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Perhaps a better form factor for Meetups vs Main board posts?

Is a great idea, I can hardly find anything but meetups in main, so I almost never check now.

AI Fiction - Crystal Society

I am curious too of why the donwvote, I am guessing that it is more of an open thread type of post.

1philh6yOr even the media thread.
3Viliam6yAnd it's already there []; two days before this post. One of the first things posted in the newest Open Thread.
[Link] Huffington Post article about dual process theory

I would be great if you actually link the publication.

1Gleb_Tsipursky6yThanks for noticing that, fixed the link.
has anyone actually gotten smarter, in the past few years, by studying rationality?

The most important benefit from less wrong ist that before lw I hat a very fixed mindset of things I know and I don't, like if it were properties of the things in itself, and when I wanted to improve at something I just do it in a very vague directionless way.

A more concrete example is that I always liked modding video games but in modding is very limited what you can do comparing to coding, so at least once a year I make a half hearted attempt to learn get better at modding, which result in nothing because the next step always was to learn to code (which ... (read more)

-3sboo6yHaskell <3
Open Thread, Dec. 28 - Jan. 3, 2016

I'm 24 and I currently learning to play the piano without a tutor since last year, I play for my amusement and also because i like to learn things on my own, I surely have bad finger positioning and so, but If your goal is less about being the best piano player and more about having fun / flow, I think is totally realistic. But I you hire a tutor it will speed things up.

4polymathwannabe6yThe main reason to be concerned about finger positioning is to avoid repetitive strain injury. You want to be able to keep using those fingers, after all.
"The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is Dosage" Shirts and Bags

Maybe you should crowdsource less and hire a professional designer with a clear aesthetic and judge just his final product has a whole, the T-shirt look like a collection of suggestions without coherence, I mean, 6 sentences, 3 fonts, 2 colors of letters and 2 different images all in the same space.

I am tempted to make an analogy between democracy and private government but I hope you get the point.

btw I find your capacity to update and the way you take criticism quite impressive (sometimes to the point of being cringeworthy).

0buybuydandavis6yIs there a term in the Dark Arts for that? Complimenting people for having the character of doing what you want them to do?
1Gleb_Tsipursky6yThanks for the feedback, much appreciated! Yeah, this is a good point. I am updating toward this perspective as I write the comment - really helpful! Also appreciate the meta-comment about feedback and updating. I try :-)
Rationalist Magic: Initiation into the Cult of Rationatron

Sorry my bad english, non native speaker here.

All this can enter the framework of chaos Magick, but I very much dislike the aesthetics of what you propose.

In my "Magickal practice"(like 1 or 2 times a month) I do mindfulness and some Sigil contemplation and Godforms.

With mindfulness I make a very specific practice designed deal with uneasy emotions, it's got 3 parts,

First: the idea is to focus on the body sensations until you identify a bundle of then and you then name it (i.e anger), focus on the named emotion without any effort in increase it n... (read more)

Mark Manson and Rationality

I have to say that it was one of most influential book in my life, along side with the motivation hacker, Demian, from AI to Zombies (to a lesser extend) and a couple more I can't recall now.

Goal setting journal (November)

I had not thought of that, I will do some calculations, correct from outside view and such, and report back to later know how off the mark I was.

Goal setting journal (November)

to make the Android game I'm developing ready for launch in google play (only in regard of product development), before the end of this year.

0Elo6ycan you predict how many hours you have left on the project?
Two Growth Curves

That's actually a really good question, I'm looking forward to that answer too.

Help me test out my Bayes Academy game

Ok, I wanted to play it, but the word are too big and/or the textbox is too small. graphics don't run well, and it really needs an exit button. I'm using windows 8. other than that, I think the idea is great.

1Kaj_Sotala6yI've just uploaded a new version that lets you choose a lower resolution setting (and thus a smaller font size). Sorry about that.
The Library of Scott Alexandria

that's amazing!, Great compilation. So many posts I didn´t know even existed.

Peer-to-peer "knowledge exchanges"

I have seen that before, I think was a lw rationalist project but I'm not sure. From what I remember the web page was pretty dull, so maybe that make it fail(or prevent it to grow).

P.S. I will post a link If I can find the site.

0ChristianKl6yI don't remember the exact project but I think it was an Effective Altruism project. Potentially done by .impact.
0raydora6yAre you thinking of Cognito []? Could it be a more targeted additional function of the lw study hall? I do think that it's an idea that warrants further exploration.
Which LW / rationalist blog posts aren't covered by my books & courses?

to be fair, iawain1 never mention the academic books list.

2Vaniver6yYou are correct; thanks for pointing that out. I had forgotten that they had two separate lists.
August 2015 Media Thread

I have to recommend Phyl-Undhu from Nick Land (yes the guy from XenoSystems), yes is a little short, but if you like (or think you would like) Lovecraft then you should read it. I thought it was wonderfully written, and it get the cosmic horror/lovecraftian atmosphere very well.

State-Space of Background Assumptions

Also done. The results may be interesting.

Crazy Ideas Thread

This looks like Tipler's Omega point. Except that it's singular in the universe and for not clear reasons, it will resurrect us all in a simulated heaven.

Lesswrong, Effective Altruism Forum and Slate Star Codex: Harm Reduction

but in that case the people will be even more diluted, why create another gravity center?, that´s the issue we are trying to solve, I'm mostly convinced that t would be better if the aggregator have no comments.

Edit: I guess the aggregator have more traffic than I thought, I'm just worried if there is only a one way flow from less wrong all the other sites..

