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Comment by bruno_coelho on Lesswrong, Effective Altruism Forum and Slate Star Codex: Harm Reduction · 2015-06-09T17:30:43.983Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The boundaries of relevante is something to think. A lot of places outside LW have discussions. Political topics was a thing back then, but now apparently people mention is Open Threads, and the most frequent talkers are still posting elsewhere. EA emerge, and with good coordination. However, this does not mean we should stop possible dynamical changes.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Harper's Magazine article on LW/MIRI/CFAR and Ethereum · 2014-12-18T14:15:28.359Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Somehow, LW/MIRI can't disentangle research and weirdness. Vassar is one of the guys when make public interviews end up giving this impression.

Comment by bruno_coelho on question: the 40 hour work week vs Silicon Valley? · 2014-10-28T22:34:49.150Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Bet if companies cut in half the number of 'meetings', the productivity gain would be good enough to make a 40h/week for a lot of workers.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Contrarian LW views and their economic implications · 2014-10-14T23:13:55.960Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The economic implications of reading LW should be put somehow on the census. Human resources is something the rationality cluster has a lot. Imagine people being paid for insights they put here.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Saving the World - Progress Report · 2014-08-03T23:13:36.031Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I suspect people actually have defined goals but are not specific enough about actions.

Comment by bruno_coelho on [LINK] Another "LessWrongers are crazy" article - this time on Slate · 2014-07-18T19:12:06.264Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The Useful Idea of Truth

Comment by bruno_coelho on Why I Am Not a Rationalist, or, why several of my friends warned me that this is a cult · 2014-07-14T22:21:17.672Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This anti-academic feeling is something I associate with lesswrong, mostly because people can find programming jobs without necessarily having a degree.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Open thread, 14-20 July 2014 · 2014-07-14T21:53:23.942Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Apparently you don´t need a argument to be a nationalist. Guess this is just system 1 working.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Consider giving an explanation for your deletion this time around. "Harry Yudkowsky and the Methods of Postrationality: Chapter One: Em Dashes Colons and Ellipses, Littérateurs Go Wild" · 2014-07-11T16:39:10.681Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Seems a good test to reactivate LW dynamics.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Learning programming: so I've learned the basics of Python, what next? · 2013-06-20T03:00:04.166Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Learn math too, to understand data structures, graphs, algoritms and all the basic CS stuff.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Useful Concepts Repository · 2013-06-13T00:51:48.360Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Both positive and negative black swans . Aditionally: randomness and regression to the mean.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Ideas wanted: democracy in an Em world · 2013-06-08T16:37:12.315Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In em scenario we set rich people as the first ems. Don't know how broad this is, but Robin expect a small group of people with lots of copies.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You · 2013-06-04T11:35:26.679Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

This is academic habit, but vulnerable to group bias. Normally, you don't send drafts to experts who strong disagree with your statements, but close friends who wants to read what you write.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Open Thread, June 2-15, 2013 · 2013-06-02T20:48:06.071Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've see only a math post. Do you plan to write in what kind of topics?

Comment by bruno_coelho on Rationality Quotes June 2013 · 2013-06-01T19:13:25.845Z · score: 11 (21 votes) · LW · GW

Students are often quite capable of applying economic analysis to emotionally neutral products such as apples or video games, but then fail to apply the same reasoning to emotionally charged goods to which similar analyses would seem to apply. I make a special effort to introduce concepts with the neutral examples, but then to challenge students to ask wonder why emotionally charged goods should be treated differently.

-- R. Hanson

Comment by bruno_coelho on Curriculum suggestions for someone looking to teach themselves contemporary philosophy · 2013-06-01T17:06:09.352Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The Porverty of Historicism is another book. BTW, the overall approach, making theories restrictive enough.

Comment by bruno_coelho on The Paucity of Elites Online · 2013-05-31T17:50:41.875Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think people who blog normally expose inconclusive thoughts or drafts, but not complete solutions. Or wants to teach more people, and build a community. In academic format, this is not so easy.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Is a paperclipper better than nothing? · 2013-05-26T21:03:28.521Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Benatar assimetry between life and death make B the best option. But as his argument is hard to accept, A is better, whatever human values the AI implement.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Preparing for a Rational Financial Planning Sequence · 2013-05-23T13:45:24.549Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Interested too. And will be particularly useful if consider topics which are not easy to find in other sources: giving, x-risk, disruptive technologies, cryonics.

