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Comment by alicey on Open thread, July 31 - August 6, 2017 · 2017-08-10T02:56:30.708Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

you are missing the concept of blather

Comment by alicey on Open thread, July 31 - August 6, 2017 · 2017-08-02T01:14:10.624Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

blather

Comment by alicey on Final Words · 2016-07-05T19:46:42.239Z · score: 5 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Voted up this comment, for kabbalistic reasons.

Comment by alicey on Lawful Creativity · 2016-03-04T23:59:37.881Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

okay, playing house isn't actually a coherent category. there are ways to play house that have carse-jargon-“definite rules” and have a carse-jargon-defined-beginning&end, and there are ways to play house that don't. most instances of playing house are of the former type, likely including your experiences.

carse uses words in weird ways.

Comment by alicey on Lawful Creativity · 2016-02-25T06:31:47.992Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

carse uses words in weird ways. in carse jargon, playing house is a finite game.

Comment by alicey on The Value of Those in Effective Altruism · 2016-02-18T00:16:40.133Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

tomayto tomahto

Comment by alicey on Simulate and Defer To More Rational Selves · 2016-01-15T01:47:09.348Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

afaict the quirrell tulpa is one of the more common types of tulpas. if you have one, do not use it. it is secretly voldemort and will destroy your soul.

Comment by alicey on My Naturalistic Awakening · 2015-11-10T11:40:17.912Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

When you say “a science-fiction story”, I am curious if it ever was finished. Is it HPMOR?

Comment by alicey on An overview of the mental model theory · 2015-08-17T15:39:16.957Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Reading this was a bit annoying:

Only one statement about a hand of cards is true:

  • There is a King or Ace or both.

  • There is a Queen or Ace or both.

Which is more likely, King or Ace?

... The majority of people respond that the Ace is more likely to occur, but this is logically incorrect.

It is just communicating badly https://xkcd.com/169/ . In a common parse, Ace is more likely to occur. It would be more likely to be parsed as you intended if you had said

Only one of the following premises is true about a particular hand of cards:

(like you did on the next question!)

Comment by alicey on An Alien God · 2015-08-12T00:19:18.233Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

you're not really wrong but you're missing the point

Comment by alicey on The AI, the best human advisor · 2015-07-16T22:11:40.988Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You do have to be being careful not to give it too much computation time: http://lesswrong.com/lw/qk/that_alien_message/

Comment by alicey on Rationality is about pattern recognition, not reasoning · 2015-05-26T19:46:17.104Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on 16 types of useful predictions · 2015-04-08T22:06:42.514Z · score: 0 (8 votes) · LW · GW

nod. Sounds reasonable!

It might help to be more intentional, to prevent people from having jarring experiences like that.

Comment by alicey on 16 types of useful predictions · 2015-04-08T19:39:30.659Z · score: -3 (19 votes) · LW · GW

I liked (and upvoted) this post and the list is useful.

The use of "male pronoun as default" was a bit jarring :(

Comment by alicey on Final Words · 2015-03-16T18:53:04.808Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

i am curious what the nice use of hebrew is!

Comment by alicey on Final Words · 2015-03-16T18:44:20.096Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Voted down all comments in this chain except this one, because I am flesh.

Comment by alicey on The Importance of Sidekicks · 2015-01-08T09:41:33.100Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm more okay with it being because my work is valuable: http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/

Comment by alicey on The Superstar Effect · 2015-01-03T16:35:01.836Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It should be noted that many employers do hire the somebody who learned to code at App Academy but never went to college over the other person.

(After all, the somebody can signal agentiness about becoming a better programmer, unlike the person. And the somebody is actually more likely to be a good employee than the person.)

(I'm not sure if you were implying the opposite of this or not (it is ambiguous))

Comment by alicey on Rationalist house · 2014-11-08T08:50:47.283Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on MIRI course list study pairs · 2014-08-23T05:29:32.004Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on MetaMed: Evidence-Based Healthcare · 2014-07-04T18:51:14.542Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

But, either way, not much evidence at all.

Comment by alicey on Teaching English in Shanghai · 2014-06-30T11:55:35.326Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

But, New York is exceptionally safe.

Comment by alicey on Truth: It's Not That Great · 2014-05-05T00:38:44.506Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

oh, sure

Comment by alicey on Truth: It's Not That Great · 2014-05-04T23:05:16.632Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

i'm into epistemic rationality, but this all seems pretty much accurate and stuff

not sure what to conclude from having that reaction to this post.

Comment by alicey on Self-Congratulatory Rationalism · 2014-03-14T23:49:31.230Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on Self-Congratulatory Rationalism · 2014-03-14T23:42:11.948Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

revisiting this, i consider that perhaps i am likely to discard parts of the frame message and possibly outer message - because, to me of course it's a message, and to me of course the meaning of (say) "belief" is roughly what http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Belief says it is

Comment by alicey on Self-Congratulatory Rationalism · 2014-03-14T23:29:40.035Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

improving signal to noise, holding the signal constant, is brevity

when brevity impedes communication, but only with a subset of people, then the reduced signal is because they're not good at understanding brief things, so it is worth not being brief with them, but it's not fun

Comment by alicey on Self-Congratulatory Rationalism · 2014-03-01T17:58:28.470Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on Self-Congratulatory Rationalism · 2014-03-01T16:28:32.743Z · score: 3 (7 votes) · LW · GW

i tend to express ideas tersely, which counts as poorly-explained if my audience is expecting more verbiage, so they round me off to the nearest cliche and mostly downvote me

i have mostly stopped posting or commenting on lesswrong and stackexchange because of this

like, when i want to say something, i think "i can predict that people will misunderstand and downvote me, but i don't know what improvements i could make to this post to prevent this. sigh."

