Reality is arational. 2016-09-09T16:08:03.511Z · score: -10 (14 votes)


Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-15T15:57:00.717Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Was the youtube link video? Do you have the video of the TED talk? Audio is boring, but I can wait.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-15T15:25:59.552Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

At last, I've finally found something that you cannot change. Well then, just call this "reality" and discard everything we've said so far.

But if you are creating these maps at every given moment, isn't the maps changing depending on you? :D

Yeah, call me when someone learns to affect the map.

Can we call it your perception of the map? Because that's all there really is, that's why it's a map. Nothing exists which isn't in your present moment, except as maps.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-15T01:30:13.040Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Check this out:

If you're interested in giving meditation a try again, try the headspace website/app.

Meditation for beginners on youtube from actualized is a great start, he also has a guided meditation track and more:

In my opinion by not approaching the meditation for benefit's sake will you paradoxically benefit the most, but I don't know, it's a speculation. Alan Watts have some great videos about this and similar on youtube :)

No problem, wish you the best :)


Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-14T12:48:03.628Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So... you can change laws of physics?

I don't know, I'm not a physicist. Based on my limited knowledge is that you cannot change the map. Imagine everything in the world being a map called X, and it has a revision number. Just because you know the maps are X and have a revision number doesn't undermine the content of the maps themselves. Your life experience might become different, however.

Who is then?

For there to be control, there has to first be someone or something which can be controlled and a controller. All is illusionary. You can create maps, but they will still be maps in relation to the arational.

And why do you call it my Matrix, since I cannot affect it in any way?

I'm telling you in a practical sense since you have to have the experience yourself. You believe you are a creature, being of some kind. You can affect your matrix, by realizing it is a matrix, it's kind of paradoxical.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-14T11:43:29.617Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

1) law of physics change for people who have different maps

I'm saying laws of physics is a map. Our reality is arational and exists without reasoning or understanding. Sure your map may be more accurate than other maps, but it's never the territory as it's a human projection.

2) you're just calling reality "maps that can't change", in which case there's no point in having this conversation.

No, of course, you can change maps. But it'll always be a map. "It's a map and it'll never be the territory, as it is a map"

If that's true, why isn't Liza sucking my c@{k right now? It's my Matrix, after all.

If you silence all thoughts, you experience arational reality. But the moment a thought appears, you have a map, if you didn't silence all thoughts, you created a map. If you believe you are experiencing arational reality, you are not, as you created a map of the memory of experiencing arational reality. Within a snap of a finger you may become present, and each snap of the day you are either aware or not.

Thoughts and all senses are the matrix of which you base everything, thus you are the Architect, the projector. But it's not normal to be God.

Just because it is your matrix, doesn't mean that you are in control. Because the thought of you is a part of your matrix, so is the illusion of control, and everything else.

So how do you call those parts of the maps that agree on each other and are independent from individual minds?

Maps that agree on each other, will always be maps. L a n g u a g e i s a m a p. Some maps may have higher expected value in relation to maps which are perceived to have low. But they never break the illusion of being a map itself.

Maps can't ever be independent of maps, that's the illusion of one map being the territory. Some might say it is more likely that something is the territory, but I disagree since you can become aware what is the territory in the present moment and it is arational.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-14T11:23:54.633Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

One is responsibility: if you do "place" people on a path, you assume some. You do, don't you?

As far as I see it, rationality isn't bound to the matrix (virtual reality) which we create. In this present moment, you can be aware of all thoughts and question them, even the existence of yourself. These are all concepts we have pre-determined to be the territory without realizing it in the first place. All are maps.

The responsibility is of the individual to do the work and it's always the case, as that's where the maps are coming from, they are a projection.

That is my assumption, and everything simply is. You are your environment, you do not exist independent and are able to filter out things which you do not like, that's assuming control and holding onto the belief of the existence of you and all other beliefs.

The other one is knowing what you are talking about. You are a pseudonymous handle on the 'net. Is there a particular reason to believe you have a clue?

I simply give my argument which can be refuted, argued or discussed for and against. After the discussion, you update your map regardless what you choose to do or not. I do, however, speculate that we are self-organizing and if it as if everything is already on the path, by looking back.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T20:53:00.816Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Whether you want to use the binary enlightened/unenlightened distinction is up to you. I'm not a fan of binary classifications.

I like to use enlightened/unenlightened, because if you are enlightened you know. But you also might be tricking yourself that you are enlightened, thus cannot become something which you think you are. I think I have had a glimpse and some of it transitioned over. But then there is the ego, the monkey mind. Very close but still far away.

I'm just saying that you are making assumptions about me that are not true. You likely don't have preexisting categories for the state in which I happen to be when it comes to my relationship with the self.

That's true, it's only assumptions. I assume you have ego because I have it, because I think a lot have it and here as well. It seems to be such a norm. But I don't know how to spot it outside of my own assumptions from experience. Maybe some MRI scans have seen this 'self'-hallucination.

In a discussion, isn't it possible when someone is making an assumption about you, that you reply it is not true? Is it the case you do not have an ego?

Basically you are inspired by an idea and try to preach it to people who think differently and categorize other people on a path where they are less evolved than you are.

I might be dogmatic in thinking I am more aware of certain things, but that's just the order of whatever. It's a paradigm of the ego definitely, transcending it would be interesting.

It can also be the case it doesn't seem like many can even phantom to understand what I am communicating, or even are able to see everything from their perspective.

In a Buddhist view, that would likely be seen as strong attachment to ego. From the way you are writting it appears like you don't have self awareness of that fact.

You have to see it from the perspective of ego, an ego lies. By spotting which text is from the ego and thus removing it, I have tricked myself in the process and strengthened my ego. There isn't a bad part of "I" "you" or anyone else, which is the ego, the whole thing is it. But I do become more aware of my unawareness, and tricking myself in the process. This is hard.

The people I know who had samadi experiences are not like that but are generally more self aware of drives like that. They also generally aren't attached to binary classfication as much. It also seems that you don't have awareness of how that issue affects you.

We go to those that are enlightened, they do not come to us. Nothing matters, everything is nothing. Binary classifications is such a non-issue. :)

implementing the concepts through work. And maybe through spreeding the gospel. That's however not how it works.

I know.

It's a typical approach for New Agey people and those often don't get very deep because they treat some knowledge as dogma with prevents letting go of concepts.

That seems like a strawman.

That said, I'm not seeking the end that the Buddhist seek. I'm also not saying that anybody should.

Everything I have said is secular, but I think that you see the world through your own eyes.

Maybe it was because of the word "enlightened/unenlightened/enlightenment"?

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T19:55:39.961Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

People go on paths regardless what you do, the better you are at convincing the likelihood they venture on a specific path is higher, I think. I don't see why it's a question of qualification, that would be more from the paradigm of the ego I think.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T18:43:42.397Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You seem to be strongly attached to whether or not something exist and the binary classification of something either existing or not.

No, I think it's unlikely, however.

That suggests that I have a single map of "I". That doesn't happen to be the case. There might have been a time where my level of introspection was structured in a way where it's true but that's not the case today.

You aren't enlightened are you? It's unlikely that you aren't in the trap of the ego otherwise.

