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Meetup : Tortuga Rationalists Meetup 2011-07-08T21:34:47.671Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Tortuga Meetups Starting this Thursday 2011-03-21T18:11:15.940Z · score: 8 (9 votes)
Spaced Repetition Database for A Human's Guide to Words 2011-01-10T00:21:28.461Z · score: 36 (38 votes)
Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence 2010-06-25T01:08:28.125Z · score: 46 (49 votes)

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Comment by divia on Tortuga Meetups Starting this Thursday · 2011-03-29T01:33:45.090Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Did you consider the possibility that I liked paleo food better and wanted it at the meetup for that reason :-).

Comment by divia on Tortuga Meetups Starting this Thursday · 2011-03-23T00:45:46.693Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

There are no strict rules at all :-). I strongly encourage that food brought to share with the group be paleo-friendly, but you can do whatever, and certainly you can eat whatever you want yourself.

Comment by divia on Tortuga Meetups Starting this Thursday · 2011-03-22T22:25:16.409Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I eat vegetarian paleo myself, so I can think of stuff. I eat lots of cheese, butter, coconut oil, eggs, vegetables, and tubers. I also don't avoid soaked and fermented rice and legumes. I also approve of very dark chocolate.

Comment by divia on Tortuga Meetups Starting this Thursday · 2011-03-22T00:54:52.952Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Bring paleo-friendly vegetarian food :-).

Comment by divia on Fun and Games with Cognitive Biases · 2011-03-18T05:50:08.241Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

These are the only lesswrong cards I've made other than what's in the Less Wrong Sequences deck, but I have tons of other Anki decks. If you're interested in hearing about them, message me.

Comment by divia on Fun and Games with Cognitive Biases · 2011-02-28T23:02:25.021Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I made an Anki deck of this post with the key 89ff552e6e8086a6.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for A Human's Guide to Words · 2011-01-12T10:13:19.478Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Having the source post in a separate field seems like a really good idea, and it never crossed my mind before, so thanks! It would be enough work that I'd probably write some script to do it instead of doing it by hand, but it might be worth it to me to do so at some point.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for A Human's Guide to Words · 2011-01-12T10:09:38.467Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't have AnkiDroid, so I'm not sure if there's a way to search the shared decks within it, but if not I bet it would work to get the desktop version, sync it with an online account, and then sync AnkiDroid with the online account.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for A Human's Guide to Words · 2011-01-11T05:32:46.044Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

http://divia.posterous.com/less-wrong-sequences-as-tab-delimited-text-fi

Comment by divia on Self-Improvement or Shiny Distraction: Why Less Wrong is anti-Instrumental Rationality · 2010-09-15T20:24:06.974Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I've used spaced repetition to memorize checklists for things for me to do in certain situations and found it to be quite useful. Some of my thinking on this was inspired by The Checklist Manifesto, which I read recently. I'm still figuring out how to make my system work better and have it cover more situations, but an example of one checklist that I've gotten a bit of mileage out of is the one I've made for accessing my inner anticipation controller.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-07-15T14:32:30.254Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I've changed a few that I've noticed myself since I posted them, but if you want to email me with other changes I'd love that.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-28T16:19:54.621Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

http://divia.posterous.com/my-less-wrong-cards-as-a-tab-delimited-text-f

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-28T03:30:20.611Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't see a way to export to xml, but if you want a tab delimited text file I could send you that. Interested?

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-26T15:51:40.735Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Done! I uploaded a new version with links to the posts.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-26T05:49:28.927Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm. I'm interested, but I'm not exactly sure what you're envisioning. Could you elaborate? I have another deck with SAT grammar (because I'm an SAT tutor) and I have cards that ask me to come up with example sentences for common grammar mistakes. I have specific answers on the back of the cards, but I'll mark them correct if I come up with anything that correctly demonstrates the principle. So maybe something analogous to that?

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-26T05:46:06.230Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I think your concern is a valid one, but that there's also a solution. I think reviewing the sequences with the mindset of trying to guess a password would merely reinforce the misguided idea of verbal behavior having inherent truth value. And that's why I wouldn't even really use the word "memorization" to describe what I'm doing.

I think the way to "learn" the sequences is to practice applying the concepts all the time, which is more easily accomplished if you're primed to have them pop into your mind at the right moment. And my experience has been that SRS has helped enable that for me.

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-26T05:39:26.521Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It doesn't allow you to review all your decks simultaneously, but you can merge decks by importing one deck into another. http://ichi2.net/anki/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions#How_can_I_merge_or_split_decks.3F

Comment by divia on Spaced Repetition Database for the Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions Sequence · 2010-06-26T05:38:21.889Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've wanted to try incremental reading myself, but not enough to install Windows on my Mac. I'm glad to hear you find it useful though--that makes me more likely to make a greater effort to experiment with it at some point in the future.

