Comment by fiftytwo on Hero Licensing · 2017-12-02T06:24:37.462Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

How would you differentiate this from someone just asking for additional evidence because they think you've made a false statement? E.g. If Alice tells Bob the earth is flat, its reasonable for him to ask for additional evidence, and doing so doesn't imply he's playing status games. But could equally reasonably be replied to by saying that Bob is only disagreeing because he thinks Alice isn't high status enough to make cosmological claims.

Comment by fiftytwo on Hero Licensing · 2017-12-02T06:19:32.378Z · score: 9 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Like, who has the authority to say "thou shalt not try things that might fail"? As long as you're not conning anybody out of resources, your failure doesn't pick anybody else's pocket.

What about altruistic reasons for asking? If my friend is planning to quit their job and become a famous musician I would probably attempt strongly to dissuade them, even if it wouldn't directly affect me.

If however I thought they were likely to succeed (e.g. have made money selling music on bandcamp and performing, in talks with a record company, etc.) I probably wouldn't dissuade them.

Comment by fiftytwo on Hero Licensing · 2017-12-02T06:11:19.722Z · score: 7 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I feel like after reading this I have a much better insight into how Eliezer thinks than I did before, even having read most of his published work.

I think his model of other people is off though.

Specifically, he uses ideas of comparative status to explain other people not challenging conventional wisdom, or trying new things a lot. Which feels like it could be a fully general argument for any observed behaviour (e.g. it could equally well explain a habit of disproportionately challenging experts, as being in conflict with them puts you at their level and gains status).

I think its more accurate to say that people are reluctant to try new things because of loss aversion. Let’s say people are investing a certain amount of time and energy in a project, like writing HPMOR, one option has a 1/100 chance of a million-dollar (or utils or whatever) reward, the other is a certainty of a thousand dollars. Most people would choose the second, even if that’s not what the naive math would say. Similarly, if they thought that a project as big as writing a novel had a 9/10 chance of being a flop, then they wouldn’t even try it. (I definitely notice this habit in myself, rejections and failures weigh on me mentally more than successes. So, my behaviour often defaults to avoiding them.) The moderate position is to start with less investment heavy/risky projects first to get a better idea of likely success levels and build confidence.

Comment by fiftytwo on Language Learning and the Dark Arts. · 2017-01-01T05:14:24.549Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hello! Just rediscovered this thread. The website doesn't seem to be up anymore. How did it go in the end? Where are you at with learning mandarin?

Comment by fiftytwo on Open Thread, Apr. 27 - May 3, 2015 · 2015-04-28T15:21:01.099Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

Since you seem to be sincere in asking for reasons:

"Whore" is considered an unpleasant word by many people. That combined with the overall tone may have made people think your intention was trollish

You seem to deeply misunderstand the dynamics that lead to ssex eduation being the way it is. There is no plausible transition from the way the world exists at present to one where retired sex workers were employed in the school system to teach sex education.

  • a) Because the majority still have moral objections to sex work and it is illegal in many places.

  • b) there is no common agreement that children should be taught about sex full stop, much less about sexual techniques aimed at pleasure. The only way the very minimal sex education that does exist has been allowed has come to exist is because it framed in terms of health

Comment by fiftytwo on What are "the really good ideas" that Peter Thiel says are too dangerous to mention? · 2015-04-18T06:45:43.503Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe he's secretly a creationist, its unlikely but it would be more interesting/controversial than he standard internet contrarian ideas.

Comment by fiftytwo on Language Learning and the Dark Arts. · 2015-04-07T14:35:01.614Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Having just moved to China I am interested in this

Comment by fiftytwo on Rationality: From AI to Zombies · 2015-03-18T09:06:49.102Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Might be worth including the Amazon.co.uk and other store links.

Comment by fiftytwo on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 121 · 2015-03-15T01:25:49.660Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

http://www.reddit.com/r/HPMOR/comments/2x5c9k/spoilers_111_hyakuju_montauk_meaning/

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Feb. 9 - Feb. 15, 2015 · 2015-02-10T23:03:31.591Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I want to say no purely because of my default suspicion of anyone offering me a free vacation.

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Feb. 9 - Feb. 15, 2015 · 2015-02-10T23:01:43.559Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

In general collecting data is cheap and we're getting better at sorting and using it, so bias towards collecting data

Also focus on developing skills in areas unlikely to be automated anytime soon

Comment by fiftytwo on 2014 Survey Results · 2015-01-18T01:38:55.107Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Personally I was surprised so amny cis people strongly identified with their gender

[tpical mind etc...]

