Comment by antiochus on The Galileo affair: who was on the side of rationality? · 2015-02-18T18:55:23.767Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I find more sophisticated theologies as unconvincing. The fundamental problem is the more coherent and logically provable your god is, the less she matters, until it's nothing left that could be thought of as a god at all, let alone produce any real consequences that we should worry about. It's like the driving paradox - to paraphrase George Carlin, everyone that drivers slower than you is an idiot, everyone that drives faster is a maniac. If someone has a more literal god than you (you in the general sense) they're clearly just a straw man or an idiot. If someone has a less literal god than you, they're misguided or heretical or cowardly.

In this analogy, I choose not to drive.

Comment by antiochus on Lifehack Ideas January 2015 · 2015-01-05T18:15:58.954Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've heard that. I suppose it's for the best that I moved into a style less lunge-happy (German and Italian longsword.)

Comment by antiochus on Lifehack Ideas January 2015 · 2015-01-02T22:12:20.696Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I once had the same problem with a weak core. Fencing cured it for me within a few months, though for the first two months I ended the classes with pain in that area.

Comment by antiochus on Recovery Manual for Civilization · 2014-10-31T20:54:11.588Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This rings false. Greek learning didn't disappear just because the already faltering Hellenistic dynasties were toppled.

Comment by antiochus on Open thread, Oct. 20 - Oct. 26, 2014 · 2014-10-22T13:42:57.377Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

As a reader, it's less work for more reward.

Comment by antiochus on What false beliefs have you held and why were you wrong? · 2014-10-20T17:49:34.921Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This is interesting enough that I'd like to see some more explanation, too.

Comment by antiochus on Unpopular ideas attract poor advocates: Be charitable · 2014-09-17T14:24:48.098Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That explains theology.

Comment by antiochus on Talking to yourself: A useful thinking tool that seems understudied and underdiscussed · 2014-09-11T19:22:30.000Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

No problem. It seems like programming is a perfect example of something with a very large working memory requirement and the manipulation of a lot of symbolic, linguistic information.

Comment by antiochus on Talking to yourself: A useful thinking tool that seems understudied and underdiscussed · 2014-09-09T18:11:22.595Z · score: 19 (19 votes) · LW · GW

In computer programming, this is commonly called rubber ducking.

Comment by antiochus on What is the difference between rationality and intelligence? · 2014-08-14T17:26:51.490Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Ask five gamers what WIS means, get five answers.

Comment by antiochus on Open thread, August 4 - 10, 2014 · 2014-08-06T19:55:48.763Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Caffeinated tea, then?

Comment by antiochus on Three questions about source code uncertainty · 2014-07-25T18:08:34.634Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What I'm getting at is that it doesn't matter if the software is expressed in electron arrangement or plugs or neurons, if it's computable. I don't see any trouble here distinguishing between connectome and neuron.

Comment by antiochus on Three questions about source code uncertainty · 2014-07-25T13:25:52.174Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You could think of software as being any element that is programmable - ie, even a physical plugboard can be thought of as software even though it's not typically the format we store it on.

Comment by antiochus on Open Thread, May 19 - 25, 2014 · 2014-05-21T15:08:15.982Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This might be counter-intuitive and impractical for self-teaching, but for me it was an assembly language course that made it 'click' for how things work behind the scenes. It doesn't have to be much and you'll probably never use it again, but the concepts will help your broader understanding.

If you can be more specific about which parts baffle you, I might be able to recommend something more useful.

Comment by antiochus on Ergonomics Revisited · 2014-04-24T14:14:27.187Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I bought a new office chair. My selection process was to take my coat off and sit on every single damn chair in the store until I found which one was the least awful. The most comfortable (at any price) that I found was this one - the multiple points of adjustment turned out to be the key so that I had both enough padding and lower back support. Link

Comment by antiochus on What legal ways do people make a profit that produce the largest net loss in utility? · 2014-03-27T16:52:25.457Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That's a question with an answer. Do wild animals suffer so much their lives aren't worth living? Then yes. My gut feeling is that it isn't the case, however, or it varies a lot from specie to specie - some might inherently suffer more than others by being kept in a naturally high state of stress, etc.

Comment by antiochus on On not getting a job as an option · 2014-03-12T13:33:21.176Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This might not be as much of a problem in IT as you might worry, especially if you have personal projects or open source contributions to show for it. It's difficult enough finding skilled developers that if your skill is in demand, a good recruiter will still go to bat for you. I'd say it harms your chances, but it won't kill a career.

Comment by antiochus on Lifestyle interventions to increase longevity · 2014-02-27T14:55:23.226Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Looks like I'm going to have to rethink my lunches.

Comment by antiochus on [Meta] Open thread even more often? · 2014-02-13T16:34:41.967Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I wouldn't mind seeing an off-topic forum either.

Comment by antiochus on Open Thread for February 3 - 10 · 2014-02-07T16:07:29.083Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I had no idea vehicular cycling was a thing, but most of the recommendations on the wikipedia page are commonly accepted as good cycling safety when there's no bike lanes - and around here bike lanes are rare. I'll use bike lanes if they're available and clear of obstructions, and I won't take a lane unless the lane's too narrow to share (like on a bridge or in construction) or unless I can keep up with traffic. I always signal, use turning lanes, stop at lights and stop signs, etc, as expected by the MTO guidelines. I ride a hybrid bicycle instead of a road bike because of cost, posture, and the condition of the roads.

