Posts

Reconsolidation Through Questioning 2019-11-14T23:22:43.518Z · score: 11 (5 votes)
Reconsolidation Through Experience 2019-11-13T20:04:39.345Z · score: 15 (5 votes)
The Hierarchy of Memory Reconsolidation Techniques 2019-11-13T20:02:43.449Z · score: 12 (5 votes)
Practical Guidelines for Memory Reconsolidation 2019-11-13T19:54:10.097Z · score: 31 (6 votes)
A Practical Theory of Memory Reconsolidation 2019-11-13T19:52:20.364Z · score: 18 (7 votes)
Expected Value- Millionaires Math 2019-10-09T14:50:26.732Z · score: 8 (2 votes)
On Collusion - Vitalik Buterin 2019-10-09T14:45:20.924Z · score: 25 (11 votes)
Exercises for Overcoming Akrasia and Procrastination 2019-09-16T11:53:10.362Z · score: 21 (8 votes)
Appeal to Consequence, Value Tensions, And Robust Organizations 2019-07-19T22:09:43.583Z · score: 49 (15 votes)
Overcoming Akrasia/Procrastination - Volunteers Wanted 2019-07-15T18:29:40.888Z · score: 16 (4 votes)
What are good resources for learning functional programming? 2019-07-04T01:22:05.876Z · score: 24 (9 votes)
Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed 2019-06-21T18:13:54.275Z · score: 32 (6 votes)
What makes a scientific fact 'ripe for discovery'? 2019-05-17T09:01:32.578Z · score: 9 (3 votes)
The Case for The EA Hotel 2019-03-31T12:31:30.969Z · score: 66 (23 votes)
How to Understand and Mitigate Risk 2019-03-12T10:14:19.873Z · score: 50 (15 votes)
What Vibing Feels Like 2019-03-11T20:10:30.017Z · score: 16 (26 votes)
S-Curves for Trend Forecasting 2019-01-23T18:17:56.436Z · score: 101 (38 votes)
A Framework for Internal Debugging 2019-01-16T16:04:16.478Z · score: 41 (18 votes)
The 3 Books Technique for Learning a New Skilll 2019-01-09T12:45:19.294Z · score: 145 (79 votes)
Symbiosis - An Intentional Community For Radical Self-Improvement 2018-04-22T23:15:06.832Z · score: 29 (7 votes)
How Going Meta Can Level Up Your Career 2018-04-14T02:13:02.380Z · score: 43 (22 votes)
Video: The Phenomenology of Intentions 2018-01-09T03:40:45.427Z · score: 37 (11 votes)
Video - Subject - Object Shifts and How to Have Them 2018-01-04T02:11:22.142Z · score: 14 (4 votes)

Comments

Comment by mr-hire on How special are human brains among animal brains? · 2020-04-05T13:30:24.715Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Koko the gorilla had partial language competency.

AFAICT this is highly disputed. Many people think that her handlers had an agenda, and that the purported examples of her combining words were her randomly spamming sign language to get treats. Raw data was never realeased, and no one was allowed to interact with or see them interact with Koko except her handlers.

It seems plausible that the purported examples are a case of selective reporting, wishful thinking, and the Clever Hans effect.

Comment by mr-hire on NaiveTortoise's Short Form Feed · 2020-04-03T22:50:57.643Z · score: 5 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not super familiar with the competitive math circuit, but my understanding is that this is part of it? People are given a hard problem and either individually or as a team solve it as quickly as possible.

Comment by mr-hire on Mati_Roy's Shortform · 2020-03-30T16:49:25.793Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Increased sense of relatedness seems a big one missed here.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-28T01:47:59.386Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Something else in the vein of "things EAs and rationalists should be paying attention to in regards to Corona."

There's a common failure mode in large human systems where one outlier causes us to create a rule that is a worse equilibrium. In the PersonalMBA, Josh Kaufman talks about someone taking advantage of a "buy any book you want" rule that a company has - so you make it so that you can no longer get any free books.

This same pattern has happened before in the US, after 9-11 - We created a whole bunch of security theater, that caused more suffering for everyone, and gave government way more power and way less oversight than is safe, because we over-reacted to prevent one bad event, not considering the counterfactual invisible things we would be losing.

This will happen again with Corona, things will be put in place that are maybe good at preventing pandemics (or worse, making people think they're safe from pandemics), but create a million trivial conveniences every day that add up to more strife than they're worth.

