Comment by adamisom on Against lone wolf self-improvement · 2017-07-11T20:48:57.192Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Working with others in a shared environment with scientific ground rules ensures that your biases and their biases form a non intersecting set

I liked your first point but come on here.

Comment by adamisom on Rationality Quotes Thread July 2015 · 2015-07-01T16:46:38.410Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Lack of curiosity made people lose money to Madoff. This you already know - people did not due their due diligence.

Here's what Bienes, a partner of Madoff's who passed clients to him, said to the PBS interviewer for The Madoff Affair (before the 10 minute mark) when asked how he thought Madoff could promise 20%:

Bienes: ‘How do I know? How do you split an atom, I know that you can split them, I don’t know how you do it. How does an airplane fly? I don’t ask.’ ‘Did you ask him?’ ’Never! Why would I ask him? I wouldn’t understand it if he explained it!’

And a minute later: ‘Did you ever think to yourself, this is just too easy, this is too good?’ Bienes: ‘I said ‘I’m a little too lucky. Why am I so fortunate?’ And then I came up with the answer, my wife and I came up with the answer: ‘God wanted us to have this. God gave us this.’ '

Comment by adamisom on Why are we not starting to map human values? · 2014-01-28T21:29:08.034Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Are you kidding me? I'm staring right now, beside me, at a textbook chapter filled with catalogings of human values, with a list of ten that seem universal, with theories on how to classify values, all with citations of dozens of studies: Chapter 7, Values, of Chris Peterson's A Primer In Positive Psychology.

LessWrong is so insular sometimes. Like lionhearted's post Flashes of Nondecisionmaking yesterday---as if neither he nor most of the commenters had heard that we are, indeed, driven much by habit (e.g. The Power of Habit; Self-Directed Behavior; The Procrastionation Equation; ALL GOOD SELF HELP EVER), and that the folk conception of free will might be wrong (which has been long established; argued e.g. in Sam Harris's Free Will).

Comment by adamisom on Think Like a Supervillain · 2013-02-24T03:10:17.849Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

If this comment was written by a bot that produces phrases maximizing the ratio of the number of usages of pleasant-dopamine-buzz-in-group LessWrong language to non-in-group language, it would produce something like this.

I say this even though I really appreciate the comment and think it has genuine insight.

Comment by adamisom on Think Like a Supervillain · 2013-02-20T07:10:56.979Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Agreeing that it should have been in Discussion.

Comment by adamisom on Think Like a Supervillain · 2013-02-20T06:31:32.424Z · score: 8 (22 votes) · LW · GW

If this gets upvoted highly, I will update in favor of LessWrong continuing to become more in-group-y, more cutesy, and less attached-to-actual-change-y. It's becoming so much delicious candy!

Comment by adamisom on Non-theist cinema? · 2013-02-02T00:52:51.222Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

How can someone have such a good memory?

Comment by adamisom on Heuristic: How does it sound in a movie? · 2013-02-02T00:42:12.913Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

More like an exception handling routine that's just checking for out-of-bounds errors.

Oh God. I love this place.

Comment by adamisom on Heuristic: How does it sound in a movie? · 2013-02-02T00:41:33.274Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

And this is why I love LessWrong, folks--sometimes. In other rationality communities--ones that conceived of rationality as something other than "accomplishing goals well"--this kind of post would be hurrah'd.

Comment by adamisom on One Life Against the World · 2013-01-27T04:06:20.906Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Why? Because dying is painful? Beyond that, I see them equivalently.

Comment by adamisom on People who want to save the world · 2013-01-24T17:40:32.259Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Hey guys, how about we debate who's being egoistic about saving the world and who isn't? That sounds like a really good way to use LessWrong and knowledge of world-saving.

Comment by adamisom on One Life Against the World · 2013-01-24T17:33:26.311Z · score: 8 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Which is why I"m still puzzled by a simplistic moral dilemma that just won't go away for me: are we morally obligated to have children, and as many as we can? Sans using that using energy or money to more efficiently "save" lives, of course. It seems to me we should encourage people to have children, a common thing that many more people will actually do than donate philanthropically, in addition to other philanthropy encouragements.

