Posts

Questions about the NY Megameetup 2017-12-03T14:41:06.508Z · score: 2 (2 votes)
New program can beat Alpha Go, didn't need input from human games 2017-10-18T20:01:39.616Z · score: 6 (6 votes)
Giving the results of scientific research away 2016-12-18T16:43:17.021Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
When companies go over 150 people...... 2016-12-02T19:57:37.162Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body 2016-11-18T14:16:59.952Z · score: 7 (8 votes)
*How* people shut down thought because of high-status respectable halos 2016-10-20T14:09:07.504Z · score: 11 (12 votes)
"Is Science Broken?" is underspecified 2016-08-12T11:59:39.834Z · score: 8 (9 votes)
Prediction challenge: Zika and birth rates 2016-03-12T16:55:34.631Z · score: 10 (10 votes)
Voiceofra is banned 2015-12-23T18:29:35.467Z · score: 24 (34 votes)
Deadly sins of software estimation 2015-12-22T13:38:39.542Z · score: 11 (12 votes)
Weirdness at the wiki 2015-11-30T23:37:44.283Z · score: 9 (9 votes)
People being controlled by what they can't perceive consciously 2015-09-21T16:42:59.230Z · score: 0 (3 votes)
Yudkowsky, Thiel, de Grey, Vassar panel on changing the world 2015-09-01T15:57:12.881Z · score: 12 (13 votes)
Scientific studies and trust 2015-08-07T16:44:06.175Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
The horrifying importance of domain knowledge 2015-07-30T15:28:38.728Z · score: 17 (23 votes)
New Meetup in New Hampshire 2015-06-17T20:30:01.435Z · score: 6 (7 votes)
How much do we know about creativity? 2015-06-09T12:43:44.964Z · score: 11 (12 votes)
We Should Introduce Ourselves Differently 2015-05-18T20:48:25.596Z · score: 54 (57 votes)
Which ideas from LW would you most like to see spread? 2015-05-18T14:12:11.039Z · score: 14 (15 votes)
What you know that ain't so 2015-03-23T18:24:58.730Z · score: 6 (6 votes)
Pratchett, Rationality, and Winning 2015-03-13T15:38:50.916Z · score: 6 (9 votes)
Recovering the past 2015-03-12T19:25:16.971Z · score: 5 (10 votes)
Effectiveness of different supplement brands? 2015-02-16T16:22:36.380Z · score: 3 (6 votes)
I'm the new moderator 2015-01-13T23:21:55.848Z · score: 87 (92 votes)
Inverse relationship between belief in foom and years worked in commercial software 2015-01-04T15:03:29.091Z · score: 5 (12 votes)
Good things to have learned.... 2014-12-03T19:29:34.580Z · score: 15 (18 votes)
Non-standard politics 2014-10-24T15:27:46.496Z · score: 3 (8 votes)
What supplements do you take, if any? 2014-10-23T12:36:44.200Z · score: 17 (17 votes)
Sugar and motivation 2014-06-13T15:46:03.078Z · score: 9 (10 votes)
The physiology of fun? 2014-06-12T00:10:51.194Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Links! 2014-06-05T13:09:27.447Z · score: 9 (10 votes)
Brainstorming for post topics 2014-05-31T15:08:41.361Z · score: 21 (22 votes)
Open Thread, April 27-May 4, 2014 2014-04-27T20:34:17.084Z · score: 0 (5 votes)
Mathematics and saving lives 2014-04-19T13:32:18.801Z · score: 2 (5 votes)
Meetup: Philadelphia, April 12, 1PM 2014-04-11T08:24:08.260Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Meetup : Philadelphia, PA: Goal Factoring Exercise 2014-03-28T04:50:33.624Z · score: 0 (1 votes)
A small rationalist win, and a question about promulgation 2014-03-27T14:22:25.838Z · score: 1 (6 votes)
Engineering archaeology 2014-03-20T16:38:36.544Z · score: 15 (15 votes)
Meetup: Philadelphia, 1 PM, March 23-- treating mistakes as though they're bugs 2014-03-19T15:55:42.348Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Meetup: Philadelphia, March 9, 2014 2014-03-08T06:43:15.146Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Is IQ what we actually need to know? 2014-02-25T18:21:42.780Z · score: 1 (15 votes)
Meetup : Philadelphia-- Debugging in Meatspace 2014-02-22T18:18:10.823Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Meetup: Philadelphia, February 23: Debugging in Meatspace 2014-02-21T16:43:47.648Z · score: 0 (1 votes)
MEETUP: February 9, Philadelphia 2014-02-07T19:07:43.241Z · score: 3 (3 votes)
Open Thread for February 3 - 10 2014-02-03T15:30:19.834Z · score: 6 (7 votes)
Open thread, January 25- February 1 2014-01-25T14:52:41.851Z · score: 8 (9 votes)
Open thread for January 1-7, 2014 2014-01-01T15:54:33.720Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Open thread for December 24-31, 2013 2013-12-24T08:58:55.253Z · score: 4 (5 votes)
Local truth 2013-12-20T17:04:09.426Z · score: 13 (18 votes)
Open thread for December 9 - 16, 2013 2013-12-09T16:35:44.861Z · score: 5 (6 votes)