These types of rules are very hard to repeal after the fact because of absence blindness - someone needs to do the work of calculating the cost/benefit ratio BEFORE they get implemented, then build a convincing enough narrative to what seems obvious/common sense measures given the climate/devastation.

Comment by mr-hire on Occam's Guillotine · 2020-03-26T00:09:26.880Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW
Reality actually exists and has properties you can determine through study and experimentation.

Sure, agreed.

Conclusions follow from their premises and it’s unreasonable to expect a plurality of truths.

Sure agreed.

Our universe is consistent

Yep

your understanding of the pieces should fit together.

Why? This seems like a classic mistake of naive rationalism. Models exist for reasons, and brains have limits. Depending on my use case, It may make sense for me to have a set of heuristics I know don't fit together becasue they're useful.

To use an example from elsewhere in the post, tensile strength is a leaky abstraction compared to something like the universal wave function, but the former is much more useful for building bridges. Meanwhile, a firefighter is going to be using heuristics like "close to breaking" and "how much weight it can bear" or even a vague feeling of "danger" that is only a leaky abstraction of things like tensile strength.

Now, 'should' my understanding of all those pieces fit together? Not really, depends on what I want to use those models for.

Like Cicero, he was doing philosophy at a time when philosophy meant living a better life. He found suggestions farmed from different systems of thought, but which practically helped one live a better life, and helped form a foundation for stoicism, a set of tools and heuristics for living better. "Should" he have created a set of principles that were completely logically consistent? Well, it may have helped him generate more. But, in terms of a set of practical tools and thoughts that helped one live better, he did quite well curating using an eclectic style.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-25T20:46:40.729Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I did update from this quite significantly.

Comment by mr-hire on History's Biggest Natural Experiment · 2020-03-25T17:54:26.676Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It depends on the size of the window. If schizophrenia shows up between 20-25 years later, then the 1 year effects of the quarantine get distributed over that 5 year window, and are much harder to detect above other fluctuations.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-25T17:05:43.678Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It was brought to my attention on Lesswrong that depressions actually save lives.

Which would make it much harder to build a simple "two curves to flatten" narrative out of.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-25T16:02:57.337Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW
It's interesting because you would intuitively think this, but there is actually not terrible evidence linking periods of economic growth to increased mortality.

Wow that is fascinating. It does make the case harder to make because you have to start quantifying happiness/depression, etc and trade off against lives. Much much harder to simplify enough to make it viral. Updates towards capitalism being horrible.

Is non-profit funding really that inelastic in depression?

It probably varies quite a bit by sector, and where funding comes from for different non-profits. In the case of AI safety I think it's likely more inelastic than AI capability.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-25T15:01:33.060Z · score: 9 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Was thinking a bit about the how to make it real for people that the quarantine depressing the economy kills people just like Coronavirus does.

Was thinking about finding a simple good enough correlation between economic depression and death, then creating a "flattening the curve" graphic that shows how many deaths we would save from stopping the economic freefall at different points. Combining this was clear narratives about recession could be quite effective.

On the other hand, I think it's quite plausible that this particular problem will take care of itself. When people begin to experience depression, will the young people who are the economic engine of the country really continue to stay home and quarantine themselves? It seems quite likely that we'll simply become stratified for a while where young healthy people break quarantine, and the older and immuno-compromised stay home.

But getting the time of this right is everything. Striking the right balance of "deaths from economic freefall" and "deaths from an overloaded medical system" is a balancing act, going too far in either direction results in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.

Then I got to thinking about the effect of a depressed economy on x-risks from AI. Because the funding for AI safety is

1. Mostly in non-profits

and

2. Orders of magnitude smaller than funding for AI capabilities

It's quite likely that the funding for AI safety is more inelastic in depressions than than the funding for AI capabilities. This may answer the puzzle of why more EAs and rationalists aren't speaking cogently about the tradeoffs between depression and lives saved from Corona - they have gone through this same train of thought, and decided that preventing a depression is an information hazard.

Comment by mr-hire on What will the economic effects of COVID-19 be? · 2020-03-25T13:26:04.276Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think of we're talking about the counterfactual with the best tradeoffs, it might look something like quarantining the most vulnerable populations while having others get back to work.

