Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality 2011-04-29T06:39:05.661Z
AI that doesn't want to get out 2011-03-27T04:16:55.104Z
Peer review me 2011-01-15T00:45:28.621Z
Rationality Quotes: December 2010 2010-12-03T03:23:07.900Z
Suffering 2009-08-03T16:02:38.270Z


Comment by Tiiba on My summary of Eliezer's position on free will · 2012-02-29T20:16:40.346Z · LW · GW

I'd like to propose a way for measuring a system's freedom: it is the size of the set of closed-ended goals which it can satisfy from its current state. How's that?

I also think that this is all you really need to not be confused about free will. It's the freedom to do what you will.

Comment by Tiiba on AI is not enough · 2012-02-18T00:50:43.753Z · LW · GW

"So according to you, the laws of the universe are random. I think this hardly plausible."

I don't see why it is not plausible. It's not like the Universe has any reason to choose the laws that it did and not others. Why have a procedure, algorithmic or not, if there are no goals?

Comment by Tiiba on Things you are supposed to like · 2011-10-22T03:09:56.726Z · LW · GW

"Aesthetics is pretty reliable among humans, but what about in minds-in-general"

I don't think that's relevant. A fugue's job description doesn't include entertaining killer robots from outer space, it's supposed to entertain humans.

In general, I think any artwork should be judged (not enjoyed, but judged) based on whether the author succeeded or failed at what [s]he, personally set out to do, and whether it was a hard thing to do - whether it is creating music that is different from all other music in every way imaginable while remaining musical, or writing a novel that avoids all unrealism, or just figuring out what makes museums accept works for which "garbage" is a description, not an insult. Basically, the same way you'd judge an engineer.

Comment by Tiiba on Rationality Quotes September 2011 · 2011-09-09T22:15:12.921Z · LW · GW

My initial guess was "keep learning, there's always more to learn."

Comment by Tiiba on Malice, Stupidity, or Egalité Irréfléchie? · 2011-06-13T23:33:53.821Z · LW · GW

There's also the possibility that you're being inconvenient to them. Say, vegetarians can't go to a true meat lover's party, people who get up early might need ME to get up eartly for whatever reason, and if your business fails and I live with you, that's obviously my problem.

Comment by Tiiba on Teachable Rationality Skills · 2011-05-30T04:46:53.507Z · LW · GW

"Let's get a bigger house, further away from work, so it has an extra bedroom in case Grandma comes over"

Not saying this is a bad example, but it COULD be the case that grandma never being able to come over is totally unacceptable. Which is also a pitfall - something can seem trivial until it goes away.

Comment by Tiiba on Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality · 2011-04-30T00:05:49.096Z · LW · GW

So, having thought about it today, I realized that I did overreact. Some of the justifications offered made sense. But I still find McGonnagal's reactions odd. Yes, a kid genius has special needs. But that doesn't mean he should be able to treat others like imbecils. It might've been just shock, but at some point it should have occured to her: I'm letting a prepubescent kid run circles around me. Even if he keeps being right, he's gonna get himself in trouble running his mouth all the time.

I know that she's supposed to be special, that most adults Harry knows DO put him in his place, but I see no reason to think that she is THAT special. She is not used to dealing with such situations (she can't even describe the one she had), and of all the teachers in the books, she's probably the one who values discipline the most.

Also, she never said: "Can you repeat what you just said? And this time, in English?" Sometimes, the situation seemed to call for a Point of View Gun from the Hitchhiker's Guide.

And there is REALLY no excuse for the temper tantrum.

And that's what a Black Hole Sue is: people act strange around her, so she might be happy.

Comment by Tiiba on Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality · 2011-04-29T23:29:32.342Z · LW · GW


Comment by Tiiba on Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality · 2011-04-29T08:55:40.878Z · LW · GW

I honestly have no idea how that has anything to do with what I'm saying.

And I read all the books, and watched the first six movies. I know what the prohesy is.

