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Comment by lila on Questions on Theism · 2014-10-14T14:31:41.985Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

LW article Excluding the Supernatural worked for me. I didn't want it to work! I didn't read it as an attempt to change my mind. I just read it because it seemed interesting, and then realized in horror that there probably aren't any deities. Losing my belief in theism was an upsetting experience, though I can't bring myself to regret it.

Comment by lila on New Post version 2 (please read this ONLY if your last name beings with l–z) · 2011-08-04T01:24:33.928Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No vote, because I don't typically vote unless something sticks out.

I thought the article was pretty ok. I liked reading your story of personal development. :) The short sections with clearly labelled points were effective. I don't have too much objection to the specific advice you mentioned, except: there were certain ones that apply to, yes, a nice large portion of people, but an individual might find that they are more compatible with people outside that portion (eg. people who appreciate math jokes as flirtation) and I think it's worth looking for that compatibility even if it's not as common.

Comment by lila on Experience with dual n-back? · 2011-07-25T05:46:16.158Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

[A discussion between Troi and Data about Riker's possible tactics in a battle simulation.]

DATA: Only twenty-one percent of the time does he rely upon traditional tactics. So, the Captain must be prepared for unusual cunning. Counsellor, Commander Riker will assume we have made this analysis, and knowing that we know his methods, he will alter them. But, knowing that he knows that we know that he knows, he might choose to return to his usual pattern.
TROI: Wait, wait. You're over-analysing, Data. One cannot deny human nature. What kind of a man is Commander Riker?
DATA: A fighter?
TROI: Yes.
DATA: The weaker his position, the more aggressive will be his posture.
TROI: And he won't give up.
DATA: Then despite whatever options he is given, he must be--
TROI: The man that he is, exactly.
DATA: Is that a failing in humans?
TROI: You'll have to decide that for yourself.

-Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 2, Episode 21: "Peak Performance"

Comment by lila on Richard Dawkins on vivisection: "But can they suffer?" · 2011-07-05T14:19:49.837Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I don't intuit any particular correlation between suffering and intelligence. I am not on board with Bentham's idea that capacity for suffering is what counts, morally speaking. It's not intelligence but sapience that I find morally significant.

Comment by lila on How exactly do you deal with irrational reactions to insects and spiders? · 2011-06-21T04:57:25.031Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If it's typical, then I'm atypical. I'm much more squeamish than when I was a kid. As an 8 or 9-year-old I played with live worms and caterpillars and various bugs, and was equally fascinated by the dead ones, even sometimes cutting them open to see the insides. I thought it would be cool to take an anatomy class and dissect cadavers.

Now I cannot bear the sight of bugs. Just looking at them gives me a visceral feeling of horror. Touching them freaks me right out. And I'm pretty sure if I had to dissect a cadaver I'd scream and vomit.

Comment by lila on Why No Wireheading? · 2011-06-19T17:02:22.062Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So you want to wirehead. Do you think you'll have access to that technology in your lifetime?

Comment by lila on Malice, Stupidity, or Egalité Irréfléchie? · 2011-06-14T10:28:38.238Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't pick up that the article was "formulating a hypothesis". Did the article indicate that this is what it was doing? Perhaps I missed it.

Now that I do know, from your comment, that the article was doing that, I have to say I'm a bit surprised; I didn't expect to see that sort of article in the main section. Then again, I'm no expert on Less Wrong so maybe that sort of thing is not so uncommon.

Comment by lila on What bothers you about Less Wrong? · 2011-05-20T05:41:03.635Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

My chief complaint is that almost none of the other articles here are as engaging, compelling, or fun as Eliezer's sequences. Which I have finished reading. :(

Comment by lila on The elephant in the room, AMA · 2011-05-15T16:44:14.129Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Only 2 out of how many?

Comment by lila on The elephant in the room, AMA · 2011-05-15T16:40:56.703Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

we're more interested in your anticipations that are related to the above proposition

calcsam, did you not realize this? If not, why?

Comment by lila on What data generated that thought? · 2011-04-30T10:15:35.812Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I had a huge problem in seeing anyone else as wrong

Wow, that is fascinating, sort of like a gory wound is fascinating. I wish I could peer inside an attitude like that to examine it.

Comment by lila on Meditation, insight, and rationality. (Part 1 of 3) · 2011-04-30T10:02:06.757Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

First of all, I don't believe I said anything about detachment from emotion.

You used the word "attachment" a lot, as an example of something bizarre and, it seemed, negative.

What do you mean by attachment? (And why is it that this word is so often used for so many different things?)

I am looking forward to part 2 and 3, and I hope that you are planning to give full instructions on how to do the meditation.

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight Fanfic) Discussion Thread 3 · 2011-04-13T23:21:07.239Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I got the impression that Elspeth and Jacob's relationship remains non-romantic. Is that correct?

Comment by lila on Open Thread, April 2011 · 2011-04-05T04:30:44.503Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If you can get someone to write you a fully-spoiling summary, that might be better.

