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Comment by jakeness on Cult impressions of Less Wrong/Singularity Institute · 2013-10-06T20:30:24.181Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think this post can be modified, without much effort, to defend any pseudo-cult, or even a cheesy movie.

Comment by jakeness on Rationality Quotes July 2013 · 2013-07-03T00:31:26.470Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

if you decline to condemn them to death, how are they different from other “residents” in the distant future?

Probably because some are more real and others are less so.

Can you explain in more detail what you mean by this?

Comment by jakeness on Post ridiculous munchkin ideas! · 2013-05-20T19:49:29.689Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Has it been demonstrated to be safe over a long period of time?

How can somebody (without access to a lab) practically implement that technique?

Comment by jakeness on Privileging the Hypothesis · 2013-04-02T03:12:51.624Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I suppose I would not be failing an empirical test, but I would be going against the well established law of conservation of mass and energy, and we can conclude I am wrong with >99% certainty.

To prevent us from getting too hooked on the analogy and back to my original question, if there is a theory (Bohm) that cannot pass or fail an experimental test but does go against a well established principle (locality), why should we give it a second glance? (Again, not a rhetorical question.)

Comment by jakeness on Privileging the Hypothesis · 2013-03-24T17:52:40.579Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The analogy is hand-waving. If the spacecraft has gone over the cosmological horizon, how did you ever conclude that it exists in the first place? Such a conclusion would only be possible if you observed the spacecraft before it crossed over. In other words, it passed an experimental test.

Comment by jakeness on Privileging the Hypothesis · 2013-03-08T19:40:39.770Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That didn't really answer the question. Can you give a context-specific answer?

Comment by jakeness on Privileging the Hypothesis · 2013-03-05T01:37:46.319Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If interpretations cannot pass or fail an experimental test, what purpose do they serve?

(Not a rhetorical question; genuinely curious.)

Comment by jakeness on Privileging the Hypothesis · 2013-03-04T14:54:59.273Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

And yes, Bohm is non-local, which you could say is a problem... or you could say it explains why quantum mechanics is different from classical mechanics.

I̶'̶m̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶s̶a̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶B̶o̶h̶m̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶p̶r̶e̶t̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶w̶r̶o̶n̶g̶ ̶(̶b̶e̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶I̶'̶m̶ ̶t̶o̶o̶ ̶i̶n̶e̶x̶p̶e̶r̶i̶e̶n̶c̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶i̶e̶l̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶s̶a̶y̶)̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ I do not see how the above statement can be used to privilege Bohm over any other theory. If anything, shouldn't its non-locality lower our priors on its correctness?

Comment by jakeness on Rationality Quotes March 2013 · 2013-03-02T18:55:49.178Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Those two concepts have some overlap. Why should we use our energy trying to accomplish something that many have failed? Do we have good reason to discard the validity of their efforts? Are there good reasons to think our particular abilities are better suited to the task? Are we going to make some incremental progress that others can build on?

Comment by jakeness on Rationality Quotes February 2013 · 2013-02-23T19:36:27.549Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I would somewhat agree with this if the phrase "making mistakes" was removed. People generally have poor reasoning skills and make non-optimal choices >99% of the time. (Yes, I am including myself and you, the reader, in this generalization.)

Comment by jakeness on No Safe Defense, Not Even Science · 2013-02-22T01:34:51.528Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I don't see how what you have said necessitates the "downfall" of science. It seems to me that it only suggests scientists should look at their theories as "the best possible explanation at the current time, which will likely be altered or proven incorrect in the future," rather than the usual "this is right, everything else is wrong." But we already know that this is an improvement everyone should be making to their thought-processes; here scientists are being singled out.

It would be appreciated if someone pointed out flaws in what I have said.

Comment by jakeness on No Safe Defense, Not Even Science · 2013-02-22T01:22:35.922Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I can't speak for him, but I developed below-average social curiosity after I realized that people usually talk about things that aren't really interesting.

Comment by jakeness on Memetic Tribalism · 2013-02-15T23:53:52.943Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Under normal social circumstances, I no longer attempt to correct another person's belief by telling them how it is wrong and stating mine. If somebody makes a statement of questionable accuracy, I ask questions to determine how they came to the conclusion. This not only forces the person to consciously justify themselves and perhaps change their mind on their own, but allows for me to collect potential good arguments against my contrary belief. Conversations in general become more interesting and less hostile while following this protocol.

Comment by jakeness on Rational Home Buying · 2013-02-09T17:45:48.334Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Interesting. I'm going to try to look out for that from here on.

