Comment by cannibalsmith on Do Earths with slower economic growth have a better chance at FAI? · 2013-06-12T21:28:11.830Z · score: -5 (11 votes) · LW · GW

I think the nearest deadline is our own lifespans. FAI is no good if you're dead before it comes along. Also cryonics requires fast economic growth.

Comment by cannibalsmith on UFAI cannot be the Great Filter · 2012-12-25T13:32:39.516Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Here are my five minutes: nanomachines need to carry a charge to be accelerable, right? Well, it works the other way too - they will decelerate on their own in destination's Van Allen belts.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Gun Control: How would we know? · 2012-12-20T20:52:10.987Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You may be interested in http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/csarchive/Show-234---Aiming-for-Effectiveness/guns-shootings-firearms

Comment by cannibalsmith on New Sequences and General Update From Castify · 2012-12-18T18:11:58.657Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

That's why I'm asking how much. How much money do you want? As in, total.

The reason is that the pay-per-download model is detrimental for LessWrong's goals. As DSimon said, we want as many people as possible to be exposed to LW ideas. People who haven't heard of LW, people who would never themselves pay for such content. But I want your podcasts be played on the radio.

Instead I propose the Kickstarter model - you name your price, the LW crowd raises the money, you then have no problem giving copies away for free because you've already been paid.

Comment by cannibalsmith on New Sequences and General Update From Castify · 2012-12-11T17:21:23.999Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

How much for releasing an episode under CC-BY?

Comment by cannibalsmith on If you could take it with you, what would you take? · 2012-11-18T17:02:41.654Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

As many bottles of wine as can fit.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Launched: Friendship is Optimal · 2012-11-16T19:51:36.323Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Wow, your answer exceeds all my expectations! Thank you.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Launched: Friendship is Optimal · 2012-11-15T19:11:27.930Z · score: 4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I respectfully request an explanation of the merits of publishing like this when you have the entire fic written already.

Comment by cannibalsmith on A rationalist My Little Pony fanfic · 2012-11-12T23:50:00.565Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Harry Potter is about the wizarding world. Avatar is about a world war. MLP is about people.

Mind blown, then blown again.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Friendship is Optimal: A My Little Pony fanfic about an optimization process · 2012-11-12T23:07:06.202Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

After two years of bronydom, I dreamed of ponies for the first time after reading this fic. So that's a 10 out of 10. I'm reminded of Eliezer's warning about imagining worlds so much better than reality that the act sucks out your soul.

In case you're interested in suggestions for improvement:

  • Make this fic more accessible to others, not just super smart LW bronies - the text has words that could be replaced with more common synonyms, for example.
  • Make it less silly. Computers in Earth's mantle and indestructible experience centers while possible are so impractical it's ridiculous. This isn't Star Wars!
  • What about all the people who care about reality? The story conspicuously completely ignores them. I imagine they would petition Celestia to make physical pony bodies for them so they could continue their work on or study of the physical Universe. And almost everypony would object to the destruction of life on Earth.
Comment by cannibalsmith on Rationality Quotes July 2012 · 2012-07-04T05:48:57.007Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Haven't followed Steve since about 2008. What has he been up to? Is he still newageous?

Comment by cannibalsmith on Helsinki LW Meetup - Sat March 5th · 2011-02-22T12:23:46.771Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Riga reporting. Will the meetup be in English?

Comment by cannibalsmith on New Discussion section on LessWrong! · 2010-10-02T14:30:12.962Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Okay, I give up.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Tell me what I don't know about life insurance. · 2010-10-01T12:16:33.938Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I have no dependents.

How do I estimate the probability of early death or disability?

What other multinational life insurance companies are there?

Comment by cannibalsmith on (Virtual) Employment Open Thread · 2010-09-30T17:58:58.717Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Which are the other four?

