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Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] 2016-09-04T20:35:56.171Z · score: 3 (4 votes)
A courageous story of brain preservation, "Dying Young" by Amy Harmon, The New York Times 2015-09-15T02:38:39.922Z · score: 5 (12 votes)
Meetup : Schelling Cafe 2015-08-25T00:43:00.642Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Cryonics: peace of mind vs. immortality 2015-06-24T07:10:29.494Z · score: 3 (6 votes)
Calling all Nigerian rationalists and effective altruists 2015-05-03T22:31:49.356Z · score: 21 (24 votes)
Shawn Mikula on Brain Preservation Protocols and Extensions 2015-04-29T02:47:59.009Z · score: 5 (6 votes)
How to sign up for Alcor cryo 2015-04-26T02:51:48.377Z · score: 32 (33 votes)
What are the resolution limits of medical imaging? 2015-01-25T22:57:17.336Z · score: 8 (9 votes)
Getting a new medical diagnostic to market 2014-11-09T03:46:39.592Z · score: 4 (7 votes)

Comments

Comment by oge on Where are we? · 2017-08-29T20:52:52.413Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Haha, I live in Lagos too. One day we'll have a proper meetup :)

Comment by oge on Where are we? · 2017-08-26T13:25:20.626Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Where in Nigeria?

Comment by oge on Tentative Thoughts on the Cost Effectiveness of the SENS Foundation · 2017-07-27T15:58:45.786Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Malnutrition is the visible surface symptom of "these are uncivilised, backwards people caught in a series of petty tribal wars".

I agree.

Could you tell me how you came about the list of African backward values? I currently live in an African country; I'd like the names of all the values I'd need to instil to avoid seeing preventable suffering around me.

(FYI I'd thought that having a public list of salaries and paying higher taxes, a la Norway, would be mostly sufficient to fix things)

Comment by oge on Rescuing the Extropy Magazine archives · 2017-07-06T22:06:12.188Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Perhaps put these files up on the Internet Archive (http://archive.org/upload/) so they're preserved "forever"

Comment by oge on We need a better theory of happiness and suffering · 2017-07-06T22:00:15.505Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hey, turchin, do you mind explaining how you came about your final goals i.e. infinite evolution?

I'm looking for a way to test which final goal is more right. My current best guess for my final goal is, "avoiding pain and promoting play" and I've heard someone say, alternatively "beauty in the universe and eyes to see it." It would be neat if these different goals are reconcilable in some way.

Comment by oge on Philosophical Parenthood · 2017-06-25T16:15:44.544Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I would love to hear your opinion since I have many loved ones currently planning to have kids. Do you mind DMing me your opinion?

Comment by oge on Philosophical Parenthood · 2017-06-11T16:13:35.483Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hi SquirrellInHell, how would you respond to the comment left on the original post that having kids is likely net bad for the kids but net good for the world?

Instead, the process you describe of "overthinking your motivations" and acting on abstract reasoning has led me to believe that having kids actually harms the kids. I'm not sacrificing their lives to the altruism of letting them improve the lives of everyone else.

Comment by oge on [deleted post] 2017-05-26T15:06:04.304Z

Hey Duncan, where can I sign up for this?

Comment by oge on Project Hufflepuff: Planting the Flag · 2017-05-17T08:14:05.262Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hey Ray, would you mind posting the notes from the unconference? With the CFAR hackathon coming up, the notes might give me ideas of hacks to work on.

Comment by oge on I Want To Live In A Baugruppe · 2017-03-18T11:42:14.230Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hear! Hear!!

Comment by oge on How often do you check this forum? · 2017-02-04T12:39:34.151Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ping

Comment by oge on Act into Fear and Abandon all Hope · 2017-01-04T13:05:03.515Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for writing this Gordon. I was struck by this paragraph:

By making clever choices in the company we keep and the cultures we engage, as adults we can insulate ourselves from the fullness of the world

I'd never considered that my cleverness in avoiding aversive stimuli could hurt me in the long run.

Comment by oge on Act into Fear and Abandon all Hope · 2017-01-04T12:58:27.611Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Haha, I'd have advised gworley to drop everything before the 8th paragraph ("It’s in this spirit that I advise you, act into fear. ") since it could have been summarized by a paragraph-long disclaimer.

Comment by oge on The Adventure: a new Utopia story · 2016-12-26T00:16:28.973Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Lovely story, Stuart. I like how you captured certain aspects of thinking I hadn't seen articulated before e.g.

  • a being moving their attention/power towards different abilities as needed
  • that feeling of slowly becoming the part of a community
  • the feeling of noticing that a statement is likely not true
Comment by oge on Circles of discussion · 2016-12-18T22:36:26.914Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hi Villiam, your idea sounds like an academic community around rationality. You can think of the discussions as like the events at a conference or workshop where half-baked ideas are thrown about. And you can think of the "final" tome of knowledge as the proceedings of the journal: when an idea has been workshopped enough, it is revised and then published in the journal as Currently Definitive Knowledge.

