Fables grow around missed natural experiments 2017-11-10T21:42:26.686Z
Just a photo 2017-10-19T18:48:16.555Z
Adjust for the middleman. 2017-10-18T14:40:38.129Z
April '17 I Care About Thread 2017-04-18T14:08:47.042Z
[stub] Soliciting help for experimental design 2017-03-15T11:49:48.301Z


Comment by MaryCh on Happiness Is a Chore · 2018-01-05T15:23:17.441Z · LW · GW

Well, in my life I can recall two instances off-hand. There have probably been more of them, but at the very least, they seem to be completely unrelated to attempts to raise well-being levels...

Comment by MaryCh on Happiness Is a Chore · 2017-12-23T18:02:54.292Z · LW · GW

I feel so much freer when I don't have to demonstrate that I am happy.

Sometimes, it almost seems like I am truly happy only when I "escape" or "triumph" over something that almost "ate me up": my husband's household, the Department that I had gone to for a PhD thesis... the genuinely nice psychiatrist who soothes my Mother's fears... Like "I am happy when I have proved that I haven't changed, because change is corruption". So yes, [feeling happy] is one of the necessary chores of self-maintenance. I don't get why I should want it more than, say, a chance to sleep in.

OTOH, joy is very different. It kind of just happens, unasked-for.

Comment by MaryCh on Fables grow around missed natural experiments · 2017-12-02T20:10:29.097Z · LW · GW

Would be interesting to read something on dogs' theory of humans' minds. (Like, does a dog estimate a human female is going to feed the baby sooner rather then later and so leaves it alone?)

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 30 - November 5, 2017 · 2017-11-29T06:21:56.185Z · LW · GW

My husband said "He's not a pseudoscientist! He's just sick!" :)

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 30 - November 5, 2017 · 2017-11-28T20:51:29.539Z · LW · GW

The wiki article on professor Yuri Teslya, who is the most infamous pseudoscientist in Ukraine right now (in Russian). I haven't found a link in English, so here's the gist of it: prof. Teslya published a Theory of Non-Force Interaction, according to which gravity, for example, doesn't exist - things fall down because they and the Earth exchange information about each other and change their attitudes towards each other accordingly. Being the Head of the Physics Department of KNU, Teslya teaches it to students. Mrs. Irina Yehorchenko, who works in the Institute of Mathematics, called him a pseudoscientist in 2016 speaking at a meeting of Verkhovna Rada on the problems of funding education and science (very publicly). So he is suing her for offence against honour and dignity. People have raised money for her defence, but it won't come as the least bit surprising if she loses the court.

The worst thing about it will be the precedent of deciding science vs. pseudoscience in courts of justice.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 30 - November 5, 2017 · 2017-11-19T19:47:47.955Z · LW · GW

alright, then: at what earliest point do people start reading their predictions for another year?

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 30 - November 5, 2017 · 2017-11-18T18:00:09.849Z · LW · GW

but surely a normal person who makes a list of about 50 items can't update daily? they have stuff to do.

Comment by MaryCh on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-11-18T17:37:03.725Z · LW · GW

(I think it is going to be useful, but I don't know yet.) I have a problem: lack of body mass, no set lunch break at work and things to do besides dinner that is yet to be made when I get home, which is about 7 pm. It's especially bad during "The Season" (middle August - middle October), the time when many people come to us to buy textbooks and we have time to maybe drink a cup of tea, if we remember to do it during a lull. Sometimes, I even took something with me and just forgot to take it out. Then we get home, eat whatever and go to sleep.

Recently, The Season ended & I tried eating just before I leave for home, so that when I do get home I have time to cook something that doesn't take much time, and/or uses ingredients from yesterday. Unfortunately, if I cook larger portions, we lose the food in the fridge. Now crossing fingers to keep this up.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 30 - November 5, 2017 · 2017-11-18T17:09:43.689Z · LW · GW

(btw, just thought to ask the people here who have thought about logging their predictions about the year 2018 around the end of December: How do you decide how much time you need before you settle on a prediction? I mean, if making a list on December, 31st is just a common point in time when to state your current state of knowledge, you have 364 days to come to it, but nobody takes so long.)