Comment by cannibalsmith on US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth · 2010-09-30T13:21:16.612Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Now, all that's left to do is convince the world that nukes are not evil so we can build an Orion drive powered ship and colonize that planet.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Hypothetical - Moon Station Government · 2010-09-30T13:08:12.604Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

LessWrong... IN SPACE!

Comment by cannibalsmith on New Discussion section on LessWrong! · 2010-09-30T12:26:57.662Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Just give us a proper forum already!

Tell me what I don't know about life insurance.

2010-09-30T12:21:23.655Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread, September, 2010-- part 2 · 2010-09-27T07:40:33.340Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

THIS IS WHY WE NEED A FORUM

or something

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread, September, 2010-- part 2 · 2010-09-24T06:35:29.751Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I was offered life insurance by an Alico agent. What do you guys think? I don't know what I don't know about life insurance, so throw me all you've got.

I would get 36k€ if I was crippled 50% or more and 20k€ if I died or survived till 62, all for 260€ a year (that's 5% of my current salary). Does anyone know what injuries constitute what crippledness %?

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: July 2010 · 2010-07-06T13:21:33.430Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Here's a tiny bit of rationality:

The new arrivals [soldiers who'd died and gone to hell only to keep fighting] didn’t fight the demon way, for pride and honor. Rahab realized they fought for other reasons entirely, they fought to win and woe to anybody who got in their way.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: June 2010 · 2010-06-02T13:13:19.955Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werther_effect

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: June 2010 · 2010-06-02T13:10:16.407Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Some things

For example?

Comment by cannibalsmith on The Fundamental Question · 2010-04-20T13:00:53.723Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T16:28:52.985Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Looks like I've been using "terminal values" incorrectly.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T16:26:40.009Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If that distinction exists, my three formulations are not identical. Yes?

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T16:24:33.730Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Well, all agents are resource-constrained. But I get what you mean.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T16:21:00.706Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

My mom complains I take things too literally. Now I know what she means. :)

Seriously though, I mean readable, usable, computable information. The kind which can conceivably turned into knowledge. I could also say, we want to lossly compress the Universe, like an mp3, with as good a ratio as possible.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T16:10:19.305Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Neither. I guess I shouldn't have used the term "terminal value". See the elaboration - how do you think I should generalize and summarize it?

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T12:42:35.281Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

We cannot know what information we might need in the future, therefore we must gather as much as we can and preserve all of it. Especially since much (most?) of it cannot be recreated on demand.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010, Part 2 · 2010-04-08T12:34:32.062Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Help me, LessWrong. I want to build a case for

  1. Information is a terminal value without exception.
  2. All information is inherently good.
  3. We must gather and preserve information for its own sake.

These phrasings should mean the exact same thing. Correct me if they don't.

Elaboration: Most people readily agree that most information is good most of the time. I want to see if I can go all the way and build a convincing argument that all information is good all of the time, or as close to it as I can get. That misuse of information is problem about the misuser and not the information ("guns don't kill people"). Specific cases include: endangered species (DNA is best stored in living organisms), viruses (all three kinds), forbidden books, child pornography and other shocking information, free speech, Archive.org, The Rosetta Project, research on race.

Please post arguments and counterarguments in their own comments and separately from general discussion comments.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Lampshading · 2010-04-08T11:14:02.728Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

It's 2 PM and I still haven't done any work today. Thanks. :(

Comment by cannibalsmith on Late Great Filter Is Not Bad News · 2010-04-04T20:43:11.700Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

A tangent: if we found extinct life on Mars, it would provide precious extra motivation to go there which is a good thing.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Announcing the Less Wrong Sub-Reddit · 2010-04-02T12:46:10.401Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

If LessWrong is based on Reddit, and Reddit can spawn subreddits at will, why can't LessWrong do the same?

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: April 2010 · 2010-04-02T10:25:00.325Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I value time spent in flow times the amount of I/O between me and the external world.

"Time spent in flow" is a technical term for having a good time.