Comment by adamisom on What I Think, If Not Why · 2012-12-30T19:27:22.187Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It seems to me like a pretty small probability that an AI not designed to self-improve will be the first AI that goes FOOM, when there are already many parties known to me who would like to deliberately cause such an event.

I know this is four years old, but this seems like a damn good time to "shut up and multiply" (thanks for that thoughtmeme by the way).

Comment by adamisom on Rationality Quotes September 2012 · 2012-12-11T23:03:14.328Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

That is cute.. no? More childish than evil. He should just be warned that's trolling.

There really should be a comment edit history feature. Maybe it only activates once a comment reaches +10 karma.

Comment by adamisom on By Which It May Be Judged · 2012-12-11T18:32:19.179Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I just wanted to tell everyone that it is great fun to read this in the voice of that voice actor for the Enzyte commercial :)

Comment by adamisom on Mental Rebooting: "Your Brain on Porn"... · 2012-12-11T18:11:50.155Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This is wrong.

If you discard the emotionally-laden word "agenda" (in my experience, its usage always indicates negative affect toward the thing with the "agenda"), what you're basically saying is this: Anyone or any organization that concludes that the evidence for something is strong and that it matters, and who consequently takes a stand---their conclusions should be thrown out a priori. You did say "effectively nullifies anything they say"--those are damn strong words. So what you're implying, AFAICT, is that you only listen to 'what someone has to say' if they don't come to a strong conclusion and become an advocate for change (despite that one would say you have a moral obligation to).

I'm disappointed to find this kind of thinking on LessWrong, to be honest, not least from one of the regulars.

Edit: specifically on the topic at hand, my initial response to yourbrainonporn.com is positive not only because of the comprehensive and well-cited posts I read on the homepage, but because of Gary Wilson's response (about halfway down) here: http://www.yourbrainrebalanced.com/index.php?topic=2754.0 -- It's clear that he really knows what he's talking about, even when the average neurologist doesn't. (I'm not saying I believe it's perfect--I can see motivated cognition going on, and am disappointed in the lack of mention of selection bias--but from what I can tell he is... (removes sunglasses).... less wrong than the average expert.)

Comment by adamisom on Mental Rebooting: "Your Brain on Porn"... · 2012-12-11T05:54:27.006Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I know this is old. What is really meant by "does not help their case, either" is "it hurts their case that they don't have formal training". I vehemently disagree. Not that I think formal training is bad. Just that I think giving emphasis to this indirect indicator of their competence is misleading, because there's plenty of direct evidence--if you read the site--that they 'know what they're talking about'.

Comment by adamisom on Prediction Sources · 2012-12-10T19:01:53.370Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It seems to me this could be a smartphone app. Whenever a person wants to make a prediction about a personal event, they click on the app and speak, with a pause between the thing and how likely you think it is. The app could just store verbatim text, separating question/answer, and timestamping recordings in case you want to update your prediction later. If you learn to specify when you think the outcome will occur, it can make a sound to remind you to check off whether it happened; otherwise it could remind you periodically, like at the end of every day. Why couldn't it have data analysis tools to let you visualize calibration, or find useful patterns and alert you? Seems a plausible app to me.

Comment by adamisom on Train Philosophers with Pearl and Kahneman, not Plato and Kant · 2012-12-06T09:10:01.103Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The only time I've ever read a vague four-word sentence that deserves an upvote. Such things tickle me.

Comment by adamisom on Train Philosophers with Pearl and Kahneman, not Plato and Kant · 2012-12-06T09:04:10.729Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

And what if it is? I am not claiming this is so. It is rhetorical. What then?

Comment by adamisom on Train Philosophers with Pearl and Kahneman, not Plato and Kant · 2012-12-06T09:00:59.905Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Why have you posted a picture of my mother's murderer? You monster, Mr. Shulman, how dare you... I had nearly forgotten that terrible ordeal.

Comment by adamisom on LessWrong podcasts · 2012-12-04T20:42:20.372Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Darn it.

