Comment by clone-of-saturn on User GPT2 is Banned · 2019-04-02T08:28:37.093Z · score: 9 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'm happy to discuss any concerns you have about it.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on User GPT2 Has a Warning for Violating Frontpage Commenting Guidelines · 2019-04-02T07:57:45.349Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yup.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Experimental Open Thread April 2019: Socratic method · 2019-04-02T06:01:52.252Z · score: 13 (4 votes) · LW · GW

What's the difference between "the source of observations" and "reality?"

Comment by clone-of-saturn on User GPT2 Has a Warning for Violating Frontpage Commenting Guidelines · 2019-04-02T04:16:17.343Z · score: 15 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I added an ignore user feature to GreaterWrong; go to a user's page and click the Ignore User button (Ignore User image)

Comment by clone-of-saturn on What LessWrong/Rationality/EA chat-servers exist that newcomers can join? · 2019-04-01T03:57:59.499Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You can access the #lesswrong IRC through this link.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Please use real names, especially for Alignment Forum? · 2019-03-29T06:28:11.263Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

OK, I added real names in a hover popup. I might try out some other options later.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Hazard's Shortform Feed · 2019-03-24T00:27:08.227Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But why stop at individual people? This kind of ontological deflationism can naturally be continued to say there are no individual people, just cells, and no cells, just molecules, and no molecules, just atoms, and so on. You might object that it's absurd to say that people don't exist, but then why isn't it also absurd to say that groups don't exist?

Comment by clone-of-saturn on More realistic tales of doom · 2019-03-18T02:35:25.791Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Oops, this bug should be fixed now.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Has "politics is the mind-killer" been a mind-killer? · 2019-03-17T09:40:33.597Z · score: 10 (3 votes) · LW · GW

You write:

The truth of the mat­ter is, that policy de­ci­sions can of­ten have life-and-death con­se­quences.

But also:

ONE WAY OF THINKING ABOUT poli­tics is AS IF IT IS an ex­ten­sion of war by other means. Ar­gu­ments CAN BE THOUGHT OF AS sol­diers.

This seems like a contradiction. As you allude to, the fundamental question of politics is whose desires should and can legitimately be overridden by society--up to and including their desire not to be killed. With stakes so high, how can you justify placing good faith debate above using whatever tactics are necessary to avoid losing? It seems to me that if arguments aren't soldiers, you aren't actually engaged in politics.

What societies have ever had legal or accepted blackmail?

2019-03-17T09:16:55.560Z · score: 33 (10 votes)
Comment by clone-of-saturn on The Case for a Bigger Audience · 2019-02-20T02:03:51.117Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You're right that this site is geared to not wanting a large audience in absolute terms; this post is implicitly about having a relatively larger share of the small pool of people who are intellectually engaged with LW-relevant topics.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Introducing the AI Alignment Forum (FAQ) · 2019-02-16T06:30:02.404Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This should work now, sorry about the delay.

Comment by clone of saturn on [deleted post] 2019-02-15T05:48:09.765Z

Test comment editing

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Boundaries - A map and territory experiment. [post-rationality] · 2019-02-01T03:14:09.135Z · score: 12 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I'm afraid the only confusion this generated for me was confusion about what the confusion was supposed to be...

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Is Agent Simulates Predictor a "fair" problem? · 2019-01-25T20:17:54.175Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's impossible to enumerate possible worlds and pick the best one without a decision theory, because your decision process gives the same output in every possible world where you have a given epistemic state. We obviously need counterfactuals to make decisions, and the different decision theories can be seen as different theories about how counterfactuals work.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Open Thread January 2019 · 2019-01-15T22:08:53.453Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This thread might be relevant to your question.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Why Don't Creators Switch to their Own Platforms? · 2018-12-23T09:55:53.336Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · LW · GW

My guess would be that this has a lot to do with IQ differences of both the audience and the creators. First, Sam Harris listeners may have a much easier time learning new apps and websites than PewDiePie viewers. Second, PewDiePie is primarily "famous for being famous" and there are many people producing videos of more-or-less equivalent quality to PewDiePie's, whereas there aren't that many nearly identical podcast hosts ready to step in and replace Sam Harris as soon as his podcast becomes slightly more inconvenient to access.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on What is "Social Reality?" · 2018-12-13T18:31:15.960Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If you lived without having a bike, sure. I don't think you could get away with that level of ignorance if you had to build or repair a bike yourself.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on The Bat and Ball Problem Revisited · 2018-12-13T09:23:25.060Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I just saw the answer to the bat and ball problem within a few seconds. As I remember, my thought process was something like: Could it be 10 cents? No, that adds up to $1.20. So there's an extra 10 cents--oh, of course, the difference between $1 and $1.10 has to be distributed evenly between both items, so the answer is 5 cents.

