Posts

Neo-Mohism 2021-06-16T21:57:29.727Z
Petrov Day celebration 2020-09-06T01:09:34.718Z
SSC Meetup 2020-06-17T09:56:35.097Z
KC Dojo 2-18-20 2020-02-26T22:49:06.221Z
Kansas City Dojo meetup 11-19-19 2019-12-05T00:13:32.445Z
Kansas City Dojo meetup 11-12-19 2019-11-28T19:11:23.129Z
Kansas City Dojo Meetup: 11-5-19 2019-11-07T21:32:06.985Z
Alternative name for a Bug List 2019-09-09T15:14:20.618Z
Kansas City SSC meetup 2019-09-04T15:27:41.605Z
Petrov Day celebration 2019-07-24T21:58:30.224Z
Episode 7 of 'Tsuyoku Narita': CoZE 2019-07-02T22:38:45.982Z
Dojo meetup - hike! 2019-06-13T12:11:03.044Z
Episode 6 of Tsuyoku Naritai (the 'becoming stronger' podcast) 2019-06-12T23:31:06.803Z
Episode 5 of Tsuyoku Naritai (the 'becoming stronger' podcast): The Stance 2019-05-23T04:15:18.002Z
Episode 4 of Tsuyoku Naritai! (the 'becoming stronger' podcast): TAPs 2019-05-10T02:16:47.857Z
Episode 3 of Tsuyoku Naritai! (the 'becoming stronger podcast): Nike Timers 2019-05-03T02:53:07.600Z
"Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast): Episode 2 - Yoda Timers 2019-04-25T04:37:48.693Z
Rationality Dojo 2019-04-22T03:26:21.599Z
Visiting Cleveland 2019-04-21T12:50:52.282Z
Passing through St. Louis 2019-04-21T12:45:49.294Z
Passing through St. Louis 2019-04-21T12:44:35.891Z
Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). 2019-04-17T21:58:30.591Z
Rationality Dojo 2019-04-03T21:43:54.944Z
Starting a rationality dojo; any tips? 2019-02-25T23:56:24.923Z
Meetup schedule 2019-02-11T18:47:07.641Z
Kansas City Rationalists game night 2019-02-11T18:34:30.110Z
Can someone design this Google Sheets bug list template for me? 2019-02-09T06:55:51.652Z
If Rationality can be likened to a 'Martial Art', what would be the Forms? 2019-02-06T05:48:33.589Z
Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? 2019-01-31T01:46:36.703Z
LW/SSC Mixer 2019-01-10T17:28:57.024Z
Meetup Schedule 2018-12-28T22:43:35.761Z
What does it mean to "believe" a thing to be true? 2018-12-27T13:28:15.498Z
Can I use Less Wrong branding in youtube videos? 2018-12-14T07:10:16.072Z
A culture of exploitation? 2018-11-24T22:00:09.189Z
[Insert clever intro here] 2018-11-20T03:26:32.420Z

Comments

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on The Structure of the Guild of the Rose · 2022-01-21T19:27:25.180Z · LW · GW

If anyone has any questions, I am co-CEO of ROSE and will be periodically checking these comments. :)

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2021-10-21T23:30:49.216Z

"God of the EA community"? The majority of my city's EA community doesn't even know who Yudkowsky is, and of the few who do most have ambivalent opinions of him.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Neo-Mohism · 2021-06-17T15:12:33.245Z · LW · GW

The primary goal of this document is to articulate my personal moral philosophy, and I use the Mohism branding because it has strong corollaries to said moral philosophy, but otherwise I am reinventing it from scratch.

I do think that a lot of the core tenets are widely (if subconsciously) held. As for the ones that aren't widely held, I personally think they should be. But, like any good Neo-Mohist, I'm willing to be convinced otherwise. ;)

The phrasing of this as a philosophy for others to adopt is mostly an aesthetic decision, a reframing to help me look at it more critically.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Neo-Mohism · 2021-06-17T02:07:18.941Z · LW · GW

Thanks for the feedback! 

Basing it on Mohism is more of an aesthetic decision than anything; if classical Mohism has an issue then Neo-Mohism should set out to solve it. :)

I think there's a difference between "no fixed standards" and "the ability to update standards in light of new evidence". Neo-Mohism is definitely about "strong opinions, weakly held" kind of thing. The standards it sets forth are only to be overturned by failing a test, and until then should be treated as the best answer so far.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on A Retrospective Look at the Guild of Servants: Alpha Phase · 2021-03-25T22:12:17.521Z · LW · GW

If you would like to attend a Guild mixer to meet the Council and some of the students, come join us saturday! We expect to do this on a monthly or quarterly basis.

https://bit.ly/3lOco5O

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Meetup Organizers, Our Virtual Garden is at Your Disposal · 2021-01-05T20:58:48.187Z · LW · GW

Never mind, I found your calendly. Got us scheduled for friday. :)

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Meetup Organizers, Our Virtual Garden is at Your Disposal · 2021-01-05T20:37:30.985Z · LW · GW

I would like to get set up! :)

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Petrov Day celebration · 2020-09-07T23:41:15.858Z · LW · GW

Please note that we have added a Google Form for registration, to make sure we have enough food.

