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Comment author: Liron 06 June 2017 05:42:04AM 4 points [-]

If you use online dating, I just launched a site called WittyThumbs to analyze and improve your conversations, in order to get better dates. Let me know what you think!

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 14 May 2017 12:22:37PM 0 points [-]

Understanding truth in terms of "correspondance" brings me noticeably closer to coding up an intelligent reasoner from scratch than those other words.

If the correspendence theory cannot handle maths or morals, you will end up with a reasoner that cannot handle maths or morals.

The simple truth is that brains are like maps, and true-ness of beliefs about reality is analogous to accuracy of maps about territory.

You need to show that that simple theory also deals with the hard cases....because EY didn't.

But it runs counter to a lot of bad philosophical thinking, which is why Eliezer bothered writing it.

It's a piece of bad thinking that runs counter to philosophy. You don't show that something works in all cases by pointing out, however loudly or exasperatedly, that it works in the easy cases ,where it is already well known to work.

Comment author: Liron 27 May 2017 12:05:53AM 0 points [-]

Seems like first you objected that TST's lesson is meaningless, and now you're objecting that it's meaningful but limited and wrong. Worth noting that this isn't a back and forth argument about the same objection.

The rest of LW's epistemology sequences and meta-morality sequences explain why the foundations in TST also help understand math and morals.

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 11 May 2017 12:30:43PM *  0 points [-]

The only way you can be sure your mental map accurately represents reality is by allowing a reality-controlled process to draw your mental map.

Everything is reality, so that is a distinction that doesn't make a difference. All illusions and errors are produced by real processes. (Or is "reality" being used to mean "external reality").

The human eye is a reality-controlled process that makes accurate visual cortex images.

Sometimes. But being reality controlled isn't a good criterion for when, since it is never false.

Natural human patterns of thought like essentialism and magical thinking are NOT reality-controlled processes and they don't draw accurate mental maps.

They are perfomed by real brains. if "reality controlled" just means producing the right results, the whole argument is circular.

Each part of your mental map is called a "belief". The parts of your mental map that portray reality accurately are called "true beliefs".

Why is it important to taboot the words "accurate", "correct", "represent", "reflect", "semantic", "believe", "knowledge", "map", or "real"., but not the word "correspond"?

Comment author: Liron 14 May 2017 06:45:42AM 0 points [-]

By "reality-controlled", I don't just mean "external reality", I mean the part of external reality that your belief claims to be about.

Understanding truth in terms of "correspondance" brings me noticeably closer to coding up an intelligent reasoner from scratch than those other words.

The simple truth is that brains are like maps, and true-ness of beliefs about reality is analogous to accuracy of maps about territory. This sounds super obvious, which is why Eliezer called it "The Simple Truth". But it runs counter to a lot of bad philosophical thinking, which is why Eliezer bothered writing it.

Comment author: CronoDAS 25 October 2016 02:22:24AM *  0 points [-]

Is there a service I can call that will go through a room filled knee-deep with "stuff" and "put it away" on shelves and things so that most objects are accessible? Maid services just clean up dirt, they won't declutter or bring in need shelves to organize a DVD collection that is overflowing the tiny bookshelf that it's on, and most "junk removal" services seem like they would just throw everything out.

Comment author: Liron 25 October 2016 05:12:15AM *  1 point [-]

Yes, apparently this is a thing! Look up professional organizers.

Comment author: James_Miller 24 October 2016 10:18:33PM 0 points [-]

For some types of writing what I need is a proofreading service whose quality I can rely on so that if I use it I will with very high probability not look bad because of my grammatical mistakes. For other writing (such as most emails and comments like this) I could tolerate a much higher chance of the service not catching everything.

For the high-quality work, I could wait a day or so for the results and would be willing to pay, say, $20 per 500 words. For the other work I would want very quick turnaround and would be willing to pay much less say $2 per 500 words.

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 10:23:46PM *  0 points [-]

Can you send me an email? I'm happy to proofread some stuff for you for free in order to better understand your needs. (I'm actually good at that.)

wiseguy@gmail.com

Comment author: Mac 24 October 2016 06:49:44PM *  3 points [-]

what's the most annoying part of your life/job?

Pain. Moderate but constant pain from old sports injuries makes me: spend money on pain meds and counter irritants, work longer hours because the pain is distracting and reduces my productivity, limit physical activity and travel, deviate from an optimal exercise routine, fall into a black hole of grumpiness occasionally.

how much would you pay for a solution?

If by "solution" you mean an easy, one-time, guaranteed fix: $10,000

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 09:51:08PM 0 points [-]

Yeah, pain is a huge problem for people. Any advice on how to attack this problem?

Comment author: James_Miller 24 October 2016 09:43:35PM 0 points [-]

I haven't had much luck with real people proofreading with the exception of my wife who as a classics professor is extremely competent at grammar. (I don't like having to constantly bug her for help.) I've just installed the free Grammarly extension and will see how it works but unless both "who" and "whom" can work in the first sentence it's far from what I need.

I wonder if there is a market for super real-time proofreading and editing where you can type in sentence fragments and the proofreader will fill in what's needed?

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 09:49:08PM 1 point [-]

Can you elaborate about which writings you'd personally use this service for, how your ideal solution would work, and what you'd pay for it?

Comment author: TravellingTechie 24 October 2016 07:56:36PM 2 points [-]

I travel a lot for work, usually one to two weeks in a city. The annoying part of my life is finding things to do, or people to meet that are understanding of that. For either dating or just hanging out and doing activities. Right now I use a mash up of meetup, dating sites and couchsurfing, but none of them are really satisfying.

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 09:29:59PM 1 point [-]

Airbnb is currently trying to focus on this niche with "City Hosts". Here's a TechCrunch article.

You may be able to try the feature here. It's in semi-public beta.

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 09:23:33PM *  1 point [-]

Ok, what do you think of these services:

  1. Grammarly - Claims to be a much smarter grammar checker than MS Word

  2. Wordy - Paid human proofreading with a few-hours turnaround time

Maybe there's a market for super realtime proofreading, like a Gmail extension where the moment you start typing, there's someone proofreading?

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 09:27:02PM *  1 point [-]

(3) eangel for emails

eangel

Comment author: James_Miller 24 October 2016 08:17:58PM 0 points [-]

Grammar. I'm horrible at grammar and would love software that could reliably fix all of my grammatical mistakes. I would pay $400 a year for such software.

Comment author: Liron 24 October 2016 09:23:33PM *  1 point [-]

Ok, what do you think of these services:

  1. Grammarly - Claims to be a much smarter grammar checker than MS Word

  2. Wordy - Paid human proofreading with a few-hours turnaround time

Maybe there's a market for super realtime proofreading, like a Gmail extension where the moment you start typing, there's someone proofreading?

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