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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: 4 (3 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 http:asciiflow.com/

+--------+ +----------+ | +------> | | 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.

Comment by eigen on Intellectual Hipsters and Meta-Contrarianism · 2019-06-25T13:17:16.126Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What about the following triad?

life's good / nihilistic approach to life / I want to become a god on earth.

Comment by eigen on Does the _timing_ of practice, relative to sleep, make a difference for skill consolidation? · 2019-06-17T20:28:15.158Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I remember by having listened to the Rhonda Patrick and Matthew Walker podcast where they go over the relationship between sleep and learning. He even gives some insights into how the actual process of consolidation happens while we are sleeping. (It may not be what you are exactly looking for but nonetheless I think it's helpful).

Unrelated to that it's my own experience; If i spend some time at night coding/reading about Mathematics I will usually go to sleep and think about the specific problems and how to go about it in the next morning. It seems to really help my decision solving the next day.