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91 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 September 2007 06:31PM

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Comment author: Peter_de_Blanc 11 September 2007 09:12:26PM 9 points [-]

I remember at the AGIRI workshop in DC last year, Alexei Samsonovich talked about sorting a list of English words along two dimensions - "valence" and "arousal," indicating some component of the emotional response which words evoke.

Maybe audiences respond to speeches by summing the emotion vectors of each word in the speech, rather than parsing sentences.

Quick test: who here is excited by the prospects of anthropic quantum computing?

Comment author: Arthur1981 21 March 2010 08:28:18AM 16 points [-]

What I find interesting is that there are some obvious parallels between applause lights and Barnum statements - so named after P.T. Barnum.

Barnum statements are essentially statements which anyone can apply to themselves as true, which essentially say nothing, and which feel unique to each individual hearing themselves described that way.

Barnum statements are a stock-in-trade of cold-readers such as mentalists and psychics. It seems to me that applause lights are nothing more than the abstract, impersonal version of the same phenomena; or perhaps the same phenomena used in a rhetorical and ideological application.

Comment author: JohnWittle 05 September 2012 04:27:14PM 1 point [-]

anthropic quantum computing? if i were flipping through the channels and heard that phrase uttered by someone who looked like he was giving a speech, i would be immediate interested in learning more and would definitely stay on the channel. I have no idea what the phrase means, but my immediate guesses are indeed exciting.

Comment author: shminux 05 September 2012 04:55:11PM *  3 points [-]

anthropic quantum computing

I'd think that it came out of a random abstract generator like snarxiv.