Comment by mr-hire on Can crimes be discussed literally? · 2020-03-24T23:27:34.157Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW
If literally everyone knew, what would be the function of making the claim? How do you end up with a system that wouldn't work without false assertions, and yet allegedly "everyone" knows that the assertions are false?

This is answered in Benquo's last post, take a look at stages 3 and 4 to see how this situation can arise.

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/fEX7G2N7CtmZQ3eB5/simulacra-and-subjectivity

Comment by mr-hire on What will the economic effects of COVID-19 be? · 2020-03-24T14:43:48.739Z · score: 6 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You can still make quantitative predictions with uncertainty. Note that beating the market isn't impossible (someone has to make the market efficient) and even if you don't have enough data to beat the market, that just means you make your confidence intervals larger. The point of Bayesian epistemology is that even large uncertainty can be quantified.

Comment by mr-hire on Against Dog Ownership · 2020-03-24T00:18:42.750Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But I'm saying that it does, and that your point is not a counter?

Comment by mr-hire on Against Dog Ownership · 2020-03-23T22:03:57.568Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

But it's also a mistake to think that using an animal in that way won't lead to more empathy for animals in general - the question is instead to ask how people will best maintain consistent self - images? In practice for the people who own pets, do you find them more empathic of animals after owning them? I think that

  1. It does seem people use pets for their own needs, and often fool themselves that they're doing it for the pet/ they're a compassionate pet owner
  2. People seem to be more compassionate towards animals when having owned pets, in order to maintain this image of compassionate pet owner.

So in my experience the evidence is that both what you and Chris are saying is true.

Comment by mr-hire on Vanessa Kosoy's Shortform · 2020-03-23T17:41:53.796Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'm thinking humans striving for rational choices,

It feels like there's better words for this like rationality, whereas bayesianism is a more specific philosophy about how best to represent and update beliefs.

Comment by mr-hire on Against Dog Ownership · 2020-03-23T17:39:08.984Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't see how using a pet as a personal emotional need relates to decreasing empathy for animals. It's likely to me that would increase empathy.

Comment by mr-hire on Reflections on a no content January 2020 experiment · 2020-03-23T03:27:43.978Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I made a prediction when you started this that you'd do more processing than creating. Curious if it came true

Comment by mr-hire on Rationalists, Post-Rationalists, And Rationalist-Adjacents · 2020-03-22T00:12:15.464Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

There's a set of post-rationalist norms where switching frames isn't a conversational gambit, it's expected and part of generative process for solving problems and creating closeness. I would love to see people be able to switch between these different types of norms, as it can be equally frustrating when you're trying to vibe with people who can only operate through rationalist frames.

Comment by mr-hire on DrAlta's Shortform · 2020-03-15T17:27:43.871Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

You didn't talk about absurdity at all in your proof about absurdity.

Comment by mr-hire on Predicted AI alignment event/meeting calendar · 2020-03-13T18:18:57.108Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It hardly seems to make sense to implement a utility function for a paperclip plant, your AI would be focused on solving death and making people happy instead of making more paperclips!

Comment by mr-hire on Raemon's Scratchpad · 2020-03-13T02:03:57.051Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I generally think that mindspace is pretty vast, and am predisposed to be skeptical of the claim that there's only one path to a certain way of thinking. I buy that most people follow a certain path, but wouldn't be suprised if for instance there's a person in history who never went directly from Kegan 3 to 4.5 by never finding a value system that could stand up to their chaotic environment.

Comment by mr-hire on romeostevensit's Shortform · 2020-03-13T01:59:21.331Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is basically guaranteed to get worse as more money gets involved, and I'm interested in it working in situations where lots of money is at stake.

Comment by mr-hire on romeostevensit's Shortform · 2020-03-12T23:31:00.161Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It wouldn't work in prediction markets (which is confused by the fact that people often use the word prediction market to refer to other things), but I've played around with the idea for prediction polls/prediction tournaments where you show people's explanations probabilistically weighted by their "explanation score", then pay out points based on how correlated seeing their explanation is with other people making good predictions.

This provides a counter-incentive to the normal prediction tournament incentives of hiding information.

Comment by mr-hire on clearthis's Shortform · 2020-03-11T22:24:20.380Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Curious why this was retracted. Do you not think the tool is useful?

