Comment by lalaithion on Rationality Quotes Thread May 2015 · 2015-05-01T20:29:33.313Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This is an excellent quote... I had to write an essay last semester for one of my classes on how I would design my preferred interface, and I basically wrote my entire essay using this quote.

Comment by lalaithion on Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences) · 2015-02-22T23:15:06.930Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Metabeleifs! Applied math concepts that seem useless now, have, in the past, become useful. Therefore, the belief that "believing in applied math concepts pays rent in experience" pays rent in experience, so therefore you should believe it.

Comment by lalaithion on Rationality Quotes January 2015 · 2015-01-28T06:03:26.219Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If this is a joke, I love it.

If this isn't a joke, it's probably just a typo.

Comment by lalaithion on 2014 Survey Results · 2015-01-08T09:38:36.449Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think that, while it is indeed possible for asexuality to arise that way, most evidence seems to point away from that conclusion....

Comment by lalaithion on Rationality Quotes January 2015 · 2015-01-03T10:26:37.194Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I agree. I only know the name 'cause I clicked through the links. Like, okay, maybe the ESA should hire someone who will say "don't wear that shirt over in front of the cameras to give the interview." But it really isn't a big deal

Comment by lalaithion on Rationality Quotes January 2015 · 2015-01-01T21:18:03.993Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I honestly don't understand whether this is criticising Matt Taylor or criticising Taylor's critics.

Comment by lalaithion on On Caring · 2014-11-25T17:11:07.472Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I actually think that your internal dialogue was a pretty accurate representation of what I was failing to say. And as for self consistency having to be natural, I agree, but if you're aware that you're being inconsistent, you can still alter your actions to try and correct for that fact.

Comment by lalaithion on On Caring · 2014-11-23T23:32:52.772Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

For me, personally, I know that you could choose a person at random in the world, write a paragraph about them, and give it to me, and by doing that, I would care about them a lot more than before I had read that piece of paper, even though reading that paper hadn't changed anything about them. Similarly, becoming friends with someone doesn't usually change the person that much, but increases how much I care about them an awful lot.

Therefore, I look at all 7 billion people in the world, and even though I barely care about them, I know that it would be trivial for me to increase how much I care about one of them, and therefore I should care about them as if I had already completed that process, even if I hadn't

Maybe a better way of putting this is that I know that all of the people in the world are potential carees of mine, so I should act as though I aready care about these people in deference to possible future-me.

Comment by lalaithion on 2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2014-10-23T05:36:04.900Z · score: 55 (55 votes) · LW · GW

Did it! I'm shocked that my digit ratio is so high. Like, I figured that it was pretty high, being a bisexual genderfluid "man" (assigned at birth, that is), but I didn't expect it to be greater than 1. Also, it was much shorter than I expected.

Comment by lalaithion on Crossing the History-Lessons Threshold · 2014-10-17T17:32:59.579Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It would be easy to construct situations where historians could have opportunities to make and test hypotheses. Just find a section of history they don't know anything about, and give them a summary of 99 years, and ask them to predict what happens in the 100th. Or give them a summary of a couple years and ask them to fill in more complex details. Or give them descriptions of what happened on either side of a year, and ask them to figure out what happens during that year. Then see if they predict accurate things.

Comment by lalaithion on Blogs by LWers · 2014-10-10T02:19:17.149Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

*lalaithion --- Too many thoughts, too little time

Comment by lalaithion on Meetup : Denver Area Meetup · 2014-10-08T02:28:46.024Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Wish I could come, but I've got a class until 6 and I live in Boulder. But I'm commenting here to express my interest in future meetups in this general area.

Comment by lalaithion on Petrov Day is September 26 · 2014-09-22T16:10:00.079Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm getting an error when trying to access the files. "Something went wrong. Don't worry, your files are still safe and the Dropboxers have been notified. Check out our Help Center and forums for help, or head back to home."

Comment by lalaithion on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-15T06:13:56.936Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

" 'striving for the impossible' doesn't mean 'toiling in vain'. It means growth, it means improvement in the directions of your ideas, not futility."

Comment by lalaithion on 2013 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2013-11-22T03:50:33.474Z · score: 46 (46 votes) · LW · GW

I can't wait to see the Cooperate/Defect ratio. I, for one, chose to cooperate.

Comment by lalaithion on The dangers of zero and one · 2013-11-17T17:15:07.613Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW · GW

That may have, in fact, been the point. I doubt many people bothered to check.

Comment by lalaithion on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2013-11-08T03:05:45.183Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

My name is Izaak. I stumbled across HPMOR one weekend while staying in a hotel room. I didn't sleep that night. I've read through most of Less Wrong, and some of the stuff on the other sites like Overcoming Bias. I'm a high school senior who will probably major in Comp Sci in college.

I've found the stuff on this website truly useful, but I have a question; I am currently in the IB Diploma Programme, and they have this class called TOK (Theory of Knowledge, it's truly awful, it has very little actual epistemology), but I have to do a final presentation on a topic of my choice, and I was wondering if someone here who knows about the Diploma Programme could brainstorm some ideas about where to focus for a 20 minute presentation about (some subset of) rationality?