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Null-boxing Newcomb’s Problem 2020-07-13T16:32:53.869Z · score: 25 (21 votes)
God and Moses have a chat 2020-06-17T18:34:42.809Z · score: 9 (7 votes)
looking for name/further reading on fallacy I came across 2020-05-28T18:01:34.692Z · score: 1 (1 votes)

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Comment by yitz on Litany of a Bright Dilettante · 2020-07-15T02:46:54.850Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Consider me a fan

Comment by yitz on Null-boxing Newcomb’s Problem · 2020-07-13T22:56:30.049Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the happy ending :)

Comment by yitz on Null-boxing Newcomb’s Problem · 2020-07-13T22:55:07.800Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That would be an excellent solution—from the unnamed trickster god’s perspective. Personally though, I’m more interested in what Maxwell should do once the rules are already set.

Comment by yitz on Null-boxing Newcomb’s Problem · 2020-07-13T16:38:41.455Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

There was a weird glitch posting this where it appeared as three separate copies of the same post; I deleted the other two, so hopefully that wasn’t too much of a problem.

Comment by yitz on Null-boxing Newcomb’s Problem · 2020-07-13T16:38:12.259Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

There was a weird glitch posting this where it appeared as three separate copies of the same post; I deleted the other two, so hopefully that wasn’t too much of a problem.

Comment by yitz on God and Moses have a chat · 2020-06-18T22:41:55.883Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That’s perfectly reasonable, it can be very hard at times to put those sort of experiences to words. Wishing you success!

Comment by yitz on God and Moses have a chat · 2020-06-18T17:56:57.760Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks! Do you mind if I ask what that update was?

Comment by yitz on God and Moses have a chat · 2020-06-18T00:22:59.114Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oh wow, that was an excellent read! Thanks for the link. :) It seems like Jesus in that story reaches the opposite conclusion of Moses in mine. Out of curiosity, who do you think made the most reasonable decision and why?

Comment by yitz on God and Moses have a chat · 2020-06-18T00:20:36.347Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I was thinking along those lines when writing this, along with the issues around Pascal’s Mugging/muggle. I still need to do a lot more research on this, as I’m still not sure what the correct thing to do would actually be in such a seemingly convincing situation. It doesn’t seem quite reasonable to say that no evidence whatsoever can possibly prove the existence of God, as that seems to make atheism unfalsifiable. On the other hand, what could possibly count as enough evidence for such an exotic possibility?

Comment by yitz on Open & Welcome Thread - June 2020 · 2020-06-09T03:16:42.495Z · score: 41 (19 votes) · LW · GW

Hi, I joined because I was trying to understand Pascal’s Wager, and someone suggested I look up “Pascal’s mugging”... next thing I know I’m a newly minted HPMOR superfan, and halfway through reading every post Yudkowsky has ever written. This place is an incredible wellspring of knowledge, and I look forward to joining in the discussion!

Comment by yitz on What does “torture vs. dust specks” imply for insect suffering? · 2020-06-09T01:39:16.837Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don’t wish to directly argue the question at the moment, but let’s say insect suffering is in fact the highest-priority issue we should consider. If so, I’m fairly sure that practically, little would be changed as a result. X-risk reduction is just as important for insects as it is for us, so that should still be given high priority. The largest effect we currently have on insect suffering—and in fact an X-risk factor in itself for insects—is through our collective environmental pollution, so stopping human pollution and global warming as much as possible will be paramount after high-likelihood X-risk issues. In order to effectively treat issues of global human pollution of the environment, some form of global political agreement must be reached about it, which can be best achieved by [Insert your pet political theory here]. In other words, whatever you believe will be best for humans long-term will probably also be best for insects long-term.

Comment by yitz on Self-Keeping Secrets · 2020-06-07T23:53:13.325Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I find a similar phenomenon occurs with extreme depression. When I’m in that state, I literally cannot remember what it feels like to be happy, though I remember acting in ways consistent with happiness. Likewise, every single time I go into an extremely depressed state, it feels like the worst experience I’ve ever had, even if I know intellectually that it’s been worse before (ie not feeling suicidal, not screaming uncontrollably, etc., when I have before), which leads me to believe that my brain is somehow blocking the extent of the pain I’ve experienced from my memory. Once the experience is over, there is something about it that is inaccessible from my current perspective.

Comment by yitz on God is irrelevant · 2020-05-28T23:37:40.373Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

One possible use for God I can think of outside of what you mentioned is to serve as a source of the otherwise seemingly unnecessary consciousness, if one believes in dualism.

Comment by yitz on What are examples of perennial discoveries? · 2020-05-28T20:34:10.232Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

purported “cures” for autism, depression, anxiety, and ADHD have been crossing my newsfeed practically every day for decades now, without any significant practical advancement for any of those.

Comment by yitz on Beyond the Reach of God · 2020-05-28T20:23:36.849Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It’s interesting that you say that a Good God wouldn’t destroy a soul, as one of the biggest issues I’m currently finding myself having with Orthodox Judaism is that according to the Talmud at least, there have been a number of historical cases of souls being completely destroyed, which seems rather incompatible with the rest of Orthodox Jewish morality....I don’t know about the Christian or Muslim God, but they do both seem to believe that some people burn in hell forever, which is arguably worse than simply not existing. I really don’t get how this isn’t discussed more often in conventional theism...

Comment by yitz on What was your reasoning for deciding to have 'your own'/ natural-birthed children? · 2020-05-26T15:04:21.049Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The same, I’d think—most people would rather exist in an overpopulated world than not exist at all, so it would still be morally worth it, in my opinion. Many of my friends are the grandchildren of holocaust survivors, who had children while stuck in the objectively terrible and overcrowded post-war camps, and I am glad they did have children despite the horror surrounding them, and the uncertainty of if their children would ever escape it.

Comment by yitz on What was your reasoning for deciding to have 'your own'/ natural-birthed children? · 2020-05-26T03:39:14.558Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I do not yet have any children (as I’m 19 years old, unmarried, and I do not believe myself to be nearly mature enough yet for such responsibility), but I do plan to have kids one day. My ethical reasoning for this is that I believe that for the vast majority of humans, we find it better on the whole to exist than to not exist, proof of that being that most of us don’t wish to commit suicide (for the most part), even in extremely trying situations. Even if the world were falling apart (which admittedly it sometimes feels like it is), most of us would still fight to stay alive, because we value our own existence, and the existence of others. As such, I see it as a strong moral positive to bring more people into existence, and having biological children is an excellent way to go about doing that.

Comment by yitz on What is your internet search methodology ? · 2020-05-26T03:13:30.725Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

There are many different reasons to be searching something online, but when specifically searching to find the answer to some specific question I have, in general I tend to search in two different patterns—searching with keywords based on how I expect other people to ask the question I want answered (which will likely return results sourced from discussion boards, Quora, etc.), or searching with keywords based on how I’d expect someone to talk about the topic if writing a personal blog post or something. In general, the latter tends to use industry-specific wording, and either assumes deep familiarity with the topic or none at all, which can be hard to read through, while the former tends to use more generalized wording, which can sometimes make it harder to find what I’m looking for, but is also normally from users with a similar knowledge base, which can make the solution easier to understand.

Comment by yitz on Chapter 46: Humanism, Pt 4 · 2020-05-22T22:09:00.726Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I've been binge-reading this series for the past few days, and I must say, I don't think I've ever read a fanfic as good as this one before. I have absolutely no idea where this is about to go, and am on the edge of my seat right now (metaphorically speaking)!