[Link] Book Review: ‘The AI Does Not Hate You’ by Tom Chivers (Scott Aaronson) 2019-10-07T18:16:15.850Z · score: 22 (6 votes)
eigen's Shortform 2019-08-28T16:27:08.446Z · score: 2 (1 votes)


Comment by eigen on What are your strategies for avoiding micro-mistakes? · 2019-10-07T22:41:51.117Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is an excellent answer and I want to highlight that making Anki flashcards is especially useful in this case. I rarely make a mistake when I'm working with mathematics only because of the fact that I have made myself a lot of Anki cards thoroughly analyzing the concepts I use.

Using spaced repetition systems to see through a piece of mathematics, an essay by Michael Nielsen was really useful for me when initially investigating this idea.

Besides this, I have - what may be an eccentric idea - that when working I set special music soundtrack for the specific work I do. See here for more details about this. Further, I think this idea about having a "ritual" is very related to not making mistakes, "getting in the zone", etc.

Comment by eigen on Honoring Petrov Day on LessWrong, in 2019 · 2019-10-02T22:42:17.341Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The fact that it's a joke is non-important; the fact that it's a bad joke is.

Maybe don't make a bad joke and think that people cannot take it, consider that maybe it's just bad.

Comment by eigen on Open & Welcome Thread - September 2019 · 2019-09-25T18:31:14.622Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW
As part of my own pursuit of truth, I’ve developed methods, techniques, and attitudes that could be thought of as an approach to “rationality”. These techniques, methods, etc., differ from those I’ve seen promulgated by rationalists, so hopefully there’s room for a good discussion, and maybe we can bridge some inferential distance :).

Quite interested about this, hopefully you write more about it.


Comment by eigen on Bíos brakhús · 2019-09-24T22:46:13.685Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Got it. Thank you for the suggestions; we'll see!

Comment by eigen on Evan Rysdam's Shortform · 2019-09-24T22:21:03.506Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

How likely is it now that you are going to miss any more assignments? Not likely at all!

Comment by eigen on Bíos brakhús · 2019-09-24T22:16:33.766Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I find this wildly untrue, although I will try it.

Comment by eigen on Don't clean your glasses · 2019-09-24T18:18:11.473Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Is this a joke?

Anyways, I find that if I don't clean my glasses or whatever; that somehow evolves on to not cleaning my office, etc. Quite the slippery slope for me, so it's definitely a NO.

Comment by eigen on hunterglenn's Shortform · 2019-09-21T01:06:25.360Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This was a beautiful read, thank you hunterglenn.

not thinking about certain, specific truths, doesn't mean thinking falsehoods instead, and it doesn't mean running away from the truth.

Much of what you wrote I hold really close. Truths which are at the forefront of my mind.

Once you get rid of falsehoods; you need to move on to choose truths.

your brain has a miniature explosion, a little burst of positive emotion, as it accurately models how the child feels about this.

That is an awesome thing everyone should feel. That's how deep the rabbit hole goes, deep truth hides in that; the nihilism, the ‘nada’ is easy to have! Not worth it.

Comment by eigen on How has rationalism helped you? · 2019-09-18T19:59:13.375Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for an excellent answer and for sharing your experience. I'm glad you're doing better now!

I agree very much, BTW, on the ‘rationality vs emotion dichotomy’ view of Yudkowsky and I'm glad he addressed that early in the sequences.

Comment by eigen on Benito's Shortform Feed · 2019-09-04T00:03:05.791Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW


It may be more apt for the fifth post in his sequence (Stories About Progress) but it's not posted yet. But I think it sort-of works in both and it's more of a shortform comment than anything!

Comment by eigen on Benito's Shortform Feed · 2019-09-03T15:30:53.602Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I remember the narrative breaking, really hard, in two particular occasions:

  • The twin towers attack.
  • The 2008 mortgage financial crisis.

I don't think, particularly, that the narrative is broken now, but I think that it has lost some of its harmony (Trump having won the 2014 elections, I believe, is a symptom of that).

This is very close to what fellows like Thiel and Weinstein are talking about. In this particular sense, yes, I understand it's crucial to maintain the narrative although I don't know anymore whose job it's—to keep it from breaking out entirely (for example, say, in a explosion of the American student debt, or China going awry with its USD holdings).

