Comment by coacher on Open Thread May 23 - May 29, 2016 · 2016-05-30T12:18:51.712Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

How do you solve interpersonal problems when neither sides can see themselves as the one in fault?

Is there any other kind?

Comment by coacher on Open Thread April 11 - April 17, 2016 · 2016-04-12T08:52:25.317Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I wanted to recommend she applied for graphic design and video editing work which she is talented in, since she isn't sure what she can do career-wise, but now it's too late. I wanted to watch I, origins with her since it reflects our story. But now it's too late. I wanted to watch her favourite movie: 'one day' with her, which also reflects our story, but not it's too late. I wanted to hand write her a letter, but now it's too late. I wanted to suprise her after or during work, but now it's too late. I want to share with her 6/7 major secrets (the 7th being my passwords...), to show her how looked as a kit, and to 'dine at the y' but not it's too late. She pushed away when I sent her a goodmorning text, with a love heart at the end.

Well at least, your accounts are safe now.

Comment by coacher on What makes buying insurance rational? · 2016-04-05T13:43:17.603Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Having this in mind, could it be possible to construct such roulette betting system, which have positive expected utility value?

Comment by coacher on What makes buying insurance rational? · 2016-04-01T10:47:18.614Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Buying insurance is rational for low chance, high cost (i.e. bigger than what you have in your bank account at the moment) risks. It is not rational for low cost risks, like loosing your phone, unless you tend to loose your phone more often than insurance companies accounts for.

Comment by coacher on Open thread, Mar. 14 - Mar. 20, 2016 · 2016-03-14T12:04:58.593Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Another hypothesis - the smarter you sound the less friends you tend to have.

Comment by coacher on Open thread, Mar. 14 - Mar. 20, 2016 · 2016-03-14T12:03:16.364Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Could it also be, that being rational deprives portion of CPU/RAM of human brains, that would otherwise be used for something better?

Comment by coacher on After Go, what games should be next for DeepMind? · 2016-03-12T15:03:32.982Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'll be scared, when they do Counter Strike.

Comment by coacher on Many Worlds against Simulation? · 2016-03-09T11:23:36.364Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The problem here is that we are talking about two different concepts - experienced moments (as in antophics) and Everett branches (as in Many Words). There is a way to think of them as the same, but they not necessary are. Like if there is Bob before measuring spin, and two Bobs - Bob-up and Bob-down, after measuring, what is bigger probability to experience - being bob before measuring spin or being bob after measuring spin? (TBH I have no idea)

Comment by coacher on Many Worlds against Simulation? · 2016-03-09T09:31:46.174Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

By "measures as" I mean as in what was the probability to experience exact this moment, from the set of all possible moments that "exists" (or can be experienced). And by "measures as 1" I mean, that if several physical "carriers" produces exact same experience, that counts as 1 experience in the grand total set of experiences, and probability to feel exactly that is 1/(count of all different experiences). Now I know this is controversial and counter intuitive. But still this is quite plausible, given what we even know about consciousness. Like, if consciousness emerges on the level of algorithms and logic, then why would it care, how many physical things produces it? If one were asked, how many movies about human pretending to be blue alien on planet Pandora does he know, the answer would probably be 1 and not the number of digital Avatar copies ever made.

Comment by coacher on Many Worlds against Simulation? · 2016-03-08T09:00:40.829Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I agree with criticism for 2 assumption. Although I have this intuition (based on possibly very wrong intuitions I have about QM), that argument still works even without it: Imagine same human runs the simulation. Then he goes to another table where he runs spin measuring experiment, with 50/50 probability of getting either up or down. After seeing the result, there is now two different consciousness of him, but there is still just one copy of simulated brains as they did not saw the result.

Many Worlds against Simulation?

