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Comment by fluchess on Open Thread for February 11 - 17 · 2014-02-15T04:03:57.545Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why do I have a moral duty to do wrong thing? Shouldn't I act in my own self interest to maximise the amount of money I make?

Comment by fluchess on Open Thread for February 11 - 17 · 2014-02-12T12:26:21.031Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

IIT proposes that consciousness is integrated information.

The key difference between a brain and the hard disk is the disk has no way of knowing what it is actually sensing. Brain can tell difference between many more sense and receive and use more forms of information. The camera is not conscious of the fact it sensing light and colour.

This article is a good introduction to the topic and the photodiode example in the paper is the simple version of your question http://www.biolbull.org/content/215/3/216.full

Comment by fluchess on Open Thread for February 11 - 17 · 2014-02-12T03:03:45.025Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I participated in an economics experiment a few days ago, and one of the tasks was as follows. Choose one of the following gambles where each outcome has 50% probability Option 1: $4 definitely Option 2: $6 or $3 Option 3: $8 or $2 Option 4: $10 or $1 Option 5: $12 or $0

I choose option 5 as it has the highest expected value. Asymptotically this is the best option but for a single trial, is it still the best option?

Comment by fluchess on Open Thread for February 11 - 17 · 2014-02-12T02:49:20.720Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

IIT is provides a mathematical approach to measuring consciousness. It is not crazy, and has a significant number of good papers on the topic. It is human-independent

Comment by fluchess on New Monthly Thread: Bragging · 2013-08-12T22:23:42.062Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I used Matlab for most of my programming. From what I have read (and seen), Matlab is the most used software for Computational Neuroscience. Almost all of the researchers who used any programming used Matlab, which a few people using C.

Comment by fluchess on New Monthly Thread: Bragging · 2013-08-12T02:13:34.505Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks Am in the middle of writing up generalised proof of what I have done.

Work I did was mainly concerned with calculating integrated information for simple neuronal systems.

If I get some time, I could write up my result if people are interested

Comment by fluchess on New Monthly Thread: Bragging · 2013-08-11T22:36:10.972Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

I'm an undergraduate student, and I recently completed a holiday research project in computational neuroscience. During the project I found some interesting properties about connection properties in matrices which may not be a currently known.

Comment by fluchess on Punctuality - Arriving on Time and Math · 2012-05-04T14:15:04.033Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Think it is really good using maths like this in the real world to improve skills.

I would presume what assume that arrival time would follow a normal distribution and be slanted further to the right (As there will be a minimum time to get somewhere, but no maximum time taken value that occurs) so not sure whether using the percentages is necessary.

Agree that this post should be on the main page.

Comment by fluchess on What math should I learn? · 2012-02-03T03:11:23.510Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I just finished reading about game theory which I found interesting.

Comment by fluchess on Welcome to Less Wrong! (2012) · 2012-02-02T13:06:43.843Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the welcome and for the links

Comment by fluchess on Welcome to Less Wrong! (2012) · 2012-02-02T11:05:42.222Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Hi everyone, I am a 19 year old undergraduate science student majoring in statistics living in Australia. For fun I play chess and flute which I am quite mediocre at but find them both stimulating and challenging. I am always trying to improve myself in one way or another, whether it be learning or practicing skills.

I have an academic interest in maths, statistics and biology and would eventually want to be a biostatistician. I was originally seen as academically gifted, however after years of not working hard, I am trying to regain my academic vigor and educate myself, which I have neglected for a number of years. I am working to educate myself in quantum physics, cryonics, philosophy and AI as I think these are all important issues that I don't know a lot about.

I value truth, as I think it always for the best in the long run. I believe "That which can be destroyed by truth should" is valid and I try to follow the 12 virtues of Rationality. I'm sure I value a lot of other things but haven't thought about them much.

My journey as a rationalist has been an interesting one. I have always affiliated with being a rationalist since when I can remember. However, I have found that being rational hasn't gone well with my more emotionally-inclined friends. I have found that being logical is off-putting to them and that they don't like being shown when they are wrong. This made me question whether rationality is a good thing in my life and whether it was beneficial to my life. This prompted to me to reassess rationality and read more on Less Wrong. This reaffirmed my opinion that rationality a good thing and I should work on not offending people.

That is all I feel like writing for the moment as that took me a few hours. Hopefully that is enough of an introduction. If there is anything you think that I should read, please link me. I always want to learn new things. I look forward to engaging in discussion with many of you. Kind Regards,

Fluchess