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions September 2017 · 2017-11-15T19:17:42.088Z · LW · GW

It is also very annoying that I know damn right what I mean by любой, and so does любой with whom I speak.

Sometimes, it seems to me that English is just too precise. Or maybe it's just me.

In Ukrainian, we have жодний, which means "none of the above" or smth like it... now that's a word worth having!

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions September 2017 · 2017-11-15T19:04:17.704Z · LW · GW

Русская киевлянка, первые 4 класса училась в Казани. Татарский, говорят, сильно отличается от крымско-татарского.

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions September 2017 · 2017-11-15T18:58:02.325Z · LW · GW

And then, Ukrainian too has всяк/усякий (всякий) that is different from кожен (каждый)... If I were to translate усякий into English distinctly from both "every" and "any", I would probably have to say "of all kinds", but how do you say that about one thing?! anyway, this is silly.

(а мой "исходный" язык - русский + татарский + украинский. Даже не помню, что там в татарском делается.)

Comment by MaryCh on Fables grow around missed natural experiments · 2017-11-15T18:46:42.253Z · LW · GW

What cases?

Comment by MaryCh on Fables grow around missed natural experiments · 2017-11-15T12:32:57.424Z · LW · GW

It is still too improbable. Any kid in the wild is a free gift to the predator. Not just a baby, or a toddler.

My friend who studies wolves is quite adamant that it is simply impossible, unless you count cases where a child spent a few days in their company, because wolves often leave their toys for later.

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions September 2017 · 2017-11-15T06:27:17.662Z · LW · GW

(Still confused.) Then it is possible to say, in principle, "for every combination of n out of the whole set of n, property(x) hold)" and mean ordered combinations? Is there any other meaning for "every 30 out of 30"?

(yes, it is probably because of my language background. I don't even use the Russian analogues all that often!)

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions September 2017 · 2017-11-14T18:43:48.535Z · LW · GW

what does "any" mean, then?

(yes, I agree that of course it usually means the same in practice, that's why this is a stupid question:) I just... I guess I see "any" as a potentiality, and "every" as realisation... anyway, do you think we can talk about this structures in some more complex way than simple "any one thing out of the collection" and "every one thing..."? What would it mean? I imagine the "[every 2 out of 4] out of [every 30 out of 30]" like something like walked paths.

Edit to add: I just want to know what piece of math it corresponds to, mostly. (Combinatorics,obviously.) And what can be done next to this thing to make it more complicated and still exist, kind of. Like combining "anies" with "everies" in different ways, and, if I were to go crazy all the way, dividing things?

Comment by MaryCh on Fables grow around missed natural experiments · 2017-11-14T18:38:08.538Z · LW · GW

then what story do you think was not made up?

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions September 2017 · 2017-11-14T09:32:09.154Z · LW · GW

I don't quite get the difference between "any" and "every" (in the more interesting cases.) Does "every 2 out of 30 [things have this property]" mean the set of ordered twos as a whole thing (unlike "any 2 two out of 30", which is talking about any one combination of two things but not all possible combinations taken at once?

And if "every" needs some kind of order, even if we don't know which, and some kind of "presented-togetherness", then we can, for example, say, "[every two out of four] out of [every thirty out of thirty]", but I don't quite understand what it would say...

I mean, it doesn't have to be something trivial like "every apple out of thirty apples has a spot on its side", it can be something like "every node out of thirty is connected to another node". But even this second case does not quite fit. Are there even objects for which "every 2 out of 30" and "every 1 out of 30" are two distinct things?

(and negation is even worse.)

Comment by MaryCh on Fables grow around missed natural experiments · 2017-11-14T09:17:19.040Z · LW · GW

The moral was that it is wrong to use an obviously false claim to prove wrong something nobody believes in anyway... by NE, I mean "something so awfully outside of everyday experience that either it is totally made up, or a scientifically-minded person should look into it and see where it leads".