These stories are not part of any law of our universe, so they are bound to break at anytime. It takes only a few smart, uncaring individuals to tear at the fabric of reality until it breaks—that is not okay!

So that it's why I believe is happening at the macro-narrative; but to be more directed towards the individual, which is what your post seems to hint at, I don't think for a second that your life does not run from narrative, maybe that's a narrative itself. I believe further that some rituals are important to keep and to have an individual story is important to be able to do any work we deem important.

Comment by eigen on Peter Thiel/Eric Weinstein Transcript on Growth, Violence, and Stories · 2019-09-02T15:42:08.142Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Quite the contrary; my point being, since I do not care for that being on the episode I classified it as "meh", thus I do not care for that in LessWrong. If there's one thing which I agree strongly with the sequences is that Politics is the Mind-Killer.

Comment by eigen on Eli's shortform feed · 2019-09-01T17:13:13.623Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think about this a lot. I'm currently dangling with the fourth Hypothesis, which seems more correct to me and one where I can actually do something to ameliorate the trade-off implied by it.

In this comment, I talk what it means to me and how I can do something about it, which ,in summary, is to use Anki a lot and change subjects when working memory gets overloaded. It's important to note that mathematics is sort-of different from another subjects, since concepts build on each other and you need to keep up with what all of them mean and entail, so we may be bound to reach an overload faster in that sense.

A few notes about your other hypothesis:

Hypothesis 1c:

it doesn’t seem obvious why the computations of doing math would be more costly than those for watching TV.

It's because we're not used to it. Some things come easier than other; some things are more closely similar to what we have been doing for 60000 years (math is not one of them). So we flinch from that which we are not use to. Although, adaptation is easy and the major hurdle is only at the beginning.

This seems plausible for the activity of doing math, which involves many moments of frustration, which might be meaningfully micro-painful.

It may also mean that the reward system is different. Is difficult to see on a piece of mathematics, as we explore it, how fulfilling it's when we know that we may not be getting anywhere. So the inherent reward is missing or has to be more artificially created.

Hypothesis 1d:

It seems plausible that mentally taxing activities are taxing to the extent that they involve processing ambiguity, and doing a search for the best template to apply.

This seems correct to me. Consider the following: “This statement is false”.

Thinking about it for a few minutes (or iterations of that statement) is quickly bound to make us flinch away in just a few seconds. How many other things take this form? I bet there are many.

For the monkeys that had “really good” plans for how to achieve their goals, never panned out for them. The monkeys that were impulsive some of the time, actually did better at the reproduction game?

Instead of working to trust System 2 is it there a way to train System 1? It seems more apt to me, like training tactics in chess or to make rapid calculations.

Thank you for the good post, I'd really like to further know more about your findings.

Comment by eigen on Habryka's Shortform Feed · 2019-08-31T16:51:53.379Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, fiction has a lot of potential to change mindsets. Many Philosophers actually look at the greatest novel writers to infer the motives and the solutions their heroes to come up with general theories that touch the very core of how our society is laid out.

Most of this come from the fact that we are already immersed in a meta-story, externally and internally. Much of our efforts are focused on internal rationalizations to gain something where a final outcome has been already thought out, this being consciously known to us or not.

I think that in fiction this is laid out perfectly. So analyzing fiction is rewarding in a sense. Specially when realizing that when we go to exams or interviews we're rapidly immersing ourselves in an isolated story with motives and objectives (what we expect to happen), we create our own little world, our own little stories.

Comment by eigen on lionhearted's Shortform · 2019-08-31T16:32:23.280Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I like "decision-making" the most.

I think if your aim is to communicate then indeed we have communicated by using any of the three forms. But for me, the three are slightly different. I think it depends on the context most of the time. For example, "decision-making", for me, relates more to the cognitive process as it's studied and its research and "decision making" to the act of making decisions.

Comment by eigen on Peter Thiel/Eric Weinstein Transcript on Growth, Violence, and Stories · 2019-08-31T16:27:45.484Z · score: 15 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I've listened to the episode a few days back (this is an excellent post and transcript btw).