Comment by bruno_coelho on How to Build a Community · 2013-05-22T13:43:09.844Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

For some reason, (old)lesswrongers end up optimizing to reactionary themes. I wonder why, if is just signaling or a serious thing.

Comment by bruno_coelho on How to calibrate your political beliefs · 2013-05-13T15:03:08.987Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Mostly decisions about large scale intervetions could be settled in economics terms. However, MIRI recent strategic change to math questions inform us the difficulty of heuristics approach. The amount of resources needed to find very noisy information about factors for some kind of scenario, seems very costly.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Justifiable Erroneous Scientific Pessimism · 2013-05-10T16:18:19.496Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

To him(Kuhn) evidence don't maintain old paradigms statuos quo, but persuasion. Old fellas making remarks about the virtues of their theory. New folks in academia have to convince a good amount of people to make the new theory relevant.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Three more ways identity can be a curse · 2013-04-29T18:15:31.150Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The risk to lose friends make people to rationalize their behavior to make them more similar to a group, convincing himself of some identity, or optimizing toward a set of habits of the average guy of her group. Additionally, contrarian thinking signals status too.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Three kinds of moral uncertainty · 2012-12-30T22:49:39.034Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The discussions in moral uncertain normally use the consensual options of ethical theories(deontology, consequentialism), and then propose some kind of solution, like intertheoretical comparison. The decompositions posed in the post create more problems to solve, like the correct description of values. I assume the author would find some kind of consequentialism as a correct theory, with settle the third uncertain. Feel free to respond if thats not the case.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Intelligence explosion in organizations, or why I'm not worried about the singularity · 2012-12-29T14:10:29.054Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The main response I assume is the fact that friendly agents are not yet invented, or the ideas exposed here are new, this post. The theoretical background could overlap with other sciences, but the main goal(FAI) needs more than that, I supose.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Intelligence explosion in organizations, or why I'm not worried about the singularity · 2012-12-29T14:03:50.205Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

We have goals, but they are not consistent over time. The worries about artificial agents(with more power) is that, these values if bad implemented, would create losses we could not accept, like extinction.

Comment by bruno_coelho on The Relation Projection Fallacy and the purpose of life · 2012-12-28T11:48:33.641Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

After reading how to measure anything, I suspect of people when they say something could not be measured or defined, in principle. And one of the most useful things is how vague notions could be tabooed or replaced.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Ritual 2012: A Moment of Darkness · 2012-12-27T14:00:43.115Z · score: -4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

This probably has something to do with Eliezer profile on OkCupid, and he being the main rationalist.

Comment by bruno_coelho on That Thing That Happened · 2012-12-19T14:00:23.813Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So, the whole point is about LWers making fun of people who make fun of everyone else who disagree with him(blue/green) in a particular point. Konk should put this on the text.

Comment by bruno_coelho on By Which It May Be Judged · 2012-12-15T13:07:08.707Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's something: posts presuppose too much. Words are hidden inferences, but most newbies don't know where to begin or if this is worth a try. For example, this sequence has causality as a topic to understand the universe, but people need to know a lot before eat the cake(probability, math logic, some Pearl and the sequences).

Comment by bruno_coelho on Do I really not believe in God? Do you? · 2012-12-11T15:28:06.712Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

A tendency to thanks some randomness in life, like Taleb, could help. Maybe you should blame the incapability of perfectly prediction, or the fact that cars kill dozens of people, and yet you insist to drive.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Train Philosophers with Pearl and Kahneman, not Plato and Kant · 2012-12-06T01:29:37.867Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Weatherson ask what could be done in other departments. R: all the formal methods(logic, decision and game theory), and empirical like x-phi. Besides, I don't want shut down philosophy departments, but I will be happy if they move to something like CMU + cogsci.

Comment by bruno_coelho on What science needs · 2012-12-03T01:04:38.457Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

The big problems facing science are management problems. We don't know how to identify important areas of study, or >people who can do good science, or good and important results.