As for why? Health benefits, pleasure, and I arrive at work more awake and alert.

Comment by antiochus on True numbers and fake numbers · 2014-02-07T15:28:09.634Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I feel like there's a meaningful distinction here, but calling them 'true' and fake' smuggles in connotations that I don't feel are accurate.

Comment by antiochus on How can I spend money to improve my life? · 2014-02-05T21:20:12.822Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

We're kind of kicking at different goalposts here. You're trying to show that archery isn't the best possible use of time (presumably for fitness) and I'm skeptical of your specific claims about it.

A couple things to consider.

  • Archery, by a formal reading of the term, is a martial art.
  • Not all forms of archery and martial arts are made equal. There's considerably overlap in physical requirements. Compare a sport crossbow to an English longbow; compare tai chi to muay thai.
  • I practice martial arts, but not archery. When I had a chance to spend an afternoon firing a longbow with a measly 45lbs draw, I ached in all new places in my neck, arms, core, and thighs. I also needed to coordinate my body in novel ways.
  • Archery is not nearly as demanding for time as martial arts; it can be done in addition to other sports fairly easily.

Hopefully that gives you some idea of why I don't think it's fair to dismiss archery as suboptimal.

Comment by antiochus on How can I spend money to improve my life? · 2014-02-05T14:29:55.279Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Upvoted. A lot of cycling safety is counterintuitive. Being hit from behind is not as big a risk as people think while cycling, and behaving as predictably as possible (ie like a car) will keep you alive.

Comment by antiochus on How can I spend money to improve my life? · 2014-02-04T15:46:50.879Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That still doesn't seem right to me, but I should point out that a good motivation to do a thing is as valuable as the thing itself, if otherwise you wouldn't.

Comment by antiochus on Open Thread for February 3 - 10 · 2014-02-04T15:34:44.953Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Could you post a link to the kind of chair that you got?

Comment by antiochus on Open Thread for February 3 - 10 · 2014-02-03T16:31:07.853Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

How much is it worth spending on a computer chair? Is a chair for both work and play (ie video games) practical, or is reclining comfort necessarily opposed to sit-up comfort?

Comment by antiochus on How can I spend money to improve my life? · 2014-02-03T15:43:00.548Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Are you sure? Archery requires a lot of strength and full-body coordination. Archers that I know have to do strength training for it. I'm not going to make any claims about how optimal it is, but that seems untrue on its face.

Comment by antiochus on How can I spend money to improve my life? · 2014-02-03T15:23:25.840Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Just bought a different model of this last week, because my bedroom is blissfully dark at night, but also dark in the morning, making it more difficult to wake up when I'd like to. I can confirm that it's made a really big difference for easing me out of bed. I don't need the usual snooze routine, or to set a second alarm in a different room anymore.

Comment by antiochus on Humans can drive cars · 2014-01-30T14:19:39.323Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I've always felt similarly, and found myself thinking about how plastic we are with our own body sense - we seem to be very capable of remapping our motor functions into completely new devices, cars, video game characters, etc, and gaining a sense of body with them. This seem to be supported by how tied driving is to which part of your body performs the control - for me, going from a hand clutch on a motorcycle to a foot clutch completely failed to translate the skill. I have no idea if this is neurologically correct.

Comment by antiochus on Self-Study Questions Thread · 2014-01-29T18:31:34.655Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Completely language-agnostic programming book is a bit of a contradiction. You're better off finding books on the subject that use the language you're most comfortable with. I'd look at books on object oriented programming and algorithm design, and when you're completely comfortable with those topics, move on to design patterns.

Comment by antiochus on 2013 Survey Results · 2014-01-24T20:14:29.988Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

They're mostly copy-and-pasted descriptions from wikipedia, tweaked with added info from Design Patterns. I'm not sure they'd be very useful to other people. I used them to help prepare for an interview, so when I was doing my cards I'd describe them out loud, then check the description, then pop open the book to clarify anything I wasn't sure on.

edit: And I'd do the reverse, naming the pattern based on the description.

Comment by antiochus on 2013 Survey Results · 2014-01-24T18:45:13.021Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've used SRS to learn programming theory that I otherwise had trouble keeping straight in my head. I've made cards for design patterns, levels of database normalization, fiddly elements of C++ referencing syntax, etc.

Comment by antiochus on Tulpa References/Discussion · 2014-01-03T20:45:58.575Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I don't agree with the tone of this comment, but I admit there's something about this that feels deeply weird to me.

Comment by antiochus on What if Strong AI is just not possible? · 2014-01-02T15:00:19.221Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

In that case, research will just need to discover the necessary properties of soul-attracting substrate.

Comment by antiochus on Open Thread, December 2-8, 2013 · 2013-12-03T15:13:00.374Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Also did the same.

Comment by antiochus on 2013 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2013-11-22T19:03:59.357Z · score: 28 (28 votes) · LW · GW

Taken. Quite tickled by the prize question.

Comment by antiochus on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2013-08-11T18:40:11.752Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Any and all! Though I have a lot of interest in military history in particular, which lead me to wargaming, with some specialized interest in the Hellenistic period and the ancient world in general, medieval martial arts, and the black powder era of linear battles.

Comment by antiochus on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2013-07-26T03:44:01.542Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

Hi. I'm a software engineer and history enthusiast. Been reading for years, and just recently got around to making an account. Still building up the courage to dive in, but this place has done wonders for reducing sloppy thinking on my part.