Even though they pin-point varies issues in society such as radical leftism, stagnation in the Scientific community, the student debt, etc; In my opinion, most of the episode was "meh" (Ignoring also that they are two outsiders of academia criticizing it so much and that Weinstein claims that he has a unifying theory of Physics!).

The thing which interested me the most was the bit about Mimetic Theory. I'm surprised at how evident it's what he is saying.

How the theories of Rene Girard are an antidote to strong libertarian impulses.

So, I think there's so much more to Rene Girard than an antidote to "libertarian impulses". For me, this was the biggest takeaway of the entire podcast and shed a new light on Thiel's book: Zero To One and his investment philosophy (e.g. Facebook).

We are so worried about the desires of our neighbors that we do not realize the web of opportunities that hides on what we're not seeing. Re-contextualizing our desires and analyzing them is key in creative and innovative work and much of these ideas I take from Thiel and Rene Girard.

Comment by eigen on How to Make Billions of Dollars Reducing Loneliness · 2019-08-31T01:40:58.992Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But assuming there's something as "a loneliness crisis" (which I don't think there is, at least not in the west).

Then what would be a solution to it: friendship or community?

Basing community on your definition which I agree.

Comment by eigen on How to Make Billions of Dollars Reducing Loneliness · 2019-08-31T01:28:46.672Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Putting aside the technological requirements of the product, and the big investment an individual would have to make in order to carry this forth. Your premise is that there's a crisis of loneliness and the solution is to have people live with each other. I just don't see how that's evident.

Furthermore, you talk about AirBNB (stands for airbed and breakfast) which started as making a bed (airbed) and breakfast for a guest, a stranger, in your house! most of the interviews I read/listen about those guys (I think Brian Chesky it's a quite interesting character) they had not idea about what they were making at the beginning, now they have the beneffit of hindsight and the product is definitely not based on house-sharing.

I think more of what AllAmericanBreakfast talks about is closer to a solution to the "lonely" crisis

When people do try and start intentional group houses, they're often organized around a shared social movement, which already have word-of-mouth and social media channels where people can learn about these opportunities for free.

Besides that, I do see value in making something easier which now is somewhat hard, although I don't think the defining feature of the product would be to mix people who like the same food, game, etc...

But you do propose interesting features of a product, I do see a lot of value in this:

Since a hypothetical roommate matching service has a birds-eye view of everyone who's searching for rooms, it can deal better with managing house cultural changes in a sensible way when multiple rooms open up at once.

Or fixing the problem of community in a broader sense.

But if you are not willing to jump in why should anyone else bother? Startup founders who are passionate about what they make are the most important predictors of success, no one who is browsing Lesswrong or the Effective Altruism Forum will suddenly find their passion and make a billion dollars of it.

Comment by eigen on benwr's unpolished thoughts · 2019-08-31T00:51:54.767Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Assuming that you actually get it to work and that you provide, at best, mediocre diagnostic (which is already really difficult to make), this is a regulatory nightmare and a plain hazardous tool to exist.

I'd even say that people cannot make decisions based on statistics (I doubt that most can even differentiate between anecdotal advice and scientific evidence) that's why physicians make these decisions for them and if ever a tool is allowed it would only be available for physicians.

For anyone interested in making this sort of tool, the enthusiasm doesn't last a day or two after talking to a lawyer for a few minutes!

Comment by eigen on eigen's Shortform · 2019-08-31T00:42:19.603Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

You are very on point with passivity being bad for remembering, completely agree.

Seems like the rule is that you can only meaningfully process a limited amount of topics during a day.

I think I'm starting to disagree with this. (weird phrasing but I'll explain).

For the longest time I used to think that I had at most only a few hours to learn/study in a day. But what happened was that I pretty much overloaded my working memory with a particular subject and then tried to keep building on that, it reached a point where I just could not keep up (maybe four hours straight on a subject); when I started changing subjects (and using much more of Anki which plays the biggest role here) I found out that I could keep going on learning and dedicate another four hours to another subject, while knowing that Anki takes care that I don't forget anything of both subjects.

I think, more or less, the same idea applies here, as you remark:

  • Twitter: One tweet, a few comments and then I drop it all from my memory. Go on to the next tweet.
  • Reddit: One post, few comments and to the next post.