Comment by MaryCh on Fables grow around missed natural experiments · 2017-11-14T09:13:04.455Z · LW · GW

well, yes, my friends biologists think this is the only possible explanation. everybody was laughing when we heard about the Antelope Boy who could run at 50 mph and lived among ruminants (in college! second year of college!) The professor didn't understand why.

Comment by MaryCh on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-05T17:43:20.255Z · LW · GW

Alizbar, A fairy-tale out of time. Guitar and harp. (He also plays with Ann'Sannat.)

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 16 - October 22, 2017 · 2017-10-30T15:12:55.659Z · LW · GW

Why don't we just have a Books Thread? Everybody here reads, and more than just the occasional textbook. And why don't we have an Articles Thread, where we could discuss single articles or review several at once?

Comment by MaryCh on Just a photo · 2017-10-20T14:33:11.460Z · LW · GW

That's because it should have been the door, dammit.

...But really, this pictureis pretty "straightforward" as they go. No other interpretation, really. Why did it tease you and me but not Elo?..

Comment by MaryCh on Just a photo · 2017-10-20T04:29:15.947Z · LW · GW

well, the first time I saw an ameboid star, and then very shortly I saw an invasive (where I live) oak's sapling. I'd say it's not an OI, it just makes you search for the focus of the image. The classic example Lumifer links to is something where you might not even think of looking for the other image; and of course, there should be ambiguity things nearer to crystal clear end of spectrum.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 2 - October 8, 2017 · 2017-10-16T06:18:37.849Z · LW · GW

I think she will be open to it. Here's hope. People usually don't get it, how having a twin makes you feel you live an experiment - same clothes or different clothes (but people say different things to you when they see you in them - "why?"), same favourite poems and different ones (so weird, really). Always thought it a shame, to have so much material go to waste.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, October 2 - October 8, 2017 · 2017-10-15T11:09:19.470Z · LW · GW

Warning: please don't read if you are triggered by a discussion of post-mortem analysis (might come up in the comments).

I want to have my body donated to science, well, afterwards, and to convince my twin sister to organize the same thing; there's probably a dearth of comparative post-mortem studies of adult (aged) human twins. However, my husband said he wouldn't do it. I don't want to argue with him about something we both hope won't be an issue for many years to come, so, in pure scientific interest:

what would you think it would be interesting to study in such a setting?

Sorry if I offended you, it wasn't my intention. Just can't ask this on facebook, my Mom would eat me alive.

Comment by MaryCh on Polling Thread October 2017 · 2017-10-11T05:55:54.449Z · LW · GW

Makes sense. Although I would still think my environment is mostly direct and mostly easygoing:)

Comment by MaryCh on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-10T18:40:17.278Z · LW · GW

A gallery of Dashi Namdakov's sculptures and stuff

Comment by MaryCh on Polling Thread October 2017 · 2017-10-10T05:53:32.981Z · LW · GW

What if my job requires a direct easygoing attitude to people coming in to our shop?

Comment by MaryCh on 2017 LessWrong Survey · 2017-09-18T19:50:38.199Z · LW · GW

But why is it worth knowing?

Comment by MaryCh on 2017 LessWrong Survey · 2017-09-17T14:42:18.163Z · LW · GW

Thank you for compiling another survey!

And on a completely unrelated note, what is it that we actually want to know about ourselves as LW? Surely it can't be the gender ratio. It's not like we don't already know not to post "traditionally feminine" stuff or something. It seems to me that surveys aren't done to achieve some further goal, although the results, of course, are of some curiosity. Sorry if this is counterproductive, I am genuinely interested in the above question.

Comment by MaryCh on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-15T21:16:06.881Z · LW · GW

And the "Recent on rationality blogs" button will work again?

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, September 11 - September 17, 2017 · 2017-09-15T06:23:02.287Z · LW · GW

...and when we age and the lenses in our eyes get yellower, the sky loses some of its blueness.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, September 11 - September 17, 2017 · 2017-09-15T06:19:51.631Z · LW · GW

I think being very tired is a separate feeling, from being simply tired and being exhausted. One can be a bit very tired on Monday and a lot very tired on Friday - and still not exhausted.

