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Request for advices on small presentation about LW community 2015-05-26T07:30:15.308Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg meetup. Habits and spring. 2015-04-10T08:27:01.867Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Using Doulingo 'Immersion' feature to translate HPMOR 2014-12-25T20:25:49.599Z · score: 8 (9 votes)
I'm in a really dark place right now, I think I need help. 2014-11-30T23:34:49.229Z · score: 15 (24 votes)
Internet troll pascal mugges me? 2014-11-19T22:23:37.139Z · score: 3 (10 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg, Russia meetup: "Low hanging fruit" 2014-11-18T18:44:34.117Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg meetup - "with probable lectures" 2014-11-07T13:11:50.846Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg meetup - "the lonely one" 2014-10-22T18:20:35.328Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg sunday meetup 2014-02-27T11:41:21.231Z · score: 0 (1 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg sunday meetup 2014-02-10T17:38:21.961Z · score: 0 (1 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg, Russia. On discussions and some social skills 2013-12-05T10:42:07.430Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Meetup : Saint-Petersburg: Game Event 2013-11-10T20:23:51.037Z · score: 0 (9 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg. Why rationality? 2013-11-03T13:30:45.766Z · score: 0 (1 votes)
Meetup : Saint Petersburg, Russia 2013-10-08T20:46:25.568Z · score: 2 (3 votes)

Comments

Comment by efim on Request for advices on small presentation about LW community · 2015-05-29T09:10:35.950Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for the link, I'll look it through!

"Politics is a mind-killer" is a great idea for an opening! I didn't think about it at first, Robin Hanson is interview for "Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot" (http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=1911 number 67) describes the core point very in a very short and meaningful way.

Comment by efim on 16 types of useful predictions · 2015-05-27T14:37:32.257Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hi!

1) If I understood Julia correctly "easily answerable questions" correspond not to areas where you are good at predicting, but to areas where answer space is known to you: "Can I toss the ball through the hoop?" - Yes\No vs. "What is the best present for a teenage girl?" ??\??\money??\puppy??

2) If you have difficulties with associating common groups with your feelings or even percieve feelings that is really confusing and it would be good not to jump to the conclusions, but to add to other commenters: you could probably start by asking outside observer (i.e body language "comfort\defensiveness" "happy\sad")

Comment by efim on 16 types of useful predictions · 2015-05-27T14:00:03.433Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think I remember described set of experiments correctly and at least in some of them control group was definitely allowed to cheat - there were no difference in the way people turned in their results (shredding questionare and submitting only purported result on different sheet)

Comment by efim on Request for advices on small presentation about LW community · 2015-05-26T14:11:30.306Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It probably would be best described as 'raising awareness'. I was introduced to LW when by chance I saw an hpmor mentioned on social network.

Before that I was completely oblivious to concrete examples of cognition malfunctions. I want to reduce involvement of chance in propagation of memes of rationality.

Concrete goals:

a) make personal need for clear-thinking visible and perceptible

b) show that some work (book abstracts, ideas introductions) is available here.

Comment by efim on Less Wrong lacks direction · 2015-05-26T07:01:03.344Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not sure how it relates to proposed stagnation (i.e loss of momentum) of LW community. Could you please elaborate? I understand affective death spirals to mean something completely different I am totally confused.

Comment by efim on Stupid Questions April 2015 · 2015-04-03T15:12:35.452Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

I am reposting my question from February thread since it got no response last time:

Just now I noticed fundraser from CFAR. I checked their 'about' pages and everithing i could find on their long term goals.

Somehow I thought that they were going to release their materials to free use sometime in the future. (It did seem like strange >though pleasant thing), but I coulnd find anything about it this time around.

Was I mistaken about this prospect of publicly available lessons from CFAR curriculum?

Comment by efim on An Introduction to Löb's Theorem in MIRI Research · 2015-03-24T10:32:20.559Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

I am stuck at part 2.2: "So in particular, if we could prove that mathematics would never prove a contradiction, then in fact mathematics would prove that contradiction"

I've spend 15 minutes on this, but still cannot see relation to löb's theorem. Even though it seems like it should be obvious to attentive reader.

Could anyone please explain or link me to an explanation?

Comment by efim on Cheat codes · 2015-03-10T10:37:50.908Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Just for the record I once missed a bus, ran after it and succesfully got on on the next stop. So technically you are wrong here. This is very extreme outlier though.

Comment by efim on Stupid Questions February 2015 · 2015-02-08T05:40:09.118Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Just now I noticed fundraser from CFAR. I checked their 'about' pages and everithing i could find on their long term goals.

Somehow I thought that they were going to release their materials to free use sometime in the future. (It did seem like strange though pleasant thing), but I coulnd find anything about it this time around.

Was I mistaken about this prospect of publicly available lessons from CFAR curriculum?

Comment by efim on Using Doulingo 'Immersion' feature to translate HPMOR · 2014-12-29T06:37:19.454Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

As it turnes out Rhaidot (https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4928277/Rhaidot) continues his work on Spanish translation. I contacted him on fanfiction.net and right now to assess usefulness of Duo translation we will look at result on Chapter 31 (https://www.duolingo.com/translation/9bdbcdf84aee1f89e3b7ba2c35065a79) From my experience of translation having bulk of text translated even if in medium quality is of great help.

I do not know yet which tools he uses, so maybe as he works right now it will be hard to work together. If you still want to help with proof-reading I would recommend to contact him directly.