Comment by mr-hire on Simulacra and Subjectivity · 2020-03-11T17:19:58.285Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

So a stab at a model that can handle more complexity might be two factors of:

  1. What levels you can take as object.
  2. What levels do you most frequently use as your primary sensemaking apparatus.
Comment by mr-hire on Simulacra and Subjectivity · 2020-03-11T17:16:20.270Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think that squares with the subject/object interpretation you're offering here though. If I can take level one as object, I can use and manipulate and know in all the ways that someone who is subject to it can.

It seems to me that one can take each level as subject or object, without necessarily having taken the previously level as subject/object. That might mean that the "stages of subject/object shifts" you're pointing at here is less useful.

I know people who can't really grok other people playing in social realms, but are really good at sensemaking with other people who can take level one as object.

I also know people can play social games a bunch, but are bad at object level knowing.

I also know people who understand level 4 game playing through a level one lens, viewing at as another aspect of the territory.

And I know people who understand level 1 lens, but basically use it to manipulate level 4 social reality to get their way, rather than seeing at as the thing that's important in its' own right.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-09T18:35:04.508Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · LW · GW

When trying to browse LW keyboard only using Vimium, there are some tasks I get blocked on because they're not marked as links or buttons. E.g. the "Read More" button is not recognized as clickable by Vimium so I have to use the mouse.

I suspect this means that the read more button is also not picked up by many accessibility tools. Something for the LW team to look at, and may be worth doing a general accessibility audit.

Comment by mr-hire on bgold's Shortform · 2020-03-06T21:24:04.529Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I too have heard that group selection is not well believed it just seems so out of sync with my understanding of systems theory that I'm skeptical about taking people's word on it.

Comment by mr-hire on Simulacra and Subjectivity · 2020-03-06T21:21:59.932Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah that helps a lot.

Comment by mr-hire on Feature suggestion: Could we get notifications when someone links to our posts? · 2020-03-06T18:55:12.088Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm her for the giant citation graph ordered by personal page rank.

Comment by mr-hire on bgold's Shortform · 2020-03-06T18:51:35.153Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm, which models?

Comment by mr-hire on Simulacra and Subjectivity · 2020-03-05T23:49:39.407Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But in another sense someone who takes level 1 as subject has whole swathes of the territory that they can't see, namely all the people who are operating at levels 2,3,4.

Comment by mr-hire on Simulacra and Subjectivity · 2020-03-05T22:25:38.504Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I really like these levels. In addition to viewing this as a progression of knowledge, I think it's also possible to treat people as existing at different levels in terms of both how they can see the board, and how they act within various local incentive structures. For instance, there are people who will take everything at face value, people who will always lie, and people who view everything as a game piece.

One of the reasons it's so important to create robust sociopath repellents is that without them, the default is that people playing at higher levels will locally outcompete people playing at lower levels, whereas groups that can play internally at lower levels will outcompete groups that play internally at higher levels. You need organizations that provide incentives, deterrents, and screening mechanisms such that people at Kegan 3, 4 and 5 are all incentivized to play at level 1 internally, even if they can see the board at level 4.

I think a lot of Zvi's recent sequence on Moral Mazes was asking if we can overcome the local incentives that cause individuals who play at higher levels to beat individuals who play at lower levels.

Comment by mr-hire on Simulacra and Subjectivity · 2020-03-05T22:15:38.633Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

At the risk of being political because I couldn't think of a better example:

Consider people advocating for/against laws on late trimester abortions.

AFAICT, there's only a very small minority that believes that most abortion is Ok but late trimester abortion is not. For most people making these arguments the facts about pain etc are just a game trying to get more or less restrictions on abortion placed. Everyone is just trying to find the facts that move their particular position (allowing or not allowing abortion) closer.


Edit: Actually, this is more like stage 3.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-03-05T21:44:20.495Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · LW · GW

# HOW TO CONSISTENTLY USE BLOCKING SOFTWARE
One of my favorite life hacks to stop procrastinating is to install website/app blocking software on your phone and computer.

However, many people have tried this method, and found that they can't do it consistently. They inevitably end up uninstalling or disabling the software a few months into using it.

In a moment of "weakness", they uninstall/disable/remove the software, and then never end up reinstalling/enabling it for months.

The truth is, this moment of "weakness" isn't weakness at all. It's a natural human response to lack of autonomy, which Self-Determination Theory posits as one of the three basic human needs.

When a wall is getting in the way of our basic autonomy, our natural response is to knock down the wall.