Even though you are talking explicitly about signaling, I still couldn't help myself from liking it.

I also like chaosmis' comment. It expressed what I should have.... Though his comment might also be a sinister meta-signaling-signaling trolling :P

God, I hate signaling.

(Wait, am I doing it right now?)

(Oh shit, and now.)

(THERE IS NO RELEASE FROM THE KRAKEN! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE AND NEVER LOOK BACK!!)

Comment by adamisom on LessWrong podcasts · 2012-12-04T03:15:48.734Z · score: 3 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Wow. This is fascinating.

You, Ezekiel, are basically saying 'I'm aware that a behavior expressing pedantry like that is a signalling thing, that it specifically signals "nerdiness", and that such a person is trying to 'cultivate an image'."

"Oh, and I just did that"

... Presumably you value signaling and cultivating an image with the aim of belonging in a nerdy LessWrong in-group.

facepalm What are we becoming?

P.S. On an unrelated topic, I think the site founder is wrong about some things. And I just thought you ought to know that I'm such a contrarian :)

Comment by adamisom on How can I reduce existential risk from AI? · 2012-11-17T21:40:49.153Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Unfortunately, AGI isn't a "risky technology" where mostly is going to cut it in any sense, including adhering to expectations for safety regulation.

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-06T08:45:17.184Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm hoping that this survey reveals that it is incorrect to refer to us LessWrongers as "gentlemen"

... And yes, you may take that either way. After all, there were questions on both our gender and our # of sexual partners.

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-06T08:38:23.623Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The best kind! (except not really)

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-05T00:59:22.531Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Yes.

Haha... Obviously it's not the target behavior, but I, at least, assume that almost everyone who has commented to that effect has actually done it.

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-05T00:58:07.513Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Because you have something I aspire to (multiple casual sex partners), why else?

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-05T00:56:00.567Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I mean LW karma (plus I'm a Redditor too) -

from my study of human societies, I believe my remark is called a "joke" - though I admit some people are bad at making jokes :p

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T18:49:39.526Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Also, I failed to answer quite a few questions when I got 110, thinking I'd be penalized for wrong answers... Apparently I failed at reading the directions which state you should answer all of them facepalm

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T09:41:15.638Z · score: 0 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I like you

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T09:39:57.552Z · score: 10 (12 votes) · LW · GW

No. Stop. The only reason necessary is because we want more of that behavior, right?

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T09:37:28.257Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

But I absolutely believe in karma. I guess that makes me spiritual. The things you find out about yourself eh?

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T09:32:02.927Z · score: -6 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm, yes. But it's not quite that bad. 1) I re-took the test right away (less time to 'think about the questions'), and 2) I had figured out many of the questions, but I didn't receive actual feedback on which I got right or wrong. Anyway, I'd be surprised if my actual IQ were below 130.

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T05:42:12.112Z · score: 35 (39 votes) · LW · GW

I took the survey.

As per ancient tradition (apparently) - give me karma

Comment by adamisom on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T05:39:42.513Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm. I got 110. And then because that's ridiculous, and I have an ego, I took it a second--and third--time, subsequently scoring 126 and 140. (I reported 125 on the survey because I know 110 isn't right.)

And while I was trying harder on the second and third attempts (as a result of realizing 'oh, I guess most of these actually are easy to everyone else, not just me, so I shouldn't be so leisurely'), I wasn't superbly focused on any--for example, I became distracted on the third attempt with something in another tab for more than 10 minutes before remembering it.

All I'm saying is I'm dubious of this IQ test.

Comment by adamisom on Torture vs. Dust Specks · 2012-11-04T03:29:05.128Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In other words, you're meta-cogitation is 1 - do I trust my very certain intuition? or 2 - do I trust the heuristic from formal/mathematical thinking (that I see as useful partially and specifically to compensate for inaccuracies in our intuition)?

Comment by adamisom on [Link] The real end of science · 2012-11-02T21:18:27.389Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Holy shit, even today only 1 in 10,000 articles are retracted for fraud.