You argument resolves around you yourself having a wrong map that you haven't given up. As a practical matter it's questionable whether you are even at the moment on a course that leads in a direction of giving it up, but that would be a debate about spiritual guidance.

Of course, I am becoming more aware of it. I do think that I am on the course of giving it up, one can give it up at any moment, but it might just happen randomly.

My argument also revolves around placing you and others on the path.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T16:01:21.201Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I know that it contradicts, the point is that you can see for yourself is this the case. By realizing all the concepts of "you" are maps, and that there is no need for thinking (creating new maps) to reveal this truth, you can merge with arational reality. But it can only be done by direct experience. This is an empirical investigation.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T15:28:20.006Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What I mean is that you don't exist, but arational reality does and "you" is the entirety of reality. The body which you see is a part of arational reality. But you can only experience this yourself. Talking of it is the same thing, it is thinking (when what I am saying is that we should not think) because it's just creating maps upon maps. If you just look around, imagine this is arational reality. Then you name an object, that's a thought, which is a map. When thoughts are quiet and you are not labeling and you have given up the notion of "you" existing, you have merged.

Of course it requires you to do the work, and it's probably going to take a long time to give up the map of "you", I haven't done it myself.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T11:31:46.162Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Regardless how accurate or inaccurate a map is, it is still a map. But some maps are more or less accurate over other maps. That's fine. That's human projections.

I argue that the territory is arational, which means any representation in relation to the territory is all the same.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T11:20:58.506Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The argument is that everything is a map including anything written here, in quotes or not. It's the written language and so forth, however, many layers deep the maps go.

By excluding all maps in direct experience you uncover the territory. Which is you. Which is arational. But only by direct experience.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T10:21:18.477Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What makes you think I am arguing for the dualist view? Is it the overall impression or some certain statements?

I do write "subjective experience" and so forth to ease in and try and make this a bit more understandable. :D

Comment by reguru on Reality is arational. · 2016-09-13T08:56:04.538Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't fully understand what you mean.

Gravity is a human projection.

But why would being aware something is a human projection change the projection itself?

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-13T08:40:51.568Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Dude, we already know that rationality is inside the mind. Reality ("the thing that doesn't go away when you stop believing it") doesn't have to play by any rules.

I get this moment you're having, it's obvious when we talk about a brand new science, that is neuroscience. Even if there are a lot of work still left. In relation to you, that is still a map, that you have a mind. Okay, now I might be playing on definitions if "mind" doesn't mean arational reality to you.

But it does. It's a fact that our puny brains are Turing complete, and that reality is very regular in such a way to be computable. Heck, in such a way to be linear, at a fundamental level!dea

That's your opinion. That's your map.

This must be a sort of joke from the Gods or the Architects of the Matrix.

A cosmic joke :D Really, though, you are the God, the Architect of the Matrix.

I think the one who is not accepting that reality can be described by rationality is you.

I fully agree. I do argue that reality cannot be described by anything, as it is arational. But of course you have to see for yourself.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T04:29:46.978Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think that the territory might be the experience of enlightenment. I wonder what gjm, yudkowsky, Lumifer, reguru or some other rationalist would say after becoming enlightened.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-13T04:14:32.480Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The thought that you know everything interesting about the world, is a thought.

In fact, by thinking that you know, you won't ever be able to know. Because you think you already have what you seek, thus you cannot gain what you seek. In the same manner, you won't buy an expensive object when you already have said object.

I also feel like my sense of wonder diminished. As I write this, I am a little unhappy, and in a period of depression, but I had similar feelings, if less intense, even before this period.

I was wondering whether you have any advice on how to restore this; or even better, how to "forget" as much rationality and transhumanism as possible (if not actually forgetting, then at least "to think and feel as I did before I read the Sequences")?

The unknown is vastly beyond, in fact, if you are familiar with "map not being the territory", you are the territory.

The territory precedes time, space and everything that is a map. Which are, you. The concept of who you think is you is a map.

By practicing daily meditation, you will be able to increase your awareness where the separation of thoughts and awareness occurs, by becoming less oblivious to the maps, all that's left is the territory.

The ego loves to stay in control, and it's a very tricky thing, I can highly recommend starting meditation, every single day, have a timer or follow a guided meditation practice. No matter how you feel or what the day is, get it done, even if you have to do it every time before you go to sleep.

Of course, this isn't medical advice, for emergencies, you should visit a doctor :)

Take care, god bless.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T04:03:48.089Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I will say it more explicitly: I do not believe that continuing to discuss this stuff with you is a good use of my time. I gravely doubt it's a good use of the time of anyone else here, but of course it's not for me to say what others should do.

How is this relevant to the discussion? You're talking about different things now.

I think your attempts at "awareness" have regrettably left you hopelessly confused and self-deluded. I do not think you have anything useful to teach me, and I do not think you are open-minded enough to learn anything from me.

I can make the same argument, but I don't see how it leads to anywhere. Why not try and argue for your point? Whenever I make an argument you seem to ignore it completely, use your own definition or strawman. When I try and figure out what you're thinking, you're saying I am speculating what you're thinking two times now, so what? Then tell me what you are thinking.

Maybe you just realize you can't defend your point and have to rationalize the dissonance.

Have a good day,:D

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-13T01:24:09.476Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Because you won't say it straight up how you are thinking, I have to guess, so that discussion can continue.

"You've just got yourself into a state where you are oblivious to the maps involved." What does this mean? So everything is a map?

You have not yet succeeded in communicating any new insights to me; we may of course disagree about why that is.

I've numerous times said communication is inherently flawed due to the nature of the concept. It's a subjective experience, which you can find out for yourself.

I know how it's like to think that you're smarter than anyone else, that's fine, I get that feeling too.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-12T21:22:46.627Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Are you advocating cartesian dualism?

No, non-dualism where the territory is what you are and all maps are simply human projections. But by direct experience, not by writing of it, you, actually investigating yourself.

You confuse ontology and epistology. It might not be possible for me to prove that I'm made up of neurons but that doesn't mean that I'm not made up of neurons. You can't go from one to the other easily.

I don't know, but still is the neurons a map within the territory? With my claim that you are the territory, by direct experience of it yourself, (not objective, subjective).

You seem to have an understanding of what's true is supposed to mean that you unquestioningly accept. A concept that you learned as a child and where you now get into trouble because it doesn't matches the complex reality. The problem is the concept that you have in your head. The fact that the concepts inside your head doesn't make sense doesn't mean that other people can't reason and don't mean something useful when they speak of truth.

True in relation to the arational. One small truth over the other is irrelvant to the larger picture, but within the picture they are. But it's only subjective experience, by the nature of this investigation.

References is a different concept than identity and "is". It's a concept that you currently don't seem to understand. In computer programming it's different to store a pointer than to store a variable that contains it's own data. Can you follow the analogy in the realm of computers?

That's a clarification, but regardless it is quite irrelevant to what we're discussing I think (or what I want to discuss).

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-12T18:57:06.140Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

An alternative for what purpose? If you mean "something that does what thinking does", only better, you haven't begun to make a case. If you mean "something entirely separate that we should do some of the time" then sure, there are plenty of things we should do other than thinking, and I can't imagine why anyone would think we need to be told that.

The purpose is a map, friend, there's more than maps. Personally I think it brings us closer to the truth of us, our existance, our nature. Regarding doing other things than thinking, I agree with that, one thing doesn't have to go at the cost of something else.

