Comment by bitcohen on Training the YouTube Algorithm · 2021-04-16T20:28:19.608Z · LW · GW

The videos that are recommended for you are commonly based often on "videos you have watched", it doesn't have to be recent, it's enough that you once favorited a video. Far from always these recommendations do make sense and can appear to be rather unrelated to videos of your interest.
On the other hand, YouTube state why one video is recommended for you by stating "because you watched *video title* it refers to. That video in its turn might have your recommended video as a related video


Comment by bitcohen on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-08-01T20:33:59.070Z · LW · GW

Ask your body what it wants before you do something that affects it. Picture yourself doing something, like eating a candy bar or a steak. Your body will either respond to encourage or discourage with muscle contractions. You can use this for what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, when to work out, what workout to do list, when to drink water, when and how to keep your teeth clean, how to wash and keep yourself from smelling bad without chemicals and perfumes. I'm still experimenting with what more information I can get from this system.

Comment by bitcohen on What Money Cannot Buy · 2020-02-27T17:38:11.946Z · LW · GW

The word expert is overused to the point of becoming meaningless. Surgery, rocket science, and a few other such specialized fields may yield experts.
But assuming you are not an expert yourself, the next best thing is to know an expert who can judge experts. Which of course leaves you in need of an expert.

Comment by bitcohen on Healing vs. exercise analogies for emotional work · 2020-01-31T18:23:10.455Z · LW · GW

Meditation is exercise for your mind, whereas physical exercise is for your body. It really can be this simple.

With that said, there is overlap because the two are not intrinsically separated. The objective mind experiences separation, but the subjective body experiences connectedness.

So when one physically exercises, it is also a form of meditation as it requires focus from the mind to do the exercise, but this is not as efficient as meditation.

Comment by bitcohen on Book Recommendations for social skill development? · 2019-12-25T17:03:45.838Z · LW · GW

Developing your interpersonal intelligence by Mel Silberman
In an easy-to-read style Silberman lays out practical techniques for developing your “IQ”: your interpersonal quotient. His eight ways to be more effective in relationships have the backing of scholarly research

Comment by bitcohen on The Power to Draw Better · 2019-11-23T17:01:22.764Z · LW · GW

From my personal experience, there is no way to improve your art through imagination. What you imagine you can't put down correctly on paper. References are the best for practicing and improving your skills. Practice before drawing from imagination and you'll go a long way. Sketching is great in this matter because if you create a whole page of sketches you will find the one that has the most improvement.
It's a process but a rewarding process.

Comment by bitcohen on We tend to forget complicated things · 2019-10-29T09:03:01.429Z · LW · GW

I had the same problem with were phy, math, and chemistry. I always needed more time than my friends. I never memorized things I always did a lot of problems and derived most of them so I got used to the formulas. This eventually became an advantage because formulas learned this way can never be forgotten.
I have come to the conclusion that, to remember what we have learned for a long time is to write notes and practice no matter whatsoever the subject is....

Comment by bitcohen on [deleted post] 2019-10-01T10:18:04.975Z

Every action is susceptible to influence by emotion, and at the same time every action is susceptible to influence by reason. Probably by some other influences that fall outside those two categories, too, but let’s start simple.

What “drives” any given action is a superposition of emotion and reason [and other stuff]. Some drivers are more of one than the other, of course, but none is ever pure emotion or pure reason.

Comment by bitcohen on How to Ignore Your Emotions (while also thinking you're awesome at emotions) · 2019-08-17T10:21:23.570Z · LW · GW

Ignoring emotions doesn't make them go away, in fact it makes it worse. It's easy to ignore emotions if you just keep telling yourself that you don't care, at one point you'll start believing whatever you have programmed your brain to believe. It's better to just deal with your emotions instead of battling with them.


Comment by bitcohen on Happiness Is a Chore · 2018-02-10T18:44:51.040Z · LW · GW

What is the likelihood that this happiness method loses power over time? I had a method for achieving happiness that worked for about two years, but eventually it just sorta petered out. bitcohen