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DreamFlasher's Shortform 2019-08-05T17:55:38.254Z
LessWrong Community Weekend 2019 – Last 10 Spots 2019-08-04T09:20:49.181Z
European Community Weekend 2019 2019-05-16T11:44:52.716Z
Rationalist Vipassana Meditation Retreat 2019-02-25T10:10:27.100Z
European Community Weekend 2018 Announcement 2018-02-05T15:43:37.898Z
European Community Weekend 2018 Announcement 2018-01-25T13:49:31.338Z
European Community Weekend 2017 2017-02-02T19:17:53.149Z
Meetup : Sequences Reading Group 2017-02-01T10:01:46.240Z

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Comment by dreamflasher on DreamFlasher's Shortform · 2019-08-05T17:55:38.617Z · LW · GW

Get notifications for new events nearby: At some point it was possible to get notifications for nearby events, would be great to see that feature coming back! Ideally I'd like to specify the distance I'd like to get notifications for.

Comment by dreamflasher on 1/9/2018 Update - Frontpage Views · 2019-01-14T19:54:57.362Z · LW · GW

How is "Curated Content" created? I couldn't find anything with a few searches.

Comment by dreamflasher on LessWrong 35c3 meetup · 2018-12-21T23:48:22.883Z · LW · GW

We have a LessWrong group chat for the 35C3 on Signal (www.signal.org), now counting 19 people -- send me a message with your phone number, if you want to be added.

Comment by dreamflasher on European Community Weekend 2017 · 2017-02-02T15:25:45.078Z · LW · GW

Would somebody be so kind to promote this to main? :) Thank you!

Comment by dreamflasher on Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark · 2017-02-01T08:23:33.924Z · LW · GW

Is my idea correct why this is in Mysterious Answers?: Due to positive bias you don’t try to falsify a theory -- and if a theory does not predict anything for the negative case, then it does not have any predictive value and thus is a mysterious answer.

Comment by dreamflasher on Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions · 2017-02-01T08:21:29.842Z · LW · GW

My summary: A mysterious answer is a fake explanation that acts as a semantic stop sign. Signs for mysterious answers:

  • Explanation acts as curiousity-stopper rather than anticipation-controller

  • Hypothesis is a black box (no underlying principles to derive from)

  • Social indication that people cherish their ignorance

Comment by dreamflasher on Science as Attire · 2017-02-01T08:19:53.100Z · LW · GW

key take-away:

  • Many people can’t judge the difference between plausible and implausible scientific explanations, for them it’s just ‘science’

  • Science as a new authority to explain things (similar to religion)

Comment by dreamflasher on Guessing the Teacher's Password · 2017-02-01T08:18:46.262Z · LW · GW

my summary:

  • For abstract concepts we need to drill down to relate them to empirical testing

  • We shouldn’t be satisfied with just saying the keywords, but seek to genuinly understand what’s going on.

  • The human brains tends to value what it gives social approval than which it matches physical reality.

  • Test as much as possible.

Comment by dreamflasher on Fake Explanations · 2017-02-01T08:18:06.559Z · LW · GW
  • We can be swayed by the context we are operating in, thinking inside-the-box
  • Don’t use terms and explanations if you are not really sure about the concepts
Comment by dreamflasher on Focus Your Uncertainty · 2017-02-01T08:16:31.894Z · LW · GW
  • There is a difference between probability and uncertainty
  • Optimization is possible when you know the probabilities, hard/impossible if you don’t know them/are uncertain about them
Comment by dreamflasher on Pretending to be Wise · 2017-02-01T08:15:36.042Z · LW · GW

My main take-away message: There is a difference between: Passing neutral judgement, declining to invest marginal resources, pretending that either of these is a mark of deep wisdom. Sometimes being neutral is wise, sometimes just lazy. Not taking a side is taking the stronger side.

Comment by dreamflasher on Belief in Belief · 2017-02-01T08:14:24.419Z · LW · GW

My main take-away: There is a difference between conscious and subconscious. If you accuse sb with "You do not believe X" then you will get denial because he consciously believes it. The problem is that he subconsicously does not believe it and thus comes up with excuses in advance.

Comment by dreamflasher on For Happiness, Keep a Gratitude Journal · 2014-07-30T18:01:54.854Z · LW · GW

I am also very much interested in this. Above states "Studies have found that while talking about one's problems doesn't help one to feel better about them, even if it seems like the talk helped at the time (11), writing about the problem does help." - has this been analysed for the gratitude journal too?

Comment by dreamflasher on Open thread, July 16-22, 2013 · 2014-04-16T08:49:27.638Z · LW · GW

Adding apps to permanent Google Hangouts works for me - shouldn't we revisit this option?