No shit. Do you think people here imagine that the world disappears when we go to sleep or watch a movie or have sex or anything else that doesn't involve much thinking?

That's a strawman argument. I was talking about silencing all thoughts or becoming aware of thoughts instead of thinking of thoughts. You might think X activity goes under that umbrella, but I don't necessarily, so that's a strawman.

I do think that a lot of you believe that the map is the territory, even though you will deny it. That's the point I am trying to make as well. But you're not arguing against those points, just where you can get in an easy strawman? I'm just speculating though.

I never said it was. I said that you do it with your brain. Those are not at all the same thing. But if you imagine that when you are in the state you call being "aware" you are somehow perceiving the world directly and map-less: Nope. You've just got yourself into a state where you are oblivious to the maps involved.

So we are talking about different things, I specifically stated my definition yet you bring up your own as if it's possible to argue when we mean different things for different words.

I'm talking about thinking, awareness and similar. You are talking of maps which you are thinking about? It's another layer. For example, in your direct experience, you have all these different things you attribute maps to. Take this as your reference point in this conversation, not maps from neuroscience or anything else if possible.

If you were becoming aware of things, you aren't in the moment of awareness thinking about how your brain created this that is my definition of awareness. It's less so of a map. In that direct experience, you can see the map for what it is.

Would it be proper to say that the territory is oblivious to the maps involved, in that case?

I'm telling you that you are god and the universe, but I have to feed it to you as a "subjective experience" because you are asleep. You are in a matrix of maps. :D

But I don't know.

Take it, however, you want.

That is not my my opinion, nor is it something I have said. Perhaps you might try the experiment of reading what I write with the hypothesis that I understand more rather than less than you do, and see whether it makes better sense.

That was an assumption.

Not so much a strawman as word salad. But for sure it isn't what I'm saying.

What I mean was that you create a map, which all other maps span out from, the first map is the brain and within that map,there is thinking, awareness, feeling and so forth. Maybe even before that it's the universe, physics of the neurons and so forth, or however many layers it might be.

"What you are saying YOU (the actual you) are is: Maps and the map which is the brain, have created your awareness"

"If you aren't aware of the maps, it's because you are oblivious to them, not because they don't exist"

Is that what you say?

If so sit down and meditate and ask yourself that again?

It may please you to believe that you know what I believe better than I do, but I see no reason to agree.

Mr. gjm, relax. Ok?

I never claimed to be "not creating maps". I don't know which of multiple things you mean by "you don't exist" but if what you mean is, say, that my notion of myself is a mental construct that may diverge from how the world really is then yes, I'm aware of that.

According to you, 1) Everything is apparently a map. Even though the territory isn't.

2) But if you are oblivious to the maps, that's not because they don't exist. It's because you're oblivious to them.

So the baseline is that everything is a map. because of 1 and 2, but isn't the territory the actual baseline?

The territory is oblivious to the maps, right? Which is you.

I know I am proposing something different by saying the territory is oblivious to the maps, using a little bit of your wording, but that's my point. You are the territory and within the territory is the maps, the universe, all perceptions of which you label things and project upon. When you silence thoughts (and become oblivious to maps according to you, or think I am) you are it.

You consider that e.g. whether I am on the earth or the moon is "just a layer", a matter of "our projections"? Because that is a thing the human race has discovered how to change, by careful use of well-calibrated maps. If your attempts at "awareness" have detached you so far from reality that you really do think that: well, I'm sorry, and it's too bad you didn't come here earlier when there was still a prospect of a cure.

It is a human projection. You have said it yourself, that it is a map. A map is a projection in my definition. It's a strawman, you saw that I mentioned that science and selecting some maps over others is fine, that's not the argument. It's that we believe the map to be the territory, even though you say you don't.

You keep trying to tell me what I believe (and feel). You keep getting it wrong. Perhaps your "awareness" doesn't confer quite as much insight as you suppose?

I was just assuming, I had no clue what you believe. Even if this is a Tu quoque fallacy: You did kind of the same with the video.

I let go of it ages ago. It's no fault of mine that you keep harping on it.

About the video? Okay, sorry.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-12T16:15:18.967Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

First, you should probably read the documents we refer to as the Sequences before you try to "correct" us.

There's plenty of others who disagree with you, I think, based on my experience writing with others here.

We all know this.

Yet a lot don't really know it, by that I mean actually experiencing. (no absolute truth I get it, but let's not make maps without understanding that we are)

You seem to be referring to meditative states. A lot of us do this, for various reasons. It really has little to do with rationality or arationality. Quieting down and dissociating from one's thoughts certainly helps with clear thinking.

The meditative state is always the case, of course, we may practice meditation more intensely. Not being attached to thoughts is baseline in my opinion, if it can be done for oneself.

Just because you're in a meditative state of thoughtlessness doesn't mean that you're doing anything beyond engaging with yet another set of maps.

That's not correct during the meditative state? The state can be constant.

Again, lots of us meditate, and we're all about beauty. Not sure where you're getting this perspective.

I'm sure that's likely, but there can be a lot more to meditation we think, trying to understand who we truly are and what is actually more likely to be the truth?

I see buried in here a sales pitch for engaging in some kind of meditative or mindfulness practice. I admit that the foundational documents of Less Wrong don't explicitly advocate for taking up meditation, but it's a popular community topic.

It's increasing awareness so we can less be attached to the map of our maps and so forth. It's like a layer on top of it all in my opinion, while simply being as it is.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-12T15:06:49.174Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I highly doubt so from my experience, although I can see why it should be. It's so obvious that it is not obvious. Maybe.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-12T14:23:27.171Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

But what you go on to present is not an alternative.

An alternative to thinking. Which is "awareness".

Do you really imagine that those of us who attempt to be rational think that reality would disappear without our attachment to maps? This is real Strawy McStrawface stuff.

I think that's the case, you think "you" have to think, not a strawman, but what I suspect. Thinking IS everything to you? Is not?

"Maps" are how human beings think about the world.

I know, that's why they are human projections, that's why it's inherently flawed in relation to the arational, not between different thinking. That's why the arational simply is, without understanding or reasoning. It's not a map. You can't think of it, but you can gain awareness of it, being aware that everything is a human projection is a start. Might be the limitations of rationality, because you can't think your way through this.

So, are you (1) suggesting that we not think about the world any more, or

No, I've said it's fine to think, to have human projections, to do math, physics, other science.

(2) claiming to have a way of doing it that doesn't rely on maps?

Of course, you don't have to think.

The world doesn't disappear, neither does anything else. That was the point of "reality won't disappear without your attachment to maps". When you silence all thoughts, or when you become aware of thoughts instead of thinking of thoughts. Might you be arational? Because there's nothing to do. Just awareness.

But, here's the kicker, it's always the case. You can think however much you want and it's exactly the same.

If #1 then, well, good luck to you but I don't think it can be done. If

If you understand what I said in the above paragraph, maybe you can see that it might be always the case.