Comment by divia on Dreams with Damaged Priors · 2009-08-10T04:19:17.479Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I recently used similar reasoning during an episode of sleep paralysis about a week ago. My sleep paralysis episodes are always very similar: I hear someone calling out to me from the next room, but I can't respond because I'm paralyzed. I have them often enough that I usually realize what's going on. In this one, I heard my brother (who had been visiting earlier in the day, but who doesn't live with me) calling out to me from the other room. I knew I was experiencing sleep paralysis, but at first, I tried desperately to wake myself up to go answer him anyway. Then I remembered that he probably wasn't there and that hearing people call out to me that aren't there often happens when I have sleep paralysis. I ended up converting the experience into the longest lucid dream I've ever had, which I'd highly recommend if you can pull it off.

Amusingly enough, the experience almost came full circle, since near the end of my lucid dream I actually encountered my brother and my first thought was that I needed to let him know that it was just a dream so that he could be lucid too. It took me a good minute or two to realize the problem with that line of thought, and as it was I told him anyway.

As far as applying that reasoning to dreams about sitting in high school classrooms with unfinished homework, I think with enough practice it's entirely possible! I haven't fully mastered the art of doing so, but most of the lucid dreams I had as a kid, I had because really awful things were happening, and I'd trained myself to realize that it's pretty rare for real life to be as bad.

Comment by divia on Of Exclusionary Speech and Gender Politics · 2009-07-21T23:17:19.775Z · score: 20 (20 votes) · LW · GW

I'll also say that insofar as women think that PUA "mind-hacking" techniques are black-hat subversions of female rationality, the most obvious solution I see is disseminating more information about them. Knowledge of these techniques would allow women to at least attempt to "patch" themselves, assuming they are open to the idea that they actually work.

For example, say I learn about negs. I can either think, "Oh good, it's fun to be attracted to guys, so I hope guys neg me effectively," or "I think it is immoral to neg girls, the world would be a better place if guys didn't do it, and individual guys who neg are probably not worth my time, therefore I will avoid them even if their techniques work and I find myself attracted to them."

Either way, I think I'm better off knowing about negs and how they work. (Apologies for a not very nuanced view of the neg, but it's not that relevant to my main point.)

I realized after I wrote this comment that I think learning about PUA is an excellent exercise in rationality for women in general and me specifically, since it exposes areas where I have in the past not always been aware of the reasons for my decisions.

I could see how women who believe themselves to be immune to PUA (perhaps because the are in fact immune), would not find the topic as interesting.

Comment by divia on Of Exclusionary Speech and Gender Politics · 2009-07-21T22:33:55.523Z · score: 20 (22 votes) · LW · GW

Some women aren't. I know because I'm one of them. I've already commented on this subject, and my views haven't changed much since then.

While I'm open to the idea that discussing PUA on LW is a net loss, selfishly I want the discussion to stay because I find it fascinating. Since I know it works on me, learning about it helps me understand myself better and make more informed choices.

Comment by divia on Instrumental vs. Epistemic -- A Bardic Perspective · 2009-04-29T06:52:41.328Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Well, some people do write about relationship game, but it's certainly the minority of the material. And some of what I have read I find either a mixed bag or decidedly unappealing.

Comment by divia on Instrumental vs. Epistemic -- A Bardic Perspective · 2009-04-29T06:11:40.360Z · score: 39 (41 votes) · LW · GW

Just to provide a different female perspective, I'd heard about the seduction community a while back, and a few months ago decided to find out more about it. I read some (admittedly not all) of The Game, watched The Pickup Artist, and read a very substantial amount of material online, including most of the archives of a few blogs, my favorite of which was The Sinns of Attraction.

I take almost no issue with the seduction community, in fact my response is closer to the opposite. Insofar as the techniques advocated work, and I have every reason to believe they do, this seems to me to be, if anything, positive-sum.

Maybe I'm unusual girl, but what I remember thinking when I saw most of the advice was that it would totally work on me, and that that would be a good thing! For example, consider body language when approaching a group of girls. I hadn't given all that much thought in the past to what made me feel creeped out by some guys when they came up to me, but I always knew I didn't like that feeling! If more guys are learning to approach girls in a way that makes them more attractive and less creepy, I'm all for that, because that makes my life better.

To me, guys learning pickup seems analogous to girls putting on makeup or wearing heels, deceptive only in a way that everyone wants to be deceived anyway, since it's usually more fun to be attracted to people than not to be. As a few people have said elsewhere in the thread, learning "game" allows normal guys to have the sort of success with women they would have if they were much better looking. If someone offered to wave a magic wand and make all the guys in the world twice as hot, I wouldn't have a problem with it, so I don't have a problem with the seduction community either.

