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Welcome to LessWrong (10th Thread, January 2017) (Thread A) 2017-01-07T05:43:57.344Z · score: 11 (12 votes)
Sequence Posts Exercises 2011-04-04T01:39:53.567Z · score: 15 (16 votes)

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Comment by folktheory on Welcome to LessWrong (10th Thread, January 2017) (Thread A) · 2017-06-16T23:41:17.289Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hello and welcome! I love your enthusiasm for learning!

Yes, feel free to ask things in the discussion threads.

Comment by folktheory on 2017: An Actual Plan to Actually Improve · 2017-02-03T03:39:25.941Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I could really benefit from a better note taking system such as the one you mention in item 2. Could you give me some pointers for improving note taking? Relatedly, what system/app do you use for the note taking?

Comment by folktheory on Why CFAR? The view from 2015 · 2015-12-24T23:18:56.858Z · score: 19 (19 votes) · LW · GW

Just donated $1100

Comment by folktheory on Announcing the Complice Less Wrong Study Hall · 2015-03-16T22:29:17.591Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This is fantastic Malcolm, thank you!

Comment by folktheory on Open thread, Feb. 9 - Feb. 15, 2015 · 2015-02-10T03:12:17.452Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Good point, thank you.

Comment by folktheory on Open thread, Feb. 9 - Feb. 15, 2015 · 2015-02-09T17:24:28.758Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I recently got into practicing meditation, and got a lot out of the old LW posts about it. I was wondering if there is any interest to have a meditation retreat for rationalists?

Comment by folktheory on CFAR fundraiser far from filled; 4 days remaining · 2015-01-31T19:27:54.842Z · score: 22 (22 votes) · LW · GW

Donated $1000

Comment by folktheory on Immortality: A Practical Guide · 2015-01-27T06:55:11.150Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Alternative title: How To Live For Very Very Long And Yet Not Live At All.

Comment by folktheory on Elon Musk donates $10M to the Future of Life Institute to keep AI beneficial · 2015-01-16T03:25:41.378Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Upvoted for phaticness

Comment by folktheory on Two special CFAR classes in Sept: Installing Habits and Rationality for Programmers · 2013-09-16T07:40:18.300Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm signed up for the programming one. This'll be my first time at CFAR. pretty excited!

Comment by folktheory on Open thread, July 16-22, 2013 · 2013-07-22T01:07:28.540Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I am not currently married.

Comment by folktheory on Open thread, July 16-22, 2013 · 2013-07-18T07:02:22.909Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I'm trying to decide whether to marry someone, but I'm having a lot of trouble deciding. Anyone have any advice?

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, June 2-15, 2013 · 2013-06-07T06:19:15.461Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Does anyone know of a way to convert .anki files to .apkg files?

I recently started using anki, but most of the decks I downloaded are .anki, and can't be opened by ankidroid...

Comment by folktheory on The Fabric of Real Things · 2012-10-17T03:47:22.368Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It would be completely random, with all events being equally likely at every point in time. It would have no history, since the past has no effect on the present or future

Comment by folktheory on The Fabric of Real Things · 2012-10-17T03:42:12.547Z · score: -4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Causality is a useful tool in the map, to describe the territory. The Territory just is. It doesn't have causality, laws of physics or anything else. Those are just the best tools we have to form accurate maps of it.

Comment by folktheory on The Fabric of Real Things · 2012-10-17T03:20:12.491Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Is there some reason this article hasn't been promoted to the frontpage?

Comment by folktheory on The Useful Idea of Truth · 2012-10-17T02:59:51.981Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

But, from the article:

you can nonetheless take many literary professors and separately show them new pieces of writing by unknown authors and they'll all independently arrive at the same answer, in which case they're clearly detecting some sensory-visible feature of the writing.

Seems like what I was saying...

Comment by folktheory on The Useful Idea of Truth · 2012-10-16T16:12:36.496Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't understand the part about post-utopianism being meaningless. If people agree on what the term means, and they can read a book and detect (or not) colonial alienation, and thus have a test for post-utopianism, and different people will reach the same conclusions about any given book, then how exactly is the term meaningless?

Comment by folktheory on The noncentral fallacy - the worst argument in the world? · 2012-08-28T07:50:28.313Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW · GW

and hence normal people's acceptance that nerd-contradictory things can be normal-"true" at the same time.

Namespaced that for you.

Comment by folktheory on Who Wants To Start An Important Startup? · 2012-08-20T01:46:51.883Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

It leads to annoyance for me. Whenever you switch into a tab, it starts loading (from the point of view of someone who wasn't aware the page hadn't loaded, it seemed to be reloading). As soon as I saw BrassLion's post, I went into the options and disabled it.

Comment by folktheory on Roommate interest and coordination thread · 2012-08-05T06:40:09.647Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm moving to Seattle in September. If you're looking to move in that area, send me a PM or comment.

Comment by folktheory on What are you working on? August 2012 · 2012-08-05T06:28:09.329Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Learning introductory physics and statistics at Udacity

Comment by folktheory on Learning with Audiobooks · 2012-06-01T21:22:50.671Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So which audiobooks would you recommend?