#2 then I don't believe you. Like it or not, you think (and feel, and experience "awareness", and everything else)

Awareness is not thinking. Please try and understand the difference, by meditating. Otherwise, you can't ever understand what I am talking about. Just because you might think that you can only think about things, there is a difference. not

But don't meditate unless you really want to, the Wikipedia article gives enough of a definition.

with your brain and all its interactions with the world are mediated by "maps", and if you think you've escaped that then I guarantee all you have actually done is to fool yourself into not noticing the maps you're using. That does not, I'm afraid, count as higher "awareness".

I have never said that human projections are bad, the brain, neuroscience, neural pathways and so forth, it's all cool, but there's still a lot left. But you are really missing the point.

What you're saying is that you are "maps, that maps of the brain have created your awareness"? or is this a strawman? Don't you see this leads nowhere, that you actually believe the territory is the map without realizing it? The territory is arational.

I never denied that these are maps, in fact, I have said so multiple times. However, when you are becoming aware, there will be no map of the territory or YOU thinking about maps. It makes no sense. We become aware of the territory then we create maps.

But maybe you're making a more modest claim, namely that we should be aware of our map-using. Yup, we should. What makes you think we aren't?

Are you sure you are not creating maps? Are you aware that you don't exist, for example, that this is a map? Or will you rationalize this and hold on? They are all logical conclusions you've made. There's probably a lot of things you can become aware of now which you mistake for not being a map. The more advanced mistake is to talk about neuroscience. Because if you really are honest you believe that you exist, that there is a being, a creature of some kind. That it's not a map. Now this is speculation of course.

You might even say things like "I exist" in your mind without being aware that your thoughts might be untrustworthy, true dogmatic thinking is to ourselves. Or let's say you might say "it's maps created out of physical brain" lost in thought.

The world is rational enough that application of rational techniques enables us, e.g., to make machines that can take us from one continent to another in less than a day. So any notion of "arationality" that could possibly describe the actual world needs to be compatible with that.

No that's maps. The map is not the territory. The territory is arational, which I mean by the world.

So we have different definitions of "world" now?

Anyway, to answer your point, I have no issue whatsoever with planes, science, going into space, quantum mechanics... Neuroscience. Rationality. This is not the question. It's just a layer, our projections. It's not undermining it, even though you might think so.

Then "the point" is bullshit, because some arguments lead to demonstrable real-world benefits and some don't.

In relation to the arational which I didn't mention specifically, just an attempt at defiining which cannot be definied?

Maps in relational to human projections obviously have "real world benefits" and some don't, that's why rationality still is fine, as long as you are aware :D

Take a look somewhere around 32:00 in the video (I am just going on the times I listed above; I am not going to sit through it again to check the exact time) and see whether you can tell me with a straight face that the reason I think the person making the video is thinking in patterns of being superior is because I do it.

Well, you are doing it the moment you believe that someone is trying to be more superior than you, because that can't be the case. How dare they. I don't know if that's the case, but my overall impression that it all starts with ourselves. I can understand why you would think this, but it's very difficult. I don't know how you can let go of this point.

Maybe I can reassure you that the point was not to be superior for superior sake. Maybe to "motivate" you? Maybe? I don't know.

You shouldn't do anything without your own research and skepticism, so it truly is your work.

Comment by reguru on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2016-09-12T11:43:16.773Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

A lot of things have you confused the territory being the map.

For example, that you exist, is a map.

That there is a being there, creature of some kind, it's a map.

That you have a brain.

Every. Single. Word. Is A Map.

What is the territory?

Become silent of all thoughts, without using thoughts to manipulate or lie, neither using thoughts not to manipulate or lie.

You think you are in control, thus the flow of life doesn't flow effortlessly. :)

But it's fine to let go, and be present in this moment, where there, you are, the territory, which is arational.

There will be no reason for reasoning or understanding, it is arational.

It is always the case, whether you think about it or not. I can welcome you in to see for yourself, there's a lot of beauty to be had.

Please don't be dogmatic. Try and see for yourself the possible truth which is right before your eyes, the possible truth that you do not exist, that you, and the possibility that everything else is a fiction. The fiction of the mind.

But you will still be to function, to be able to go to AI conferences and talk about the latest improvements, or talk decision theory or whatever else you have going on in your life. Because the belief that you will lose these things, by becoming more aware, is a trick of the ego. It's highly improbable.

So go ahead, and see for yourself. Likely though you need to work on yourself, there's nothing which is more important than the machine which does not come with an instruction manual. That is you. What you think is you. What I mean is the practical you.

Comment by reguru on Reality is arational. · 2016-09-12T11:32:50.461Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

1) if gravity is only a map, why it exists outside of our brain? Anyone can have their opinion about gravity, but that doesn't mean that a different map it's going to let you fly or have a different acceleration from the correct map;

Gravity is within arational reality, it's our label whether it is classical or modern physics. Gravity is a human projection. Your brain is a human projection. These things are easy logical conclusions, so should they be easily seen as such?

2) why the brain, who is many, many orders of magnitude above the smallest constituents of reality, should be able to perceive the underlying territory with a simple and undefined things like "silent of all thoughts"?

I don't really understand what your question is about. Is it about who is capable of understanding the insights provided?

Regardless if I misunderstand, what I said is probably one of the most difficult things to achieve but "silent of all thoughts" was simply an argument, a map, if you do become silent of all thoughts, reality does not disappear. All those thoughts were maps, the present moment is the way it is.

Then some thoughts will sneak in obviously because you can't really silence all thoughts with thoughts. You just get more thoughts, because you believe you are in control. That is creating maps. You don't flow with the stream of life, you are resisting.

The brain is a remarkable thing, you should be able to perceive underlying territory at any moment, since that is the way it is. That you understand that "YOU" is a logical conclusion, the same with gravity, anything :)

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Sept 5. - Sept 11. 2016 · 2016-09-11T21:27:54.509Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If we lived in the kind of universe where learning didn't help, where drawing more-correct conclusions and fitting your behavior better to the environment didn't help, then evolution and indeed biological life wouldn't work either. The kind of world where maps don't have anything to do with territories is a dead world, one in which there are no maps because becoming a mapper is worthless.

It's a question of truth, you can be truthful that these things are maps, and yet nothing really changes, except you are meta-aware and no longer ignorant, it takes a radical shift in open-mindedness to see this, and I don't mean it at all in the way you might think. Because the you, and many others, are so attached to their maps, they are stuck in a lie, in a maximum-security prison forever, but only because they have beliefs and maps.

I do agree with you on these points, it's obvious, right? I know, but just because it's obvious doesn't mean it is the territory, because it's not, it's not at all. They are concepts we have, and because of our ego we can't really let go of it.

You can discover the world, which is not a map, and because you'll see how obvious this is, there won't be anything more perfect, not even 1000 x sunsets or 1000 x "aha"-moments can compare.

"Every communication is inaccurate" is inaccurate, but more-or-less true. "Every communication is equally inaccurate" is very much less accurate, to the point of being a flat lie. After all, if communication didn't work (better than non-communication), then there wouldn't be any. The existence of falsehoods implies the existence of (relatively accurate) truths, because if there wasn't such a thing as a truth, then why would we bother making up lies? A lie only fools anyone because they believe it to be a truth.

It depends on what perspective, from the arational they are all the same, and there's nothing wrong with that. But now I am writing as a map, from the arational. Not the arational itself, it exists beyond reasoning or understanding. Do you understand how different things matter in relation to what?