This framing suggests having a rotating board of editors and a formal peer review system as is common in academic journals.

Comment by oge on CFAR’s new focus, and AI Safety · 2016-12-04T13:40:41.468Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Hi Anna, could you please explain how CFAR decided to focus on AI safety, as opposed to other plausible existential risks like totalitarain governments or nuclear war?

Comment by oge on Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] · 2016-09-16T16:55:12.533Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I agree re: consciousness being too broad a term.

I use the term in the sense of "having an experience that isn't directly observable to others" but as you noted, people use it to mean LOTS of different other things. Thanks for articulating that thought.

Comment by oge on Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] · 2016-09-06T17:14:00.335Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My understanding is that if the creature is conscious at all, and it acts observably like a human with the kind of experience we care about, THEN it likely has the kind of experiences we care about.

Do you think it is likely that the creatures will NOT have the experiences we care about?

(just trying to make sure we're on the same page)

Comment by oge on Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] · 2016-09-04T22:45:21.120Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Sorry about that. The link should be fixed now

http://www.brainpreservation.org/not-all-theories-of-consciousness-are-created-equal-a-reply-to-robert-lawrence-kuhns-recent-article-in-skeptic-magazine/

Comment by oge on Abuse of Productivity Systems · 2016-05-26T21:05:27.351Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you, SquirrellinHell, for sharing your mind. I'm enjoying browsing through the triiger-action plans and trying them on :)

Comment by oge on Celebrating All Who Are in Effective Altruism · 2016-02-02T05:06:16.136Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think that using the term "effective altruist" causes a lot of problems with labeling (e.g. 'hardcore EA', 'softcore EA'). My thinking clarified when I began using only the term "effective altruism", and using it to stimulate asking, "how can I do the most good for each dollar of mine?"

http://effective-altruism.com/ea/9s/effective_altruism_is_a_question_not_an_ideology/

Comment by oge on Why CFAR? The view from 2015 · 2015-12-21T00:51:32.499Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hi ChristianKI, I was trying to find out from Pete what the winning would look like for the specific problems CFAR has in mind.

The causes in your links are very diverse, from biosecurity to AI risk. I 'd assumed that CFAR focused only on a couple of the most pressing problems. But I haven't heard officially what problems CFAR wants to solve the most.

Comment by oge on Why CFAR? The view from 2015 · 2015-12-20T16:36:52.092Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hi Pete, could you please give some examples of what you mean by "the world’s most important problems"?

I don't have money to give now, but perhaps I could just work on a problem directly.

Comment by oge on Travel Through Time to Increase Your Effectiveness · 2015-08-27T23:27:07.190Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Here's an article that has an abstract in the first paragraph (although it'd be nice if it were called out as such), and a table of contents.

http://lesswrong.com/lw/md2/the_brain_as_a_universal_learning_machine/

Comment by oge on Travel Through Time to Increase Your Effectiveness · 2015-08-26T21:16:40.683Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I love these techniques and can't wait to try them out. Would you consider putting in an abstract with the 4 techniques? You could even throw in the one-sentence summaries from ScottL so that other readers can quickly get the gist before delving in further.

Comment by oge on We really need a "cryonics sales pitch" article. · 2015-08-11T22:40:25.859Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for clarifying this point.

FYI I was referring only to "Cryonics" when I said cryo in the parent comment, not to "suspended animation".

Comment by oge on How to win the World Food Prize · 2015-08-07T01:35:49.152Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Clarity, you can find more bioparts at the ICE public registry:

https://public-registry.jbei.org/login

(full disclosure: this is software written and maintained by my employer)

Comment by oge on We really need a "cryonics sales pitch" article. · 2015-08-04T01:09:59.029Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

CronoDAS, I'm glad you brought up this issue. Sadly, I don't think there's good evidence that cryo, as practiced today, works. I think it is reasonable (but of course, not ideal) for people to dismiss things which are only theoretically possible but not practically possible.

If we had verifiably working cryo today, it might be easier to change people's minds.

Comment by oge on MIRI needs an Office Manager (aka Force Multiplier) · 2015-07-05T01:17:27.207Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Hey Alexvermeer, could you give more details on the opportunities for advancement?

Comment by oge on Strategies and tools for getting through a break up · 2015-06-28T18:51:14.414Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hey lululu, this was a great article! I found it very useful in dealing with rejection by a long-standing crush. Thanks for writing this.

I'm curious: what was your process for determining the best way to get over a relationship? Did you just search for that term in Google Scholar?

Comment by oge on Cryonics: peace of mind vs. immortality · 2015-06-27T02:51:30.817Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Whoa! If that's true then Alcor should offer necklaces (different looking from thereal ones) that say something like "I stand against death!". That way people can signal allegiance without having to go through all the cryo paperworks.

Comment by oge on Cryonics: peace of mind vs. immortality · 2015-06-25T06:27:59.380Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I absolutely agree with you that there are correctible shortcomings in today's cryonics practice; I also agree that we'll need a whole lot of neuroscience and cryobio to make further progress.

