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why people romantice magic over most science. 2017-03-08T18:29:05.936Z · score: 3 (4 votes)

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Comment by higurashimerlin on why people romantice magic over most science. · 2017-03-11T19:16:42.975Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

people use magic for purposes you can't use an army for XD

Comment by higurashimerlin on why people romantice magic over most science. · 2017-03-10T20:36:34.208Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

or programming in general.

Comment by higurashimerlin on why people romantice magic over most science. · 2017-03-08T21:52:52.057Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It is an annoying thing about my mind that I can remember something without knowing where it as from. If I can located my original sources I'll will add them. However I do observe that people are drawn to the idea of doing something themselves out of their own abilities over using outside means such as tools, money or political power. And I predict that if people could see science not just in terms of inventions but as a way to become stronger as a human being, then more people would be drawn to it.

I might just being falling into the typical mind fallacy but that is still my prediction. I would like to expand my knowledge on this matter and find a way to test this prediction, but I don't know how to do it right now as things are

Comment by higurashimerlin on If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help · 2017-03-08T16:49:26.589Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I realize the oldest comment on this thread is from 3 years ago, but I still have something to say. The reason people like the idea of magic I think is that it makes us feel like it a part of us in a way that a lightbulb doesn't. Even if you invented the light bulb, it doesn't feel like it is a part of you in the same way as if you could make light with magic or had a natural ability to emit light. Being able to generate explosions as a part of you feels better than making a bomb and pressing a switch.

It is the same reason why people prefer swords and other melee weapons over guns in fantasy and why cyborg are so well liked. These are all very physical and direct and we feel closer to those acts then the act of pressing a button. Actually making discoveries is more engaging then using the final product but it still doesn't feel like that power is a part of you so it doesn't fulfill the fantasy we want.

Comment by higurashimerlin on How to Avoid the Conflict Between Feminism and Evolutionary Psychology? · 2016-06-16T00:43:45.533Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The problem with these kinds of debates is that human have political type thinking, even when we are trying not to. So we tend to interpreted things through the lens of our politics.

This debate is one example alone others. Like have inter-sex people are considered to be something to fix, rather than just sexual features not being set in stone.

Comment by higurashimerlin on For anyone interested in life extension · 2015-04-11T18:48:03.912Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Yes finally this can be done.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Open thread, Apr. 01 - Apr. 05, 2015 · 2015-04-01T18:31:45.964Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Does anyone know how long will it take for uploading to be possible? We don't have the computing power to simulate the uploaded brain but if you have the patterns you can be restore sooner or later. What about other ways to restore the upload such as altering an existing brain?

Comment by higurashimerlin on [FINAL CHAPTER] Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 122 · 2015-03-16T02:31:20.139Z · score: 12 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Harry forgot to give Hermione the most important quest item.

"This Hermione, Is your father's rock."

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 121 · 2015-03-14T12:45:27.812Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Word of god already said the diary wasn't supposed to be important at time Voldemort gave it to Harry. So it was probably just enchanted to be unusually durable.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 119 · 2015-03-12T01:22:28.051Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Wait a moment. I just realize that Voldemort has been made into a gem meant to contain his soul. He has been made into soul gem. Goddamn it Eliezer.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 118 · 2015-03-09T22:47:22.859Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

He told another student to disarm it. He didn't need the stone to undo it.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 112 · 2015-02-27T16:39:50.967Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I guessing it did and Harry had nothing to compare it to. It has been suggested that Harry's canon step parents were effect and made into complete monsters by ten years of being around a horcrux.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 109 · 2015-02-24T15:35:28.333Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The one Quirrel found was probably a version 2 horcrux. After all you don't hide the version 1 horcruxes because people need to touch them to be overwritten. Tom thought he had fixed that with the version two and started hiding them.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 108 · 2015-02-21T00:20:21.996Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

So by the way, has anyone notice that Eliezer did something even more impossible? Not only was Harry saved from certain death at the hands of a hoard of Yaoi fangirls by Voldemort and it wasn't crack, but Voldemort was the one who responsible for the whole thing and it still isn't crack.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 108 · 2015-02-20T23:57:46.966Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah the new version stills work by imprinting his brain state on to a victim. He just link the ghost and victims together so that they stay updated. Hence he can see space from the plague. The resurrection stone allows the ghost in the objects to move on their own and possess people without them touching them.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 108 · 2015-02-20T23:27:19.588Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW

Voldemort making random rocks into horcruxs? One day someone steps on the wrong rock and turns into LORD VOLDEMORT! I hate it when that happens.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Does consciousness persist? · 2015-02-16T20:20:30.190Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You would benefit from reading that post you linked to about dissolving questions. What you seem to be doing is like asking "does free will exist?" and trying to argue that it doesn't. To dissolve the question is to precisely show the thought process that produces the question.

Comment by higurashimerlin on The Generalized Anti-Zombie Principle · 2014-08-28T02:05:43.175Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Albert's position is similar to how you know that two calculators will have the same output despite having different physical configurations. If you have an idealized abstract model of say addition, you can draw a boundary around different designs that perform addition despite being different. You will know that something like a unconnected switch won't be enough to make it stop matching the model of addition.

If we take the reason that Albert talks about being Albert and him talking about a person from five minutes ago as himself and build an abstract idealize model, we will see that a lot of physicals differences can take place without effecting the real reason for his report. There is a range of physical designs that match the models prediction and it includes ones were his brain is made of tiny robots. The cause of his report with remain the same regardless of the tiny robots replacing his neurons with themselves.

The implication I see is mind uploading. Where must we draw the boundary to capture the referent of "Albert". How that questions is answered may determine the future.

Comment by higurashimerlin on June 2014 Media Thread · 2014-06-24T18:23:50.808Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If you are talking about the anime then I agree. The anime version left out the things you need to solve it. The VN has more than enough to know whats real and what isn't.

The important thing to note is who is around to see an event. The fantasy battle in game 3 is witness by no one. When people witness theses things that are killed or are in with the culprit(not necessary that they know people are really dying). The fantasy should not be dismissed though as it contains important clues to the emotions of the characters.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Rationality Quotes February 2014 · 2014-02-07T17:43:11.130Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Whether boredom is an issue, death doesn't seem like an ideal solution. If we were a race of immortals and we start to get boredom I don't think that suicide is a solution anyone would propose.

Comment by higurashimerlin on Welcome to Less Wrong! (5th thread, March 2013) · 2014-01-23T18:35:55.784Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

My name is Morgan. I was brought here by my brother and have been lurking for awhile. I've have read most of the sequences which have cleared up some of my confused thinking. There were things that I didn't think about because I didn't have an answer for them. Free will and morality used to confuse me and so I never thought much about them since I didn't have a guarantee that they were answerable.

Lesswrong has helped me get back into programming. It has helped me learn to think about things with precision. And to understand how an Cognitive algorithm feels from the inside to dissolve questions.

I am going to join this community and improve my skills. Tsuyoku Naritai.