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Comment author: Val 13 February 2018 08:54:38PM *  0 points [-]

That's true, but the change a strong AI would make would be probably completely irreversible and unmodifiable.

Comment author: Elo 13 February 2018 10:11:48PM 0 points [-]

Is that different to how humans are the dominant planetary species?

Comment author: Val 13 February 2018 07:29:51PM 0 points [-]

This brings up an interesting ethical dilemma. If strong AI will ever be possible, it will be probably designed with the values of what you described as a small minority. Does this this small minority have the ethical right to enforce a new world upon the majority which will be against their values?

Comment author: Elo 13 February 2018 08:42:14PM 1 point [-]

Wouldn't be the first time that a small minority were enacting the change they wanted. The universe is not ethical or anything.

Comment author: LessWrong 01 February 2018 10:23:07AM 1 point [-]

When exactly did that happen? I haven't been here when the site was "highly active" (which I assume when EY was making the sequences posts) but do we have any statistics about it? I could build a small scraper and make a graph for dates and stuff, but somebody with access to the database could do it much better.

I don't remember ever seeing statistics on that.

Comment author: Elo 01 February 2018 08:26:49PM 0 points [-]

There is detailed google analytics going back a while.

Comment author: bidbid 27 January 2018 09:07:59PM 0 points [-]

Hello, I'm just a guy that found this site by chance, I have a "system" I base my decision making on but while I wasn't able to find "problems" in my way of thinking I am sure there must be some, so I wanted to write it down for you to dissect, probably a lot of stuff you've heard of already but oh well :D

Comment author: Elo 28 January 2018 01:51:35AM 0 points [-]

welcome! You might like to hang out on the soon-to-be-merged new site - http://www.lesserwrong.com

This site is inactive.

Comment author: RedMan 03 January 2018 12:50:47PM 0 points [-]

You back to trampolining yet?

Way to eat a broken bone and not seek medical attention for it, someone I knew did about what you did and ended up having to have a doctor re-break and set the bone to fix things. Lots of 'newly fit' people, particularly teenagers, have your 'injury from stupidity' behavior pattern. This is one of the reasons professional athletes are banned from amateur sports by their contracts

The great coach Louis Simmons is worth reading, he will expand your mind on your weakest link theory.

My own conclusion on your magic enlightenment pill, based on my lived experience: super awesome when you're lifting, Fs you up a bit when you're not. Use it around intense exercise, otherwise avoid.

Comment author: Elo 03 January 2018 03:35:02PM 1 point [-]

Interesting you say that about bad when you are not lifting. There just wasn't any warning from anyone (there probably was but I took no notice).

I have been back to doctors, and I do run several times a week these days. It's not set wrong or else I couldn't run, and I never got an x-ray.

I went back to trampoline 6 months later and I injured myself trying to do something that I didn't have the muscles for any more. It strikes me as more dangerous than I was willing to admit. It's exercise that really pushes your body and I'm not sure I am comfortable with it compared to things that are more within a body's limit.

For example rock climbing - you are limited by what your body let's you do. Only lift your own weight. And that's a lot closer to the safe limit than trampolines which interact with external contraption and do things like compress your spine and cause unnatural brain shaking.

Weakest link theory was a bit of a joke but I am sure there is some truth to it.

How I accidentally discovered the pill to enlightenment but I wouldn’t recommend it.

4 Elo 03 January 2018 12:37AM

Main post:  http://bearlamp.com.au/how-i-accidentally-discovered-the-pill-to-enlightenment-but-i-wouldnt-recommend-it/


Brief teaser:

Eastern enlightenment is not what you think.  I mean, maybe it is.  But it’s probably not.  There’s a reason it’s so elusive, and there’s a reason that it hasn’t joined western science and the western world the way that curiosity and discovery have as a driving force.

This is the story of my mistake accidentally discovering enlightenment.


February 2017

I was noticing some weird symptoms.  I felt cold.  Which was strange because I have never been cold.  Nicknames include “fire” and “hot hands”, my history includes a lot of bad jokes about how I am definitely on fire.  I am known for visiting the snow in shorts and a t-shirt.  I hit 70kg,  The least fat I have ever had in my life.  And that was the only explanation I had.  I asked a doctor about it, I did some reading – circulation problems.  I don’t have circulation problems at the age of 25.  I am more fit than I have ever been in my life.  I look into hesperidin (orange peel) and eat myself a few whole oranges including peel.  No change.  I look into other blood pressure supplements, other capillary modifying supplements…  Other ideas to investigate.  I decided I couldn’t be missing something because there was nothing to be missing.  I would have read it somewhere already.  So I settled for the obvious answer.  Being skinnier was making me colder.

Flashback to February 2016

This is where it all begins.  I move out of my parents house into an apartment with a girl I have been seeing for under 6 months.  I weigh around 80kg (that’s 12.5 stones or 176 pounds or 2822 ounces for our imperial friends).  Life happens and by March I am on my own.  I decide to start running.  Make myself a more desirable human.

I taught myself a lot about routines and habits and actually getting myself to run. Running is hard.  Actually, running is easy.  Leaving the house is hard.  But I work that out too.


For the rest of the post please visit: http://bearlamp.com.au/how-i-accidentally-discovered-the-pill-to-enlightenment-but-i-wouldnt-recommend-it/

Comment author: Elo 16 December 2017 05:41:13AM 0 points [-]

We have moved a little

Comment author: Elo 16 December 2017 05:40:51AM 0 points [-]
Comment author: Fallibilist 09 December 2017 12:25:54AM 0 points [-]

FYI, Feynman was a critical rationalist.

Comment author: Elo 09 December 2017 12:35:31AM 0 points [-]

Hahahahaha

Meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

0 Elo 05 December 2017 08:52AM

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WHEN: 16 December 2017 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: -33.848667, 151.065778

https://goo.gl/maps/6zP3fXiGzzz meet near the fountains. You probably can't miss us.

In celebration of the holiday season in a way that only scientists can do; I proudly present our 4th annual secular solstice celebrations!

It's the silly season so we get to party too. Bring a dish! Something tasty... Try to aim for something inclusive of vegetarian/vegan, at the very least - know what is in your dish for when people ask.

Agenda: (in no particular hurry)

• Eat food; be merry! • Our year in review (as a local community, as a country, as humanity) • Talk about goals for the past year, share successes and failures (as individuals) • Lachlan - how to make resolutions for the new year effectively • Taryn - songs • Over the next year: plans for ourselves • Over the next year: predictions about the state of the future of the world

• Bonus mini-game: prepare for the Candles VS wind game.

Post the dish you plan to bring so we don't get duplicates...

See you there!

p.s. It's a little early for the solstice; The actual solstice is far too close to Christmas so we are hosting early.

If you have trouble - call me on 0438481143

https://www.meetup.com/rationalists_of_sydney/events/245661329/

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