Solutions to procrastination should never feel like you're **coercing** yourself into doing the "right behavior" as decided by you at a particular point in time - these are unsustainable and actually create more procrastination in the long run because we're taking away the autonomy of our present selves.

Rather, environmental solutions to procrastination should feel more like you're **cooperating** between your past, present, and future selves, taking input from all 3 selves to decide what makes the most sense in the moment.

## TURN WALLS INTO GATES
For blocking software, the solution to this issue is to turn walls into gates. Instead of making it impossible to get to the other side, you want to make a series of gates, which take some effort to get through, but allow you increasingly more freedom as you go through each successive gate.

This way you're not limiting your freedom, but instead just allowing a short reminder from your past self saying "Hey, just a reminder I wasn't so thrilled about what's on the other side of this gate," while allowing your present self to say "I hear, and this one time I'm deciding that it's important for us to go on the other side of the gate now."

In addition to turning walls into gates, you need to make sure your gates are robust enough that it's not easier to just knock them down then to go through them.

If you build your gates really flimsy, it's to easy for your present self to say "Oh, I just want to get onto the other side of the gate the fastest way possible" while forgetting to cooperate with your past and future selves. The path of least resistance has to be to pass through security you've set up at the gate.

## HOW TO CREATE ROBUST GATES WITH BLOCKING SOFTWARE

So the first way to make sure you use blocking software is to make sure it's hard to just knock down. Your blocking software should have robust protection against all the easy ways to knock down the gate like:
- Removing it from startup
- Uninstalling or disabling it
- Closing it using the task manager
- Using a different browser
- Switching computer users

In addition, the software should make it easy to install various levels of gates with differing security to get through various blocking plans, like:
- Having a way to pause the plan for just a little time, that you need to enter a random set of characters to access.
- Having a way to enter a few random characters to whitelist a particular site, so that for instance you can whitelist a particular youtube video you need without allowing all of youtube.
- Having a setting that will automatically re-enable plans at the beginning of a new day, so that even if you've decided to enter your random password and take a day to just lounge and watch Netflix, it doesn't require any intervention to re-erect the gate.
- Having Pomodoro style blocking plans that can continually block then allow short breaks on a schedule.

## WHAT SOFTWARE ALLOWS THE CREATION OF ROBUST GATES?
The only software I know of that has these features (having tried between half a dozen and a dozen different blocking software and tools) is FocusMe. It's not the most user friendly blocking software out there, but it's incredibly good at creating robust gates that allow you to cooperate between your past/present/future selves.

Unfortunately the Android version isn't yet that great at creating gates, but the Mac/Windows version incredible.

I highly recommend this blocking software if you're working on overcoming procrastination, and learning the settings to use to create a system of gates.

It also has excellent customer service, and a "lifetime plan" which prevents you from having to subscribe.

If you're interested in the software, you can check it out using my affiliate link here: https://focusme.com/?ref=102&campaign=LW

Or, if you're not down with the affiliate thing, use a non-affiliate link here: https://focusme.com/

I'm also interested if anyone knows any Android blocking software that allows for the creation of robust gates!

Comment by mr-hire on bgold's Shortform · 2020-03-02T21:30:31.322Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

On a group selection level it might make lots more sense to have certain people get into states where they're very unlikely to procreate.

Comment by mr-hire on George's Shortform · 2020-02-29T00:43:15.482Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW
Indeed, it seems that the whole relation to mortality basically breaks down if you look at top perform. Going from things like strongman competitions and american football where life expectancy is lower, to things like running and cycling where some would argue but evidence is lacking, to football and tennis where it's a bit above average.

Yeah but elites athletes are at the tails, and The Tails Come Apart. I'd expect pro athletes to be sacrificing all sorts of things to get extreme performance in a particular sport, but that the average person who is working on general athletic performance won't have that issue.

Comment by mr-hire on aleph_four's Shortform · 2020-02-28T00:36:27.017Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I feel like this too low a bar, a programmer can still give the program the rules for what programming is, and the rules for what language is. A true AGI must make its' own rules.

/s

Comment by mr-hire on Connor_Flexman's Shortform · 2020-02-27T00:05:07.856Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW
To make hard tradeoffs in your daily life, you want to use the analogous principle "shut up and intuit" or "shut up and listen to your desires" or whatever provokes in you the mindset of using your mind's experience

I enjoyed this and it clarified one thing for me. One question I have about this is shouldn't you also listen to the part of your cognition that's like "You're wasting time reading too many fiction books" and "You could donate more of your money to charity?"