Comment by lila on "Is there a God" for noobs · 2011-04-04T05:00:07.413Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I care quite a lot about knowing what's real, but not more than almost anything else. Yet, I was still able to become atheist--by reading this website, and especially Eliezer's post Excluding the Supernatural. I was full-blown religious, and becoming atheist was very painful, and still is.

Comment by lila on Sublimity vs. Youtube · 2011-03-23T23:04:32.429Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx5Tqs10bDg

Comment by lila on How I Lost 100 Pounds Using TDT · 2011-03-18T15:27:17.676Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

To me, keeping the weight off after reaching your "maintenance weight" is the real challenge. To keep it off for 5 years or more would be truly impressive. How long have you kept it off?

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight Fanfic) Discussion Thread 3 · 2011-02-24T03:40:56.837Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I wager, in fact, that the poor woman has become Didyme for all intents and purposes

If she has, that might imply that Elspeth's power doesn't just send memories/experiences, but also personality traits. Or that identifying strongly with a set of absorbed memories is enough to give you those personality traits (I don't really like that theory).

The bond might or might not be affected by personality, but I'm not sure I could consider her to be "Didyme resurrected in a new body" (or even just "close enough") unless the personality was basically Didyme's (or close enough).

Comment by lila on Why do some kinds of work not feel like work? · 2011-02-21T18:54:21.076Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think I have a single example of something in that category for myself.

Not even if you include relationships with people? (It's often said that "relationships require work", so relationships with people could be relevant to the subject.)

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight Fanfic) Discussion Thread 3 · 2011-02-17T20:07:23.049Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe Elspeth can learn to love her mother in much the same way as a child who is adopted at an older age might learn to love their adoptive parents. That would require Elspeth to give Bella a chance to act motherly towards her. If Elspeth thinks mothering is something she needs, she might accept it from Bella.

But if Elspeth doesn't need or want that kind of relationship (maybe 5-year-old half-vampires can do fine without it) I see no reason why she should love Bella. She might also choose to have that kind of relationship with someone else, though it would be hard to find someone as enthusiastic and devoted to the job as Bella. And even though she doesn't love Bella, maybe she has some kind of impersonal goodwill toward her, and might choose her out of kindness.

Comment by lila on Procedural Knowledge Gaps · 2011-02-10T03:21:18.193Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't select my friends from (a conservative Christian) college for lgbt-friendliness or non-conformist dating styles or really anything at all, besides maybe an enjoyment of genre television or some connection to friends I already had. And yet it turned out that at least a third of the women in my social circle share my love of hot bi guys and m/m in general. Also, m/m fanservice for the benefit of female fans seems to be rather a common thing for hot young male celebrities to do in certain cultures, such as Japan.

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight fanfic) Part 2 Discussion Thread · 2010-12-03T23:41:42.083Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Have you heard of Capgras syndrome? For people who have this (according to Wikipedia), "their conscious ability to recognize faces was intact, but they might have damage to the system that produces the automatic emotional arousal to familiar faces. This might lead to the experience of recognizing someone while feeling something was not "quite right" about them." Possibly similar?

But apparently Chelsea doesn't just change how you feel about someone, but how important you think they are?

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight fanfic) Part 2 Discussion Thread · 2010-12-03T22:15:56.939Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Demetri is also immune to Allirea's power. Due to the magic bond he never sees her as unimportant.

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight fanfic) Part 2 Discussion Thread · 2010-12-03T21:53:44.742Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Allirea wouldn't be sensing how well her fading works on Elspeth. She would just be sensing how well Elspeth's "counter-fading" power is working. And it seems like she can sense that.

Comment by lila on Luminosity (Twilight fanfic) Part 2 Discussion Thread · 2010-12-03T21:50:08.680Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Elspeth doesn't need to feel the effect of lies, she can just remember what worked better and what worked worse when she lied to people in the past, based on the reactions of those people.

I agree that it would have been wiser for Elspeth to take some time to confirm that she could carry out plans (of varying complexities) while faded and thus not remembering the reasoning behind her actions. But hey, she's 5. Probably a lot more brain power than a human child, but brain power doesn't necessarily equal sense. She can have the idiot ball for awhile.

Hmm, I suppose it's also possible that Allirea didn't really give her the option to think things over and be cautious. She told her the plan and then they did it, and once Elspeth was faded she couldn't think about that stuff. So maybe it's all on Allirea? Well, but speed of thinking actually is one of those things that would come with brain power, so if Elspeth was going to think of it at all, she probably could have thought of it in the time she had.

Allirea could have been more conscientious about confirming Elspeth's ability to hold up her end of the deal. Then again, if they found that Elspeth couldn't do it, maybe there's no alternative. Perhaps it's this or nothing. Experimenting wouldn't allow them to alter the plan to make up for Elspeth's inability, because there just isn't any other possible plan. So, it might be reasonable to just go for it, and if it doesn't work, oh well, not that big a deal, in Allirea's mind.

Possibly Elspeth, if she thought she couldn't carry out the plan, would have preferred not to do anything at all, for fear of harsher repercussions from the Volturi. But maybe not, if she is confident that they want to use Jacob and that that will limit how harshly they treat her.

Yeah, it's all maybes with me. :)