Communication can work just fine, but it's still communication, you might believe that some communication is better than others, and it might be the case. But, it's still what it is in relation to the arational. I don't see any issue in some extreme rationalist having high expected value +, making excellent decisions, yet still being aware in relational to the arational it is all the same.

The existence of falsehoods implies the existence of (relatively accurate) truths, because if there wasn't such a thing as a truth, then why would we bother making up lies? A lie only fools anyone because they believe it to be a truth.

Sure, this is obvious, but everything is still the way it is. We're conditioned to say "THIS IS ME" "IM THIS" "IM SPECIAL" it screams "ego" "identity" and so forth. The universe IS, all of reality IS, and we're IT.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Sept 5. - Sept 11. 2016 · 2016-09-11T15:57:43.099Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's because I don't think the arguments made can be refuted, because of the inherent nature of the subject. It's like denying subjective experience although that's all you really have. (from an odd perspective)

I am convinced but I wonder how to properly argument for it, as no one wants to continue to argue. Maybe I want to teach others, but I am not sure if I am lying to myself.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Sept 5. - Sept 11. 2016 · 2016-09-11T00:26:20.143Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

-8 Yet still no one being able to refute my arguments.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-10T14:45:56.784Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Here we again have usage of the word "arational" without an indication of what's meant with it. Earlier in this thread there was a charge that the video mixes two distinct context together. If you want to learn you could take that suggestion to become more clear and speak about what you mean.

Arational is independent of reasoning and understanding. It is what it is, any map is not the arational.

I'm made up of neurons that exist in the physical world.

That's a logical conclusion, a map. You haven't seen your own neurons and even if you could in this very moment, you couldn't be the neurons which you are seeing. You are constant, you can become aware of the neurons which you observing somehow, but you know that it's not you. Even if you somehow could look into your brain, there would always be a middle-man, a mirror, a computer, screen, the software that runs the computer and so forth.

If you exclude all of which you think is you, you will be left with you, no doubt. By that, I mean truly excluding all the senses, thoughts and everything which you think is you. All non-constants. You do not change. The body changes, thoughts changes, senses, feelings changes. You cannot be something which changes, you can become aware of the changes.

When you have increased your awareness in this way, and after you have excluded everything you think is you (including the I thought) and in desperation, your brain will finally show you who you are. Which might be the arational.

Speculation: Being arational does not require a map, even if some may call it "void" "nothingness" "nothing and everything" or the experience "enlightenment". Since you become arational, you were and already are everything. Technically, you are your environment and the environment doesn't exist or revolve around a "you" I think, from neurophilosophy or something.

When talking subjective experiences of experiencing things, whatever it is might actually be objective.

Now these are extraordinary claims which for me is speculation, it is a map like any other and I was just thinking out loud, even if it might not be relevant to the discussion. Sorry about that.

Noticing that you don't understand is a good first step. It's usually required for learning. Learning is hard when one already thinks one understands. In rationalist terms that's the skill of "noticing confusion"

In the same way, you wouldn't buy an expensive object if you already had said expensive object, because you think you already have something, you don't think you need something.

Basically you argue that there the meaning of language as if language is made up of plantonic ideals and in the next sentence you say that everything is just a map and therefore there's no such thing as the meaning. That's internally inconsistent.

I don't understand again, I mean that language is a map, all communication, every letter, every word, it's a human projection. I t ' s a h u m a n p r o j e c t i o n a n d n o t t t r u e .

As far as the substance goes, you argue against "is_a" statements and that "A is not B" when that isn't claimed. The claim is "A references B". Reference is a concept that's distinct from identity ("is_a").

I understand that everything is a reference, and some might not think about it. But what's the different between "is x" and "references to x" it's just a shortcut to say "is x"? Even if "is x" might be argued is flawed, like you think I mean, so the counter argument is "I reference to x, which means, is x in my language" but what I mean is that everything is a map, human projection, reference or not. The arational exists outside of reasoning etc.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-10T14:24:21.649Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

All types of communication are the same, it's a subjective experience which can't be communicated.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-09T21:15:33.054Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So it was a straw man?

Comment by reguru on Reality is arational. · 2016-09-09T21:14:37.545Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

"Reality is arational." is an easily defensible position, though it would take some work to make an idea worth entertaining out of it.

That's not even following the position, as you already created a map or look to create one.

"Everything you do is arational." is flatly solipsistic and useless. You must agree that words have meaning, if only subjunctively, by your usage of them. 'Rational' means something, and it describes behavior. Behavior is goal-directed, and be judged by how well it achieves those goals. That is what bare rationalism is. If you disagree with this, you'll need better justifications.

Indeed, if I can remove that I would, because it misses the point, or rather that could be worked on in more detail. But maybe from the context of the arational reality, everything is arational. If you, however, are inside it, some actions may seem superior over other actions.

You seem to be equating awareness with at least three different things, two if that was supposed to be a recursive definition. 1) awareness as total self-knowledge ("you will always lack awareness") Since this is pure armchair speculation anyway, I'm sure the mere existence of quines makes "You will never reach total awareness" false as a theorectical proposition. 2) awareness as consciousness/the self ("separating thoughts from awareness") 3) awareness as noticing something ("You can become aware of thoughts,") 3) your own definition

Lack of awareness means in my opinion, a measurement of awareness, not a separate definition. I don't think you or I cannot reach "Total awareness" while still thinking within the paradox of limited awareness. Because if I realize my awareness is limited, I become a little more aware, yet on top of that I missed my unawareness. Of course, there's probably those who has done so and know.

Solipsistic and useless. Useless and solipsistic. Do I need to say it?

How is this refuting any of the arguments made? You either agree or you don't, then you say why. Useful or uselessness factor is another discussion which I didn't even bring up I think.

A tip: very little is gained by couching your ideas in this self-aggrandizing, condescending tone. Your over-reliance on second person is also an annoying tic, though some make it work. You don't, however. You come off as very arrogant and immature, and very few people will bother wading through this. The few that will do it only in hopes of correcting you. If you're at all interested in improving the quality of your writing, consider, at the very least, reading a few other top level, highly upvoted posts. They do not have these problems, and you'd be served by emulating them.

How is this relevant to any of the ideas made in the post?

I think this is false. Mathematics is interesting precisely because of its non-humanity. The joy of doing mathematics is incommensurate with an imagination of the joy of doing mathematics. The missing ingredient, of course, is the unknown, of discovering something outside yourself. To call it a human projection is to miss the entire point of preforming these actions in the first place, which is curiosity, exploring the unknown.

The argument is that it is a human projection, that reality is arational. I never made the argument that just because something is a human projection doesn't mean it removes any positive connotations. You just are aware that it is a human projection, and that it is fine to be that way. (according to the argument)

I can't see why it would be the case.

The "map/territory" dichotomy is just another map, as you yourself said. In reality, there is only atoms and the void. Self/other, subject/object are all a part of reality itself, and the delineation is only useful, never necessary.

Atom is a map. The void is a map. One can be invited to the void, yet speaking of it or finding it, was a map. Then one can notice one was there all along.

You couldn't find a counter-argument to my claim. Because by silencing thoughts you realize that reality does not cease to exist, even of patterns and such. A map of neural pathways is still a map, for example, because it is a thought.