Lesswrong, Effective Altruism Forum and Slate Star Codex: Harm Reduction

I would be surprised if that subreddit get traction. I was thinking something more like Reaction Times(damn Scot and his FAQ), and having it in a visible place in all of the Rationality related sites. a coordinanted effort.

Well, the idea was not to comment in the agregator, that way it will be like a highway, it should take you to others sites with 2 clicks (3 max) . if that is not possible I'm not sure there will be any impact, besides making another gravity center.

1ESRogs7yI'm thinking about whether to try to explicitly establish this as a norm of /r/RationalistDiaspora. Haven't made up my mind yet.
Lesswrong, Effective Altruism Forum and Slate Star Codex: Harm Reduction

mm.., I think and agregator from less wrong, SSC , EA forum and OB posts, would be great,only if all of the formers have an easy (visible) link to it. It could allow more traffic to flow between those gravity centers. it may be better than crossposting.

ESRogs just made this.

Pros of having it on Reddit:

  1. It's a clearly neutral place, with no history or baggage.
  2. It's a bit more cleanly set up for link posts.
  3. Instead of a potentially costly change to the LW codebase, it's already done.

Cons of having it on Reddit, instead of on LW (see this other comment of mine for suggestions on how that could be done):

  1. It requires a different account, and a new account for anyone who doesn't already use Reddit.
  2. It doesn't inherit the good parts of the history, like tying the Yvain of SSC links to the Yvain of Generali
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Bragging Thread May 2015
  • I make a Naive Bayes classifier for a AI in a RTS game I was making.

  • I realized the game I was making was overly ambitious and it will be weak for its category, so I halted it a month ago, and now I'm half way into another game small enough, so it can be in the top of its category.

  • After reading models from mark Manzon a month ago (I found it in a post here in lw), I got 2 girlfriends (I'm still with the second), with zero social Anxiety and for a bonus, I can make friends more easily.

Friendly-AI is an abomination

If the AGi is a human mind upload, it is in no way a FAI, and I don't think it is what MIRI is aiming.

In case a neuromorphic AI is created, diferent arrays of neurons can give weidly diferent minds, We should not reason about a hipotetical AI using a human minds has a model and make predictions about it, even if that mind is based on biological minds.

What if the first neuron based AI has a mind more similar than a ant than a human, in that case anger, jealousy, freedom, etc are not longer part of the mind, or the mind could have totally new emotions, or ... (read more)

-1TheAncientGeek7yHow could a functional duplicate of a person known to ethical fail to be friendly?
Friendly-AI is an abomination

You are asuming that a AGI has a mind that value X, and by making it friendly with are imposing our value Y. why create a FAI with a supressed value X in the first place?

check this out :

0kingmaker7yThere is no ghost in a (relatively) simple machine, but an AI is not simple. The greatest success in AI research have been by imitating what we understand of the human mind. We are no longer programming AI's, we are imitating the structure of the human brain and then giving it a directive (for example with Google's deepmind). With AI's, there is a ghost in the machine, i.e. we do not know that it is possible to give a sentient being a prime directive. We have no idea whether it will desire what we want it to desire, and everything could go horribly wrong if we attempt to force it to.
How has lesswrong changed your life?

I'm working with the java languague right now, but it's true I'm considered using scala after I finished my current project.

How has lesswrong changed your life?

I did not go very far in haskell, I was in a exploratory phase, the lack of libraries for haskell, make go to java, having being my only experienced with progaming the creation of map and mods with WarCraft 3 graphical Interface I took online courses and books on Python becouse was easy, and then Hakell just because is from another paradigm and it helped me understand more deeply recursion, types and many basic stuff than was hidden in Python( being a high level language).

I finally settle in Java because for its support, libraries and compatibility with A... (read more)

0[anonymous]7yJava as platform or as language? The platform is great but why use the language when the platform also offers Clojure or Scala? While I complained elsewhere about the lack of verbosity makes math hard to read for me, Java is the opposite, the boilerplate verbosity pisses me off i.e. that after reading SomeWhateverFactory someWhatEverFactory = new SomeWhateverFactory() after processing that line mentally I have learned nothing about what a program actually does, it convey precisely zero information about the actual human utility it delivers. Writing this bullshit may be made easier by tools, but reading is not.
How has lesswrong changed your life?

Hi everybody, first post , long time lurker. For the first few months after I discovered less wrong via HPMOR it was no more than a shiny distraction, until I read The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter which was mention in some post here, after I read it, it was clear for the first time that I could gain knowledge and skills in any(not really any) area I want, and things that I just wished to know before where became posibility.

More concrete since then I begin learning programing(Python, haskell, and currently java) by myself, and now i am a few mounths of ... (read more)

2[anonymous]7yMay I ask what is the utility of Haskell? Or rather, in what field it has one? Functional programming as a shortcut is great, but Python has that covered. Even C# LINQ has that covered, for most pragmatic functional programming is about writing domain-specific query languages, as a lot of complicated programming can be reduced to input - massage the data - output. The rest often just library-juggling. As opposed to this pragmatically functional stuff, purely functional programming is largely about avoiding bugs of certain types, but in my experience 95% of bugs come from not of those types, but from misunderstanding requirements or requirements themselves being sloppy and chaotic. Pure functionality is largely about programming like a mathemathician, strictly formal and everything the result of reasoning instead of just cobbling things together by trial and error which tends to characterize most programming, but the kind of bugs this formalist attitude cuts down on is not really the kinds of bugs that actually annoy users. So I wonder what utility you found to Haskell.