2016-03-07T13:50:09.396Z · score: 2 (7 votes)
Comment by coacher on AI as a resolution to the Fermi Paradox. · 2016-03-04T12:45:16.169Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Also, what if intelligent life is just a rare event? Like not rare enough to explain Fermi paradox by itself, but rare enough, that we could be considered among earliest and therefore surprisingly early in the history of universe? Given how long universe will last, we actually are quite early: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future

Comment by coacher on AI as a resolution to the Fermi Paradox. · 2016-03-04T09:13:11.033Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

On the other hand I don't see, why AI that does spread can not be a great filter. Lets assume:

  1. Every advanced civilization creates AI soon after creating radio.
  2. Every AI spreads immediately (hard take off) and does that in near speed of light.
  3. Every AI that reaches us, immediately kills us.
  4. We have not seen any AI and we are still alive. That can only be explained by anthropic principle - every advanced civilization, that have at least bit more advanced neighbors is already dead. Every advanced civilization, that have at least bit less advanced neighbors, have not seen them, as they have not yet invented radio. This solves Fermi paradox and we can still hope to see some primitive life forms in other planets. (also AI may be approaching us at speed of light and will wipe us out any moment now)
Comment by coacher on AI as a resolution to the Fermi Paradox. · 2016-03-04T08:49:55.804Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

For hypothesis to hold AI needs to:

  1. Kill their creators efficiently.
  2. Don't spread
  3. Do both these things every time any AI is created with near 100% success ratio.

Seems a lot of presumptions, with no good arguments for any of them?

Comment by coacher on Open Thread Feb 29 - March 6, 2016 · 2016-03-02T09:50:21.134Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Can it predict something real/measurable?

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-03-01T18:23:49.792Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Adding additional unneeded assumptions does not make hypothesis more likely. Just halting and not leaving any retarded children explains observations just as well if not better.

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-03-01T18:18:06.823Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Then why would they even contact those few people?

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-03-01T18:06:55.035Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Compared to what alternative?

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-03-01T18:03:13.695Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW
  1. This looks far fetched, but interesting strategy. Does it perhaps ever occur in nature? I.e. do any predators wait for their prey to become stronger/smarter, before luring them into the trap?

  2. I guess they could, but to what end?

  3. Why wait?

Comment by coacher on Open Thread Feb 29 - March 6, 2016 · 2016-03-01T17:31:26.695Z · score: -2 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Freud said its all because we want to f* our mothers.

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-03-01T15:00:24.643Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It seems you have some uncommon understanding of what word evidence means. Evidence is peace of information, not some physical thing.

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-03-01T09:17:24.626Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

There is no difference in saying that there is no evidence and that there might be evidence, but we don't have ability to detect it. Does god exist? Well maybe there is plenty evidence that it does, we just don't have the ability to see it?

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-02-27T09:48:49.715Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Or the way we try to keep isolated people isolated (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncontacted_peoples)

Comment by coacher on If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like? · 2016-02-27T09:24:01.595Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Usually lack of evidence is evidence of lacking. But given their existence AND lack of evidence, I think probability of purposefully hiding (or at least being cautious about not showing off too much) is bigger than they just doing their thing and we just don't see it even though we are looking really hard.

If there IS alien super-inteligence in our own galaxy, then what it could be like?

2016-02-26T11:55:46.779Z · score: 6 (9 votes)
Comment by coacher on The ethics of eating meat · 2016-02-20T22:43:11.265Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What about lifetime of HUGE pleasure of eating those delicious ribs? It seems you underestimate the pleasure, most people get of eating meat and overestimate the suffering of animals living in the farm (assuming they do have consciousness and their pain matters). Yes it seems extremely bad when compared to the way we humans live in the age of technology, but you should compare it to things like living in the wilderness with predator always on your back or not living at all.

Comment by coacher on The ethics of eating meat · 2016-02-18T10:49:43.930Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Looking from utilitarian perspective, why don't you consider the pleasure of eating meat here at all?

Comment by coacher on Require contributions in advance · 2016-02-15T09:31:23.286Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Now somebody will steal the idea about bikeshops.

Comment by coacher on The Fable of the Burning Branch · 2016-02-14T11:14:31.019Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I quite understand the point author is making or a feeling that he has, which could be described by this one sentence: It is so easy for women to give sex and so important for men to get sex, that for women not to give it to men is just plain cruel. Everything is OK with this reasoning except one thing - assumption that it is easy for women to give sex. It is actually hard. Now this might not be obvious or intuitive from a man point of view, but you can get to this conclusion if you consider evolution. When evolution took place, to have sex with a man for a women, with high probability meant, to carry and give birth to the child of that man. By choosing to whom to have sex with, women actually determined the faith of her own genes in the long term, which is like the most important thing in evolution. Given that, it is reasonable to believe, that rejecting sex for women is as primal as the desire to have sex for men. Better analogy in this story would be that girl can lift the burning branch, but by doing so she burns and loses her arm and she only have 3-5 arms.