Comment by jakeness on Rational Home Buying · 2013-02-08T19:24:45.302Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can avoid most (all minus epsilon) of the exhaust fumes be keeping your windows closed and recirculating air from the vents. Commuters should be more concerned with having a car accident. AFAIK, people discount the relatively high risk of death and serious injury resulting from traffic accidents.

Comment by jakeness on Rational Home Buying · 2013-02-05T01:59:44.724Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Why not purchase an air mattress or a pull-out couch?

Comment by jakeness on A survey of anti-cryonics writing · 2012-12-18T22:07:49.949Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Now that the blog has been made private, could you provide a summary of her claims?

Comment by jakeness on Meetup : Winter Solstice Megameetup - NYC · 2012-12-12T03:39:43.943Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What time does the Sunday meet up start/finish?

Comment by jakeness on Nov 16-18: Rationality for Entrepreneurs · 2012-11-09T02:57:12.521Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What exactly is meant by the phrase "LW-style rationality?"

Comment by jakeness on Checklist of Rationality Habits · 2012-11-08T05:04:10.328Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for posting this. I always enjoy these "in-practice" oriented posts, as I feel they help me check if I truly understand the concepts I learn here, in a similar way that example problems in textbooks check if I know how to correctly apply the material I just read.

Comment by jakeness on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T06:06:58.691Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

For 1, I took it as meaning having a belief in some form of soul, afterlife, or karma.

Comment by jakeness on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-04T06:02:48.542Z · score: 35 (35 votes) · LW · GW

Just took the survey. Out of curiosity, why is it ancient tradition to upvote for this?

During the part of the survey where you describe your gender and sexual orientation, I thought it might be a good idea to have another question asking to rate your libido on a numbered scale. Perhaps also another question asking your romantic disposition, as it is possible to be asexual but not aromantic.

Comment by jakeness on Honesty: Beyond Internal Truth · 2012-11-04T05:14:30.780Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

How can you be sure you aren't being judged?

Comment by jakeness on Meetup : Winter Solstice Megameetup - NYC · 2012-11-03T19:37:24.676Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I would like to come Sunday, but I have never been to a meetup before. What should I expect it to be like?

Comment by jakeness on Ugh fields · 2012-11-02T23:57:42.573Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I used to feel exactly the same way you described, but towards everyone apart from very close friends and immediate family members. It's a horrible feeling, and a definite social handicap. At some point, I simply stopped caring and began to act myself around everyone. If they feel uncomfortable, then they can find a way to deal with it. If I am boring them, they are probably boring me as well, so I do not see why it should be up to me to resolve the issue. It does not benefit me in any way to hobble my personality to be "less awkward," and in most cases I feel that doing so will only make the situation worse.

Comment by jakeness on Ugh fields · 2012-11-02T23:41:17.727Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've recently noticed I too will go to great lengths to avoid imposing on another person. Even if the person has offered something to me, I will turn it down. I've assumed I do this either because 1) I do not want to owe a debt to anyone, no matter how small, or 2) I want to feel as self-sufficient as possible, which is a notable subset of 3) a general lack of confidence.

On a related note, I don't feel imposed on when another asks something of me; most of the time I am glad to help. However, it annoys me to great lengths when I am asked to do a simple task that I know the imposer could have done on their own.

Comment by jakeness on Honesty: Beyond Internal Truth · 2012-09-23T17:00:25.911Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

After I first read this article about a year ago, I set out to be more honest in all my conversations. (At this point in time it has become a part of my persona and I no longer do it consciously.) There are a few things I've noticed since I made the switch:

  • It is easier for me to think clearly during social events. I suspect this is because I no longer have to generate lies and keep track of all of them.

  • I have become more outgoing, although undoubtedly more socially awkward. Occasionally, a person will be shocked at how carelessly I reveal something considered to be embarrassing.

  • It is easier for me to detect certain lies. I attribute this to my being able to think more clearly, because as Eliezer points out, detecting falsehood might be negatively correlated to being honest.

Note that there is still much more room for me to improve, and my personal reflections on this matter are likely to be deeply flawed.

Comment by jakeness on "Science" as Curiosity-Stopper · 2012-08-23T21:32:01.165Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

On what I suspect to be a related side note, I notice that while in math class, I quickly lose interest in solving a problem if I already know that I know how to solve it.

Comment by jakeness on Meetup : First New Jersey Meetup · 2012-07-10T21:30:16.611Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Too far away for me. Maybe next time...

Comment by jakeness on Einstein's Arrogance · 2012-06-11T21:30:31.197Z · score: 4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

He was being sarcastic.

Comment by jakeness on Weekly LW Meetups: Chicago, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, Sydney · 2012-05-30T03:45:02.126Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Would someone be kind enough to give me a brief description of what happens at these meet ups?