Comment by efim on Training Reflective Attention · 2014-12-22T14:01:43.764Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Upvoted! Rather concise and clear 'no bullshit' introduction into meditation.

I've practiced meditation for a while now, from my experience this post could be very good entry point.

Excercise for speedy induction of mindfull state is a new idea for me - thank you very much - I'll try it, and maybe in six month report my data point.

Comment by efim on Internet troll pascal mugges me? · 2014-11-20T11:51:42.161Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Great and well meant advice. I was inclined to do that before, but having support helps. I will stop responding to him regardless of anything.

But I am still really curious if this is a right answer to pascal's mugging and if it is - why. All this time lurking on LW and it doesn't look like there is a consensus.

Comment by efim on Internet troll pascal mugges me? · 2014-11-20T08:15:12.516Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No, it doesn't look like they are the same person, they are from different countries and there is no reason for 'ment.if.ex' to know russian. [edited to hide the name]

Comment by efim on One Year of Goodsearching · 2014-10-24T23:41:47.663Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

From what I understand - third party companies get paid for referrals - for a search request and it is probably too costly to also check if they have adblock. so it probably works.

But seconded. Did you use adblock, katydee?

edited I just registered and even with AdBlock my first couple of searches show up as 3c to MIRI

Comment by efim on Meetup : Saint Petersburg meetup - "the lonely one" · 2014-10-24T18:35:13.548Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes! This is exactly what I had in mind. HPMOR described special exercise that Harry tried on Chaos legion - one person is trying to say something obviously true, like "grass is green", or "sky is blue" while others play as good as they can repultion and horror. This in theory should familiarize people with feelings assoсiated with lonely dissent and help them notice this biasing force when they actually will get into similar situation.

This might even be a good idea since for example in russian military every day when someone is instructed on his daily duties on guard - simulation of extreme situations is necessary part of this instructions.

Comment by efim on Meetup : Saint Petersburg meetup - "the lonely one" · 2014-10-24T18:28:49.445Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah. Although I always post notifications in russian social network (a lot of people subscribed to them) with poll "probability that I will attend" with choices "~1, ~.9 ~.7 ~.5 ~.2 ~0". There were two people, who answered .7, and six with .2 which using my calibration data from last polls and attendance clearly suggested that this time I am going to be alone =)

Sadly there are really few people who know english and so wast majority know LW only by translations on lessrwong.ru - which is very good, but really is only about 7% of old Elizers sequences.

I finished reading Eli's paper on TDT though)

Comment by efim on Meetup : Utrecht: Debiasing techniques · 2014-08-21T08:57:29.432Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If you could, please write something about which techniques you are going to use or point to the scourses. I tried, but didn´t find a lot of relevant material.

Comment by efim on Roles are Martial Arts for Agency · 2014-08-10T13:20:09.172Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

You might want to work on using role that "notices when argues for a side instead of evaluating for which side to argue". From rationality habits this might be one relatively simple to implement. Of course I have to work on it as well

Comment by efim on Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Prisoner's Dilemna tournament · 2014-07-09T21:39:48.808Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

First: I think that it is a great idea, I would like to run it at our local meetups. Maybe even with small amounts of cash incentives.

Second: (Off-topic) I am native russian speaker. I was dumbfounded by spelling 'dilemna' and immediately googled it. If you are interested here is interesting review of the problem: http://www.dilemna.info/index.php I am quite shocked to discover that there is community with millions of people worldwide, who spell word 'dilemma' with an 'n'...

Comment by efim on How habits work and how you may control them · 2014-06-15T11:55:22.771Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It is good news! Can you give name or link to that paper?

Comment by efim on Schelling Day 2.0 · 2014-04-19T22:08:25.218Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you very much for bringing this activity to attention! I've tried to run it on st.petersburg meetup and it was delighting. There were only three people present, but it still was very nice.

Comment by efim on Open Thread, November 8 - 14, 2013 · 2013-11-12T19:51:29.726Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

On the page of your announcement there got to be link "Edit meetup". It will let you edit anithing you need.

Comment by efim on Good movies for rationalists? · 2013-11-12T19:33:55.322Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Das experiment - adaptation of Stanford Prison Experiment (most likely)

Compliance - based on real story of real-life crimes that were possible because of human compliance bugs.

Theese are quite darkish movies I guess. But it is really graphic exibition of human folly. And thru empathy it helps to internalise the horror that surround us, and it really motivated me to study heuristics, biases and resarch on debiasing.

Comment by efim on [deleted post] 2013-11-12T19:22:33.360Z

Isn't it exactly what army says? Putting all other things aside: "how many" is not the same thing as 'which percentage of" precisely because even if 90% of 100 children per couple dies we still have 10 children per couple and growth of population.

If public health initiatives lowers "percentage of" surviving children and at the same time lowers "birth rate" we still can have ether option - decrease or increase - based on "percentage * rate >< 2"

What did I missed here?

Comment by efim on Meetup : Saint-Petersburg: Game Event · 2013-11-12T18:30:38.548Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Point taken. It is less ambiguous like that. But is there other easy way to access meetup announcements other than via map on main page, so it became confusing in the first place?

Comment by efim on The best 15 words · 2013-10-03T18:04:49.144Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Without the [view of life from gene perspective] there is no particular reason why an organism should 'care' about its reproductive success and that of its relatives, rather than, for instance, its own longevity