revisiting this on 2014-03-14, i consider that perhaps i am likely to discard parts of the frame message and possibly outer message - because, to me of course it's a message, and to me of course the meaning of (say) "belief" is roughly what http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Belief says it is

for example, i suspect that the use of more intuitively sensible grammar in this comment (mostly just a lack of capitalization) often discards the frame-message-bit of "i might be intelligent" (or ... something) that such people understand from messages (despite this being an incorrect thing to understand)

Comment by alicey on Bridge Collapse: Reductionism as Engineering Problem · 2014-02-19T05:18:38.129Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

this is why i like ¬

script your keyboard! make it so that the chords ~1 and 1~ output a '¬'! or any other chord, really

if this actually sounds interesting and you use windows you can grab my script at https://github.com/alice0meta/userscripts/tree/master/ahk

Comment by alicey on A defense of Senexism (Deathism) · 2014-02-16T22:48:03.725Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

note: "life expectancy used to be ~30" is a common misconception (it's being skewed by infant mortality) (life expectancy has gone up a lot, just not that much)

(as far as i know. i've been told that it's a common misconception that this is a common misconception, but they refused to cite sources)

Comment by alicey on A defense of Senexism (Deathism) · 2014-02-16T15:08:36.351Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

short response is "yeah, sure, sorta ... but only if you're a stupid group. we can do better."

edit: http://lesswrong.com/lw/jop/a_defense_of_senexism_deathism/akk3 is the longer version of this response

Comment by alicey on The Cluster Structure of Thingspace · 2014-01-24T07:16:29.101Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

why yes

clusters can overlap, and the word "more like" uses different clusters of clusters depending on context

Comment by alicey on Dark Arts of Rationality · 2014-01-19T12:20:14.108Z · score: 13 (15 votes) · LW · GW

she who wears the magic bracelet of future-self delegation http://i.imgur.com/5Bfq4we.png prefers to do as she is ordered

Comment by alicey on Facing the Intelligence Explosion discussion page · 2014-01-11T19:18:57.420Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

i can find many sources claiming the opposite (for example, http://books.google.com/books?id=EFI7tr9XK6EC&pg=PA62&dq=life+expectancy+ancient+rome+infant+mortality&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zniRUKH5Ae--2AW6sIDICQ&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=life%20expectancy%20ancient%20rome%20infant%20mortality&f=false http://books.google.com/books?id=zlsaLgBdLF8C&pg=PA44&dq=ancient+world+life+expectancy+compared&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JhyEUaKhEqmiiQKZ0YCoBQ&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=ancient%20world%20life%20expectancy%20compared&f=false ) and few agreeing with you

cite?

Comment by alicey on Tulpa References/Discussion · 2014-01-11T14:06:51.278Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on Facing the Intelligence Explosion discussion page · 2014-01-11T11:52:12.168Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

have edited original comment to address this.

(thought it was obvious)

Comment by alicey on Facing the Intelligence Explosion discussion page · 2014-01-11T11:41:45.814Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

have edited original comment . does it address this?

Comment by alicey on Facing the Intelligence Explosion discussion page · 2014-01-11T04:03:03.784Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

in http://intelligenceexplosion.com/2012/engineering-utopia/ you say "There was once a time when the average human couldn’t expect to live much past age thirty."

this is false, right?

(edit note: life expectancy matches "what the average human can expect to live to" now somewhat, but if you have a double hump of death at infancy/childhood and then old age, you can have a life expectancy of 30 but a life expectancy of 15 year olds of 60, in which case the average human can expect to live to 1 or 60 (this is very different from "can't expect to live to >30") . or just "can expect to live to 60" if you too don't count infants as really human)

Comment by alicey on Ritual Report: Boston Solstice Celebration · 2013-12-28T17:03:57.412Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

note: shminux is a particularly vocal individual who strongly disagrees with the timeless "block universe" model

Comment by alicey on Thinking and Deciding: a chapter by chapter review · 2013-12-25T21:23:20.248Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Does it clash with your experience of decision-making?

so, it seems a decent model for system-2 decision making

however, most of our minds is system-1 and is nowhere near so spocky

It's not clear to me what you mean by "System 1 does thinking." Could you unpack that for me?

most of our minds and our cognitive power is instantiated as subconscious system 1 mechanics, not anything as apparent as search-inference

for example, http://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/1/how-is-it-that-taking-a-break-from-a-problem-sometimes-allows-you-to-figure-out


or, it says things like "Naive theories are systems of beliefs that result from incomplete thinking." and i think "uh sure but if you treat it as a binary then you'll have to classify all theories as naive . i don't think you have any idea what complete thinking would actually look like" and then it goes on to talk about the binary between naive and non-naive theories and gives commonplace examples of both

it's like the book is describing meta concepts (models for human minds) purely by example (different specific wrong models about human minds) without even acknowledging that they're meta-level

i am experiencing this as disgusting and i notice that i am confused

visible likely resolutions to this confusion are "i am badly misunderstanding the book" and "people on lesswrong are stupider than i thought"

Comment by alicey on Rationality Quotes December 2013 · 2013-12-24T03:40:51.026Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

hello! i am transgender, and i would like to friendly mention that the word is "transgender" is usually preferred

but words are hard, so if this doesn't come across as friendly, i have done words poorly :c

Comment by alicey on Thinking and Deciding: a chapter by chapter review · 2013-12-03T04:09:48.713Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

i've recently started reading this book, but the search-inference framework seems obviously silly, neglecting simple concepts such as "system 1 does thinking"

what is up with this?

Comment by alicey on 2013 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2013-11-29T16:49:48.274Z · score: 2 (6 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by alicey on Chaotic Inversion · 2013-07-07T02:49:46.083Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

You'd think so, but it's quite the opposite for me!