Bostrom "Predictions from philosophy" makes similar advice, but not specific to scientists. In both cases the solution is focus cognitive resources on strategic analysis, I suppose. However, is really dificult to implement this on a large scale without hurting egos.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Philosophy Needs to Trust Your Rationality Even Though It Shouldn't · 2012-12-02T16:09:20.868Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What sort of people do you have in mind? The generalization apparently consider academic philosophers in the actual state, but not past people. Sure, someone without strong science background will miss the point, focusing on the words. But arguing "by definitions" is not something done exclusively by philosophers.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Overconfident Pessimism · 2012-11-28T14:08:25.758Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Some pessimists expect a linear grown in sofistication, with a few insights along the way, but not sequential insights from one single group. Safe AI designs are more hard than unsafe ones. Normally hard problems are solved after the easy, and by different people. If FAI is a hard-rather-than-easy project, the results will appear after the unsafe AGIs. However, this could not be the case, if AI research change.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Rationality Quotes November 2012 · 2012-11-19T21:38:36.554Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

The most astonishingly incredible coincidence imaginable would be the complete absence of all coincidences.

-- John Allen Paulos(from Beyond Numeracy)

Comment by bruno_coelho on If you could take it with you, what would you take? · 2012-11-19T01:06:46.463Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If future people are so awesome superior to us -- in the time of revival -- its because they share some values with "me/we now" or have managed to create a successful experiment like a simulation to study this curious species.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Why is Mencius Moldbug so popular on Less Wrong? [Answer: He's not.] · 2012-11-17T18:44:48.202Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I wonder if the choice, "moldbuggery"(in the survey), is made in a serious thought, or for lack of a better word.

Comment by bruno_coelho on How can I reduce existential risk from AI? · 2012-11-13T01:17:50.903Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In early stages is not easy to focus directly in the organizations x or y, mostly because a good amount of researchers are working in projects who could end in a AGI expert in numerous specific domains. Futhermore, large scale coordination is important too, even if not a top priority. Slowing down a project or funding another is a guided intervetion who could gain some time while technical problems remain unsolved.

Comment by bruno_coelho on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-08T14:23:45.061Z · score: 16 (16 votes) · LW · GW

Done. I hope this data help LW/CFAR.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Open Thread, November 1-15, 2012 · 2012-11-03T03:04:42.768Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The intelligence explosion site, for a overall bibliography of AI, with links to the principal papers.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Desired articles on AI risk? · 2012-11-03T02:48:49.301Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It seems that no one is working in papers about the convergence of values. In a scale of difficult, math problems seens the priority, but the value and preferences disagreement impose a constrain in the implementantion. More specifically, in the "programmer writing code with black boxes" part.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Constructing fictional eugenics (LW edition) · 2012-11-01T20:36:27.662Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Even in the ems/Hanson scenario having children will be a value. In the timeline, eugenics come before, but don't will extinguish these psychological traits. They could become a religion, for example.

Comment by bruno_coelho on An anecdote about names · 2012-10-30T21:37:52.360Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Our evolutionary adaptation is to find faces pretty quickly, but remembering a name have don't the same strength in group formation. The extra effort to remember names could signal some kind of alliance, witch explain why I could remember some names, but remember much more faces.

Comment by bruno_coelho on [Link] Offense 101 · 2012-10-25T18:52:52.599Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Would be useful if someone create a rationality training curriculum who could be taught in a elementary school. Normally, critical thinking classes are taught to undergraduates. But critical thinking makes people disbelief weird things, and I suppose don't have a "instrumental rationality module".

Comment by bruno_coelho on Thinking soberly about the context and consequences of Friendly AI · 2012-10-21T00:03:24.531Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The singularity have diverse connotations; is good to specify what memes you're thinking.

Comment by bruno_coelho on The Fabric of Real Things · 2012-10-15T21:02:01.834Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I find mathematics most about future physics laws who will be discovered. Math without empirical confirmation is more difficult to link, but normally is a matter of time to find a application.

Comment by bruno_coelho on The deeper solution to the mystery of moralism—Believing in morality and free will are hazardous to your mental health · 2012-10-15T20:55:23.880Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Unjustified assertions could be more productive if not made. Creating fuss about idiots makes unnecessary noise. However, we could think this dismissiveness inform us about the status of the post.

Comment by bruno_coelho on The Fabric of Real Things · 2012-10-12T16:34:02.666Z · score: -6 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Publishing in Nous means consuming enough philosophical papers to signal competence in formal methods and causality graphs. People here will don't pay the cost. Better to contact a already professional philosopher with the formal background and teach him a class on reductionism.

Comment by bruno_coelho on Rationality: Appreciating Cognitive Algorithms · 2012-10-09T02:27:45.377Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

But this bring a tradeoff, how much do you sacrifice to show security and confidence? I suppose, there are people who tell the truth even in situations where this attitude will cause complications.