I think maybe what you're pointing at here is to not immediately make "obvious improvements" but to instead inquire into your own intuitions and look for an appropriately aligned stace.

Comment by mr-hire on Elon Musk is wrong: Robotaxis are stupid. We need standardized rented autonomous tugs to move customized owned unpowered wagons. · 2020-02-22T05:56:57.866Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Wait how can you use as robotaxi without a wagon? They provide standard wagons?

Comment by mr-hire on landfish lab · 2020-02-21T13:48:11.859Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I recently did a quick Google scholar search which convinced me of this, but was lazybwhen finding source for you :).

Google scholar search convinced me but totally ok to disbelieve. After all who is to say non-replications will replicate :).

Comment by mr-hire on landfish lab · 2020-02-20T23:47:45.861Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW
Perhaps worth noting: a few years back, the hip intellectuals I know "knew" that blue screens were bad for you and invented/downloaded Flux, and it was discouraging that that was a weird hack you had to get for yourself. But, a few years later, that's been rolled into official Apple Products, and iPhones now have some built in screen-time managing tools. 

Off topic:

Apparently, like most else, this hasn't replicated; https://news.osu.edu/blue-light-isnt-the-main-source-of-eye-fatigue-and-sleep-loss---its-your-computer/ .

Comment by mr-hire on Raemon's Scratchpad · 2020-02-19T19:41:31.745Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Causality and dependency are two things that people want to be neat and unidirectional but they're not. There are feedback loops and mutual dependencies.

One part of being a good teacher is figuring out how to take a mutual dependency and explain just enough of one part in a "fake way" such that people can get it enough to understand the second part, which in turn allows them to "truly" get the first part.

Comment by mr-hire on Video: The Phenomenology of Intentions · 2020-02-13T17:26:30.763Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm using intentions in a very narrow sense here, that is, a "held end state". If we loosen the definition of intentional to something more like "goal directed" I think that's correct.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-02-12T00:13:02.445Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Agree, the model doesn't fully generalize and lacks nuance. I think programming is a plausible counterexample.

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-02-11T19:27:04.566Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think I'm decent at it. I suppose you could answer this question better than I.

Comment by mr-hire on Jimrandomh's Shortform · 2020-02-11T19:26:03.020Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Ahhh I see, so you're making roughly the same distinction of "hidden revenue streams".

Comment by mr-hire on Matt Goldenberg's Short Form Feed · 2020-02-11T11:21:39.656Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The things that I'm most qualified to teach are the things that I'm worst at.

Take procrastination for example. My particular genetic and cultural makeup ensured that focus would never be a strong suit. As a result, I went through basically every problem that someone who struggles through procrastination goes through. I ran into a ton of issues surrounding it, attacked it from a variety of angles, and got to a point where I can ship cool projects and do great work. Probably average or slightly above in productivity, but functional.

Meanwhile, when I teach overcoming procrastination, I can truly talk about the path you need to learn the material. When a student runs into an issue, its' rare that it's an issue I haven't overcome myself (usually multiple times in different forms) and I can give excellent advice on a path to success.

Meanwhile, the things that I'm best at are the things I'm worst at teaching.

Take constructing conceptual models. It's something that has always come naturally to me. Upon realizing that it was a particular strength of mine, I worked to hone it and understand it and push it to the limits. However, even with this deep understanding, I'm still not great at teaching it. I can tell people what it feels like, and my introspection on the parts of it, and all of the systems I've built to enhance it and the reasoning behind them.

But, I cannot tell them the path to go from not having the skill of conceptual model building to having it. It's like breathing to me. If they run into a problem in acquiring the skill, I cannot help them overcome it because I never ran into it myself. It's much harder for me to truly understand what it's like to be someone who struggles with the skill.

Comment by mr-hire on Source of Karma · 2020-02-11T00:08:01.865Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Recently ran across this post that recommends using a Beta-Binomial distribution to more correctly represent the uncertainty that any given post adds to your overall karma. I thought it was a cool idea and would love to see what my Karma is when represented that way, rather than just adding everything together:

https://moultano.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/how-karma-should-work-betabinomial/