It does not need a map, it simply exists as an experience, which is the point of my post. So maps are not the territory, literally.

you cannot

Of course, you can, by realizing everything is a map, except the territory which cannot have a map, be explained, communicated, in any way.

The arational has no perspective, because it is not the type of thing to have perspectives. Reality has no mind, no agency.

When mapping things, it might be relevant to have the arational in the equation as well (metaphorically speaking) as a means to have a wider perspective.

Reality is, however, patterned and models exploit this patterning.

Reality is arational. Patterns and models may project their view and believe that they are exploiting the arational, while they are actually fooling themselves without realizing it is a projection.

Suppose one person (call her Alice) choose to act as if there exists models better than other models, while another person (call him Bob) chooses to not do this. One may object to using words like 'true' or 'accurate' to describe their approaches, but there is a certain quality the former would have that the latter does not. The former may make a habit ingesting certain objects, or preforming pointless tasks for useless trinkets. The other would object that 'hunger' and 'money' are just models and no model is better than another. These approaches lead to certain outcomes. Again, one might not like describing one as 'true' and the other as 'false', but there is a certain pattern there to be found there.

Which is a projection, it cannot be anything other than a projection. It's perfectly okay to discuss things while being meta-aware the discussions are projections, this is not the argument.

While I'm sure there are many people here who enjoy puzzles, obscurantism is frowned upon. The social contract of lesswrong is the opposite of your epigram: "What's the point of this post?" You have to figure that out on your own. It's not our job, but yours. I don't doubt you have some insight here. I'm sure it could even be couched into a post fit for this community. But you have to do the job of filtering your thoughts, crafting your posts and hoping against hope you didn't make an embarrassing mistake.

The insight can only be witnessed through empirical investigation. Because of the nature of this insight, it cannot be communicated. The last part was to invite you to see reality for what it is.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-09T18:03:04.959Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't know what that means.

The truth that the map is not reality, without adding another map, by direct, subjective experience. This is a map.

You don't claim direct unmediated access to the underlying reality, do you?

Assumption or strawman?

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-09T16:54:30.337Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So, what are the available alternatives, then? Is it one of the those things where you sit for nine years gazing at the wall and then enlightenment comes? Are you suggesting koans?

I think if you care about the truth, THE ACTUAL TRUTH you can diverge time and effort into it depending on your own situation. The illusion of rationality will help you, by observing as many variables you can similar to a General on a battlefield, for the long-term victory.

Of course, the truth is already as it is, it's only an illusion to not become aware of it, it's as if you are watching a visual illusion, and suddenly you see the other perspective and it was what it was.

That is highly unlikely -- otherwise you wouldn't be able to operate in reality.

From the perspective of arational reality, you're fine to be rational as long as you are aware. It's as if you say before every equation "I am aware this is a human projection" yet you remove this paragraph from the equation OF the equation because it's too obvious.

If you didn't operate in reality people would come to you and ask, what are you doing? If it was thousands of years ago, people would say "I want what you have" and those who didn't operate in reality says "You came to me"

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-09T15:38:42.127Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Of course. There is no alternative to doing that. So if you're saying that just to inform me: thanks, but I already knew. And if you're saying it as a criticism: you need to explain what the actual criticism is, rather than just saying something that's vacuously true of anyone saying anything.

There is an alternative, which rationalists doesn't understand because it cannot be understood. It is arational, which is the reality, the map is not the territory, neither is "the map is not the territory" and so on. You can notice myself making the same mistake because that's what I have to do to get to you, but you still have to figure it out yourself.

The criticism is that you do not understand the point of the video, the point is that you can sit down, become aware of all the maps, and notice that reality does not disappear because what you call "you" (The I thought) lose attachment to maps.

That is a lack of awareness, because if you had awareness by such an exercise you would immediately notice that the map is not the territory and that there has to be no map which to point this out. If it's still hard, that's fine, but at least by becoming aware you are not aware, you have increased your awareness.

Notice how everything I just said was a map, and every single letter after that, it doesn't have to be, you can view the words for what they are, absolutely nothing, nothing in the word of which the word "nothing" says it is, simply no - thing.

One of the prerequisites is that the people involved are actually willing to engage with one another's arguments.

But what if the point is that all arguments are equally untrue, it is a map when the territory is not the map? What if the argument is to come to the truth which you can only figure out for yourself? Our engagement is the problem itself. Not that from the engagement's perspective, but what's actually is tried to be communicated by me, when it cannot be.

Very little, except that one of the reasons why the video contains so few arguments given its length is that its maker wastes a lot of time talking about how much better than us he is.

It is natural for people to one-up another I think. It is a way to give the point across or to invoke reaction as the person who were afflicted may look into it. It's not actually harsh in the sense that it is a kneejerk reaction or feeling of superiority, ego-wise. Personally, the world is your (mine, and everyone else's) mirror.

Because you think in patterns of being superior, you actually believe others do it too, because how else do people think? (You think) This isn't a straw man, but it is speculation and I think it is applicable to myself.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-09T15:22:14.594Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am telling you now then, I want to learn how to learn. I am honest about that, I think.

So how do I learn how to learn? That's still a drive to learn.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-09T15:20:48.402Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

We usually believe that despite the fact that the content of our minds is only mental, we aren't Boltzman brains or live in a simulation but that there's a physical world out there with whom we interact. Do you disagree with the existence of such a physical world?

I completely agree, however you do not exist in this world, there are the world and it is arational. Everything is a map, and saying something is a map was still a map, an infinite paradox within the arational reality. Rational or irrational is a map, so is math or other types of science or of communication.

To judge how likely it is that something is true you first have to understand what's meant with the claim. Currently you seem to deal with language in a way where you don't get what's meant. It's like tax protestors in the US making claims about what laws are supposed to mean only to get imprisoned by courts when their intepretation of the meaning of language differs from that of other people. It's the same mechanism.

I don't understand at all because I am discussing the meaning of language, while you are thinking I am misunderstanding your meaning of your language? Is this the case?

Language is a map, so is saying "Language is a map". It's not the territory. Neither is "It's not the territory". Neither is "Neither is "It's not the territory"." and so forth.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T21:29:56.077Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Our world works in different ways than the movie matrix.

It's an analogy.

It's no mistake. It's just interpreting words to have a certain meaning and it's quite valuable to see them as having that meaning for practical purposes.

But that doesn't make it more likely to be true, especially if we are certain it is a human projection.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T21:27:35.453Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No, I didn't, which is not the same thing. But yeah, it's hard to respond to because it's not clear what you're saying. Any given thing anyone says can be called a "map", which tells us nothing about the particular thing or the particular person who says it. So if there's a specific criticism you're making, would you care to make it clearer?

"The map is not the territory" Is a map. You are using maps for your argumentation. That's what you base rationality on. Reality is arational, rationality/irrationality is within it. It's a paradox. I make the same mistake, because it's communication. The arational reality you can experience yourself through subjective experience.

Quite likely not. But it's the audience here, to which you brought the video and asked "what do you think?".

I agree, but I wanted to point it out regardless, even though I understand now why you can't accept the video in its entirety.

I already listed some in an earlier comment. You did reply to that comment but not in a way that gave me much reason to hope for constructive discussion.

How do you have a constructive discussion?