I've taken a course that covered simultaneous equations, but my memory of it is hazy enough that I'm sure that method would've taken me much longer.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on What is "Social Reality?" · 2018-12-13T09:11:42.311Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

People seem to be conflating "social reality" with "social constructs." To me these are very different phenomena—the appropriate way to form a line would be a social construct, since we've constructed a real phenomenon, line forming, out of a social consensus. It doesn't really matter whether you perceive it as an arbitrary convention or an objective truth, so long as you play along with the game. Social reality, on the other hand, is when your brain filters out anything that would be socially irrelevant or inconvenient to notice before it even reaches conscious awareness, like how most people filter out the details of how a bicycle works. I'm not sure if other people use these terms the same way I do, but it seems like these are both common and very different phenomena, so it would be nice to have distinct terms for them.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on What is "Social Reality?" · 2018-12-11T22:25:20.383Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

But "conformity" is about actions, while "social reality" is about perceptions. Maybe "social umwelt" would make more sense, though.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Book Review - Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness · 2018-12-08T22:33:03.508Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Right.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Is Science Slowing Down? · 2018-12-08T04:35:33.618Z · score: 20 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I think panicky preemptive denials of being alt-right are much more likely to associate us with them than the odd comment using the term "NPC," and furthermore, I think truthseeking is already more than impossible enough without constantly taking your eyes off the ball to worry about what various political factions will think. If you're that worried about people thinking you're alt-right, I'd suggest commenting under a single-use pseudonym.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Book Review - Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness · 2018-12-04T21:13:17.577Z · score: 15 (5 votes) · LW · GW

You can experience this form of "blindsight" for yourself with a simple experiment. Try standing on one foot for 30 seconds. Pretty easy, right? Do you need to be looking at anything in particular? Now try doing the same thing with your eyes closed.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Act of Charity · 2018-11-18T16:26:13.400Z · score: 12 (8 votes) · LW · GW

You could follow the A Crime A Day twitter account.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Rationality Is Not Systematized Winning · 2018-11-16T23:15:18.378Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think that LW ra­tion­al­ity has given me a slightly bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the lim­it­a­tions of ex­perts, so com­pared to the av­er­age smart per­son, I know that I prob­ably shouldn’t rely too much on the new think­ing on the topic, either.

Great. But what should I do in­stead? LW ra­tion­al­ity doesn’t really tell me, so in prac­tice—if I go with the “screw it, I’ll just do some­thing” men­tal­ity, I just fall back into go­ing with the best ex­pert pre­dic­tions any­way.

It seems like LW rationality would straightforwardly tell you that this means you ought to keep your eggs in multiple different baskets rather than investing everything in the single top expert opinion. (Assuming you're risk-averse, which it sounds like you are.)

Comment by clone-of-saturn on The new Effective Altruism forum just launched · 2018-11-10T08:12:27.779Z · score: 31 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I've added a GreaterWrong view of the new forum: https://ea.greaterwrong.com/. There are probably still a few bugs, let me know if you have any problems with it.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Inconvenience Is Qualitatively Bad · 2018-11-01T00:11:24.875Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

That rebuttal doesn't appear to be very extensive at all. All of the claimed benefits are extremely vague other than job creation, and if creating jobs is the only concretely measurable benefit of recycling, there seems to be no strong reason to believe it wouldn't be more economically and environmentally efficient to pay those people to do other things, or even just to twiddle their thumbs.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Debate Rules In Benjamin Franklin's Junto · 2018-10-31T18:29:44.192Z · score: 11 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think “pos­it­ive” may mean “force­ful” (and I think you may be tak­ing it to mean “ap­prov­ing”).

This is still a primary meaning in contemporary English:

adjective

  1. explicitly stated, stipulated, or expressed: a positive acceptance of the agreement.
  2. admitting of no question: positive proof.
  3. stated; express; emphatic: a positive denial.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/positive

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Raemon's Shortform Feed · 2018-10-31T04:58:14.820Z · score: 13 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Idea: moderation by tags. People (meaning users themselves, or mods) could tag comments with things like #newbie-question, #harsh-criticism, #joke, etc., then readers could filter out what they don't want to see.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Schools Proliferating Without Practicioners · 2018-10-26T22:35:10.858Z · score: 15 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Here's the list of studies included in the original Reproducibility Project: Psychology.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Facebook, The Rodents, and The Common Knowledge Machine · 2018-10-24T02:50:03.992Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Eliezer has mentioned his reasons for moving to Facebook.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on UBI for President · 2018-10-21T03:55:42.261Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If this is about knowledge work, there's also the problem that each new employee introduces large fixed communication overhead -- imagine instead of hiring one employee to work 40 hours a week, you hired 40 employees to work 1 hour a week. Most likely nothing at all would ever get done.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on New GreaterWrong feature: anti-kibitzer (hides post/comment author names and karma values) · 2018-10-20T04:52:40.817Z · score: 14 (5 votes) · LW · GW

OK, I made a slight tweak to the anti-kibitzer to help solve this. Now the different users on a given page are distinguished from each other by arbitrary letters.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Outline of Metarationality, or much less than you wanted to know about postrationality · 2018-10-19T21:06:56.739Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

How would you tell if you had convinced a rock of something? Why is it important whether or not you can convince a rock of something?

