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Comment author: Capla 30 October 2014 09:17:01PM 2 points [-]

Nope. I should care about the most basic signaling at least, and I've come to rely on those little red lines to tell me I've got a speelign error.

Fixed.

In response to comment by Capla on Academic papers
Comment author: Emile 30 October 2014 10:53:31PM 0 points [-]

(you also have "soundign" in your article)

Comment author: cursed 28 October 2014 09:23:39PM 2 points [-]

That's fantastic. How many cards total do you have, and how many minutes a day do you study?

Comment author: Emile 28 October 2014 10:01:47PM 2 points [-]

Apparently I have 6887 cards (though that includes those I suspended because they're boring, useless, too difficult, duplicated, or possibly wrong; I tend to often suspend cards instead of deleting them); of those around 3000 are Chinese pinyin cards I automatically created with a Python script (I set them up to get between 1 and 5 new ones per day, depending on how busy I tend to be), 1000 are Japanese (the biggest deck of manually-entered cards), and the remaining decks rarely go over 300 cards.

I study probably between 20 and 40 minutes per day, usually in public transit or during "downtime" (waiting in line, carrying the baby around the house hoping for him to sleep, in the restroom, the elevator...). The time depends of how many new cards I entered recently.

Comment author: MrMind 28 October 2014 02:59:05PM 4 points [-]

I wonder what would happen if we trained monkeys to reveal this kind of detalis with us.

Comment author: Emile 28 October 2014 09:46:19PM 8 points [-]

You may be interested in "Chimpanzee Politics", by Frans de Waals (something like that), which is about exactly that (observing a group of Chimps in a zoo, and how their politics and alliances evolves, with a couple coups).

Comment author: cursed 28 October 2014 06:51:27AM *  3 points [-]

Those who are currently using Anki on a mostly daily or weekly basis: what are you studying/ankifying?

To start: I'm working on memorizing programming languages and frameworks because I have trouble remembering parameters and method names.

Comment author: Emile 28 October 2014 11:02:01AM *  3 points [-]

These days, most of my time on Anki is on Japanese (which I'm learning for fun) and Chinese (which I already know, but I'm brushing up on tones and characters).

Looking through my decks, I also have decks on:

  • Algorithms and data structures (from a couple books I read on that)
  • Communication (misc. tips on storytelling, giving talks, etc.)
  • Game Design (insights and concepts that seemed valuable)
  • German
  • Git and Unix Command Line commands
  • Haskell
  • Insight (misc. stuff that seemed interesting/important)
  • Mnemonics
  • Productivity (notes from Lukeprog's posts and vairous other sources)
  • Psychology and neuroscience
  • Rationality Habits (one of the few decks I have that come all made, from Anna Salmon I think, though I also added some stuff and delted others)
  • Statistics
  • Web Technologies (some stuff on Angular JS and CSS that I got tired of looking up all the time)

(also a few minor decks with very few cards)

I review those pretty much every day (I sometimes leave a few unfinished, depending on how much idle time I have in queues, transport, etc.)

Comment author: Azathoth123 25 October 2014 09:58:21PM 7 points [-]

Why? There were Frenchman with German friends near the border before the two world wars as well.

Comment author: Emile 26 October 2014 10:43:57AM 1 point [-]

I'm not saying that friendships would prevent a war, I'm saying that I know people on both sides of the border and that from both point of views the idea of war is ludicrous and unthinkable. The French don't hate the Germans, the Germans don't hate the French, and the kind of flag-waving gun-toting nationalism you'd get in the US or China or Russia is highly unfashionable.

Predicting Franco-German war on a French talk show would probably get you laughed off stage ...

Comment author: Emile 25 October 2014 08:44:09PM 31 points [-]

I have filled in the survey (I wouldn't have minded if it was longer!)

Comment author: Azathoth123 25 October 2014 08:16:59AM *  -1 points [-]

I doubt Germany would invade France again any time soon.

If the US became completely isolationist, including pulling out all support from NATO and dismantling the nuclear umbrella, I'd predict the next Franco-German war in 20 years max (possibly sooner).