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2019-07-30T03:16:00.377Z

No, the best way to convince me is to show me data. Evidence I can actually update on, instead of self-reporting on results that may be poisoned by motivated reasoning, or any number of other biases. Data I can show to people who know what they are talking about, that they will take seriously.

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2019-07-29T20:09:41.314Z

I see Bayesian Rationality as a methodology as much as it is a calculation. It's being aware of our own prior beliefs, the confidence intervals of those beliefs, keeping those priors as close to the base rates as possible, being cognizant of how our biases can influence our perception of all this, trying to mitigate the effects of those biases, and updating based on the strength of evidence.

I'm trying to get better at math so I can do better calculations. It's a major flaw in my technique I acknowledge and am trying to change.

But as you noted earlier, none of this answers my question. If I am not currently practicing your art, and you believe your art is good, what evidence do you have to support that claim?

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2019-07-29T19:56:44.808Z

A strong correlation between adopting the virtues and established methods of rationality, and an increased quality of life, but yeah; more handwavey. I don't even know what calculations could be made. That's sorta why I'm here.

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2019-07-29T19:21:38.521Z

Yes, but they could all be explained by the fact I just sat down and bothered to think about the problem, which wouldn't exactly be an amazing endorsement of rationality as a whole.

I also don't look at rationality as merely a set of tools; it's an entire worldview that emphasizes curiosity and a desire to know the truth. If it does improve lives, it might very well simply be making our thinking more robust and streamlined. If so, I wouldn't know how to falsify or quantify that.

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2019-07-29T18:48:58.816Z

I ask the question this way to hopefully avoid stepping on toes. I'm fully open to the idea that the answer is "we have none". Also, I am primarily addressing the people who are making a claim. I am not necessarily making a claim myself.

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2019-07-29T00:14:25.555Z

I'm convinced mostly due to its effects on my own life, as stated in the opening paragraph. But I'm unsure of how to test and demonstrate that claim. My question is for my benefit as well as others.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Dojo meetup - hike! · 2019-06-17T13:44:37.387Z · LW · GW

I just realized that I work tomorrow, so we are not doing the hike. Instead, we are doing our usual 6pm meetup at the Johnson County Central Resource Library. We will do our hike next week (June 25th, 9am, Shawnee Lake Dog Park).

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Episode 3 of Tsuyoku Naritai! (the 'becoming stronger podcast): Nike Timers · 2019-05-06T04:19:53.866Z · LW · GW

If I find that it does have actual impact on the podcast's effectiveness, then I absolutely will seriously consider changing it. Your criticism has updated me marginally in that direction, but it's not quite enough for me to act on it, particularly since you're the only person to mention it. Thank you for your feedback!

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Against Street Epistemology · 2019-04-25T23:21:26.853Z · LW · GW

I'm sure that there are Street Epistemologists that are guilty of this, but that's literally opposite of what I encourage or practice.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Against Street Epistemology · 2019-04-25T23:03:02.617Z · LW · GW

At its core, SE is merely coaching people in asking the Fundamental Question of Rationality. As an SE-er, it's my way of Raising the Sanity Waterline. It's excellent at circumventing the Backfire Effect.

There are as many motivations for SE as there are practitioners.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). · 2019-04-24T20:32:17.351Z · LW · GW

The Bayesian Conspiracy needs to be updated with Jess as a new host. :)

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). · 2019-04-24T20:30:57.917Z · LW · GW

I didn't even know about this resource. Thanks!

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). · 2019-04-19T03:05:26.544Z · LW · GW

I will be sure to include a transcript in all future episode descriptions/show notes.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). · 2019-04-19T02:21:51.586Z · LW · GW

Done! Link to the transcript has been posted in the description, and also here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjTM4revF1upDvO00y0v8jF8G6HUbcABtFDxVYiLyPc/edit?usp=sharing

Is there a different venue/format for the notes you had in mind?

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). · 2019-04-19T00:49:14.383Z · LW · GW

I'll do that tonight!

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Rationality Dojo · 2019-04-10T17:38:28.376Z · LW · GW

Due to the nature of assembling a bug list, there might not be a whole lot to discuss and do. If we are finished significantly early, we might simply move on to Day 2: 'Yoda Timers'

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Rationality Dojo · 2019-04-03T21:48:17.866Z · LW · GW

The Kansas City Rationalists are putting together a dojo, for the purpose of improving our cognitive abilities, happiness, and efficiency. For content, we will be using the 'Hammertime' sequence. Attendees are expected to read the introduction ('Hammers and Nails') and Day 1 ('Bug Hunt'), as well as put together their bug list. The meeting will consist of meta-discussion about the content, and discussion about our experience putting together our bug lists. Bonus points if you are willing to share the bugs you found!