What I'm trying to say is that you can read a book, drop it and then go on to the next and the same applies for learning. You don't have to read just one book, you don't have to study only one subject in a day.

Comment by eigen on Kaj's shortform feed · 2019-08-29T20:11:27.559Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'd really like to read more about what you think of this. Another closely related feature they need is:

  • Content well formatted (The Sequences are a great example of this,The Codex). Of course, blogs are also a good basic idea which allows incremental reading.
  • Length of the posts? Maybe? I think there may be a case to be made for length helping to generate that cult following since it's directly related to the amount of time invested by people reading. There are many examples where posts could be summarized by a few paragraphs but instead they go long! (But of course there's a reason they do so).
Comment by eigen on Matthew Barnett's Shortform · 2019-08-29T00:27:48.854Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Two easy things you can try to feel less groggy in the morning are:

  • Drinking a full glass of water as soon as you wake up.
  • Listening to music or a podcast (bluetooth earphones work great here!). Music does the trick for me, although I'm usually not in the mood and I prefer a podcast.

About taking naps, while it seems to work for some people, I'm generally against it since it usually impairs my circadian clock greatly (I cannot keep consistent times and meddles with my schedule too much).

At nights, I take melatonin and it seems to have been of great help to keep consistent times at which I go to sleep (taking it with L-Theanine seems to be better for me somehow). Besides that, I do pay a lot of attention to other zeitgebers such as exercise, eating behavior, light exposure, and coffee. This is to say—regulating your circadian clock may be what you're looking for.

A link of interest is gwern's post about vitamin d experiment and other posts about sleep also.

Comment by eigen on eigen's Shortform · 2019-08-28T22:35:19.962Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, your comment makes me thing, maybe the post should be named "Beware of demands of goodness" à la Scott. But I have tried this before (not systematized like it's suggesting here, but rather in a nonchalant way) and I have found that the thing which I exchange for say Reddit is usually better by general standards. I've done this with Facebook, maybe TV shows, etc...

The good thing (to be mindful) is to catch us if we're going adrift. Like, if I can tell I'm missing something, then the thing I cut is probably it.

Comment by eigen on eigen's Shortform · 2019-08-28T22:29:16.624Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I agree, but I think that the answer to the immediate inquiry question is clearer if I shift my time to books or specific blogs instead of a subreddit where I may be liable to read about mindless conversations (sometimes even engage!).

About on-demand inquiries, this is somewhat off-topic, but it relates to how much can we retrieve after learning, or how many times we plateau. I've found that embedding Anki in my learning, I can't just forget about immediate retrievals (go on learning while changing the subject) and the Anki questions will take care of that stuff!

Comment by eigen on Kaj's shortform feed · 2019-08-28T22:10:35.254Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This is a great idea!

I also had somewhat the inclination to do this, when I first read about Anki on Michael Nielsen's -Aumenting Cognition, he speaks about using Anki to store memories and friends' characteristics such as food preferences (he talks about this on the section: "The challenges of using Anki to store facts about friends and family").

I did not do this because I did not want to meddle with Anki and personal stuff but I found another similar solution which is MONICA a "Personal Relationship Manager", the good thing about it is that it's open source and easy to set up. I did use it for a bit and found that it was very easy to use and had all the things one may want.

I ended up not going through using the app at the time, but considering the post and the fact that people love when you remember facts about them (I also'd like to remember things about them!) I may pick it up again.

Comment by eigen on eigen's Shortform · 2019-08-28T21:50:42.581Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Reddit, of course, is an example; the same can be asked of Facebook, Twitter, a group of friends and of course

But in the case of Reddit, I usually frequent subreddits like /r/slaterstarcodex, /r/machinelearning, maybe communities like /r/Rust, and I don't dare go anywhere near the frontpage or /r/popular, it's like someone putting a magazine on my face while I'm walking on the street. (I'm trying to be more focused on what I consume around the internet, so I don't go anywhere near feeds, such as Youtube index or things like that; an extension like Distract Free Youtube for Chrome work great here).

Indeed I find value on Reddit but only on restricted-and-very-focused discussions which I'm already searching for, like entering /r/SeanCarroll to see what people are saying about a certain podcast episode; About funny comments (usually my friends or family would send me memes and I cannot avoid those!) I think I may be better considering a stand-up of Dave Chapelle or something to the like!