Comment by fiftytwo on I'm the new moderator · 2015-01-18T01:16:56.380Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

All hail!

Do you have any plans for changes?

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread Jan. 5-11, 2015 · 2015-01-05T16:36:45.457Z · score: 18 (18 votes) · LW · GW

I've managed to partly transmute my "I want to buy that now" impulse into sending a sample to my kindle. Then if I never get past the first few pages I've not actually spent any money, if I reach the end of the sample and still want to continue I know I'm likely to keep going .

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Dec. 22 - Dec. 28, 2014 · 2014-12-29T04:36:42.672Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I find I often pickup mindsets and patterns of thought from from reading fiction or first person non-fiction. E.g. I'm a non-sociopath, but I noticed thought patterns more simlar when reading "Confessions of a Sociopath"

I figure this may be a useful way to hack myself towards positive behaviours. Can anyone reccomend fiction that would encourage high productivity mindsets?

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Dec. 15 - Dec. 21, 2014 · 2014-12-16T15:01:03.836Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

[Meta] I often see threads like this where people recommend things that require a very high level of conscientiousness or planning ability to start with, (e.g. if you are tired in the mornings get out of bed immediately and do x, requirs you to be capable of forcing yourself to do x when you are tired.)

Comment by fiftytwo on Has LessWrong Ever Backfired On You? · 2014-12-16T14:58:14.917Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

Using terms that I picked up here which are not well known, or mean different things in different contexts

Also, I sometimes over pattern match arguments and concepts I've picked up on Lesswrong to other situations, which can result in trying to condescendingly explain something irrelevant.

Comment by fiftytwo on Has LessWrong Ever Backfired On You? · 2014-12-16T14:56:24.013Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I've had people complain about the standard basilisk and weird AI speculation stuff. Also the association with neoreactionaries, sexists and HBD people.

Comment by fiftytwo on xkcd on the AI box experiment · 2014-11-23T12:14:14.375Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What incentive does the future AI have to do this once you've already helped it?

Comment by fiftytwo on xkcd on the AI box experiment · 2014-11-23T12:09:23.672Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

alternatively sell empty boxes labelled "Don't look!"

Comment by fiftytwo on xkcd on the AI box experiment · 2014-11-21T11:29:27.574Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

If it decreases the number of people who take you seriously and therefore learn bout the substance of your ideas its a bad strategy

Comment by fiftytwo on xkcd on the AI box experiment · 2014-11-21T10:50:41.456Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah that would be a much better response. Or alternatively get someone who is more suited to PR to deal with this sort of thing

Comment by fiftytwo on xkcd on the AI box experiment · 2014-11-21T10:49:00.501Z · score: 16 (18 votes) · LW · GW

Does MIRI have a public relations person? They should really be dealing with this stuff. Eleizer is an amazing writer but he's not particularly suited to addressing a non-expert crowd

Comment by fiftytwo on xkcd on the AI box experiment · 2014-11-21T10:47:25.040Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

That response in /r/futurology is really good actually, I hadn't seen it before. Maybe it should be reposted (with the sarcasm slightly toned down) as a main article here?

Also kudos to Eleizer for admitting he messed up with the original deletion.

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 17 - Nov. 23, 2014 · 2014-11-21T08:33:29.539Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Wy is that the "main" damage? I'd agree mmale appearance standards have also changed, but generic western society values women on their appearance more than men so you'd expect the psychological impat to be larger.

xkcd on the AI box experiment

2014-11-21T08:26:21.168Z · score: 18 (22 votes)
Comment by fiftytwo on The Centre for Effective Altruism is hiring to fill five roles in research, operations and outreach · 2014-11-20T23:40:20.176Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If I'm unsure what position I would be most suited for can I apply for several?

Comment by fiftytwo on Is this dark arts and if it, is it justified? · 2014-11-18T00:59:23.152Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This blog post on the ethics of teaching debating may be relevant, Uses the dark arts terminology a bit and talks about exploiting biases.

Comment by fiftytwo on Neo-reactionaries, why are you neo-reactionary? · 2014-11-18T00:10:24.630Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

Scott Alexander has a charitable summary on his blog and a rebuttal.

Moreright is probably the most comprehensive neoreactionary website,

This post descries itelf as a neoreactionary canon

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T18:20:02.099Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

At least a dozen, with a few hundred people working spaceside full time

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T14:52:04.934Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Space factories for spaceship.

You still need a strong economic reason for the spaceships if we're looking at a scarcity society with plausible tech. (Unless there's enough public and political will for exploration for its own sake which would rquire its own explanation)

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T14:48:09.555Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Interesting site.