We will be meeting weekly, at the same time and location.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Can someone design this Google Sheets bug list template for me? · 2019-02-13T07:06:33.384Z · LW · GW

It works perfectly. Thanks again!

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Can someone design this Google Sheets bug list template for me? · 2019-02-09T15:30:13.003Z · LW · GW

That looks perfect! I'll test it out later.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on If Rationality can be likened to a 'Martial Art', what would be the Forms? · 2019-02-06T23:48:32.897Z · LW · GW

My IRL rationality group is preparing to test that sequence. It looks promising, although we do have some quibbles with it. If we successfully finish testing, we'll publish the details.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on If Rationality can be likened to a 'Martial Art', what would be the Forms? · 2019-02-06T16:39:58.147Z · LW · GW

This may seem stupid, but I didn't even think about doing odds calibration on such a small scale. That's a great idea. Making a pinned Google Keep note now.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? · 2019-02-03T14:20:08.411Z · LW · GW

Good point.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? · 2019-02-02T00:21:55.218Z · LW · GW

I was thinking "Tsuyoku Naritai". 😊

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on What is Wrong? · 2019-02-01T21:10:45.398Z · LW · GW

If I understand you correctly, I wholeheartedly agree that "Less Wrong" is not just referring to a dichotomy of "what is true" and "what is wrong" (although that is part of it, ala 'Map and Territory').

There's a reason rationality is often called "systemized winning"; while the goals that you are trying to win are entirely subjective, rationality can help you decide what is most optimal in your pursuit of goal Y.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? · 2019-02-01T00:24:20.467Z · LW · GW

Thank you for the encouragement! I hope I didn't sound like I was fishing for that. I just wanted to emphasize my desire to seek any other more optimal paths.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? · 2019-02-01T00:23:24.382Z · LW · GW

Good idea! Get comfortable with my own journey before using someone else's. Makes sense.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on LW/SSC Mixer · 2019-01-14T05:56:43.527Z · LW · GW

Yes! The facebook event page links to our Facebook group.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on What does it mean to "believe" a thing to be true? · 2018-12-27T14:44:19.906Z · LW · GW

Just listened to that about 10 minutes ago. Good sequence. When you say "assumption", I hear "a thing that is accepted to be true".

What changes in cognition when something is accepted as true?

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on New edition of "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" · 2018-12-17T05:44:43.324Z · LW · GW

Please have a non-leather hardcover option for us vegans. :)

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on New edition of "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" · 2018-12-17T05:43:21.605Z · LW · GW

Please no real leather for us vegans. :)

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on New edition of "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" · 2018-12-16T06:19:43.201Z · LW · GW

No hardcover option?

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Can I use Less Wrong branding in youtube videos? · 2018-12-14T15:17:18.103Z · LW · GW

Thanks for the feedback!

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on Can I use Less Wrong branding in youtube videos? · 2018-12-14T07:24:16.003Z · LW · GW

The most indiscrete example I have in mind would be to include it in the channel name; a clunky example would be 'Less Wrong Street Epistemology'. I had no intention of using the official logo, merely make direct references.

Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] 2018-12-14T07:10:42.615Z

Thank you!

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on [Insert clever intro here] · 2018-11-23T06:47:15.000Z · LW · GW

Hi, Motasaurus. I certainly hope you stick around! Don't let our disagreements drive you off.

However, on that note, I'm afraid I would have to disagree. While I think you can have "better than average" epistemology and still be a Christian, perhaps even be in the top 25% percentile, I don't believe you can aspire to be a perfect Bayesian and still be a Christian.

I would respectfully point out that the Apostle John is hardly a neutral spectator in determining whether one can be both Christian and Rational. Additionally, he certainly didn't have access to anywhere near the same level of understanding of human cognition, science, and probability theory as we do; to use an Eliezer illustration, the greatest physicists of his age couldn't have calculated the path of a falling apple.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on [Insert clever intro here] · 2018-11-20T17:56:33.567Z · LW · GW

Also, how would one go about acquiring these CFAR techniques? Is attending a workshop mandatory? I don't quite have the discretionary funds for that. :P

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on [Insert clever intro here] · 2018-11-20T17:22:40.136Z · LW · GW

One of the hallmarks of a typical dojo is that the Sensei will demonstrate techniques, and show how they are supposed to look once you have mastered them.

Is it possible that this is an optional feature, if only for a rationality dojo?

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on [Insert clever intro here] · 2018-11-20T17:21:02.593Z · LW · GW

That's very kind of you, thank you. It means a lot.

Comment by Bae's Theorem (Senarin) on [Insert clever intro here] · 2018-11-20T17:19:48.907Z · LW · GW

Yes, that is the correct sequence of events. I was raised in a Christian household, but the first belief I truly held for myself was atheism. I am no longer a Christian or theist in any way.