Or, there's always another option which is that I will end up going back, but at least I can say that I did the test!

Comment by eigen on eigen's Shortform · 2019-08-28T16:27:08.939Z · score: 10 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Last week I had a rather random thought come immediately at my mind. It was about the things I use and frequent daily. It was something like this:

What has provided you this week?

I could not find a single thing that benefited me from looking at Reddit every day, I could not take a single insight from all the news and from the discussion that I read. Of course, what came naturally afterwards was to prohibit all interaction with Reddit.

Instead of visiting Reddit I shifted my focus and started reading books that I had currently on hold, and without needing to say, I have much more to say about these books than to lurking the web aimlessly.

I want to hold on a little bit on using it this question for other things (like for but I know that regardless I will do it.

So what has x provided you this week?

Comment by eigen on How do you learn foreign language vocabulary, beyond Anki? · 2019-08-28T15:50:41.571Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I find my ability to speak foreign languages greatly improved by listening to music, conversations, TV shows and movies.

At least at the conversational level; this is more notably so in German where there are so many articles to learn, and many expressions such as 'doch' and 'ach so' which are so common in every day speaking. By watching and listening people converse with each other —instead of just reading and memorizing over and over the same sentence—the articles and these expressions began to appear naturally and many of my previous mistakes subdued.

So, if your end goal is to understand a language there is a case to be made for listening rather than just reading, it may very well be just how we really learn languages. Of course this is always one test away.

Comment by eigen on tilia's Shortform · 2019-08-27T01:14:39.612Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Some studies, such as this one, have been focusing more and more around the influence of gut bacteria control over eating behavior including the microbial influence on reward and satiety pathways and most importantly microbial influence on generating cravings for foods that they specialize on or foods that suppress their competitors.

This implies a few ways to change cravings:

  • Stop eating sweets altogether, the gut bacteria structure changes drastically within 24 hours of changing the diet, so cravings should cease in due time. (until you eat another sweet again, which is a way back to the start!).
  • Probiotics (the paper I cited above says that an increased microbiota diversity is predicted to reduce cravings significantly).
  • Administration of antibiotics which may destroy your flora (cease your craving altogether, it goes without saying that I do not recommend this).

Comment by eigen on How do you learn foreign language vocabulary, beyond Anki? · 2019-08-26T23:35:32.847Z · score: -2 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I'm an avid Anki user, but I don't think I would use it to learn a new language. I think the way I would go about this (I've done this before although I've not really optimized the "method") is to have TV shows or movies with the audio in the particular language you want to learn while having both your native language subtitles and the audio-language subtitles up in the screen (there are actually several programs that allow you to do just this, one is: GOMPLAYER).

This could work even better if you see a TV show or movie you have already seen previously but this time in the language you're trying to learn (this has the downside of not being the natural audio of the show, you already know everything that happens and you miss the cultural knowledge but you can also pay half of the attention you would than if it were a new show).

I do want to note that I haven't tried Anki for languages and since it works quite surprisingly well for mathematics I would be willing to give it a try (for doing this I would use many of the plugins).

EDIT: Since this has been initially down-voted, I want to add that I've done exactly this to learn various languages and very quickly so. I also think it could be a very good complement to learning foreign languages with Anki (without replacing it).

Comment by eigen on Swimmer963's Shortform · 2019-08-20T16:31:24.320Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm more directed towards figuring things out as I go.

While directly writing what comes to mind, I think that I rarely put myself into a corner, like saying,"huh this doesn't quite work because of this and that" but rather I do that task when reading the first-draft and then clarifying and solving inconsistencies in the second draft.

I've listened to an interview with J.K. Rowling (maybe one of the best world-builders of this generation) and she said that she had sort-of like an epiphany, like a dump into his consciousness of the world of Harry Potter; she wrote the ideas as it came to her mind, which is to say that I don't think she ever stopped in the tracks to start thinking what the world was capable of (at least not until later books maybe).

Comment by eigen on Hazard's Shortform Feed · 2019-08-18T19:12:14.652Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes! Thinking about it is a great idea.

Is there any particular open source software you use to set this up?

