All of Stefan De Young's Comments + Replies

I agree that books both transmit knowledge (à la light switch) and help that knowledge to take up space in your salience landscape. I don't think it's fair to argue that Matuschak is implying an only-light-switch model. When discussing metacognition, they focus on understanding rather than knowledge. Some of their metacognitive strategies that enable understanding are about making connections between pieces of knowledge (light switches, in your model).

To put words in someone else’s mouth, I think Matuschak would say that, for the purpose of conveying infor

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5Aaron Bergman3y
Yes, I was incorrect about Matuschak's position. He commented on reddit here:

I agree with shopping around. It took me a couple of decades of bouncing off of long distance running until I found a jiujitsu dojo full of engineers. All of a sudden, "exercise" was fun.

Yes. But I'm not sure that I have the expertise to recognize the expertise of all of the different specialists. I need to tap into some network that has already credibly sorted the experts. The expertise of the package deal may be more legible?

Not sure, sounds like you'd still have to recognize the expertise in this package, or of a package-creator. There are benefits, what I was saying is you don't have to wait for it.

The border is largely closed with allowances for pass-through to Alaska.

In practice, I agree. With the US right there, there was no way we could be Australia.

EDIT: Canada Border Services Agency has a fairly straightforward webform to determine eligeability to enter.

I don't get it. Was it closed or not? The border in Australia is also mostly closed, but some people are indeed allowed to pass.  They are forced to do quarantines though.

Reducing dimensionality is the most useful cooking advice I have received. I now use a four factor model: salt, sweet, spice (heat), sour.

  • Is it salty enough? If no, add salt, soy sauce, or fish sauce; or reduce.
  • Is it sweet enough? If no, add sugar, jagery, maple syrup or caramelized onions.

The essentialism is to assign characteristics to ingredients (e.g. Tomatoes are sour.)

I learned this model from some south Indians, this model may be common in that culture. I'm not sure.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat looks related to this concept. But some of the elements are different.
How do you reduce saltiness?

The version of Dataclysm that I read had red font in addition to black font, and I found it was quite striking as a way to do emphasis. When I started writing my personal journal, I adopted red and black felt-tipped pens because I enjoyed the font colours from the book.

Do you have suggestions for where to acquire either of the tests mentioned? Are there expected differences in results if the tests are administered by laypeople rather than experienced practitioners?

Having a group of rationalists to talk to in person has been invaluable to me this year. It's helping me emerge from depression, overcome impostor syndrome, and find my project. The previous sentence reads like the battles have been won, but they are being fought constantly.

Check this list of upcoming meetups:

Right now is a really good time to start or join meatspace communities.

My partner and I recently traveled to the Bay area from Canada for a wedding. While we were there we were able to attend the San Francisco and Berkeley Lesswrong meetups and stay with some lovely EAs at the Berkeley REACH. Having an in with locals made the trip a lot more valuable than simply taking in the sights in ways that are easy to imagine and hard to describe.

I heartily second your recommendation to look up the existing community on your travels.

This also interests me. Some of my hopes for the Ottawa Rationality Dojo are that we can assemble people who are interested in skill development, and that we can build curricula that are useful to similar groups. I'm not convinced that I'm the kind of person who could follow these curricula alone or with an online community, so I'm trying to build it locally.

One major concern that I have with trying to build a curriculum for instrumental rationality is that the art must have a purpose beyond itself. I believe that it is for this reason that ... (read more)

1Noah Topper6y
Sounds awesome! A meatspace group would be great, I'm sure. One of my issues with self-study is having nobody to go to when I have questions or don't understand something. Having an empirical goal can also tell you if you've succeeded or failed in your attempt to learn the art.

I've recently moved into a new place as well, and am thinking a lot about how I want to arrange the space to support my habits. My plan is to unpack and set things up as quickly as possible just using intuition for where things should go, so that I can start to learn the spots around the apartment that rub up against me in a negative way. Then I can try to tackle each of those problem areas more deliberately.

For example, we have a big island with shelving and stools that did have a natural place in the centre of the kitchen in our last two apartments,... (read more)