Comments

Comment by nancylebovitz on Book Review: Design Principles of Biological Circuits · 2019-11-06T15:53:09.510Z · score: 5 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I never would have thought biological systems are random, but spaghetti code isn't about randomness, it's about complex interdependence. This being said, the book looks really valuable-- even if can only help sort out the simpler parts of biology, that's quite a bit.

Comment by nancylebovitz on How to Make Billions of Dollars Reducing Loneliness · 2019-09-01T10:46:27.270Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

There may be another piece-- the ability to count on each other for help.

Comment by nancylebovitz on A Personal Rationality Wishlist · 2019-08-28T13:43:48.396Z · score: 8 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I think the anime thing is partly feeling a compulsion to say something combined with availability bias. Of course, there's also an element of completely ignoring consent.

Comment by nancylebovitz on More Dakka · 2019-07-20T07:22:20.412Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

There was someone who was interviewed on Tim Ferriss who recommended finding out what you care about and spending a lot more on that and what you don't care about and spending a lot less on that. In particular, there was a suggestion to think about spending ten times as much on what you care about-- you've got a chance of turning up improvements which aren't nearly that expensive.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Transhumanists Don't Need Special Dispositions · 2018-12-09T17:49:08.299Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · LW · GW

My impression from a few arguments I've been in is that there are people who simply don't/can't believe that health extension is possible, so they can't assimilate arguments based on the idea of health extension. You say life extension and they hear miserable old age extension.

Comment by nancylebovitz on East Coast Rationalist Megameetup 2018 · 2018-12-03T20:45:58.763Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think I'm on a waiting list.

Comment by nancylebovitz on East Coast Rationalist Megameetup 2018 · 2018-12-03T19:45:53.156Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Do I pay now, or when a space opens up?

Comment by nancylebovitz on Leto among the Machines · 2018-10-11T12:28:13.417Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's a fascinating essay, but non-automation isn't all that great. In particular, Confucian China had foot-binding for nearly a thousand years-- mothers slowly breaking their daughter's feet to make the daughters more marriageable.

It's possible that in the long run, societies with automation are even worse than societies without it, but I don't think that's proven.

Comment by nancylebovitz on The Mystery of the Haunted Rationalist · 2018-05-04T11:10:59.846Z · score: 5 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This also implies that it's a good idea to avoid houses with a history of mysterious deaths. The deaths were no longer mysterious when carbon monoxide poisoning was figured out, but before that?

Comment by nancylebovitz on Open thread, January 29 - ∞ · 2018-02-02T08:26:53.881Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

I was very fond of this site. There were excellent essays, and the discussion structure suited me very well. I'm more of a short form writer. Also, the way it was easy to find old material and conveniently add to old threads is a feature that ssc doesn't have.

