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Comment by gershom on Drawing Less Wrong: Should You Learn to Draw? · 2011-11-16T01:29:52.658Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Do you have a specific type of catching in mind? The techniques for different objects are different, more so than one might expect and in less-than-obvious ways. For example, I had trouble catching a football until someone explained to me that the catch is made at the point when the ball hits your torso, not before. Of course, this only applies to dead on throws. It also requires that you overcome the instinctive aversion to being hit by flying objects. Being hit by a briskly thrown, spiraling football hurts, when you're unprepared. This led me to try to catch with only my hands, as far from my body as possible. This is much more difficult and resulted in many jammed fingers. Once I understood that the ball was supposed to hit me, I found it really didn't hurt (too much) if I was prepared. Thus, I didn't have to block the ball; it was much more effective to allow it to come to me.

I could go into greater detail, but the particulars of football-catching aren't the point. Conceive of a task as difficult, and often it will oblige you by becoming so. This sounds trite, but I've had to learn it over and over again, in all sorts of different applications. Come to think of it, I'm likely making the same error right now, assuming that this is a hard-to-grasp concept which requires lengthy explanation. Just to relate it to the original topic, I see this as analogous to holding a pencil in a clenched fist when drawing, to ensure that it doesn't slip away from you.

Comment by gershom on The Simple Math of Everything · 2011-11-12T08:32:45.989Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Evolution is defined as " any change in the frequency of alleles within a gene pool from one generation to the next." This frequency changes with each birth. So to make the definition into regular English we could say Evolution is defined as "living things reproduce" (the fact of evolution).

This doesn't follow.

Comment by gershom on Existential Angst Factory · 2011-11-12T01:06:36.457Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Now good is your VR?

Comment by gershom on Bayesian Judo · 2011-08-13T17:59:38.859Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Or how they don't...

Comment by gershom on A Problem with Abbreviations and Acronyms · 2011-08-13T04:12:55.268Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I believe FLT, Faster than Light Travel, is the more common of the two. Never actually seen FTL in that context.

Comment by gershom on Welcome to Less Wrong! (2010-2011) · 2011-07-27T18:49:32.345Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Hello all.

New user here, so far extremely gratified at what I have encountered. I've had a sort of a fetish for feedback/self-referential systems ever since reading Hoffstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach" as a kid. While I no longer really agree with much in this work, at the time it was mind-blowing. I remember clearly the vision I had of the all-but-unlimited power of feedback loops and iterated functions.
What I'm trying to get at is that, while all* online forums, etc, are intrinsically self-referential, this one seems to be so in a special sense. Regardless of the content of a forum, perusal of the material initiates certain thought processes which lead to further discussion, ie, addition to and alteration of the content. This is the trivial sense. From what I have seen, the content here is in the main devoted to examination and refinement of these thought processes (and also improving explication), for the purpose of engendering more fruitful discussion.

Not sure if i'm getting my point across, or if it's worth making at all, but that's what i'm here to explore!