Comment by Tiiba on Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality · 2011-04-29T08:23:37.848Z · LW · GW

The infodumps are not what I'm talking about. I wouldn't believe it's Eliezer's writing if people weren't smugly going on about eigenvectors. My concern is that Harry is a complete asshole. And the unrealistic adults.

Comment by Tiiba on Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality · 2011-04-29T08:04:45.806Z · LW · GW

"What is the point saying "yes" or "no"?"

Um, none for you, I suppose. But it might mean some utilons for me. Anyway, a hint about which way the story might be heading would be good. (Comeuppance? Minister Potter? Furry slash?)

Comment by Tiiba on Harry Sue and The Methods of Rationality · 2011-04-29T07:40:59.074Z · LW · GW

No, he is a Black Hole Sue, because, as I said, the abuse and condescension he gave to McGonnagal did not result in any consequences. She's his goddamn TEACHER. Teachers don't expect to be treated like idiots.

And WHERE is his brain backfiring? And I know he's wrong. That's the point. But so far, he's winning anyway.

Comment by Tiiba on 96 Bad Links in the Sequences [fixed] · 2011-04-28T18:37:54.537Z · LW · GW

We can still try to go for 1337.

Comment by Tiiba on [SEQ RERUN] A Fable of Science and Politics · 2011-04-26T17:19:50.408Z · LW · GW

I'm just wondering if you're aware of this post:

At first, I thought it's what you're talking about, but realized that the details are different (and kinda cool in a scary way).

Comment by Tiiba on Official Less Wrong Redesign: Call for Suggestions · 2011-04-20T20:41:43.253Z · LW · GW

I like it too, but think that just a bit more contrast would be good. Not a lot, but a little. As it is, it feels bland.

Comment by Tiiba on Separate morality from free will · 2011-04-10T01:35:30.115Z · LW · GW

Tango Yankee.

Comment by Tiiba on Separate morality from free will · 2011-04-09T06:04:14.618Z · LW · GW

"that it is dangerous to communication to use the term 'free will' in any sense other than freedom from causality"

Why is that? There are many things that can keep your will from being done. Eliminating them makes your will more free. Furthermore, freedom from causality is pretty much THE most dangerous definition for free will, because it makes absolutely, positively no sense. Freedom from causality is RANDOMNESS.

"Therefore free will vs determinism is not a productive argument."

We don't have this argument here. We believe that free will requires determinism. You aren't free if you have no idea what the hell is about to happen.

Comment by Tiiba on Separate morality from free will · 2011-04-08T15:56:24.136Z · LW · GW

"Free will is nonsense"

It's not nonsense.

Comment by Tiiba on Rationality Quotes: April 2011 · 2011-04-07T17:47:05.012Z · LW · GW

Just this quote. But I found a complete translation:

What's the other story?

Comment by Tiiba on Rationality Quotes: April 2011 · 2011-04-06T05:26:59.820Z · LW · GW

I will repost a quote that I posted many moons ago on OB, if you don't mind. I don't THINK this breaks the rules too badly, since that post didn't get its fair share of karma. Here's the first time:

"He knew well that fate and chance never come to the aid of those who replace action with pleas and laments. He who walks conquers the road. Let his legs grow tired and weak on the way - he must crawl on his hands and knees, and then surely, he will see in the night a distant light of hot campfires, and upon approaching, will see a merchants' caravan; and this caravan will surely happen to be going the right way, and there will be a free camel, upon which the traveler will reach his destination. Meanwhile, he who sits on the road and wallows in despair - no matter how much he cries and complains - will evoke no compassion in the soulless rocks. He will die in the desert, his corpse will become meat for foul hyenas, his bones will be buried in hot sand. How many people died prematurely, and only because they didn't love life strongly enough! Hodja Nasreddin considered such a death humiliating for a human being.

"No" - said he to himself and, gritting his teeth, repeated wrathfully: "No! I won't die today! I don't want to die!""