The big block of unchanging recommendations at the top of LW2 gets on my nerves.

This being said, the resident troll squeezed a lot of the fun out of LW1, and getting to be moderator-- and then discovering I didn't have adequate moderation tools-- gave me something of an ugh field about the place. And now it's over. It was good when it was good.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Happiness Is a Chore · 2017-12-20T16:10:57.533Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm somewhat annoyed that this claims there's a solution to becoming happier, goes on at some length, and doesn't include the solution.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Ureshiku Naritai · 2017-12-20T15:35:23.704Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

So, some years later, and I'm surprised I was upset. I consider this to be progress.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Melting Gold, and Organizational Capacity · 2017-12-13T17:48:23.060Z · score: 9 (5 votes) · LW · GW

There's an alternate approach I've seen in Neo-Paganism-- have a structure for rituals, and a high proportion of people who can improvise within the framework.

I don't know whether this would work for rationalist rituals (maybe if we start having smaller more frequent rituals), but I'm mentioning it for completeness.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Living in an Inadequate World · 2017-11-11T12:08:06.985Z · score: 5 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think the long history of "getting the homeless ready for housing" rather than just giving them housing is an example of civilizational inadequacy.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Why I am not a Quaker (even though it often seems as though I should be) · 2017-09-28T12:10:35.379Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

"Suburbanization makes it costly to raise children humanely; parents are forced to choose between sending their kids off to a designated abuse facility, or designating at least one parent to be a full-time caretaker. This work cannot be shared among communities to realize economies of scale, because most adults are busy far away at work, and in any event you can’t let your kids run around freely because nearly every house abuts an active road with deadly automobile traffic."

I believe another way that raising children outside the school system is that, while it's possible to home school your own children, setting up a shared school with a few other families would require meeting a lot of requirements.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Beta - First Impressions · 2017-09-22T17:36:24.026Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · LW · GW

First, I'm seconding a couple of things. There should be a comment box.

And please don't have huge pictures for static material at the top of the home page. There's a lot to be said for tabs with words on them at the top. I realize three lines for a menu is fairly standard these days, but it still leaves me feeling as though the site is a puzzle which has to be solved.

In the spirit of experimentation, I tried out the numbers on the strip under the comment space. Being able to change font size and line spacing probably has its uses, but the one thing that isn't offered is the ability to get back to the standard comment proportions. I'd have done that if I could.

I read Notes from an Apocalypse <a href="https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/iuNSrBoX2W5qHCAAo/notes-from-an-apocalypse">, which I think is a fair test of reading long form on the site.

I'm fine with the font with the serifs, but I found myself really wanting some indication of what site I was on. A little color, a border, something. This place is less distinctive than a mainstream news site.

I couldn't get the submit link to work-- that is, I entered the link and the title and hit submit, and nothing happened.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Open Beta starts 9/20 · 2017-09-22T09:35:17.025Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm in!

Thanks very much.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Open Beta starts 9/20 · 2017-09-21T22:51:58.844Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've done that. Still haven't gotten an email. I've checked my spam folder.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Open Beta starts 9/20 · 2017-09-21T16:48:21.668Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't get the password reset email.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-20T13:01:42.484Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

LW2.0 doesn't seem to be live yet, but when it is, will I be able to use my 1.0 username and password?

Comment by nancylebovitz on David C Denkenberger on Food Production after a Sun Obscuring Disaster · 2017-09-18T23:30:09.999Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

"One obvious candidate for such a generic cost effective safety intervention is a small but fully autonomous city on mars, or antarctica, or the moon, or under the ocean (or perhaps four such cities, just in case) that could produce food independently of the food production system traditionally used on the easily habitable parts of Earth."

That sort of thing might improve the odds for the human race, but it doesn't sound like it would do much for the average person who already exists.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-17T20:50:14.407Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm fond of LW (or at least its descendants). I'm somewhat weird myself, and more tolerant of weirdness than many.