Comment by eigen on Swimmer963's Shortform · 2019-08-18T18:22:51.395Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

In your case, my prediction would be that your perception of the world includes many unknowns or points of confusion that you find to be resolved by writing fiction, and you believe writing to be satisfying many other important needs you have.

If it is not that, I believe it to be something very close to that.

I remember reading Stephen King's book about writing fiction (On Writing: Memoirs of the Craft) and I remember him particularly talking about the overall themes of his books. In particular he seemed to confess that his books were only a few limited subjects he wanted to know more about:

  • If god exists why does he allow bad things to happen.
  • Where does this technology revolution is taking us.
  • The attraction of violence to good people.

So it's quite possible he uses writing to minimize his error predictions about those particular subjects. What's more, he also talks about that "shiny" thing to reach and what it means to him.

As for me, I clearly do the same, elucidating my thoughts be it on fiction or in plain-notes is completely satisfying the curiosity and at the same time illuminating what I thought to be obscure, although I am not entirely sure how it relates to other feedback loops.

Comment by eigen on How can you use music to boost learning? · 2019-08-17T22:22:29.018Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Not listening to music while I learn, for me, it's the same as walking the street without shoes or going without an umbrella below the pouring rain.

It's a huge no-no, now that I've been regularly listening to music as I learn, that I see such a huge difference.

I haven't read any research on the matter but I can confidently say that not only my memory seems greatly improved by listening to music but my mood while learning also gets a boost. I have a set of albums for each of the different topics I learn, they are almost exclusively soundtracks of popular movies. For example when studying Physics I usually listen to The Theory of Everything soundtrack on Youtube.

I cannot pinpoint exactly what's happening under the hood but I can say, in my case, that the music needs to be instrumental and not be so "loud" or with huge changes in harmony. Further, I've found that some music does not work for certain topics.

On this comment I talk about a little bit about relation of sleep and learning via a interview of a sleep researcher (DR. Matthew Walker) who also talks in that interview about the relation of music while learning and specially listening back that music while sleeping as to repeat patterns and solidify long-term memory. I have not pursued this particular experiment but as far as listening to music for me has been a great improvement.

Comment by eigen on Matthew Barnett's Shortform · 2019-08-13T23:03:09.827Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I was of the very same mind that you are now. I was somewhat against textbooks, but now textbooks are my only way of learning, not only for strong knowledge but also fast.

I think there are several important things in changing to textbooks only, first I have replaced my habit of completionism: not finishing a particular book in some field but change, it if I don't feel like it's helping me or a if things seem confusing, by another textbook in the same field. lukeprog's post is very handy here.

The idea of changing text-books has helped me a lot, sometimes I just thought I did not understand something but apparently I was only needing another explanation.

Two other important things, is that I take quite a lot of notes as I'm reading. I believe that if someone is just reading a text-book, that person is doing it wrong and a disservice to themselves. So I fill as much as I can in my working memory, be it three, four paragraphs of content and I transcribe those myself in my notes. Coupled with this is making my own questions and answers and then putting them on Anki (space-repetition memory program).

This allows me to learn vast amounts of knowledge in low amounts of time, assuring myself that I will remember everything I've learned. I believe textbooks are key component for this.

Comment by eigen on Eli's shortform feed · 2019-08-06T23:04:15.756Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'm interested about knowing more about the meditation aspect and how it relates to productivity!

Comment by eigen on Forum participation as a research strategy · 2019-07-30T20:24:54.438Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Completely agree.

This is an excellent post, I wonder if I should comment more on posts instead of being just a lurker. Since that is still somewhat undecided, at the very least, this post does helps me on wanting to close the gap or to "to learn missing knowledge".

Comment by eigen on What is our evidence that Bayesian Rationality makes people's lives significantly better? · 2019-07-29T19:59:10.132Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If you're not doing calculations then you are not doing "Bayesian Rationality". Therefore, you very likely cannot explain to someone how "Bayesian Rationality" has worked out for you.

Comment by eigen on What is our evidence that Bayesian Rationality makes people's lives significantly better? · 2019-07-29T19:56:20.208Z · score: 2 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I don't understand how are you getting so many questions about your post instead of sensible replies to it. Did someone really say to you to change the question? Why would you ever do that if what you really want to know is how people are benefited by this way of thinking?

