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Comment by paulovsk on Habitual Productivity · 2014-01-12T21:30:44.431Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This is a "knowledge builds up on previous knowledge" problem. It's not that math is fundamentally hard or something a person with normal intelligence can't achieve.

It's just a matter of systematically filling the gaps in your knowledge. Some people have wider gaps, others have narrower ones. Past experience counts a lot here.

The ideal posture is starting from the ground. Really, go back to the beginning of high school of you need to (that's no shame), but make sure you have the fundamentals right (and you expose yourself to a variety of applications/examples/environments).

Message me if you need some sort of step-by-step to kick into action. I've been researching this a lot and founded a company in Brazil that gives trainings on how to learn better.

Comment by paulovsk on How to choose a country/city? · 2013-11-03T12:28:14.675Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What does the cold have to do with it?

Comment by paulovsk on Rationality Quotes August 2013 · 2013-09-04T04:40:15.133Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

thank you. This was a 'duh!' moment; I haven't realized it was the 2nd book of the Natural 20.

Comment by paulovsk on Rationality Quotes August 2013 · 2013-08-06T20:38:42.270Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Can you give a link to this story? It is surprisingly difficult to find.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90 · 2013-07-06T01:14:49.946Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No. Quirrell knew what was going on because of the empathic link with Harry. The "ancient device" line was him covering up that this existed.

From Reddit, when people answered the exact same commentary made by me.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 21, chapters 91 & 92 · 2013-07-05T01:24:43.129Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Started reading now. It's highly rated, so I'm expecting it to be at least amusing.

Comment by paulovsk on LessWrong help desk - free paper downloads and more · 2013-02-21T15:08:10.189Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Could you send the 1st and 2nd for me, please? paulo at username dot com

Comment by paulovsk on Rationality Quotes January 2013 · 2013-01-02T02:09:59.562Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's a copywriting technique. It makes easier for people to read (note how the subjects of newsletters campaings usually come like that). Don't ask me for the research, I have no idea where I've read it.

In this case, I guess he just pasted the title here.

Comment by paulovsk on Rationality Quotes January 2013 · 2013-01-02T02:05:23.530Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Yep.

I'm rather curious how parents can "be" something to children without doing, since it's supposed children don't know their parents before their first contact (after birth, I mean).

Comment by paulovsk on Three Worlds Collide (0/8) · 2012-12-09T02:37:55.439Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It seems beautiful, so far. Thanks!

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-12-05T02:28:01.605Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yep, most of it. I mean, ALL of it. It's just too much. Quirrel (and Voldemort) in the cannon aren't that smart, so I'm having so trouble updating that.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-11-03T15:02:44.078Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Latest Author's Note Update.

There’s a chance here to reach up toward that impossible dream of a better world where people aren’t crazy all the damn time, because believe it or not, nobody’s really tried anything like this before. [...] Science, reason, and rationality – it’s what Muggles use instead of magic, and it’s all we’ve got.

I thought it was really inspiring.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-11-03T15:00:52.141Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I had such a hard time convincing myself on this (quirrel = voldemort).

Yes, I'm probably biased, but I don't know how. I suspect it's because I can't think of how Quirrelmort would do all that stuff, so I assumed he wouldn't.

Comment by paulovsk on Less Wrong on Twitter · 2012-06-26T20:54:01.535Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Now you're pop ;)

Comment by paulovsk on Less Wrong on Twitter · 2012-06-25T21:16:18.709Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

@paulorrj

Comment by paulovsk on Less Wrong on Twitter · 2012-06-25T21:15:13.988Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Step by step:

  1. Open your chrome browser and press F12
  2. Click on 'Scripts'
  3. Down corner on the left, Click in the icon to "show console"
  4. Paste the code and press enter. The page will seem to reload and the magic will happen.

By the way, thanks for the code

Comment by paulovsk on The Affect Heuristic · 2012-06-15T12:49:38.092Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The link in the end of text is broken. I've found another one, would you update it?

Check whether it is the same pdf before posting. I believe it is.

Comment by paulovsk on Where Fermi Fails: What is hard to estimate? · 2012-06-11T23:52:01.247Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Screw AI, let's just build Feynman when we get the technology. He was a hoot!

Sounds good to me.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-06-10T01:50:01.986Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What's exactly the next step after I notice I'm confused?

How? How? In retrospect it had been an obvious sort of idea as cunning plots went, but Granger wasn't supposed to be cunning! She'd been too much of a Hufflepuff to use a Simple Strike Hex! Had Professor Quirrell been advising her despite his promise, or...

And then Draco finally did what he should have done much earlier.

What he should have done after the first time he met with Granger.

What Harry Potter had told him to do, trained him to do, and yet Harry had also warned Draco that it would take time to make his brain realize that the methods applied to real life, and Draco hadn't understood that until today. He could have avoided every single one of his mistakes if he'd just applied the things Harry had already told him -

Draco said out loud, "I notice that I am confused."

Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality... Draco was confused.

Therefore, something he believed was fiction.

Granger should not have been able to do all that. Therefore, she probably hadn't. I promise not to help General Granger in any way that the two of you don't know about. With sudden horrified realization, Draco swept papers out of the way, hunting through the mess on his desk, until he found it.And there it was.

In this short piece, Draco searches for some belief that he thought it was true but it couldn't be because he was confused. Is there any step by step or we just begin with it?