By I/O (input/output) I mean both information and actions. Talking to people, reading books, playing multiplayer computer games, building pyramids, writing software to be used by other people are examples of high impact of me on the world and/or high impact of the world on me. On the other hand, getting stoned (or, wireheaded) and daydreaming has low interaction with the external world. Some of it is okay though because it's an experience I can talk to other people about.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Announcing the Less Wrong Sub-Reddit · 2010-04-02T09:41:42.338Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Where's the "neither" option? I don't like open threads, but neither I do going off site. Why can't we have a sub-lesswrong?

Comment by CannibalSmith on [deleted post] 2010-04-01T10:32:42.524Z

Actually, fuck it.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Loleliezers · 2010-04-01T10:29:00.783Z · score: 0 (14 votes) · LW · GW

Come on, guys, we can do better than image macros.

Comment by cannibalsmith on It's not like anything to be a bat · 2010-03-31T13:33:00.544Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What, really? Wait, what!? Uh.

  1. Could you please answer my question directly in the form of "yes/no, because"?
  2. Do you mean by subjective probability the fact(?) that probability is about the map and not the territory?
  3. If yes, what does it have to do with anthropics?
  4. If yes, what! Contrary?? I learned about it here!
  5. If no, I'm completely confused.

Also, dear reader, vote parent up or down to tell me whether he's correct about you.

Comment by cannibalsmith on It's not like anything to be a bat · 2010-03-30T11:35:03.405Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Can we dismiss all anthropic reasoning by saying that probability is meaningless for singular events? That is, the only way to obtain probability is from statistics, and I cannot run repeated experiments of when, where, and as what I exist.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-24T14:22:45.246Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

When rational argument fails, fall back to dark arts. If that fails, fall back to damage control (discredit him in front of others). All that assuming it's worth the trouble.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-24T14:13:25.834Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Finally get to play Crysis.

Write a real time ray tracer.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-20T09:43:06.996Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Explaining it would ruin the funnies. Also, Google. Also, inevitably, somebody else did the job for me.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-19T16:34:08.646Z · score: -1 (15 votes) · LW · GW

gg

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-19T14:28:51.221Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

The voting system is of utmost importance and I'd rather be inconvenienced by the current system than have a karma-free zone on this site.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-19T14:24:17.229Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

On a serious note, what is your (the reader's) favorite argument against a forum?

("I voted you down because this is not a meta thread." is also a valid response.)

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 3 · 2010-03-19T14:22:56.600Z · score: 10 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Are you guys still not tired of trying to shoehorn a reddit into a forum?

Comment by cannibalsmith on Open Thread: March 2010, part 2 · 2010-03-18T14:36:52.166Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

ಠ_ಠ ....ashdkfrflguhhhhhhhhh

Debug output: when I first saw your request, I was in a very, what's the word, eager(?) mood and started writing, then realized it would be very long, then I wanted to chat and brag about coding skills, then later my mood was lower than average, and you said "yes", and I was like, groan, and... aaanyway, my Skype is cannibalsmith. If you catch me, I'll probably will be delighted to talk about programming. Yeah, so... uh...

Comment by cannibalsmith on Undiscriminating Skepticism · 2010-03-15T12:33:21.891Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

You should clarify that you're talking about epistemic rationality a lot sooner than the 8th paragraph.

Comment by cannibalsmith on Reasoning isn't about logic (it's about arguing) · 2010-03-15T07:50:12.986Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

when they are after the truth rather than after winning a debate.

To win at life you must be willing to lose at debate.

Please improve upon this slogan/proverb.

Open Thread: December 2009

2009-12-01T16:25:48.845Z · score: 3 (4 votes)

Good Quality Heuristics

2009-07-14T09:53:11.871Z · score: 13 (24 votes)

Evangelical Rationality

2009-04-20T04:51:42.006Z · score: 36 (38 votes)

E-Prime

2009-04-08T13:01:01.604Z · score: 11 (27 votes)