It has taken me years and some effort to get a no doubt incomplete understanding of people who are repulsed by weirdness.

From my point of view, you are proposing to destroy something I like which has been somewhat useful in the hopes of creating a community which might not happen.

The community you imagine might be a very good thing. It may have to be created by the people who will be in it. Maybe you could start the survey process?

I'm hoping that the LW 2.0 software will be open source. The world needs more good discussion venues.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-17T19:32:02.012Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

How about the boring simplicity of having downvote limits? Maybe something around one downvote/24 hours-- not cumulative.

If you're feeling generous, maybe add a downvote/24 hours per 1000 karma, with a maximum or 5 downvotes/24 hours.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-17T19:27:56.097Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

My impression is that you don't understand how communities form. I could be mistaken, but I think communities form because people discover they share a desire rather than because there's a venue that suits them-- the venue is necessary, but stays empty unless the desire comes into play.

" I'm thinking people who are important for existential risk and/or rationality such as: psychologists, senior political advisers, national security people, and synthetic biologists. I'd also include people in the effective altruism community, especially as some effective altruists have a low opinion of the rationalist community despite our goals being aligned."

Is there something they want to do which would be better served by having a rationality community that suits them better than the communities they've got already?

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-16T14:37:09.102Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

It seems to me that you want to squeeze a lot of the fun out of the site.

I'm not sure how far it would be consistent with having a single focus for rationality online, but perhaps there should be a section or a nearby site for more dignified discussion.

I think the people you want to attract are likely to be busy, and not necessarily interested in interviews and testing for a rather hypothetical project, but I could be wrong.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-16T14:29:35.378Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Metafilter has continued to be a pretty good site even though it requires a small fee to join. There's also a requirement to post a few comments (you can comment for free but need to be a member to do top level posts) and wait a week after sending in money. And it's actively moderated.

http://www.metafilter.com/about.mefi

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-16T00:24:28.935Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've tried it and it's very fast. I haven't come up with good ideas for testing it yet.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-15T17:51:07.305Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

I'm hoping there will be something like the feature at ssc to choose the time when the site considers comments to be new. It's frustrating to not be able to recover the pink borders on new comments on posts at LW.

Comment by nancylebovitz on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-15T16:19:49.342Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for developing this.

I'm reminded of an annoying feature of LW 1.0. The search function was pretty awful. The results weren't even in reverse chronological order.

I'm not sure how important better search is, but considering your very reasonable emphasis on continuity of discussion, it might matter a lot.

Requiring tags while offering a list of standard tags might also help.

Comment by nancylebovitz on 2017 LessWrong Survey · 2017-09-13T16:32:29.297Z · score: 23 (23 votes) · LW · GW

I have taken the survey.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Heuristics for textbook selection · 2017-09-13T00:37:32.656Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If you're using Amazon, look at the comments, not just the star ratings.

There are people who like a book, but don't seem to have read it. So far as I know, the "this comment was useful" is a good guide to finding the detailed, specific comments.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Doing a big survey on work, stress, and productivity. Feedback / anything you're curious about? · 2017-08-30T16:57:44.422Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/08/16/open-thread-82-25/#comment-537794

Discussion of different office set-ups. Open, own office, shared with one person, etc.

Comment by nancylebovitz on The Unyoga Manifesto · 2017-08-04T23:52:52.028Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You would probably like this blog.

http://www.moveandbefree.com/blog

Comment by NancyLebovitz on [deleted post] 2017-07-18T00:55:58.370Z

An actual military has life-and-death work. This might even be more important than consent.

A military-style "boot camp" for delinquents is a cargo cult by comparison.

Comment by nancylebovitz on The noncentral fallacy - the worst argument in the world? · 2017-04-28T17:00:46.386Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks. I hope that someone gets around to actually looking at the clothes and/or paintings.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Stupid Questions May 2017 · 2017-04-27T06:09:38.109Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

There's a difference between "knowing X" and having X be a default behavior. There's also a difference between knowing X and being able to teach it to people who think differently than oneself or have different preconceptions.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Self medicating for Schizophrenia with - cigarettes ? · 2017-01-24T07:37:05.074Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Might nicotine be doing a little mental good for people who aren't schizophrenics?