Comment by folktheory on How accurate is the quantum physics sequence? · 2012-04-17T20:53:58.121Z · score: 16 (21 votes) · LW · GW

despite what anyone, including EY, says.

I'm pretty sure I recall that EY says (repeatedly) that the Born rule is not yet understood.

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, April 1-15, 2012 · 2012-04-05T20:42:30.943Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What's a liveblog?

Comment by folktheory on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-30T19:20:27.076Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

The old wizard reached out toward another metal door, from behind which came a endless dead mutter, "I'm not serious, I'm not serious, I'm not serious..." The red-golden phoenix on his shoulder was already screaming urgently, and the old wizard was already wincing, when -

I'm not too sure Sirius has been Azkabanned at all...

Comment by folktheory on Get Curious · 2012-02-24T22:33:18.798Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

So, should I start consuming butter half-sticks?

Comment by folktheory on TEDxLive Opportunities · 2012-02-21T00:32:29.133Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah. I mean the idea of scheduling a time for people to massively go in there, sounds like a good idea.

Comment by folktheory on TEDxLive Opportunities · 2012-02-20T17:04:57.529Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Looks like DC has one (TEDxDupontCircle). I think I will go.

Also, the LW chat room sounds like a great idea.

Comment by folktheory on What are you working on? February 2012 · 2012-02-13T03:14:30.755Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hey, I've been doing this for a few days and it's been extremely helpful. Thank you for posting this!

A bit more about it: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/9z4/on_journaling/5vdf

Comment by folktheory on On Journaling · 2012-02-13T03:12:51.865Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

inspired by this post: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/9t2/what_are_you_working_on_february_2012/5u5g

I recently started tracking any time I interrupt my work. What I do is write down in my e-journal what time I stopped working (dog needs to be walked, check reddit, bathroom break, etc.) and what time I resumed work. I also write next to each stop time the cumulative time I've been working (on that day). It's really helpful to see how much time of pure solid work you've done and has helped me work for longer.

Quick question, what website do you use for your journal?

Comment by folktheory on What are you working on? February 2012 · 2012-02-06T04:42:35.917Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you, this seems very interesting. I'll try it out soon.

Comment by folktheory on Meetup : Interest in Reason Rally meetup? · 2012-02-01T02:33:11.468Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Sure

Comment by folktheory on LW September WebDiplomacy Games: Starting soon! · 2011-09-03T15:37:32.108Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The link you gave is now invalid...

Comment by folktheory on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 8 · 2011-09-01T23:17:05.912Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It is strongly implied by canon and Word of God (JKR) that: Qhzoyrqber naq Tevaqryjnyq jrer ybiref.

Comment by folktheory on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 8 · 2011-09-01T04:53:11.456Z · score: -3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

That duel was a faked show, it never really happened, at least not in the way people were led to believe it did.

Comment by folktheory on LW September WebDiplomacy Games · 2011-08-29T00:50:03.099Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

¡!

Comment by folktheory on LW September WebDiplomacy Games · 2011-08-29T00:49:15.238Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

-5

Comment by folktheory on Interest in video-conference discussion about sequences and/or virtual meetups? · 2011-04-07T03:39:52.943Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm in.

Comment by folktheory on Problem noticed in aspect of LW comunity bonding? · 2011-04-06T03:27:56.295Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, it sees some decent use every day.

Comment by folktheory on Science Fiction Recommendations · 2011-04-06T03:05:59.396Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Cryptonomicon was awesome.

Comment by folktheory on Sequence Posts Exercises · 2011-04-05T04:50:11.789Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No that's from me.

Comment by folktheory on DC Meetup Discussion · 2011-04-05T01:19:42.728Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It might be a good idea to hold it in Bethesda or some other city in Montgomery County, MD, as there seem to be a lot of LWers from MoCo. (I'm in MoCo as well).

But I'd go to a meetup in DC just the same.

Comment by folktheory on Sequence Posts Exercises · 2011-04-04T20:51:59.966Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No, I got an email saying you were sending it, but it wasn't attached.

Comment by folktheory on Sequence Posts Exercises · 2011-04-04T18:31:10.076Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Lol that was me.

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, April 2011 · 2011-04-04T01:45:08.552Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Done.

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, April 2011 · 2011-04-03T16:40:58.654Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Absolutely, I'd love to.

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, April 2011 · 2011-04-03T15:51:08.411Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I claimed 'Belief in Belief' and 'Bayesian Judo', see here.

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, April 2011 · 2011-04-03T15:50:22.308Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I'm glad this is actually happening, and at great speed.
I hereby commit to doing exercises for 'Belief in Belief' and 'Bayesian Judo' by what appears to be our standard commitment: Deliver by April 17, 2011 or downvote to -10

Note: It'll be a combined exercise for those two articles as they're very related.

Comment by folktheory on Open Thread, April 2011 · 2011-04-03T03:07:12.655Z · score: 21 (21 votes) · LW · GW

I propose we make a series of exercises to go along with the articles of the sequences. These exercises could help readers know how well they understood the material as well as help them internalize it better.