I think one of the biggest things to remember when talking about attraction is that, at least for most people to a great extent, attraction is not a choice. A girl may logically think a guy is great, and nice, and would probably be wonderful for her in a lot of ways, but not be attracted to him. Can the seduction community train guys to get girls to sleep with them who wouldn't have otherwise? Sure. I think the guys have made themselves more attractive, and girls prefer to sleep with people they are attracted to.

That being said, I acknowledge there may also be some less positive-sum aspects to the seduction community, but this blog post covers them better than I could.

Comment by divia on My Way · 2009-04-17T04:28:01.272Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

Your mention of the difficulty of men writing realistic fictional female characters reminds me very much of a passage from Virginia Woolfe's A Room of One's Own that is the most insightful exploration of the issue I have ever read:

'Chloe liked Olivia,' I read. And then it struck me how immense a change was there. Chloe liked Olivia perhaps for the first time in literature. Cleopatra did not like Octavia. And how completely ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA would have been altered had she done so! As it is, I thought, letting my mind, I am afraid, wander a little from LIFE'S ADVENTURE, the whole thing is simplified, conventionalized, if one dared say it, absurdly. Cleopatra's only feeling about Octavia is one of jealousy. Is she taller than I am? How does she do her hair? The play, perhaps, required no more. But how interesting it would have been if the relationship between the two women had been more complicated. All these relationships between women, I thought, rapidly recalling the splendid gallery of fictitious women, are too simple. So much has been left out, unattempted. And I tried to remember any case in the course of my reading where two women are represented as friends. There is an attempt at it in DIANA OF THE CROSSWAYS. They are confidantes, of course, in Racine and the Greek tragedies. They are now and then mothers and daughters. But almost without exception they are shown in their relation to men. It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austen's day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of a woman's life is that; and how little can a man know even of that when he observes it through the black or rosy spectacles which sex puts upon his nose. Hence, perhaps, the peculiar nature of woman in fiction; the astonishing extremes of her beauty and horror; her alternations between heavenly goodness and hellish depravity--for so a lover would see her as his love rose or sank, was prosperous or unhappy. This is not so true of the nineteenth-century novelists, of course. Woman becomes much more various and complicated there. Indeed it was the desire to write about women perhaps that led men by degrees to abandon the poetic drama which, with its violence, could make so little use of them, and to devise the novel as a more fitting receptacle. Even so it remains obvious, even in the writing of Proust, that a man is terribly hampered and partial in his knowledge of women, as a woman in her knowledge of men.

Ever since I read this, I have taken notice of the relationships between female characters in books I read, and I do think its a rare male author who captures them well.

Comment by divia on Of Gender and Rationality · 2009-04-16T09:35:51.413Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

While it's ultimately true that individuals come to LW, not groups, I'm far more likely to follow and especially to comment on blogs that my friends also read. For me, one primary way I get really interested in subjects and motivated to understand them well is by talking about them to my friends in real life. And most of my friends are girls.

Comment by divia on Of Gender and Rationality · 2009-04-16T02:22:59.755Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

Not entirely sure, though I believe I did post a couple of comments to Overcoming Bias a while back. I used to comment on reddit and comment semi-regularly on Hacker News, which refutes the first explanation that I thought of, that it was a matter of my time, since clearly I do sometimes take time to comment on the internet.

The comments here are high quality, which is somewhat intimidating, and also makes things take longer, since I want to think more carefully about what I say, but that would probably apply to Hacker News as well.

A possible explanation consistent with the quotation I mentioned is that even though I read all the posts here and on Overcoming Bias, I don't think I've thought about the issues deeply enough to have much original to contribute. And that may have something to do with the fact that most of my friends aren't all that interested in the topics. I imagine if I were talking about the posts more often in real life I would feel like I had more to contribute.

Comment by divia on Of Gender and Rationality · 2009-04-16T02:04:47.365Z · score: 17 (17 votes) · LW · GW

I am reminded of Paul Graham's explanation for the low number of female startup partners from Ideas for Startups:

I didn't realize it till I was writing this, but that may help explain why there are so few female startup founders. I read on the Internet (so it must be true) that only 1.7% of VC-backed startups are founded by women. The percentage of female hackers is small, but not that small. So why the discrepancy?

When you realize that successful startups tend to have multiple founders who were already friends, a possible explanation emerges. People's best friends are likely to be of the same sex, and if one group is a minority in some population, pairs of them will be a minority squared. [1]

I would suspect that all the more fundamental reasons (2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) are factors, but that they are then magnified by 1 and 3. As far as 9 is concerned, I am female myself and have never commented on Less Wrong before, to provide a single, anecdotal data point.