Comment by nancylebovitz on Metrics to evaluate a Presidency · 2017-01-24T07:31:36.092Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm concerned about Trump's potential effect on the economy. Effects on employment and pay are also worth evaluating.

Comment by nancylebovitz on The Adventure: a new Utopia story · 2016-12-26T14:44:13.627Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks-- I had fun reading it, and it's definitely more exuberant than most utopias.

I wasn't crazy about the sandworm challenge for getting to be politically influential-- wouldn't it make more sense to work one's way up by being influential in smaller groups?

Probably too much for this story, but there'd also be basic research going on and changing things.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People · 2016-12-23T15:22:50.530Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

A couple of minor points: I knew someone who was moderately disabled, lived alone, and had cats. Instead of chasing her cats down and wrestling them into cat carriers, she clicker-trained them to get into their carriers themselves. She was obviously smarter and stronger than Einstein.

As for Slavic pessimism, I'm inclined to think that an AI which attempts to self-improve is at grave risk of breaking itself.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Bioelectronic medicine: a very brief overview · 2016-12-22T08:12:24.745Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Possibly of interest: The Second Brain-- it's about the neurology of the digestive tract. It's harder than I thoughf for a body to manage having meat-digesting stomach acid in the middle of an organ. The author suggests that a lot of digestive problems are actually neurological rather than something wrong with specific organs.

It's from 1998, but I don't know of more recent books on the subject.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Open thread, Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2016 · 2016-12-21T16:24:02.984Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I wonder if that reaction can be avoided by saying something like "all the 1900s".

Comment by nancylebovitz on Open thread, Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2016 · 2016-12-21T08:13:53.235Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The person who was confused was so used to "the nth century" that "the xx00s" didn't register as the same thing.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Open thread, Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2016 · 2016-12-21T00:28:31.352Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

In the hopes of making things easier for me, I've been referring to centuries by their number range-- "the 1900's" rather than "the twentieth century". I've gotten one piece of feedback from someone who found it confusing, but how clear is it to most people who are reading this?

Comment by nancylebovitz on Open thread, Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2016 · 2016-12-20T17:15:18.805Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Is a text for the Solstice Celebration available?

Comment by nancylebovitz on Stupid Questions December 2016 · 2016-12-20T04:25:22.409Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I think you're better off raising your topics in open threads, and see whether people tell you a topic's already been covered.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Is Caviar a Risk Factor For Being a Millionaire? · 2016-12-09T18:50:44.113Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The link worked for me-- maybe they made it public when asked, but didn't tell you.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Less costly signaling · 2016-11-23T17:27:05.960Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I'm annoyed at the bit about people polishing up their social media posts being mere useless signalling-- a net with more intelligent, wittier posts is presumably actually giving pleasure and possibly usefulness.

Occasionally signalling leads to the production of long-term value. Sometimes rich people showing off produces art that people continue to enjoy. I don't have a feeling for when a signalling competition is about totally useless things and when it's about soemwhat useful things, especially those with enduring value.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body · 2016-11-18T19:42:47.409Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No guarantees, but cryonics companies will want to protect their reputations, and I expect pressure groups of family members, friends, and fans doing somewhat to support reviving preserved humans-- perhaps even supporting a principle of reviving people rather than just one's favorites.

Comment by nancylebovitz on Crony Beliefs · 2016-11-04T21:04:08.370Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This suggests that being hypocrtical about crony beliefs is actually healthy.

Robert, the mayor's nephew, has a bulletproof job as a business analyst. If he's incompetent, his advice is ignored. He isn't given a job with actual responsibilities either.

This is like a person in a pro-astrology environment who knows enough about astrology to take part in conversations, never criticizes astrology, and doesn't let astrology affect their decisions.

(reposted from facebook)