comment by EniScien ·
2022-03-03T16:37:37.725Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
My first language is Russian, I have not free level of English, and translating will remove all good emotions from reading, so I use Google Translate for websites. I try to write in English to train it, but only when it's not difficult. This story will be long, but I don't think that it need my own post. Next I will talk in chronological order.
I just start read (listen) fanfics about my favourite book - Harry Potter, when I've seen a comment to average fic, that it isn't really great fanfic, really great is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. My favourite universe plus rationality, that I also like... I want to listen it. But it doesn't have audiobook. Before that moment I never read anything by my own will, but I just try to read first lines, combination was too interesting. I like it from first chapter and love it next, I read chapter by chapter, and don't do anything else next ten days. It was amazing, it is (and now too) The Best Book, no, The Best Fiction In My Life Ever. Now I regret, but I was too interested to stop reading and start to think, I'd not solve riddles in books before (because I was never read) and miss the warning. After reading I can't understand, what lesswrong need to be if Hpmor is just a shadow of it, but I try to read first chapters. I began not from start and think that it is just funny stories, good, but not greater that "really great". And I don't read it next.
After three months I read hpmor second time. And nect don't read it two years, because I'm afraid that if I will read it too often, it will make me nausea, and it was too good book to I can make it possible. Five years after first read of hpmor I read it again, understand that it have many good/rational ideas, but I need more, just anything. And I decide read lesswrong, now from start. ‘And the magnitude of his own folly was at last laid bare’. I understand that I can get all my mental achievements and more five years ago if I just read lesswrong some more. Other sequences wasn't boring or not-very-great-looking. It was not greater that hpmor, but more, it have more count of ideas. I read all russian sequences and try to write my result of thinking about it. Next I have to read English sequences. I tried translating a little at the beginning, but it was going slowly. Actually, it had been excruciatingly slow. I began learn language in special app and decide return to English sequences after 2.5-5 years, when I learn it fully and free.
After five, now not years, only months, I make stupid mistake and understand that just forget this moment from sequences. I decide start my every morning from lesswrong and live in rhythm of rationality. But I don't have too many forgotten sequences. And I think, that I can use translator, last time I read this method English wiki and find that translate is just stunning for machine. I decide to first read in English one bad translated sequence and don't have momental idea what I can write, so I save Welcome Message to other tab, next I miss it and write only now.
In the next day I watch a video debates about is coronavirus is natural or from laboratory, and get notification about publication on lesswrong. I was amazed/shocked that debates can be so different. After it I never watch ordinary debates, I can't, because now I've seen awful culture of discussion.
Also I've seen that Eliezer Yudkowsky thinks that autopilot automobiles maybe will not stay normal in market when the world will ended. Before i think that everything is in control. But now i've seen, that if i've decided to learn English five years, I could don't know what was killed me. And I don't know what can just I do if Yudkowsky, lesswrong and MIRI donates don't have time. I try to start just earn money for donates NOW, in the next day, but after a month I don't have normal access.
I use lesswrong.com site and I with surprise find that it looks like created in result of Intelligent Design, not how other sites. It is so surprising smart, how if I seriously create my own site, it has so many functions that I want in other sites, simple, but ordinary unrealised, and surprising difficult, but really logically consistent if just think. Seriously, less wrong is amazing at all if except voting. I've never seen a site or an app that looks like created by Intelligent Design. Always new graphical updates and extremely rare something useful. Why do you need a rationalist to create a normal site with all functions that users want?
It's difficult to me to change my comment function optimisation from YouTube, where you need to write something and don't need to think about meaning of it, to lesswrong, where you also have rules of productive, no politics talk.
Also I can say that from childhood I like science and rationality, but it was Spoke's "rationality" (about Spoke I know from lesswrong, that's just metaphorical). Now I understand that it was a mistake and I need to train other principles of thinking, about emotions, empathy, sport, tsuyoku naritai and others.
I get a lot of interesting and new information from english (not translated to Russian) sequence about multiverse interpretation of QM, but i have problems with understanding Bayes (i read explanation of Yudkowsky).