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Comment by rick_smith on Politics and Awful Art · 2007-12-27T13:44:26.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've always felt that constraining yourself to poetry that rhymes restricts both what you can say and the artfulness with which you can say it.

Comment by rick_smith on Guardians of the Gene Pool · 2007-12-24T13:54:02.000Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Caledonian, shouldn't you check up on who currently owns the word 'reasoning' before stating that?

I guess there must be some sort of register somewhere...

Comment by rick_smith on Leaky Generalizations · 2007-11-27T00:12:35.000Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I hate to be a pedant (no really!), but most humans have eight fingers and two thumbs.

Comment by rick_smith on Torture vs. Dust Specks · 2007-10-30T10:49:23.000Z · score: 2 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm, tricky one.

Do I get to pick the person who has to be tortured?

Comment by rick_smith on Hold Off On Proposing Solutions · 2007-10-17T10:07:46.000Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

AI's need Emergence too. Make sure to add some of that to the soup ;^)

Comment by rick_smith on Cached Thoughts · 2007-10-12T07:25:12.000Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Surely if only the greatest thinkers thought it, everyone else who holds it to be true has it cached?

Comment by rick_smith on We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think · 2007-10-04T17:11:39.000Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

In the case of Divorce, the reasons cannot always be taken as evidence for the marriage having been a mistake to begin with.

Things happen and people change.

Comment by rick_smith on Why I'm Blooking · 2007-09-16T08:59:46.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If you had the time, National Novel Writing Month might be a useful exercise for you!

Comment by rick_smith on Rationality and the English Language · 2007-09-13T10:33:36.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Another great post.

Comment by rick_smith on Say Not "Complexity" · 2007-08-29T08:25:58.000Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Aren't we understating the role of labels in brevity here?

Where the labelled thing is understood well enough by the labeller and listener or of trivial importance to the problem domain, don't labels contribute to cognitive economy?

I'd have said when you need to get things done, fear of wasting time is desirable rather than deadly.

Comment by rick_smith on Belief in Belief · 2007-07-30T15:08:48.000Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I want my wife to read this, but I don't think she'd believe it.

Comment by rick_smith on Risk-Free Bonds Aren't · 2007-06-23T08:00:03.000Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

You'd only assume a 10% risk given a 30 year bond over a 300 year future if you assumed an even risk distribution over the 300 years.