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Comment by jesse_l on The $125,000 Summer Singularity Challenge · 2011-08-28T06:28:14.005Z · score: 7 (9 votes) · LW · GW

$10k for the most efficient instrument of existential risk reduction, the most efficient way to do good.

Comment by jesse_l on Mental Crystallography · 2010-03-18T02:53:25.991Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My friend thinks in print, usually in the font of whatever she last read. In conversation, she mentally transcribes every word. Not surprisingly, she reads super fast and dislikes homophonic puns.

Comment by jesse_l on Mental Crystallography · 2010-03-18T02:25:54.985Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Interesting, so there is more than one way to read. Sorry, I had misread your comment.

Comment by jesse_l on Mental Crystallography · 2010-03-17T16:24:53.062Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Of course your friend hallucinates stones: there's no other way to read, unless you're going to recite "black c4, white e3, ...". The intersections don't light up automatically: they must be "manually" switched on. Even a visual thinker must string words together in order to speak.

With practice you can learn to read. Start with visualizing one move ahead. That's only one extra stone on the board---anyone can learn to imagine that. Then work on imagining two stones...

"Feeling" the right move without reading is a separate skill. Both skills are fundamental to the game.

Comment by jesse_l on The Last Days of the Singularity Challenge · 2010-02-28T22:03:24.187Z · score: 15 (15 votes) · LW · GW

Just put $2K to the general fund.