What if say to that guy: "no,no..." how about you tell me how you have benefited about Bayesian thinking since that's what I'm interested in knowing?

Comment by eigen on My Wild and Reckless Youth · 2019-07-21T18:47:54.171Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oh wow, I had sort of a feeling that accepting how wrong we can be was not the ultimate goal; of course, it cannot be. I'm interested in where this is going further.

Comment by eigen on Open Thread July 2019 · 2019-07-21T00:50:31.343Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I would think they would just buy regular clothes. The same way that you cannot buy only one shoe of a pair of shoes.

Comment by eigen on Watch Elon Musk’s Neuralink presentation · 2019-07-20T17:18:08.399Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I don't recall reading on the Neuralink paper anything related to implants on monkeys. Although they do cite Miguel A. L. Nicolelis et al. “Chronic, multisite, multielectrode recordings in macaque monkeys”.

Comment by eigen on Say Not "Complexity" · 2019-07-19T18:06:17.108Z · score: 10 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This one goes down as one of the truly great essays on the sequences for me. Recognizing the gaps in my map is what has lead me to understand many things even though when I was not consciously noticing those kind of gaps. Now I'll do it consciously and I'm happy about that.

What's more, the sequences seem to be repetitive at surface-level, but they are not; they hammer-in the concepts. It was this specific essay that truly conveys to me the importance of not doing the "skip-overs", this was the one essay which leads me to think that I also might be teachable.

Comment by eigen on What is your Personal Knowledge Management system? · 2019-07-18T13:20:06.263Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Calibre is great for me when syncing epub/mobi books from my computer to my Kindle Paperwhite (I don't think I've ever encountered a major problem in this particular process, only on very old books which it has trouble converting). Besides that I use it to convert epub/mobi books onto html which is where I like to read when in my computer (using the browser, chromiun or firefox, which means I don't use the screen reader of Calibre, this way I can make easy modifications with css and inject css to highlight the most important parts with several different encodings allowed by the extension I talked about in my answer).

It's too feature-rich and heavy and it gets in your way, but it solves many simple problem if you use only some of its features.

This is the open-source repository and I recommend always being up-to-date with the latest release (that may solve some of your problems). Besides that I really recommend Calibre, it's an essential tool for my purposes.

Comment by eigen on What is your Personal Knowledge Management system? · 2019-07-17T16:18:48.894Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW
  • VS Code + Extensions (Markdown + Latex parsing + Graphs parsing + custom snippets).
  • Anki
  • Chromium Extensions (Super Simple Highlighter)
  • Git
  • Calibre (Books manager also I usually convert books to HTML)

This "stack" is very useful for me.

Comment by eigen on …And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes · 2019-07-05T18:40:30.802Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But he does not have to, does he? Even the best chess player do not go as far as they can, they need to play at some point and for that reason they consider only a few steps in advance.

Comment by eigen on …And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes · 2019-07-05T18:39:06.031Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Move aside Ted Chiang there’s a new sheriff in town.

Comment by eigen on Self-consciousness wants to make everything about itself · 2019-07-04T19:21:40.477Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If considering implementing graphs: Graphviz, mermaid or flowchart.js all are good options and have implementations in js (many have implementations as React components).

Another alternative to not add parsing is

+--------+ +----------+ | +------> | | Hello! +------> | +--------+ +----------+

But sadly it breaks; possible because of the font.

Comment by eigen on Proving Too Much · 2019-07-01T22:17:42.273Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Instead I just thought to myself: “Imagine my mother had raped my father, leading to my conception. I cannot will that a policeman had prevented this rape, but I also do not want to enshrine the general principle that policemen in general have no right to prevent rape. Therefore, this argument proves too much.” It took all of five seconds.

At first I thought of this argument as really poor one, but on subsequent thought of it, I guess it really is a perfect proving too much argument according to the first premise.

Comment by eigen on Jordan Peterson on AI-FOOM · 2019-06-26T18:58:09.484Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · LW · GW

What interest me about this transcript (without going too much off-topic) is how Jordan Peterson uses the same words over and over in a way that it sounds somewhat pleasant or easy to understand. I wonder at what conscious level he does that and if its predetermined; it seems that it has worked out rather fine for him.