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Comment by ozzalus on STRUCTURE: A Hazardous Guide to Words · 2019-06-20T18:24:27.184Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

"Different Minds (You're Concepts Formed Differently From Mine)" should probably be "Different Minds (Your Concepts Formed Differently From Mine)."

Comment by ozzalus on January 2018 Media Thread · 2019-01-13T20:13:28.525Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The Philosopher's Polar North (can also be translated as The Philosopher's Apex) [Nhato Remix]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc4zZ43R9o0

Turn on captions to see the lyrics and their English translation. The song says a lot about searching for truth and knowledge that I find powerful.

Some excerpts from the translated lyrics:

Accepting even those facts I have denied, <before time melts my memories away>
I absentmindedly lift “truth” from an uneven distribution <as a god might guide fate>

Even my current knowledge is still uncertain, swaying,
 so with my current knowledge I should be able to keep seeking
When I break out of this shell I’ll reach out over everything
Everything in this world is in my mind; everything, is being drawn in

Everything that has been represented with a model has form,
 in this infinite space inside my mind, can move freely
Everything is recorded in the observer’s eyes
Even the deficiencies in my imagination can be immediately supplemented by literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until the endless simulations converge into one

if there must exist “things that cannot be proven”,
I’ll just know everything there is

Comment by ozzalus on Rational Humanist Music · 2019-01-13T19:45:58.388Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think this might be a decent example of "rationalist" music. In particular, the lyrics communicate the value of seeking knowledge and discerning truth. There are parts that I disagree with, but overall I think it's pretty great for a Touhou soundtrack cover made by non-rationalists. Turn on captions to see the lyrics and their English translation.

The Philosopher's Polar North [Nhato Remix]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc4zZ43R9o0

I'll paste the translated lyrics here:

Accepting even those facts I have denied, <before time melts my memories away>
I absentmindedly lift “truth” from an uneven distribution <as a god might guide fate>

Even if all these impractical theories only represent my disbelief of the status quo,
 there is no “normal” that stays certain or consistent over time
Deciding based on experience is setting yourself into a foolish worldly restriction,
 even with careful consideration you cannot break the thick walls of your narrow views

Even my current knowledge is still uncertain, swaying,
 so with my current knowledge I should be able to keep seeking
When I break out of this shell I’ll reach out over everything
Everything in this world is in my mind; everything, is being drawn in

Everything that has been represented with a model has form,
 in this infinite space inside my mind, can move freely
Everything is recorded in the observer’s eyes
Even the deficiencies in my imagination can be immediately supplemented by literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until the endless simulations converge into one
If the “end of times” is but a definition, I’ll keep chasing after it forever

Negating even established models, <before I am overcome with the consciousness of sin>
I can go wherever I please, even as I await retaliation <as when a god guarantees freedom>
With my current knowledge, I will not deny anything
 if with my current knowledge I can still keep seeking
The observer will cover over everything
Everything in this world is in my heart; everything, I can touch

No longer will this be contained in just the replicas that have been created,
 this infinite space inside my mind is already “another heaven”
The love of the observer will surely reach all
Everything I find wrong with the real world is immediately supplemented with literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until my endless ideals converge wih reality
If there must exist “things that cannot be proven”,
I’ll just know everything there is

Roads without roads, questions without answers, turning the page the next is blank
Eventually, questions without questions, time without flow, just by walking towards a wall
There is only, impulse without intention, grasping at sand, it’s just another “Myth of Sisyphus”
That is, meaning without meaning, a predetermined time, zero degrees at the polar north
 the tip of knowledge’s
Roads without roads, questions without answers, turning the page the next is gone
Eventually, questions without questions, time without flow, running into a wall, standing still
There is only, impulse without intention, grasping at sand, it’s just another “Myth of Sisyphus”
That is, meaning without meaning, a predetermined time, even if it is
 zero degrees at the polar north

Comment by ozzalus on Zut Allais! · 2018-09-06T20:28:27.255Z · score: 9 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I agree that in many examples, like simple risk/reward decisions shown here, certainty does not give an option higher utility. However, there are situations in which it might be advantageous to make a decision that has a worse expected outcome, but is more certain. The example that comes to mind is complex plans that involve many decisions which affect each other. There is a computational cost associated with uncertainty, in multiple possible outcomes must be considered in the plan; the plan "branches." Certainty simplifies things. As an agent with limited computing power in a situation where there is a cost associated with spending time on planning, this might be significant.