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Memory is Everything 2014-08-22T04:48:49.875Z · score: -3 (18 votes)
Truth vs Utility 2014-08-13T05:45:55.426Z · score: 1 (8 votes)

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Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-24T04:15:07.792Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My interpretation of the quote was not that language exerts a trivial influence on our consciousness but that language is an imperfect form of communication.

Comment by qwake on Memory is Everything · 2014-08-23T04:05:32.144Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That might be true in reality but in the hypothetical for omega to completely erase the event from both your conscious and subconscience

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-22T05:05:02.427Z · score: 3 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Language exists only on the surface of our consciousness. The great human struggles are played out in silence and in the ability to express oneself.

Franz Xavier Kroetz

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-18T05:31:57.085Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for finding the source (I read it in a book and was to lazy to fact check it).

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-17T03:32:17.457Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Albert Einstein

Comment by qwake on Truth vs Utility · 2014-08-16T01:53:32.473Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes but as stated above if there is superintelligent being capable of making perfect stimulations of reality than the Copernican Principle states that the probability of our "reality" not being a stimulation is extremely low If thats the case it would be obvious to choose Option 1, it being the stimulation that yields you the most utility

Comment by qwake on Truth vs Utility · 2014-08-14T04:39:38.113Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Interesting interpretation of my scenario. I don't know about other people but I personally wouldn't mind being a paperclip in paperclippium if meant realizing infinite utility potential (assuming paperclips are conscious and have sensory experience of course).

Keeping in mind that the questions such as the below would be part of the hilariously meta above question:

"Exactly, in full detail without compression and to the full extent of time, what would all of my current and potentially new senses experience like if I took the simulation in Option 1?"

As for this question, that is pretty ingenious but avoiding the conflict of my scenario entirely! No need to undermine my thought experiment unneedlessly! :) Anyway thanks for the nice comment.

Comment by qwake on Truth vs Utility · 2014-08-14T04:22:25.509Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's not quite the question I am trying to convey with my conundrum. What I wanted Option 1 and Option 2 to represent is a hypothetical conflict in which you must choose between maximizing your utility potential at the cost of living in simulation or maximizing your knowledge of the truth in this reality. My point with in sharing this scenario did not have anything to do with the probability of such a scenario occurring. Now, everybody is free to interpret my scenario any way they like but I just wanted to explain what I had in mind. Thank you for your criticism and ideas. By the way.

Comment by qwake on An EPub of Eliezer's blog posts · 2014-08-12T02:36:53.435Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you so much. Very useful.

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-10T06:46:52.069Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I interpreted it to mean not to believe information simply because you hold the source of the information in high regard. It is very possible to change your mind and keep within your own reason and common sense.

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-06T20:00:15.917Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The impression I got is more that Slytherin adepts believe that human ideals such as justice, fairness, equality, and talent distort reality because they rely on the assumption that humans hold a special place in the universe which Slytherin adepts believe not to be true.

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-06T19:02:47.882Z · score: 2 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

-Isaac Asimov

Comment by qwake on Rationality Quotes August 2014 · 2014-08-06T18:59:22.052Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.

-Buddha

Comment by qwake on Outside the Laboratory · 2014-08-05T08:19:48.905Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This article reminds me of a question one of my favorite teachers asked his classes. Are you learning to enrich your life or to avoid pain? What he wanted us students to question was our motivations for sitting in his class and taking notes and memorizing curriculum. Was it because we wanted to do what society tells us we need to do (get good grades, go to college, make a lot of money) or because we genuinely wanted to learn? Obviously the answer for the vast majority of student is the former. The same could be said of the scientists who operate differently outside the lab. Society tells them the right way to act inside a lab to avoid pain (ie the scientific method, control groups) but when they leave the lab they leave all the scientific stuff behind.

Comment by qwake on How to Beat Procrastination · 2014-07-30T04:14:13.300Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Great article. One statement that really caught my eye was the reccomendation to not clutter your life. That's exactly how I would describe my life at this point. Cluttered. If anybody was any advice on how to declutter and refocus your life that would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by qwake on Open thread, July 28 - August 3, 2014 · 2014-07-29T09:36:25.109Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

"Memory is the framework of reality" This quote just popped into my head recently and I can't stop thinking about it.

Comment by qwake on Open thread, July 21-27, 2014 · 2014-07-26T02:32:03.667Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

While Bridge still relies somewhat on luck it is my opinion mainly skill-based.

Comment by qwake on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2014-07-24T08:51:44.280Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you I'm just trying to learn all I can.

Comment by qwake on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2014-07-24T04:58:44.943Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for the clear and informative reply.

Comment by qwake on You Are Likely To Be Eaten By A Grue · 2014-07-23T07:54:49.651Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think luminosity is very important as making conscious and self aware decisions instead of simply responding to external stimuli mindlessly is what seperates humans from being a very complex robot. The more conscious we are the better decisions we can make as we can analyze our thought processes and eliminate biases and emotional flaws in our thinking. In my opinion, consciousness and rationality are directly proportional in humans. In short, any human who wants to become a more rational thinker would be well advised to take steps to increase their consciousness or luminosity if you want to call it that. That is certainly what I am trying to do. Great series by the way.

Comment by qwake on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2014-07-23T03:12:57.869Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for the recommendations I will be sure to check them out.

Comment by qwake on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2014-07-23T02:49:55.039Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Wow thank you for the awesome reply. If all the people in the Less Wrong community are as friendly and as knowledgeable as you are then I have obviously joined the right site. You were right I was talking about Roko's Basilisk and since it is okay to mention it, here is the article that introduced me to this site if anyone is interested. I will definitely check out the Sequences in addition to the articles you suggested. There is so much interesting information on this site that it is hard to know where to start. One question I do have is what exactly is the importanceof decision theories? That is another thing that I am interested in. Are they applicable in real life situations or only in thought experiments? What is the importance of finding a perfect decision theory? I know the basics of Causal and Evidential Decision Theory but I am baffled by Timeless Decision Theory. If you could point me in the direction of where to find articles on these issues that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for the thoughtful and useful reply, it helped a lot.

Edit: I started reading Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions today and found it so engaging that I didn't stop reading until I finished it. It was definitely a mind opening experience for me as I was exposed to a plethora of ideas and biases that I had no idea existed. I am definitely going to try reading the rest of the Sequences now.

Comment by qwake on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2014-07-22T05:14:17.457Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for the reply. I will be sure to read these articles.

Comment by qwake on Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013) · 2014-07-22T04:18:15.347Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

Hello, I am Jay, a 16 year old incoming High School Senior (I skipped a grade if anyone cares). The way I came across this site was through reading an article about a certain thought experiment I don't want to mention because I don't want to piss anyone off in my first post (If anyone knows what I'm talking about is mentioning that thought experiment on Less Wrong still banned because I do find it very interesting). Anyway, what drew me to this site was the quest for answers. I have been seeking and contemplating what the answers to life, the universe, and everything in between for a while now. Have I been doing this in a logical or rational way? No, I have simply been walking through the everyday motions in life in an autopilot state with no real purpose or goals wondering what the hell I should be doing with my life. Lately, I have realized if I want to find meaning in my life I will actually have to strive to find it. I cant sit around waiting for answers to come to me. That is why for the most part I have come to this site. I want to learn and see if I can find out what is the purpose of living in this strange universe and to learn some interesting things along the way. That is all. If anybody has recommendations as to what I should start out reading on this site that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.