The Mikula paper linked in the article shows one possible avenue to verifiable cryo. The technology exists today: getting the engineering right so that it can be rolled out to paying customers seems to be the difficulty.

Comment by oge on Cryonics: peace of mind vs. immortality · 2015-06-25T06:22:32.682Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Would you reconsider if you saw successful revival of a small organism? C. Elegans? A mouse?

Comment by oge on The Brain as a Universal Learning Machine · 2015-06-22T00:27:56.315Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

An abstract as the very first thing would help. An outline would be better.

Here are the paragraphs that I thought were the main point of the article (please correct this if I'm wrong):

"These two conceptions of the brain - the universal learning machine hypothesis and the evolved modularity hypothesis - lead to very different predictions for the likely route to AGI, the expected differences between AGI and humans, and thus any consequent safety issues and strategies."

and

"Current ANN engines can already train and run models with around 10 million neurons and 10 billion (compressed/shared) synapses on a single GPU, which suggests that the goal could soon be within the reach of a large organization. Furthermore, Moore's Law for GPUs still has some steam left, and software advances are currently improving simulation performance at a faster rate than hardware. These trends implies that Anthropomorphic/Neuromorphic AGI could be surprisingly close, and may appear suddenly.

What kind of leverage can we exert on a short timescale?"

Comment by oge on The Brain as a Universal Learning Machine · 2015-06-21T20:21:30.060Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hi jacob_cannell, this article looks really interesting but it is a LOT to consume at once. Could you please put a summary at the top with the main points so that it makes the post easier to navigate?

Comment by oge on Rationality is about pattern recognition, not reasoning · 2015-05-29T20:26:32.752Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hi Jonah, this article is very intriguing since I might be going through a similar phase as you. Please add me to any list of collaborators you're drawing up.

Comment by oge on How my social skills went from horrible to mediocre · 2015-05-29T13:44:24.273Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hey Jonah, props on being so honest in writing this article. I can relate to pretty much everything that you wrote.

Comment by oge on How to sign up for Alcor cryo · 2015-05-17T14:01:07.569Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yup! Unfortunately it isn't ready for humans yet

http://blog.brainpreservation.org/2015/04/27/shawn-mikula-on-brain-preservation-protocols/

Comment by oge on How to sign up for Alcor cryo · 2015-04-29T05:34:48.107Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Nope, not yet. I have 30 years to figure out if I want to continue with cryo or if some newer technology is more worth my money.

Comment by oge on How to sign up for Alcor cryo · 2015-04-29T05:32:58.582Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't know the answer to either question. I really just picked Alcor since at the time their Website looked far more professional than the alternative (although that has changed since). You can shoot the Alcor folks an email to ask about the membership: they're pretty good at responding.

Comment by oge on What are the resolution limits of medical imaging? · 2015-04-26T05:56:03.722Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for pointing this out. I'd seen their site before but could get no solid details on how they'd actually accomplish the 'backups'. How'd you come across those details?

Comment by oge on Self-verification · 2015-04-25T03:45:00.216Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Could you please explain what motivated you to ask this question? It'd help motivate me to play the game...

Comment by oge on Happiness and Goodness as Universal Terminal Virtues · 2015-04-25T03:41:59.813Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hey els, thanks for posting your thoughts. It'd be nice if you put a summary in the first paragraph seeing as the article is so long.

Comment by oge on Concept Safety: What are concepts for, and how to deal with alien concepts · 2015-04-25T03:23:30.566Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Very interesting post. I liked how your sequence of examples led from very from things we understand to the thing we're trying to understand.

Also, I recognized myself in the analogy of the scientists trying to redefine reality in order to fly :)

Comment by oge on Even better cryonics – because who needs nanites anyway? · 2015-04-08T06:58:26.156Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for taking the time to write this up and putting numbers to things: it makes it actually possible to evaluate your idea critically.

The thing that jumped out at me was the amount of pressure required for human preservation. What kinds of devices can generate 100KBar of pressure?

Edit: changed GBar to KBar

Comment by oge on Where can I go to exploit social influence to fight akrasia? · 2015-03-29T05:42:41.191Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Where do you live, Snorri? I'm interested in this as well.

Comment by oge on CFAR fundraiser far from filled; 4 days remaining · 2015-01-31T03:50:28.046Z · score: 25 (25 votes) · LW · GW

Donated $800. Good luck, CFAR!

Comment by oge on What are the resolution limits of medical imaging? · 2015-01-27T07:15:51.693Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for looking into it. FYI, it seems like the time dimension won't be necessary since people have recovered after their brain activity stops e.g. Profound Hypothermia and Circulatory Arrest

Comment by oge on What are the resolution limits of medical imaging? · 2015-01-26T05:19:46.745Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the pointer. Sadly, the techniques discussed all require slicing up the brain before imaging.

Comment by oge on What are the resolution limits of medical imaging? · 2015-01-25T23:19:57.342Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That's a good point, shminux. But don't you think that the entire organ needs to be scanned at high resolution first before storing a compressed copy?