Comment by Tiiba on Rationality Quotes: April 2011 · 2011-04-06T02:27:01.607Z · LW · GW

Better yet, don't go gaga. And use anchoring to your advantage - before haggling, talk about something you got for free.

Comment by Tiiba on Singularity Institute featured on Philanthroper · 2011-04-01T14:22:09.647Z · LW · GW

Well, if the donations they have to match go beyond what they'd donate anyway, they would donate more than they otherwise would. Plus, the goal is to get YOU to donate more than you otherwise would.

Comment by Tiiba on Size of the smallest recursively self-improving AI? · 2011-03-31T17:26:02.100Z · LW · GW

What's up with the word "foom", and why is it always in all caps? Can we come up with another name for this that doesn't sound like a sci-fi nerd in need of Ritalin?

Comment by Tiiba on AI that doesn't want to get out · 2011-03-28T22:02:55.246Z · LW · GW

And if they're modified? It's a superintelligent AI. You can't take it down with a shotgun, even if it's built into your arm.

Comment by Tiiba on AI that doesn't want to get out · 2011-03-28T21:02:04.482Z · LW · GW

Sure, but it's their funeral.

Another AI might succeed, but not humans. I think there would be at least a few weeks before another one appears, and that might be enough time to ask it how to make a true FAI.

Comment by Tiiba on AI that doesn't want to get out · 2011-03-28T19:27:34.301Z · LW · GW

Well, then they'll have themselves to blame when the AI converts their remains into nanomachines.

Not sure what you're saying.

Comment by Tiiba on AI that doesn't want to get out · 2011-03-27T16:59:04.779Z · LW · GW

I did mention explosions. And gravity? I don't see what it could do with gravity. Although I see that it could do something with vibration.

Comment by Tiiba on AI that doesn't want to get out · 2011-03-27T08:50:41.273Z · LW · GW

It's allowed to produce waste heat. I see no reason to let it make anything else. I know it can't actially cut itself off from the universe, but it shouldn't enjoy this fact.

Comment by Tiiba on AI that doesn't want to get out · 2011-03-27T05:44:25.226Z · LW · GW

Why? This is the whole point - to prevent it from interacting with anything not intentionally given to it.

Comment by Tiiba on Vizier AIs · 2011-03-25T21:37:17.822Z · LW · GW

A problem I see with such a sequestered AI is... that it doesn't stop other people from building free AIs. You have to be FIRST.

Comment by Tiiba on Vizier AIs · 2011-03-25T21:25:57.064Z · LW · GW

Sorry, I deleted the post without realizing you replied to it. I realized it had problems and decided to give it more thought for now.

Comment by Tiiba on The "supernatural" category · 2011-03-24T22:36:30.438Z · LW · GW

I wouldn't say it's necessarily mental. But if it's a huge lump of properties that can't be explained by the rules that govern everything else, it would be supernatural. Or it could even be simple, but still have an exception to an otherwise universal rule. For example, in a Tegmark universe governed by the factorial function, finding a 10 could be considered miraculous. In our universe, it could be an object that doesn't cast a shadow, doesn't glow on the underside, and is not transparent.

Also, rstarkov, see my reply in the thread linked above.

These mathy definitions are, of course, for times when "supernatural" isn't just a stand-in for "stop thinking about it!"

Comment by Tiiba on Tortuga Meetups Starting this Thursday · 2011-03-21T20:46:09.788Z · LW · GW

Did I miss something? Why do meetups have summaries agin?

Comment by Tiiba on Admit your ignorance · 2011-03-15T13:44:50.250Z · LW · GW

Well, I dunno about that...

Comment by Tiiba on Positive Thinking · 2011-03-07T21:13:24.320Z · LW · GW

Actually, I said it wasn't atheist AT ALL. About as atheist as Don Quixote was a knight. Even the atheism was a manifestation of the personality cult of Karl Marx.

Comment by Tiiba on Positive Thinking · 2011-03-07T16:38:28.387Z · LW · GW

There was also the issue of communism, which is nothing if not a cult.

