Comment by Purplehermann on Social Capital Paradoxes · 2020-09-13T22:33:15.012Z · LW · GW

The virus example doesn't seem right to me.

  1. The claim doesn't seem necessarily true. Why would a more transmissible virus be more deadly? (aside from general virulence I suppose..). It isn't hard to think of some very contagious viruses that don't seem all that deadly (herpes, cold, flu) and some much less transmissible viruses that are quite deadly (AIDS).

I suppose more deadly viruses generally require more transmissibility to survive than less deadly ones do, but A -> B does not mean B -> A.

  1. Viruses are generally horizontal, I don't see why one horizontal thing would a priori be more negative than another horizontal thing, just based on a vertical vs horizontal idea
Comment by Purplehermann on Social Capital Paradoxes · 2020-09-13T22:27:10.610Z · LW · GW

Specifically the virus example seems off to me.

  1. The actual claim doesn't seem necessarily true, while
Comment by Purplehermann on The Four Children of the Seder as the Simulacra Levels · 2020-09-10T09:57:52.799Z · LW · GW

Well now I need to read your simalcrum posts, this is brilliant

Comment by Purplehermann on New Paper on Herd Immunity Thresholds · 2020-07-31T01:06:32.600Z · LW · GW

Assumption 3: People connect with others of similar connectivity.

This seems obviously wrong to me, at least in part.

There are a few factors I can think of that influence connectivity.

Job. (Cashier, Barista, teacher>normal desk job)

number of social circles.

Size of social circle

How much of a given circle an individual actually interacts with.

I'm sure there are more. Aside from size of social circle, most humans are more likely to be connected to a random [very connected person] than a random [not very connected person].

(Differences existing in exposure, connectivity etc.. are obvious imo)

Comment by Purplehermann on A reply to Agnes Callard · 2020-06-28T17:22:34.853Z · LW · GW

"Allowing mobs influence..." If the nyt had decided to publish an article advocating killing blacks for talking in public, I doubt anyone would have an issue with an online mob pressuring the nyt to retract the article.

Certainly Callard would not be questioning whether the article was worse or allowing mobs to influence the nyt to take the article down was worse.

Not all 'mobs' are created equal. Neither are all attempts at influence. The influence being exerted here is purely benign - this is not an attempt to influence the culture war or get soneone fired, all that is asked is that someone be allowed keep his pseudonymity, with good reason.

Edit: After reading the full text of Callard's OP I don't think what I wrote above addresses their full position.

As others have noted, this is not an instance of philosphers taking off the philosophy hat when dealing with other philosphers. The NYT isn't a group of philosphers, it is a business.

This business is acting in a harmful way, either because it is acting as a bureaucracy (reasoning will not make red tape go away),or in hostile fashion (or a higher up decided on this action just because I suppose).

None of these possibilities lend themselves to looking at this as a simple mistake of ethics (unless you frame it as a mistake of normative ethics/bottom line ethics, in which case a petition is an actual argument), where you can discuss and reach a conclusion.

In regards to philosophy needing to come into play in real life too - philosophy needs to recognize that conflict exists in real life.

If a man is coming to kill someone you know, the proper response should be reached through mistake theory internally, but stopping the aggressor physically should not be out of bounds when deciding on a response. Mistake theory needs to be aware of conflict theory. (Of course, if the man is a mistake theorist in regards to the one who woud stop him and would like to discuss before either takes action, one would be remiss not to)

Comment by Purplehermann on Covid-19: My Current Model · 2020-06-02T11:02:05.160Z · LW · GW

In Israel schools were recently reopened, 31(last I checked) schools have had cases over the last couple weeks. A notable school reportedly had over 100.

Before the country reopened the rate was around 20 infections a day. Currently in the 50-60 infections per day (on most days) area. This seems to support schools being important

Comment by Purplehermann on Covid-19: My Current Model · 2020-06-02T10:58:04.496Z · LW · GW

People are looking at numbers of infected and dead, the bigger the numbers the scarier it is. When the numbers are down a lot, they believe it's over.

I don't think having a particularly accurate understanding is necessary for this back and forth.