I hope you will forgive me for saying that I don't get the impression that you are here to learn at all.

Truthfully no. I think however it's possible?

I'm sorry, but I don't understand the question. The things I was describing aren't arguments; my comment applies not to the arguments (of which there are actually rather few in the video) but to the maker's repeated comments about how people who consider themselves rational are so far beneath his level of "awareness".

The arguments made in the video, what does this have to do with that? Seems more like a subjective opinion which you projected upon the world. I think I would have done the same thing, however.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T19:31:05.298Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Objects is still a map, so is territory, so is this entire sentence. That's why it's a matrix. (virtual reality)

A person well educated in physics will tell you when you ask them for the specific of the gravitational effect that it's due to space time curvuture and not because a force is pulling on substance in the way Newtonian metaphysics assumes. If you ask them whether gravity exists they will still say "Yes".

Which is one of the mistakes made by said scientists, especially if you ask them multiple times on this same point, to point out there might be a flaw. Because they won't question it otherwise.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T18:43:44.408Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think so. What I see is people pointing out that the video is attacking straw men. (Extra-specially strawy, as regards LW in particular; but very strawy even if applied more broadly to people who explicitly aim to be rational.)

You couldn't respond to my statement that "the map is not the territory"- is one of the maps which you use, regularly, thus fall into the category of which the straw man is targeted towards. In my opinion, and what I think.

Some of it is things the video said, and you've said you agree with it. I don't think there's anything in my (admittedly not especially generous) paraphrase that doesn't closely match things said in the video.

I do agree with it, I think everything is arational and within the arational there is irrationality and rationality.

the video seems to me to combine (1) stating things that I think would be obvious to almost everyone here,

Which is probably not the target audience, do you believe there are those who know nothing of rationality yet think math and language is the territory and be Spock? Although I understand now why you can't agree with all the arguments/fallacies in the video, but a few.

(2) making less-obvious claims without any sort of justification, which in many cases I think are entirely false, and

Which less obvious claims without justification and why are they false? That's what I am looking for to learn.

(3) gloating about how the maker is so much more advanced than those poor deluded rationalists.

Ok, how does this apply to any of the arguments made?

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T15:29:36.045Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

There seems to be quite some denial on LW then regarding the topic. I don't understand why, if what you are saying is true.

"Hey, losers! Rationality is overrated because you confuse the map with the territory, you aren't aware of your own thoughts and don't distinguish them from reality, and you're 100% confident you're right and therefore can't change your minds!".

That's a straw man argument, as far as I remember, I never said that. Personally, it seems to me as "the map is not the territory" is one of the maps which some, I am not saying you or anyone else, might think is the territory. This is only speculation.

So you do agree with the video, who else?

If for example, you were the person who was attached to the map being the territory, or not aware of it, and the argument was not a straw man.

Of course, you don't have to agree with a certain method of delivery, like the straw man.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T01:47:27.059Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Rationality the word might as well be tree, it doesn't mean anything. It's simply a limitation of the mind to not see the obvious truth right there, or let's say nowhere.

I did not succeed in getting my most basic point across, neither do I know how to right now.

In addition, a good way to establish that your subject matter is real and not imaginary is to show people.

With the limitations of language, our current technology? You can only figure out the truth for yourself, it is empirical, it can't be otherwise.

I suppose in principle you could describe a time when you made the mistake in question.

Which mistake? In what larger context?

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-08T01:30:46.654Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I feel we have a deep communicational barrier here. You probably didn't read "Rationality A-Z" (the canonical LW text).

I have not read that.

On the other hand, I have no idea what you mean by "matrix"

Virtual reality, as in the movie Matrix.


This is a bit harder to explain, imagine everything said is out of context from the subjective experience. Context can only be found within the subjective experience.

"awareness" and other stuff, and you don't bother to explain. (By "no idea" I actually mean I could imagine hundred different things under each of these labels, and I don't know which one of them is close to the one you mean. That makes the communication difficult.)

Awareness is the separation of thoughts from awareness. You can be aware of thoughts, that's awareness, and aware of thoughts which you think is you.

From my point of view, it seems like you are "in love" with some words; you associate strong positive emotions with certain nebulous concepts. These are all typical mistakes people make while reasoning; even very highly intelligent people! A part of the mission of this website is to help people overcome making this mistakes.

It would be better if I could reason for my point without making a mistake, but unfortunately, that's very hard to do. It's also up to the rationalist to consider opening up to the possibility everything they think is true, is wrong. By this I mean, being able to reason properly will spread more truth, meanwhile it might be futile depending how close-minded rationalists can be. But that's on my current data.

Maybe I am wrong about you here, but you don't provide enough information for me to judge otherwise. You posted a video of a smug person accusing everyone else, especially "scientists" and "rationalists" of being stupid and having lesser awareness. That's all there is, as far as I see. Color me unimpressed.

The only way to know you have lesser awareness is by having higher awareness. Then, it repeats itself.

There are some things that... uhm, are you familiar with the "motte and bailey" concept? Essentially: there are some statements which taken literally are true but trivial, but they can be interpreted more generally, which makes them interesting but false. I suspect this is one of the traps you fell into.

I don't understand, you don't have to be afraid of criticising properly.

This is nothing trivial, this is the truth, and if you are serious about it can see for yourself.

So, here we are... each side convinced that the other side is missing something important, relatively simple, but kinda tricky. Saying "dude, you are just confused!" is obviously not going to help, when the other side is thinking the same thing. Any other idea? From my side, I recommend reading "Rationality A-Z", there is free download.

How many pages is it, how do you use the information and how, what, should you remember?

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-02T19:18:54.716Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

But "rationalism" or "rationality" in, say, the sense commonly used on LW does not in fact mean denying any of that.

But that's what you're mostly doing in your post. I will bring this up below.

The guy in the video comes across (to me at least) as smugly superior even while uttering a succession of trivialities, which doesn't do much to encourage me to watch more.

I don't think everyone shares that view, at least it's not for me. I don't know if I am contradicting myself, though. If someone was similar but in differing in opinion then me. The contradiction would then lie under if I told you the world is your mirror.

So I thought "maybe it gets more interesting later on" and skipped to 50:00. At which point he isn't bothering to make any arguments, merely preening over how he understands the world so much more deeply than rationalists, who will come and bother him with their "arguments" and "contradictions" and he can just see that they "haven't got any awareness" and trying to engage with them would be like trying to teach calculus to a dog, and that the mechanism used to brainwash suicide bombers and fundamentalists are "the exact same mechanism that very intelligent scientists use to prove their theories of space and time and whatever else". OK, then.

That's what he said, of course it's kind of harsh, but it's his way of going on these things I think, I don't know why or what's most effective but for myself I am unaffected or in the positive. That might be just because I agree.

Since I obviously wasn't enlightened enough for minute 50 of this thing, I went back to 40:00. He says it's important to connect with your emotions and not deny they're there (OK), and then he says that "rational people just assume that, well, we don't need any of that emotional stuff". OK, then. (And rational people like scientists get emotional when they argue with highly irrational people because they're attached to their rational models of the world and don't want to hear anything contrary to those models because of cognitive dissonance; they close their eyes and ears to the arational because they demonize it as irrational.)

By becoming aware of the emotions that you are suppressing, not the "feeling emotions" rationally because the reason of emotion is rational.

