not at all the same thing as having high self-awareness overall
Understanding people well enough to sell to them
Which may well be not very well at all.
Understanding people in the context of sales is not the same as understanding then generally.
Accurately perceiving reality (understanding physics, peoples' motivations, how to drive to work, how to not act crazy, etc.).
Which most people do. (though actually an accurate understanding of neither physics nor people'... (read more)
Some of Harry's traits that strike me as strongly non-narcissistic:high self-awareness - which appears genuinecapable of (correctly) understanding others' feelings and motivations - does not label or vilify people with very different valuesdesire to see all things as they really are, even if it's painful (while narcissists typically have delusions)
Asking "Would an AI experience emotions?" is akin to asking "Would a robot have toenails?"
There is little functional reason for either of them to have those, but they would if someone designed them that way.
Edit: the background for this comment - I'm frustrated by the way AI is represented in (non-rationalist) fiction.
I appreciate you bringing attention to my blood circulation.
My hands and feet rarely freeze (I do wear warm socks and gloves in winter, though). My ears are very sensitive to cold, though, which could well be a symptom of poor circulation.
I personally used to often feel cold five years ago but solved the issue for myself. There are days where something emotional is going on and my thermoregulation is messed up but that's not my default.Another thing that I believe but which does not come from an academic source is that the problem is likely emotional in origin. I consider it to be a self defense mechanism of the body. If they get removed I consider it likely that emotions will come up and that have to be dealt with. Based on what you wrote about severe trauma, I would recommend you to have
I personally used to often feel cold five years ago but solved the issue for myself. There are days where something emotional is going on and my thermoregulation is messed up but that's not my default.
Another thing that I believe but which does not come from an academic source is that the problem is likely emotional in origin. I consider it to be a self defense mechanism of the body. If they get removed I consider it likely that emotions will come up and that have to be dealt with. Based on what you wrote about severe trauma, I would recommend you to have
Thank you for all the comments and suggestions. :)
At this point I have made an appointment to have my hormone levels checked (as suggested by Lumifer and NancyLebovitz).
I also think my blood pressure and circulation is worth looking into.
I'm still processing a lot of the suggestions and ideas, and might make another thread on this in the future.
Change the dates to May 16-31?
That makes sense.
Even cooperating across short time frames might be problematic - "I'll stay in bed for 10 more minutes, even if it means that me-in-10-minutes will be stressed out and might be late for work"
I prefer to see long-term thinking as increased integration among different time-selves rather than a sacrifice, though - it's not a sacrifice to take actions with a delayed payoff if your utility function puts a high weight on your future-selves' wellbeing.
Is there a way to get email notifications on receiving new messages or comments?
I've looked under preferences, and I can't find that option.
Different people have different needs. Some people would be happy in cheap housing and others wouldn't - maybe they're more sensitive to sounds, environmental conditions or whatever else is the difference is between cheap housing and more expensive housing.
The point is, there's no basic standard that would satisfy everyone (unless that's a reasonably high standard, which isn't what is proposed here). Some people would consider more expensive goods and services NEEDS rather than luxuries, and for good reason - consuming cheaper alternatives might not kill ... (read more)
It's possible. I don't know.
I eat when I'm hungry, which is quite regularly (once per 3-4 hours, maybe 5), so I'm definitely not starving myself. And if I try to eat more, I feel unpleasantly full, and I feel less hungry later - so I don't think it makes a difference.
I'm not sure how to check whether I'm eating enough save for counting calories (which seems complicated and unreliable).
I'm hoping I'll gain some muscle mass by exercise, both for its own sake and because weight gain by other means doesn't seem to be working for me (I suspect I naturally have a slim build).
Thanks. A hormone check does seem like a good idea to me.
Interesting perspective, thanks.
I am taking vitamins and have been for some time.
My diet has had a random drift over time due to practical concerns, taste changing etc... and random diet adjustments don't seem to have a noticeable effect. There might some specific nutritional strategies that would help - I don't have enough information to choose one, though.
More data and more detailed observations seem like a good idea. There might have been some fluctuations, but I'm not noticing any obvious correlations (besides, you know, exposure to cold temperatures).
Thanks, these seem like good suggestions.
I've made a list of what I'll try to have checked. Any comments?
DHEA-SDHTEstradiolEstronePSAPregnenoloneTotal and Free TestosteroneSex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)Insulin like Growth factor (IGF-1)
I doubt it's a "thermoregulation set point" issue, since I haven't always felt this way.
Thanks for pointing out the blood pressure thing. I hadn't considered it might be related to cold sensitivity.
I have considered it might be a thyroid issue, and I am familiar with the controversy around thyroid disease.
Not completely trusting all the alternative claims - but I think there's enough evidence to believe something might be going on.
I think I might try to get a prescription for thyroid hormone medication, and see if it improves my condition. I'll probably try other options first, since there are potential side effects.
Yes, to the extent it's realistically possible.
I've had a really bad childhood and experienced a lot of severe emotional trauma throughout my life since then, including at that time.
Not regularly.I exercise at a gym (upper body strength program, started quite recently).
Thanks for sharing.(just posted my blood pressure results in an another comment)
90/60 mmHg according to what a doctor told me during a measurement a month ago (though my journal says 98/60 for some reason).
105/60 in an another measurement a week before that.
Thyroid panel:P-TSH mIE/L 1.5 (0.3-4.2)P-T4, free pmol/L 15 (12-22)P-T3, free pmol/L 5.2 (3.1-6.8)S-Ak, (IgG) TPO kIE/L 8 (<34)
The last one is TPO antibodies.
The parentheses are the reference ranges at my lab.
All values are within what is considered normal range. I've also had the thyroid physically examined (though palpation) and it appears there are no abnormalities (it's not swollen or enlarged).
I have not measured my body temperature.
Hi, I wonder how you would use your rationality skills to solve this problem.
I'm very sensitive to cold and have been for at least 2-3 years. (I'm a 25 year old male).
This is manageable with (really) warm clothes, but sometimes very inconvenient.
I've seen multiple doctors about this, and the response I've got was basically "our tests indicate there's nothing wrong with you, so there's nothing I can do". I've left multiple blood samples, and all the things that were tested are within normal (well, my trombocyte count is a bit low. Doubt it's rela... (read more)
Thank you - this is helpful.
I wonder what you think of the question of the origin of consciousness i. e. "Why do we have internal experiences att all?" and "How can any physical process result in an internal/subjective experience?"
I've read some material on the subject before, and reading the quantum physics and identity sequence got me thinking about this again.
I agree with Raemon.
Mostly posting to express my agreement; for group dynamic purposes.
Incidentally, some years before discovering LW I was facing a similar problem to ones that the Tarsky and Gendlin litanies strive to address. The affirmation I came up with was
"You are not choosing whether to have a problem or not.
Sure it would be nice not to have a problem, but that's not a choice that is offered.
What are you doing is choosing whether to become AWARE of an already existing problem/situation"
Hello fellow LWers,
I'm Raythen, a 25 year old European male.
I discovered this community via HPMOR.
I'd say that the rationalist way of thinking is a natural fit for me. It just makes a lot if sense, and it surprises me when other people don't think this way. To be fair, I haven't always thought this way either, but I've had quite many thoughts on the subject which are now complemented by LW material.
Besides rationality, I'm primarily interested in psychology and understanding human behavior.
To counter my general nonconformist tendency :), here are some of t... (read more)