Comment by Tiiba on A Transhumanist Poem · 2011-03-07T04:32:13.113Z · LW · GW

Well, I think it's pretty nice.

Comment by Tiiba on The non-painless upload · 2011-02-16T00:58:21.295Z · LW · GW

Well, I would NOT press the button. The average copy gets 500 years of being a creationist, plus half of an immortality. My values prefer "short but good".

Comment by Tiiba on What's the single best introduction to evolution to give to a creationist? · 2011-02-14T22:14:15.232Z · LW · GW

The problem with some creationists (the ones who get the basics), as I understand it, is not that they don't think evolution is happening, but that they don't think it's fast enough to transform proto-bacterial zero-cellular balls of chemicals into people in a mere three billion years. Although, personally, I think it's a really long time.

Comment by Tiiba on Why is reddit so negative? · 2011-02-10T20:47:29.096Z · LW · GW

Somebody wants to suppress advertising, too, though.

Comment by Tiiba on Punishing future crimes · 2011-01-28T23:32:33.321Z · LW · GW

What about the schadenfreude fom pissing off Hitler?

Of course, he might become even more psycho from it.

Comment by Tiiba on The Best Textbooks on Every Subject · 2011-01-17T18:54:52.043Z · LW · GW

You guys do what works for you, and I'll do what works for me. Maybe I just don't have the patience. Or maybe you don't have something required to understand lossily compressed info. Or both. I just know that books take all day long and help as much as short online tutorials. And the tutorials are often free.

Comment by Tiiba on The annoyingness of New Atheists: declaring God Dead makes you a Complete Monster? · 2011-01-16T21:32:06.040Z · LW · GW

No, I know all those words, but you're using them way too much. A lot of them are very apt labels, but they just don't look right outside of TV Tropes. Just like outdated slang.

Comment by Tiiba on The annoyingness of New Atheists: declaring God Dead makes you a Complete Monster? · 2011-01-16T20:38:00.945Z · LW · GW

TV Tropes will ruin your vocabulary.

Comment by Tiiba on The Best Textbooks on Every Subject · 2011-01-16T20:11:28.497Z · LW · GW

They get ME bored. Every book is six hundred to a thousand pages, and when you're done with it, you've got a hundred pages worth of knowledge. I think it's better to memorize some passwords, then separately look up specific ideas that didn't make sense.

Comment by Tiiba on The Best Textbooks on Every Subject · 2011-01-16T19:09:07.583Z · LW · GW

In college, I found most of the time that the professor's lecture notes contain almost everything of value that both the textbook and the lecture contains, but they contain ten times less text. This led me to believe that textbooks are a terribly inefficient way to convey facts, by comparison to the format of lecture notes. Books are words, words, words, flowery metaphors, digressions, etc. Hell, I don't know what they spend all those words on. But I know that, potentially, lecture notes are one fact after another.

Comment by Tiiba on The Neglected Virtue of Scholarship · 2011-01-11T05:03:39.013Z · LW · GW

God = 3.

Comment by Tiiba on Vegetarianism · 2011-01-02T04:19:12.031Z · LW · GW

See, the difference is not that meat isn't "to my taste". I like the taste. The problem is that it's EVIL.

Comment by Tiiba on Working hurts less than procrastinating, we fear the twinge of starting · 2011-01-02T03:49:37.444Z · LW · GW

I have ADD, and I think that I'm somewhere between the two extremes. Although not working is always more fun than working, I find that I can get in the flow on occasion, and crank out a lot. But even my strongest flows are punctuated by many distractions.

Comment by Tiiba on The Santa deception: how did it affect you? · 2010-12-23T17:08:57.930Z · LW · GW

Well, the Santa deception wasn't used on me. The false belief I held was that nobody actually takes Santa seriously. And also that I was bought in a store, which made me wonder where the store got me. Although I didn't take that one too seriously either, finding out the truth was still pretty disturbing. You mean he... she... they... EWWW! (Yeah, I got better.)

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