Edit: since it wasn't clear judging by the replies, I never said that the war would start with a German attack on France.

Comment author: Emile 25 October 2014 09:04:38AM 5 points [-]

As a Frenchman with German friends, and family near the border, this seems outrageously stupid.

Comment author: the-citizen 20 October 2014 10:38:15AM *  8 points [-]

So we have lots of guides on how to be rational... but do we have any materials that consider what makes a person decide to pursue rationality and consciously decide to adopt rationality as an approach to life?

Recently I was talking to someone and realised they didn't accept that a rational approach was always the best one, and it was harder than I expected to come up with an argument that would be compelling for someone that didn't think rationality was all that worthwhile... not neccessarily irrational, but just not a conscious follower/advocate of it. I think a lot of the arguments for it are actually quite philosophical or in some people's case mathematical. Got me thinking, what actually turns someone into a rationality fan? A rational argument? Oh wait....

I've got some ideas, but nothing I'd consider worth writing down at this stage... is there anything to prevent wheel reinvention?

Comment author: Emile 20 October 2014 12:18:05PM 6 points [-]

I usually don't use the term "rational"/"rationality" that much, and would rather talk about things like "being effective at what you care about".

Comment author: zedzed 20 October 2014 09:04:48AM *  1 point [-]

To what degree can I copy/paste from Google Docs when creating an article?

Edit: Google Docs -> article is sketchy, though not impossible if you're willing to put in time reformatting.

Followup: are articles usually written in the editor that comes up when you click "create a new article"?

Comment author: Emile 20 October 2014 12:14:13PM 5 points [-]

Depends on what you want to do, if you want to keep your google doc formatting (including which lines are title, bulleted lists, links, etc.) then your result will probably look weird and ugly on lesswrong.

The best would be to copy-paste from google doc but to paste with Ctrl-shift-V (or equivalent), which in most browsers pastes the raw text, and then redoing the necessary formatting in the LW article editor. This will be a bit of a pain for links, bolded/italics parts, quotes, etc. since you'll have to redo them (so it's best not to do them in the first place in google docs).

Comment author: ChristianKl 17 October 2014 11:38:51AM 1 point [-]

For starters, you cannot say "mosquitoes" - as others have pointed out, there are ~3500 separate mosquito species, only ~100 bite humans, and only several dozen transmit disease.

I don't see any reason to only target those that transmit diseases. Target ones that are simply annoying because they string the average person, gives everyone a clear reason to support the proposal. There are also people with allergies or who simply don't heal the stinged area very well.

Also, I don't think country-level eradication plans (even for a single species) have the slightest chance of working long-term due to persistent re-invasion risk.

If you have to continue paying a few million each year to keep the mosquito population near zero that's no problem for any industrialized country if there's public will.

Narrowness is a virtue here, and this level of biological imprecision could alienate potential allies who will take you as reckless and uninformed.

Don't worry as far as biological imprecision goes. I don't invest the kind of effort required for being precise for a LW post to explore the idea but I would certainly invest the necessary effort if I wrote an actual petition and tried to make it viral.

I also made a choice against immediately crossposting to the effective altruism board or other venues to be able to iterate based on feedback.

(A related point is that the most promising interventions for eradication (like the sterile insect technique) are species specific, so it makes sense to start with the highest-priority target. Because [complex chain of reasoning to fill in later], I think aedes albopictus is likely the best bet.)

According to the map on Wikipedia we don't have any aedes albopictus in Germany but 4 neighboring countries have them. That means that it's not a valid target for German activism. Otherwise do you disagree with that map?

Comment author: Emile 17 October 2014 12:05:00PM 1 point [-]

I don't see any reason to only target those that transmit diseases. Target ones that are simply annoying because they string the average person, gives everyone a clear reason to support the proposal. There are also people with allergies or who simply don't heal the stinged area very well.

In addition, if you target all human-biting mosquitoes, you get better information on whether the program is still effective, just ask people to report any mosquito bites.

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