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Comment author: JoshuaZ 11 August 2014 04:35:42AM 1 point [-]

It may help to note that there's been a lot of work on what we mean by sentences being true since Tarski. The most notable in this context would be Kripke(pdf).

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 05 August 2014 07:38:19PM 5 points [-]

See also EYs comment on FB:

People who have this [status regulating] emotion leave angry reviews on Chapter 6 of HPMOR where they complain about how much Harry is disrespecting Professor McGonagall and they can’t read this story.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 05 August 2014 10:36:44PM 11 points [-]

I wasn't very satisfied with Eliezer's comment there. He seemed to be missing the point of those complaints. They didn't mind necessarily that Harry acted as he did, but they found it out-of-character that McGonagall would respond to Harry's actions as she did.

Comment author: CAE_Jones 24 July 2014 04:22:40PM 0 points [-]

As someone who has occasionally pondered how a Captain Planet Rationalfic might work (I even had a dream that tried to munchkin powers and villain plots, but it was riddled with dream-generated rules), I'm guessing "less than I'd like, dangit." It'd certainly be a fun topic for /r/rational, IMO.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 24 July 2014 09:24:21PM 7 points [-]

For a start the villain who is powered by nuclear waste should be used in a cooperative fashion to do waste disposal. Then he doesn't need to keep attacking reactors.

Comment author: bbleeker 22 July 2014 04:53:26PM *  0 points [-]

One, these dates fall within the life expectancies of people alive in 2014.

That is why. On January 1, 2045, I'll be 90 years old, if I make it that far. So if a cure for mortality has been invented and made widely available by then, I could just get to use it. If it's invented in 2060, who cares? I'll be dead.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 23 July 2014 07:44:08PM 2 points [-]
Comment author: JoshuaZ 14 July 2014 04:07:01PM 13 points [-]

Scott Aaronson has a post on the computational power of digicomps. While the post itself is interesting, it is also worth noting here because it is part of a new experiment he is doing. He writes:

Right now, I have a painfully-large stack of unwritten research papers. Many of these are “paperlets”: cool things I noticed that I want to tell people about, but that would require a lot more development before they became competitive for any major theoretical computer science conference. And what with the baby, I simply don’t have time anymore for the kind of obsessive, single-minded, all-nighter-filled effort needed to bulk my paperlets up. So starting today, I’m going to try turning some of my paperlets into blog posts. I don’t mean advertisements or sneak previews for papers, but replacements for papers: blog posts that constitute the entirety of what I have to say for now about some research topic. “Peer reviewing” (whether signed or anonymous) can take place in the comments section, and “citation” can be done by URL. The hope is that, much like with 17th-century scientists who communicated results by letter, this will make it easier to get my paperlets done: after all, I’m not writing Official Papers, just blogging for colleagues and friends.

Comment author: army1987 05 July 2014 09:56:49PM 2 points [-]

Most importantly, I don't believe Eliezer would jump on a political correctness bandwagon.


(I agree with the rest of your comment.)

Comment author: JoshuaZ 08 July 2014 02:59:46AM -1 points [-]

I think many would not characterize that action as jumping on the political correctness bandwagon.

Comment author: Sophronius 05 July 2014 07:17:59PM *  4 points [-]

"Don't try to cooperate with a known DefectBot".

Yes, precisely! This is what I think should be the golden standard for censorship. Ask yourself if the other person would try to censor you if they thought they could get away with it even if you were nice to them, and if the answer is yes it is acceptable (but not necessarily desirable!) to censor them. So an honest and reasonable bio-realist should not be censored, but Eugine Nier should be. It's simply a matter of memetic self-defence.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 06 July 2014 03:14:28PM 2 points [-]

Ask yourself if the other person would try to censor you if they thought they could get away with it even if you were nice to them,

I think you are going to run into problems here. I suspect that most adherents of many ideologies would censor opposing views if they could get away with it.

Comment author: Daniel_Burfoot 04 July 2014 07:23:23PM 2 points [-]

And having anti-feminist or racist assholes running around

Heinrich Himmler is a racist. Eugene_Nier, not so much.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 05 July 2014 02:11:24AM 2 points [-]

Non-central fallacy or focusing on disputing definitions possibly?

Comment author: VAuroch 04 July 2014 09:50:30PM 2 points [-]

His downvotes were certainly largely politically/philosophically motivated; I and several other people (off the top of my head the only other name I remember was daenerys) noted the downvote floods beginning specifically after debating "Culture War"-type topics; LGBT issues, feminism, racism, etc.

I don't think that's what you intended to say, but it's an easy misreading, so clearing that up.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 05 July 2014 02:09:34AM 1 point [-]

Oh sure, (I was potentially downvoted for the same reason). The point isn't that they weren't politically motivated but rather that one shouldn't think the inclination to defect in this fashion is somehow more connected to a specific political viewpoint. Someone on the end opposite Eugine on these issues could easily be motivated to do the same thing.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 04 July 2014 03:58:22PM 11 points [-]

Question: Daenarys rarely posts now and by her description part of that was due to the systematic downvoting. Has someone contacted her ourside LW to let her know this has happened?

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