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110 Post author: Liron 09 May 2009 09:53PM

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Comment author: Liron 10 May 2009 09:05:02PM 21 points [-]

Talking to people afterwards, I could tell they thought it was a really fun program and a good addition to their event. They seemed to feel that the content was deep.

Unfortunately, many of them seemed to not grasp the central principles. When I asked them what they thought the main idea was, they said something like: "Your experience is what you make of it, like how you feel in social situations is under your control" -- apparently rounding to the nearest cached wisdom (although not a bad one).

I consider that a failure on my part to make the concepts clear and accessible enough. It was unreasonable to think that people would remember the definition of "heuristic", for example, the way I presented it in passing during the original presentation.

After I did the presentation, I spent a couple more hours tweaking and reorganizing the slides before posting to LW. Now that I've improved the slides, and now that I've had practice with presenting the material, I'm optimistic about being able to achieve more comprehension the next time I find an audience for this.

And even when the ideas are over some people's heads, I think that as long as they're entertained, it's good to expose them to an impressive display of realist philosophy at an early age.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 May 2009 06:54:33AM 39 points [-]

When I asked them what they thought the main idea was, they said something like: "Your experience is what you make of it, like how you feel in social situations is under your control" -- apparently rounding to the nearest cached wisdom (although not a bad one).

Note to self: Start asking audience members what they thought was the main idea of my talk.

Comment author: MichaelGR 12 May 2009 08:44:01PM 14 points [-]

Would you consider making a video of yourself giving the presentation (on youtube, f.ex.) and posting it to LW?

Comment author: MBlume 10 May 2009 10:19:17PM 12 points [-]

And even when the ideas are over some people's heads, I think that as long as they're entertained, it's good to expose them to an impressive display of realist philosophy at an early age.

Anything that says "come back later, there is wisdom here" is good. Star Trek got me started being interested in physics. Every bit helps.

Comment author: jsalvatier 27 June 2011 06:47:20PM 1 point [-]

Did you ever do this more? Has your success improved?

Comment author: Liron 02 July 2011 09:47:10PM 2 points [-]

I did it once more and it went about the same - unfortunately I have not presented YAAB for over a year now. Last year I did a game for the same group about the evolution of cooperation but I don't notes for it.