Ways of Seeing 2017-07-21T01:42:20.873Z · score: 1 (1 votes)
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Certain Questions 2017-07-04T03:37:38.560Z · score: 3 (3 votes)
What is Wisdom? 2017-06-29T21:44:07.117Z · score: 1 (1 votes)
Deleuze contra Error: Other Misadventures of Thought 2017-04-18T05:45:12.756Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
How French intellectuals ruined the West - Postmodernism and its impact, explained 2017-04-17T00:42:26.538Z · score: 2 (2 votes)
Leverage Points: Places to intervene in a system 2017-03-10T20:40:17.521Z · score: 5 (6 votes)
Satisfaction Levers 2017-02-11T22:54:09.943Z · score: 4 (5 votes)


Comment by ig0r on What is Wisdom? · 2017-06-30T15:49:43.113Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I agree that raising general predictive ability would also tend to increase wisdom. I think my main point, which I probably didn't sufficiently highlight, is that wisdom is bottlenecked on data (and also maybe seems to require more abstraction and abduction than other learning) moreso than other knowledge we tend to collect due to the underlying complexity of the thing we are trying to predict (human behavior)

Comment by ig0r on How French intellectuals ruined the West - Postmodernism and its impact, explained · 2017-04-18T03:31:40.399Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think that's right and it's a bit of a strawman. I don't think pomo originally threw out epistemology but it provides tools that, while useful for general societal critique, are also easy to shoot your foot off with. So, pomo allows for some good things but also seems to have enabled identity politics as well as right wing fake news hysteria.

Comment by ig0r on Satisfaction Levers · 2017-02-14T18:37:06.959Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

To me, this felt more like speculation which was certainly informed by many things I've read in the past but nothing particular came to mind with the exception of the obvious reference to Deleuze. A kind of applied Deleuzian psychiatry, although I'm not sure he would agree with this sort of application. (

Good point regarding Focusing, and I do agree that it is closely related. I've only listened to the audiobook, is there a work by Gendlin you would recommend? Upon reflection, it seems one of the main insights I was trying to point at here is the lack of logical connection between the qualia of desire and the object it seeks (the machine it seeks to connect to, in D&G's terminology). The mental act of seeking out levers to pull would be equivalent to Focusing here, I think?

Comment by ig0r on Satisfaction Levers · 2017-02-14T18:23:20.427Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes that Cleese piece is great, thanks for sharing.

Comment by ig0r on Projects-in-Progress Thread · 2017-01-29T05:18:21.759Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

+1 for the suggestions made by others. I will ping the blog writer about this post to see if he's interested in reaching out.

You may also want to look at Daniel Ingram and his MCTB community

Comment by ig0r on How do you identify complex systems? · 2017-01-01T02:13:37.454Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's also just the tip of the iceberg. This book is a good guide to identifying and predicting complex time series behavior:

So I guess this is along the lines of: try prediction techniques that are designed to work on complex systems and see how it goes.

This doesn't work when you don't have enough data to do so, of course.

Comment by ig0r on Ideas for Next Generation Prediction Technologies · 2017-01-01T02:00:20.225Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

On the topic of financial markets and aggregation of signals, there is actually a lot of ML-based signal aggregation going on within trading companies. A common structure is having specialized individuals or teams develop predictive signals (for publicly traded securities) and then have them aggregated into a single meta-prediction (typically a "microprice", or theoretical price) which is then used for order placement.

A couple anecdotes:

  1. There is some publicly available story about a high frequency KOSPI options desk that made a substantial improvement in P/L after adding a Random Forest in their signal aggregation logic. Eventually, this became the difference between making and losing money
  2. Accurate up until about a year or two ago, I believe one of the top 10 worldwide trading firms was using a simple average as their aggregation mechanism for most of their trading. This would include averaging effectively redundant signals which could be easily identified as such.
Comment by ig0r on Finding slices of joy · 2016-12-07T22:25:16.316Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Nice. Just curious, how much did you do, and why'd you stop (if you did)?

Comment by ig0r on Finding slices of joy · 2016-12-06T00:21:23.095Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This is derivative of meditative insight practice. You may be interested in looking into Vipassana practice. With some time spent building concentration skills this kind of sensation noticing practice is far more powerful (think, LSD-like power) and can be extended to get you a lot more than just joy

Comment by ig0r on Rationality Quotes: February 2011 · 2011-03-18T01:28:27.770Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Sorry for the slow reply, want to do this over email? im gbasin at gmail

Comment by ig0r on Rationality Quotes: February 2011 · 2011-02-26T22:29:17.415Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I will participate if you'd like to try, there are some problems with the experiment though

Comment by ig0r on Open Thread: May 2010 · 2010-05-08T17:07:58.318Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I work in finance (trading) and go through my daily life quantifying everything in terms of EV.

I would just caution in saying that, yes procrastinating provides you with some real option value as you mentioned but you need to weigh this against the probability of you exercising that option value as well as the other obvious costs of delaying the task.

Certain tasks are inherently valuable to delay as long as possible and can be identified as such beforehand. As an example, work related emails that require me to make a decison or choice I put off as long as is politely possible in case new information comes in which would influence my decision.

On the other hand, certain tasks can be identified as possessing little or no option value when weighted with the appropriate probabilities. What is the probability that delaying the payment of your cable bill will have value to you? Perhaps if you experience an emergency cash crunch. Or the off chance that your cable stops working and you decide to try to withhold payment (not that this will necessarily do you any good).

Comment by ig0r on Attention Lurkers: Please say hi · 2010-04-19T01:24:00.461Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW


Comment by ig0r on TED Talks: Daniel Kahneman · 2010-03-08T03:10:15.424Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I liked this talk a lot, but after some reflection I think I have to disagree with the main premise. He tries to draw a distinction between memory and experience, but in reality just having memories has no impact on the rememberer until they actively recall those memories. It is the recollection of memories which impact us, and this is an experience -- we are essentially re-experiencing a skewed interpretation of the experience we had before.

Same with imagining or planning for the future; our brains are merely trying to emulate for us the experience that, according to our internal models, we will have in the future given a set of circumstances being projected forward in time.