OK, clearly still too advanced for me. Back to 30:00. Apparently, if your "awareness" is low then you think thinking is great (OK...), you think thinking is all there is (huh?)

There is awareness of thoughts, not only thoughts, and the awareness is not a thought. That is a definition game of what is a thought, consider it being different from awareness.

Yes, you don't have a thought of a thought, you have awareness of thought. Otherwise, you're trapped in thinking and don't know that there is something else.

, you think thinking is a powerful tool for understanding reality (OK...), but as you gain in "awareness" you realise that thinking is a system of symbols, and "this gulf between the map and the territory just grows wider and wider and wider, until you see that the map is just a complete fiction, a complete illusion", and once you realise this you see "the gross limitations of thinking".

Einstein's theory of gravity isn't revealing anything deep about the world, it's just a set of sounds and symbols on paper. "That's what it literally is, except your awareness is too low to actually see that". And then he pulls an interesting move where he complains about people with "low" "awareness" getting "sucked into the content" of a theory because they don't see the "larger context".

See how he never mentions the larger context of an understanding of relativity itself? But the context of which sounds and symbols make up our "reality".

You might think he's now going to explain what the larger context is and how it should affect our understanding of relativity. Ha, ha. What a silly idea. Only someone with low awareness would expect that. What he actually does is to tell us how when rationalists criticize him they're doing it "on the level of thoughts" while he is "on the level of awareness, which is a much higher level". Bleh.

You missed the point, there was nothing said about affecting the understanding of relativity, you fell into the exact paradigm which the video said.

The larger context of the symbols and sounds on the paper. Not the theory itself according to physicists. That's the matrix.

Oh, wait, he has something resembling an actual point somewhere around 35:00. Rationalists give too much credit to logic, he says, because logic "has no teeth", because it depends on its premises and the premises are doing the real work, and if your premises are dodgy then so are your conclusions, and "most of them are very very wrong". Cool, he's going to tell us what wrong premises we have. ... Oh, no, silly me, he isn't. He just says they're very wrong but gives no specifics.

He gave the specifics right after that, rationality itself. Asking about the premises which make rationality possible.

Saying things that are true but elementary and not in fact denied by rationalists. For some of these, he actually gives some kind of justification.

It seems like you disagree on numerous points, but not being aware of it. Like Einstein's equation is simply symbols and sounds (and pretty much everything else which you give attribute to)

Saying that rationalists are wrong in various ways (giving too much weight to X, having wrong premises, ...). In every instance of this I heard (though I have not listened to the whole dreary thing) either the claim is flatly wrong, or he offers no sort of support for it, or both.

Let's say the rational mind cannot understand something, why continue to use the rational mind? Is there something else? Maybe awareness? There might be something worth pursuing there.

Now I know I am not responding to my quote of your text. Rationality is wrong because of rationality itself. It cannot be right without the right context. The context of which rationality exists. Where thinking exists. Which is "outside" the subjective experience according to you. That's the whole point. It's right under your nose if you'd bother to meditate and separate awareness from thoughts.

Saying smugly how much more "aware" he is than rationalists are, and how this puts him on a higher level than them. If there's anything actually useful there, I missed it. And now I've listened to enough of this without any sign that he has anything useful to teach me, and I'm going to go and do something else. My apologies for not sitting through all 82 minutes of it.

Well. You're capable of becoming aware as well. It's not a radical difference. :)

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-02T17:39:31.121Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Ask a person whether a tree is real. Isn't that also just a human projection upon the nature?

Most things are, or I can't really know what is not a human projection, but as long as we're aware of it, it's fine.

We could spend days trying to pinpoint what exactly do we mean by "tree" etc. I am just saying that this is not specific to science or "rationalists", so why use it as an argument against them. There are useful things that could be said about the topic, but the "drive-by shooting" done in the video helps no one.

Well, there are probably "rationalists" aware of this or "scientists" as explained early on in the video. The argument is for those who aren't aware of the "map is not the territory".

Whether or not it helps someone or doesn't, that's hard to know, the like:dislike ratio and comments could be scraped. How this is relevant I don't understand. You don't know with a high %, neither do I.

People who take offense probably dislike and click away, or don't watch the whole video, those who argue against it already failed?

Yes, I obviously perceive the idea of gravity in my mind (because that's the only organ I have for perceiving ideas), but it is reasonable to assume that there is something "out there" that causes those perceptions in systematic ways. (I might be living in Matrix, but then "gravity" would refer to the specific law of the Matrix.)

Now you, however, are still perceiving the idea of your, mind, organ and so forth. That's just other layers deep which you aren't aware of. Which makes it seem you don't fully understand the argument: Which is somewhere, something, subjective experience. Whatever is occurring when you're meditating for example.

But the LW-style answer seems like an agreement: is this true?

The context is found outside the matrix, so anything and everything is out of context.

I want to clarify that writing about these things is equally untrue then the empirical investigation, so we're both wrong by being in the matrix.

"I'm mapping the trajectory of this planet, yet I understand this is simply a human projection" Of course you can remove the "yet I understand this is simply a human projection" when it's ever-present.

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-02T16:15:12.333Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I am not sure whether "universe is rational" is supposed to mean that (a) the universe has a relatively short description which could be understood by a mind, or that (b) the universe itself is a mind, specifically a rational one. Seems like the meaning was switched in the middle of an argument, using a sleight of hand.

Regarding the "Universe is rational"-strawman: I think the mistake which the video is trying to point out, is the mistake that a description of the universe is the universe. When it is only a description, same with anything. It is language and that is the limitation.

So for those that believe the universe is for example physics, instead of our projection, that's the flaw I think. It's simple, ask a person if gravity is real, after they respond "yes" ask them, is this not a human projection (your projection) upon the universe? What is the real universe?

What I wonder is what lesswrongers think of this strawman if it wasn't one, an actual argument towards someone (rationalist in this context) who made the statement gravity is real and not a projection of mind: "G R A V I T Y and everything else which is occurring to me in consciousness"

(b) the universe itself is a mind, specifically a rational one. Seems like the meaning was switched in the middle of an argument, using a sleight of hand.

I'm not sure what you mean with this, because "Universe is a mind" seems more of an argument then stating the opponent believes the "universe is rational" (the strawman) like "What you think is the universe is your mind projection of labels and symbols yet you're not aware of it"

In summary, my impression is of muddled thinking, and of feeling superior to the imaginary opponents.

Well. I think usually what we see in others is just a projection of our own mind. "The world is your mirror"

Actually, maybe the opponents are not imaginary -- there are many fools of various kinds out there -- it just has nothing to do with the kind of "rationality" that we use here, such as described e.g. by Stanovich.

But is there someone who can refute the argument made in the video, if you had the argument which the strawman was?

Otherwise it seems to me "Only fools would make the argument of which the strawman was targeted towards".

Comment by reguru on Open Thread, Aug 29. - Sept 5. 2016 · 2016-09-02T11:32:52.525Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think he's aware of the stereotype, but obviously, from my perspective, people are getting triggered left and right that rationality might somehow be wrong.

Of course not wrong in the sense that rationality in the matrix might still be considered "superior" over all other Ways in the matrix. But it is still the matrix and we're happy to play that game because it's fun :)