Learning magic

2019-06-09T12:29:06.484Z · score: 13 (3 votes)
Comment by smaug123 on Arbital scrape · 2019-06-07T06:15:45.540Z · score: 7 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks very much for this! I've written a lot of stuff on there (I'm the Patrick Stevens whose name is splatted all over the screenshot). I asked them a year ago (ish) whether I could have a data dump, and they said it was Too Difficult; and I didn't bother scraping it myself. I'm glad you actually went and did something about it!

Comment by smaug123 on The Best Textbooks on Every Subject · 2016-04-05T21:23:36.609Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

On introductory non-standard analysis, Goldblatt's "Lectures on the hyperreals" from the Graduate Texts in Mathematics series. Goldblatt introduces the hyperreals using an ultrapower, then explores analysis and some rather complicated applications like Lebesgue measure.

Goldblatt is preferred to Robinson's "Non-standard analysis", which is highly in-depth about the specific logical constructions; Goldblatt doesn't waste too much time on that, but constructs a model, proves some stuff in it, then generalises quite early. Also preferred to Hurd and Loeb's "An introduction to non-standard real analysis", which I somehow just couldn't really get into. Its treatment of measure theory, for instance, is just much more difficult to understand than Goldblatt's.

Giving What We Can pledge campaign 2015

2015-12-23T13:57:32.512Z · score: 6 (7 votes)
Comment by smaug123 on Giving What We Can - New Year drive · 2014-12-27T08:38:35.224Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

True, though the decision of who is most cost-effective does remain for you to decide.

Comment by smaug123 on Giving What We Can - New Year drive · 2014-12-19T09:17:29.647Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It's more of a tactic to make sure people don't think "hey, another crackpot organisation" if they haven't already heard about them. I'm hoping to raise GWWC to the level of "worth investigating for myself" in this post.

Giving What We Can - New Year drive

2014-12-17T15:26:04.635Z · score: 13 (19 votes)
Comment by smaug123 on Has LessWrong Ever Backfired On You? · 2014-12-17T14:01:23.922Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I do something similar. I consistently massively underestimate the inferential gaps when I'm talking about these things, and end up spending half an hour talking about tangential stuff the Sequences explain better and faster.

Comment by smaug123 on Could you be Prof Nick Bostrom's sidekick? · 2014-12-09T01:08:27.065Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'd frame it as "Nick Bostrom needs Jeeves. Are you Jeeves?" (After P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.)