Comment by MaryCh on What useless things did you understand recently? · 2017-09-09T17:56:05.756Z · LW · GW

That I were blessed with a wonderful favourite teacher and a crazy, but wonderful supervisor in college.

Because when someone of mine dies - be it a relative or a dog - or gets diagnosed with incurable disease, I go to either of them and we drink tea or just have a walk together, and talk of irrelevant things.

Only got it after the fourth time, though...

Comment by MaryCh on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2017-08-28T17:59:11.115Z · LW · GW

Just noting here that I was wrong. I'm working 12 hr a day now (it's The Season), hate my current boss for doing less than he could and generally creating work out of thin air, and am still very much content not to be a housewife.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, August 21 - August 27, 2017 · 2017-08-27T16:10:35.353Z · LW · GW

What, to you, is the difference between a hardcore popular science book and one of the serious science publicistics? It seems to me that it must be great, and I miss the former kind, and I can't be alone in this, but it's the latter kind that gets published, weakly supported by the distributors and occasionally, sold.

By 'gets published' I mean here in Ukraine, although it might be true for other countries.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, August 21 - August 27, 2017 · 2017-08-24T15:47:00.507Z · LW · GW

Huh. We have lawn storks here. Or, rather, roof storks. Don't know what they are made from, but possibly metal, from the look of those necks.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, August 21 - August 27, 2017 · 2017-08-24T06:49:45.832Z · LW · GW

Just a house somewhere near Minsk

Comment by MaryCh on Ten small life improvements · 2017-08-21T15:44:11.864Z · LW · GW

BTW, try taking portraits with a camera mounted on a tripod or just somehow fixed in place, eith Christmas lights for illumination. The results are quite magical, although a large portion of the photos are too dark.

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, August 14 - August 20, 2017 · 2017-08-21T15:36:42.120Z · LW · GW

(It is, of course, unimportant, but I think I know what I was thinking about - continued fractions, and what do people even do when the fraction has functions, not numbers, for terms.)

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, August 14 - August 20, 2017 · 2017-08-19T14:17:49.241Z · LW · GW

Thank you. We definitely had to learn about attractors in college, this is familiar...

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, August 14 - August 20, 2017 · 2017-08-18T18:53:02.510Z · LW · GW

(A random question - what can be said about the behaviour of a function like y=cos(y1), where y1=cos(y2), ...? Sorry for spam, too much work makes me wonder more and think less.)

Comment by MaryCh on August 2017 Media Thread · 2017-08-06T15:58:20.558Z · LW · GW

The first question is - what kind of diabetes?

Comment by MaryCh on People don't have beliefs any more than they have goals: Beliefs As Body Language · 2017-07-26T04:54:13.705Z · LW · GW

But how do you know it applies to some people and not others? Post-hoc?

Comment by MaryCh on My Bayesian Enlightenment · 2017-07-25T15:32:51.982Z · LW · GW

Thank you. I should have realised that.

(And is it not weird, how two questions of the same, well, validity, give two different answers and perhaps - in a situation, where it matters - lead to different formulations?)

Comment by MaryCh on Ways of Seeing · 2017-07-22T16:34:43.663Z · LW · GW

We lost nomads' WOS (compared to ye good old times), including most people who spent months travelling not for the simple pleasure of it but just to get to certain places on Earth. (I don't think relief workers think like that, there have to be huge differences). All those different kinds of WOS of all those different kinds of slaves of the past. Alchemical WOS (I started typing why I think this would be educational, but it seems I need a whole-length post to do it:). Radio operators' WOS (largely, and not fully), etc.

Comment by MaryCh on My Bayesian Enlightenment · 2017-07-22T16:14:40.501Z · LW · GW

Why 1/3?

Comment by MaryCh on Stupid Questions August 2015 · 2017-07-20T16:40:29.709Z · LW · GW

The Ides of March by Wilder

Comment by MaryCh on Open thread, July 10 - July 16, 2017 · 2017-07-12T04:39:13.618Z · LW · GW

I am a Ukrainian-born Russian-ethnic Ukrainian citizen :D