Comment by Purplehermann on Your abstraction isn't wrong, it's just really bad · 2020-05-27T12:34:16.148Z · LW · GW

How often are the kingdom's really used in a lab or with detailed research? I'm guessing not often (I've only done intro to bio myself though I've talked to researchers about there work and the kingdom's never came up).

They might be useful for giving people learning biology a general grasp of the various organisms and some differences, put into large categories.

There might be some times it's useful, maybe as a starting place in comparing different organisms, but it isn't an abstraction that is the base of how the actual field does research.

(As opposed to PLs, where the abstraction is the main tool of the craft)

Comment by Purplehermann on Your abstraction isn't wrong, it's just really bad · 2020-05-27T05:37:55.562Z · LW · GW

When you use abstractions to actually do work, the effeciency matters a lot. Hence programming languages.

When you use them to mentally sort things for general knowledge of what's out there and memory storage like in biology, if it works it works. Kingdoms seem to work for this.

Comment by Purplehermann on Homeostasis and “Root Causes” in Aging · 2020-05-25T14:00:46.665Z · LW · GW

What about telomere shortening? Are there other things that slowly break apart as they're used (and not rejuvenated constantly) that could explain aging beyond a few slow changing cells?

Comment by Purplehermann on Highlights of Comparative and Evolutionary Aging · 2020-05-23T19:57:14.251Z · LW · GW

The Wikipedia for naked mole rats claims a maximum age of 30 (32?), why is that if they can live forever?

Comment by Purplehermann on Conflict vs. mistake in non-zero-sum games · 2020-05-21T23:38:10.460Z · LW · GW

When resources are scarce, strongly controlling them seems justified. This includes men taking control of resources and acting unequally, as well as the poor fighting for a bigger slice of the pie.

When there's already plenty to go around then power grabs (or unequal opportunities between men and women because men need it) are just for their own sake and less justified.

So in general power that already exists (wealth, social classes, political power) will be harder to change through negotiation and anything that needs to keep being stimulated (rich kids getting educations for example (on finances, hard sciences or whatever)) will disappear as scarcity disappears.

Comment by Purplehermann on Suspiciously balanced evidence · 2020-05-20T09:52:08.304Z · LW · GW

What is the measure theoretic definition?

Comment by Purplehermann on How to avoid Schelling points? · 2020-05-19T20:44:23.522Z · LW · GW

This doesn't even require both use the same randomization, just that both randomize without putting higher frequency on the same options (for example e being the most common letter, random letter in a book will push towards e/5)

Added: favorite number seems like it would be weighted to specific numbers. Unless you have a very distinctive, unique reason for that number it seems like a bad idea.

Comment by Purplehermann on How to avoid Schelling points? · 2020-05-19T20:40:47.865Z · LW · GW

Or actually randomize I suppose. Number all options 1-N, multiply random numbers in your head until you get stuck (eg 2×6×9×95×34 in order, then when you miltiply that by 37 you get stuck. Use the last number,) though obviously getting it wrong is fine. Modulo N, +1. Walla, your choice, randomized.

Comment by Purplehermann on How to avoid Schelling points? · 2020-05-19T20:37:15.447Z · LW · GW

The taller/bigger person should pick the bigger number.

You and your ex should a) actually coordinate b)not go to each other's favorite place or places very close to their home.

Anything simple, not reversible, obvious. The big guy gets a big number.

The closer person goes to the bar.

Comment by Purplehermann on Signaling: Why People Have Conversations · 2020-05-19T20:07:47.320Z · LW · GW

I think I know why my conversations are different from most people's now.

Comment by Purplehermann on Open & Welcome Thread—May 2020 · 2020-05-19T19:32:35.667Z · LW · GW

Hi, I'm new here Read a bunch of the sequences a few years ago (not sure how I got there).

Started reading Scott's and Zvi's posts on here recently after reading on their blogs for a while.

Comment by Purplehermann on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-16T23:26:48.466Z · LW · GW

How sure of a thing are yoy looking for? I usually try a bunch of things for any issue I have, not usual that sure what exactly fixed the issue

Comment by Purplehermann on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-16T23:25:16.729Z · LW · GW

Skincare - not using product.

Giving up facial soap and making sure shampoo didn't get on my face did what no cleaning regiment did.

I tried this as a teen with moderate - severe acne, and to this day my skin is even better than most people's