Human mainteance is still required for satellites, especially if geostationary is becoming even more crowded,

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T14:42:40.800Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Assuming there is still land available on earth it would be orders of magnitude cheaper to stay groundside.

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T14:41:51.315Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Such as?

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T02:51:03.074Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Working on a near future hard sci fi story. What are plausible economic reasons to have a fair number of space stations? (generally earth orbit but can be further out)

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2014 · 2014-11-04T02:47:05.595Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Can anyone recommend any good books/resources on dyspraxia?

Ideally suitable for adults with a reasonable background understanding of psychology. Most of the stuff I've been able to find has been aimed for teachers/parents.

Comment by fiftytwo on Open thread, Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2014 · 2014-11-02T19:07:29.247Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Can anyone recommend any good books/resources on dyspraxia?

Ideally suitable for adults with a reasonable background understanding of psychology. Most of the stuff I've been able to find has been aimed for teachers/parents.

Comment by fiftytwo on Wikipedia articles from the future · 2014-10-30T18:25:44.546Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I worry this will end up with the same problems as dystopian/utopian fiction and just show the authors biases about the present day projected into the future. (Scott wrote about this on his old blog)

Comment by fiftytwo on Wikipedia articles from the future · 2014-10-30T10:52:48.091Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Orions Arm is sortof like this

Comment by fiftytwo on LW Supplement use survey · 2014-10-30T10:00:46.759Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

There's a "do not take any supplements" option in Q1

Comment by fiftytwo on LW Supplement use survey · 2014-10-29T11:20:03.846Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

this link

Comment by fiftytwo on LW Supplement use survey · 2014-10-29T11:19:11.037Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I tried that, that internal LW polls don't allow multiple selections

Comment by fiftytwo on LW Supplement use survey · 2014-10-28T22:40:22.692Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I thought about it, but it would multiply the number of necessary options insanely.

Comment by fiftytwo on LW Supplement use survey · 2014-10-28T21:54:51.942Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I upvoted you. Don't know if that makes it a social norm or not.

Comment by fiftytwo on Upcoming CFAR events: Lower-cost bay area intro workshop; EU workshops; and others · 2014-10-28T21:35:18.584Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Let me know if you need any volunteers/help with finding venues. I have some experience of organising events in the London area.

LW Supplement use survey

2014-10-28T21:28:35.533Z · score: 10 (11 votes)
Comment by fiftytwo on What supplements do you take, if any? · 2014-10-28T21:23:21.356Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've made a quick and dirty survey through google forms all responses are anonymous and publicly visible

Comment by fiftytwo on What supplements do you take, if any? · 2014-10-28T12:58:53.773Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think a poll might be more useful than people just posting their lists: [pollid:791]

Comment with others and I'll add them.

EDIT damn, doesnt let you do multiple options - Just choose the one you think is most effective?

Comment by fiftytwo on Stupid Questions (10/27/2014) · 2014-10-28T12:05:12.287Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Anyone know how much this is applicable to the UK?

Comment by fiftytwo on Stupid Questions (10/27/2014) · 2014-10-28T00:24:06.419Z · score: 9 (13 votes) · LW · GW

/r/sex is pretty good

Comment by fiftytwo on 2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2014-10-23T15:12:55.165Z · score: 48 (48 votes) · LW · GW

Completed.

Can anyone explain the Bem Sex Roles thing and why its relevant? I scored slightly more masculine and less feminine then average which confused me slightly. Its all self reporting though so I'm not sure how much it will express m nature vs what I value (like to think about myself)

Comment by fiftytwo on Upcoming CFAR events: Lower-cost bay area intro workshop; EU workshops; and others · 2014-10-05T10:31:39.641Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Can we get a more precise location than "England"? I'm guessing if its with CEA it'll be either in Oxford or central London?

What information has surprised you most recently?

2012-12-09T04:43:58.029Z · score: 11 (14 votes)

Less Wrong link exchange

2011-11-02T10:24:37.111Z · score: 6 (7 votes)

Podcast on Cryonics by 'Stuff you should know'

2011-09-04T22:36:35.194Z · score: 3 (4 votes)

Rationalist approach to developing Writing skills

2011-07-14T15:00:39.942Z · score: 6 (7 votes)

Best articles to link to when introducing someone to Less Wrong?

2011-07-06T00:52:50.771Z · score: 5 (6 votes)

Start the week - On life extension, neuro-ethics, human enhancement and materialism

2011-06-27T21:13:45.580Z · score: 3 (6 votes)