Comment by paulovsk on What are you working on? June 2012 · 2012-06-07T19:56:06.042Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, man, your journey is most interesting than you think. PM me too, if possible.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-06-02T11:47:44.625Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't understand the song (I haven't watched Ghostbusters), but I think the existence of a song itself to Harry, when he's walking down to the selector hat is a nice, funny point in the history.

That's why I think it must to be kept. It's one of those things that actually makes sense in the HPMOR world.

Comment by paulovsk on [Transcript] Richard Feynman on Why Questions · 2012-05-08T18:42:13.699Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks! I love docs like these, that take the a broad approach.

Comment by paulovsk on Robot Programmed To Love Goes Too Far (link) · 2012-05-03T21:02:24.625Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

exactly. I missed the shot, for example.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-05-03T20:56:29.858Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I got it! wow, it feels great ;) thanks again.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-05-03T19:21:03.975Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I guess one future key ability will be know how keywords use to solve a problem. Using the google, of course.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-05-03T19:19:43.205Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks!

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-05-03T19:19:00.237Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Really thank you, Alejandro1, you clarified the "inertial reference" point.

Going a little bit beyond, what the heck the gravity has to do with time turners and time travel? My knowledge is pretty restrict in this area (almost zero), so if you can't answer this in a simple way [1]; just saying "go study X" will work fine,too, if that's the case.

[1] As Feynman says, if you want to explain something complicated for someone, you can rephrase or use analogies as long as the person has an (or a few) equivalent model of that topic in their reality. So, if the topic requires some model that I don't own by not knowing lots of relativity, just point that out so that I can study and not lose good threads like this in the future. Thanks.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-05-03T11:15:47.319Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Could you re-explain this?

Especially thorny is that the surface of the earth accelerates upwards relative to inertial reference frames; if you stay in your inertial reference frame played backwards through time, you don't lose the earth in space, but you do oscillate through it like a mass on a spring. I personally think this is a really cool way for time travel to work, but it's clearly not how time turners do

I don't even konw what search for in google so that I undestand it: special relativity?

Comment by paulovsk on Be Happier · 2012-04-30T12:18:01.828Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

yeah, I'd love a step-by-step guide.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-04-22T22:13:21.352Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-04-21T16:21:20.492Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

You deserve far more karma than what you received, my friend.

By the way, could you link me to the argument expressed here?

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Comment by paulovsk on The Singularity Institute is hiring remote editors! · 2012-04-15T00:11:21.060Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, good points. Same doubts here.

Comment by paulovsk on The Singularity Institute is hiring remote HTML / WordPress workers! · 2012-04-13T23:20:08.253Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

How is the hiring working, if "Age and credentials are irrelevant": Those who submit first get the first shot?

I got pumped out by the oportunity.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-12T18:25:48.972Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

This is driving me crazy.

I never know when he's doing evil or not. This chapter, for example, led me to believe he was doing good at some point of his life. Although my rationalist-beginner-side is screaming at me he is Voldemort or something, I can't help but sympathize with that point.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-11T10:09:19.098Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

And it is likely that he likes her, just as in canon.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-09T19:04:38.128Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

sad.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-08T12:57:29.301Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

b) Oh lord.

Feeling exactly the same.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-06T21:17:24.008Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Waiting for a whole week is the worst part.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-06T17:43:53.386Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

It would be nice if the disruptive effect they have on the rest of my life was more localized.

I think exactly like that.

I vote up to have them released all at once.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-04T14:44:03.015Z · score: 4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Harry apologizes through an elaborate prank that utilizes the Time Turner, the True Cloak of Invisibility, and exploding birthday cake.

I laughed so hard that it hurt.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-04-01T13:37:47.316Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I don't get it pretty clear. Could you explain in few words?

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T20:12:15.525Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Didn't get. Could you explain?

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-28T10:19:46.518Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I seem to recall that the great EY seems to have said that this story ends after the first year of Hogwarts.

Wait... what?

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 11 · 2012-03-28T03:22:16.294Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Telling lies, plotting, sneakering invisible in the girl's dorm (writing in her book while invisible), so that Lili disliked Snape.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T02:08:40.581Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Harry as we know him will cease to exist. Voldemort will go on in triumph -- as Harry Potter, the boy who destroyed Voldemort twice over. Harry will be the beloved hero of magical Britain -- and Voldemort inside.

Very structured, but... a sad end? Harry, the almost ratinalist, losing? This seems odd.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T11:18:44.914Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

wait, Quirrel killed Rita? Can any of you quote that part for me? I can't believe I skipped this one.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T11:12:49.809Z · score: 6 (10 votes) · LW · GW

Lily's last conversation with Voldemort just so happens to replicate the requirements of a Dark ritual - you name the thing sacrificed, and then the thing to be gained.

"I accept the bargain. Yourself to die, and the child to live."

That's really awesome.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 11 · 2012-03-25T13:14:28.593Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I never thought about it, Maybe D isn't evil, making Snape suffering with Lili; maybe he was just trying to help Petunia.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 11 · 2012-03-24T01:44:04.171Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is actually weird. How can he write such a good fic if he didn't read all the books, relying only in definitions in the wiki? If so, he gain two more points of respect.

Comment by paulovsk on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 11 · 2012-03-23T15:20:15.623Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't get it straight: will Harry declare war to whom? To the dementors?

But, your line of thought is interesting.