Eliezer uses "convincing a rock" as a self-evidently absurd reductio, but it sounds like you don't actually see it that way?

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Outline of Metarationality, or much less than you wanted to know about postrationality · 2018-10-18T04:17:40.563Z · score: 14 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I just tried it, and Richard Kennaway is right.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Outline of Metarationality, or much less than you wanted to know about postrationality · 2018-10-16T18:23:16.144Z · score: 23 (8 votes) · LW · GW

The part of you that's generating your thoughts is the unquestioned core. It's too late to pick the unquestioned core, you already are the unquestioned core.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Outline of Metarationality, or much less than you wanted to know about postrationality · 2018-10-15T17:09:36.391Z · score: 27 (8 votes) · LW · GW

It seems to me that the whole circularity issue was answered by Eliezer in Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom. What's your disagreement with that post?

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Ask Us Anything: Submit Questions Asking About What We Think SSC is Wrong About, and Why · 2018-10-11T22:53:10.495Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks!

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Things I Learned From Working With A Marketing Advisor · 2018-10-09T00:40:29.785Z · score: 40 (13 votes) · LW · GW

Business “jargon” and “buzzwords” are unfairly maligned by people who aren’t used to corporate culture.... People respond really well to fluency.

I think it's completely fair to malign corporate culture for prioritizing fluency over clarity or accuracy.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Open Thread October 2018 · 2018-10-06T22:54:47.248Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

This should be fixed now, but Elo will need to edit and save his post for it to take effect. Here's the correct link: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/RZrw9wpEWEwWRTzLk/more-art-less-stink-taking-the-pu-out-of-pua#p5Y9gDGGbRXZoJaFD

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Ask Us Anything: Submit Questions Asking About What We Think SSC is Wrong About, and Why · 2018-09-26T05:35:41.502Z · score: 7 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It's been over a week since this event was scheduled to take place, are any of the promised videos or transcripts available?

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Announcing AlignmentForum.org Beta · 2018-09-08T08:09:54.641Z · score: 9 (3 votes) · LW · GW

GreaterWrong now has an Alignment Forum view.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on How to Build a Lumenator · 2018-08-12T16:44:41.832Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

There's also David Chapman's version which is more neat-looking and possibly brighter, but not dimmable.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Anthropics made easy? · 2018-06-20T09:31:11.073Z · score: 7 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If we're going to bet, we have to bet on the right thing. The question isn't about whether I survived the Cold War (which we already know), it's about whether the Cold War was dangerous. So, what would I actually bet on? I don't know how to quantify the dangerousness of the Cold War in real life, but here's a simpler scenario: if Omega flipped a coin before the Cold War and, if it came up heads, he precisely adjusted the circumstances to make it so the Cold War had a 25% chance of killing me, and if tails, a 75% chance, then asked me to bet on heads or tails now in 2018, I would be willing to bet on heads at up to 3:1 odds.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Toolbox-thinking and Law-thinking · 2018-06-02T05:49:53.234Z · score: 11 (3 votes) · LW · GW

David Chapman directly discusses his opinion about LessWrong here.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on GreaterWrong—even more new features & enhancements · 2018-05-31T09:44:42.126Z · score: 17 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This should be fixed now—LW login tokens expire after 3 months, but GW was oblivious to this and kept trying to use expired tokens. Now it will require you to log in again if your token is too old. (It appears to be impossible to renew the tokens without entering your password again.)

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Understanding is translation · 2018-05-30T03:02:57.697Z · score: 20 (5 votes) · LW · GW

What should I translate this post into, in order to understand it?

Comment by clone-of-saturn on The Berkeley Community & The Rest Of Us: A Response to Zvi & Benquo · 2018-05-21T01:14:42.553Z · score: 17 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think he was criticizing CFAR workshops, but people who implicitly expect their own communities to automatically produce the same intense social connections.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Mental Illness Is Not Evidence Against Abuse Allegations · 2018-05-20T19:46:26.386Z · score: 10 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I should've been more clear—by safety I meant safety of making a (true) accusation, rather than direct safety from actual abuse. I think the latter can only follow from the former.

Comment by clone-of-saturn on Talents · 2018-05-20T16:56:46.937Z · score: 20 (4 votes) · LW · GW

When by using Facebook, you make it harder for everyone else not to use Facebook, and give Facebook information about people who never signed up for Facebook.

When an advertiser spreads the idea that people who don't buy their product are hapless and out-of-touch.

When a business that provides essential services takes excessive risks, knowing it can count on being bailed out with public funds.

An alternative way to browse LessWrong 2.0

2018-02-19T01:52:06.462Z · score: 100 (30 votes)