I am assuming these retracted articles are a tiny fraction of the actual number/% of articles with fraud, and such a tiny fraction as to not give reliable evidence for the proportion increasing; so the graph's data isn't particularly useful.

Comment by adamisom on MIT Challenge: blogger to attempt CS curriculum on own · 2012-10-03T06:48:44.107Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes! In fact I was just reading the lbod a week ago!

Comment by adamisom on MIT Challenge: blogger to attempt CS curriculum on own · 2012-10-03T04:27:18.536Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

... Which is fucking awesome. The dude's been my inspiration for at least two years and I remember reading the announcement on his blog a year ago. In fact, it's likely that reading his blog lead me to other blogs which lead me to LessWrong. (I don't remember exactly how I found LessWrong.)

Comment by adamisom on Less Wrong Polls in Comments · 2012-10-01T16:48:03.023Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Somebody sounds grouchy :/ In fact, it would be completely unsurprising if I had read the other comments. Oops.

Comment by adamisom on Less Wrong Polls in Comments · 2012-09-28T18:05:10.938Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Results: 4+16+2+16+1+27(last option) = 144? WTF?

Comment by adamisom on Request: Interesting Invertible Facts · 2012-09-27T22:20:51.817Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The book will be written before he feels his work is done on FAI.

You know it's true because intuitively you need a non-work outlet for creativity and flow, and it makes sense to write about rationality in an entertaining way and to write a character (Harry) which he can take as an inspiration.

Of course, you also know it's false because the man prioritizes and FAI matters far more.

... I find a lot of rationalizations are like that. One of the most useful quick-n-dirty rationality heuristics LessWrong has given me is to 'consider the opposite'

Comment by adamisom on [Poll] Less Wrong and Mainstream Philosophy: How Different are We? · 2012-09-27T20:05:43.345Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Cool. I should have specified 'I'm intrigued; can you move down a level of specificity (as to how)?'

Comment by adamisom on [Link] Social Desirability Bias vs. Intelligence Research · 2012-09-27T17:24:44.068Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Or both: isn't intelligence correlated with size of social circle?

If so it really could be that the average friend is smarter than the average person.

Comment by adamisom on [Link] Social Desirability Bias vs. Intelligence Research · 2012-09-27T17:23:21.221Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Perhaps the problem here is simply that we think average intelligence is dumber than it really is.

Everyone considers themselves to be "above average" and so merely "average" surely cannot be-gasp!-not so bad! (Obviously it depends on your perspective. To a LessWronger, pretty much everything else looks stupid.)

Comment by adamisom on [Poll] Less Wrong and Mainstream Philosophy: How Different are We? · 2012-09-27T16:57:30.219Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I nearly did too, which makes me wonder if a few people did; the only difference is an 'a' and I guess I assumed atheism would be at the top

Comment by adamisom on [Poll] Less Wrong and Mainstream Philosophy: How Different are We? · 2012-09-27T16:56:28.196Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

How (do you use it to mock/undermine theism)?

Comment by adamisom on [Poll] Less Wrong and Mainstream Philosophy: How Different are We? · 2012-09-27T16:56:03.872Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

... which explains why there is actually a Mormon Transhumanist group, and why there was even a conference on the subject in April where I live (Salt Lake City; unfortunately couldn't attend)

Comment by adamisom on Why aren't we pooling our knowledge-resources yet? · 2012-09-27T15:25:57.162Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the ultimately encouraging comment. Agreed that there is such a great quantity of possible papers to read that some care must be taken in what one recommends. To some extent, I think we'd have to wait-and-see how conscientious/well-targeted fellow LessWrongers are in their recommendations.

Why aren't we pooling our knowledge-resources yet?

2012-09-26T23:46:39.597Z · score: 9 (14 votes)

Meetup : Salt Lake City Meetup #3 - Bayesian reasoning in everyday life

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Meetup : Salt Lake City Meetup #2

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Meetup : Salt Lake City LW Meetup #2 Logistics

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Meetup : First Salt Lake City Meetup: 22 January 2012 03:00PM

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Meetup : Any Salt Lake City residents who might be interested in a meetup?

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