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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 05 February 2016 06:14:37PM 1 point [-]

Why did she decide to use purely cognitive methods rather than including medication?

I'm not saying that including medication would have been a better choice, but it would have been a plausible one.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 02 February 2016 08:44:30PM 1 point [-]

I'm wondering how one offers a way out-- suppose that one partner is much more enthusiastic about EA than the other. The couple tries the combination of reasonably priced fun and EA one year, and the less enthusiastic one doesn't feel it's satisfying. Can that partner say "let's not do it that way next year?" without feeling shamed for it?

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 01 February 2016 04:31:58PM *  0 points [-]

This isn't doxxing, I am not revealing otherwise difficult to get info, like address and phone and social security number, with the aim to harass. In fact, I am not revealing anything, I am just stating a guess. I have no inside info on either Clarity or Gleb.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 01 February 2016 06:17:55PM 2 points [-]

I don't see a problem with speculating about whether two anonymous posters are the same person, but pushing the idea that a poster who wishes to remain anonymous is the same person as a poster who's publicly identified is close to doxing.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 01 February 2016 09:56:22AM 9 points [-]

Discussion of how to use college to get what you want from it, with rather a lot about the details you need to think about and check. For example, if you're looking for a degree for a profession, it's important to find out whether a particular degree meets the requirement-- and if you're hoping to make money from a profession, you need to check on whether the money's actually there.

Comment author: Viliam 05 January 2016 09:09:40AM *  2 points [-]

I recommend reading the linked article; it's interesting.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 24 January 2016 09:16:06PM 2 points [-]

I recommend the whole thing, too.

The existence of people like Jessica is not just something the mainstream media needs to learn to acknowledge, but something feminists need to learn to acknowledge as well. There are successful women who don't like to fight. Which means if the public conversation about women consists of fighting, their voices will be silenced.

And I bet we're not hearing from men who don't like fighting.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 20 January 2016 08:27:30AM 0 points [-]

Might also be a cultural thing - the Wikipedia articles gives me the impression it was more known in the US than in Europe. There's only one non-English version of the article.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 20 January 2016 02:57:29PM 0 points [-]

It might be cultural, but the other person who hadn't heard of it is American, and only about 15 years younger than I am.

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 19 January 2016 07:21:04PM 1 point [-]

We talked about 3D objects being square from one side and circle from the other - for example a cylinder. But he rejected this approach (though he was able to visualize the form). He considered taking circle and square apart and putting it back together into something like a rounded square but rejected that too as neither square nor circle.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 19 January 2016 07:44:37PM 1 point [-]

My guess is that your son doesn't have a solid grasp of the idea of a cross section. Actually, I don't quite feel good about a cylinder having a square cross section. It's as though it's wrong to neglect the idea that a cylinder is round.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 19 January 2016 05:44:17PM 3 points [-]

est?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 19 January 2016 05:57:26PM 1 point [-]

EST-- a human potential system with expensive, intense workshops.

How quickly things change-- EST was very well-known in its time, but you're not the only person I've talked with who'd never heard of it.

Comment author: moridinamael 19 January 2016 03:28:29PM 0 points [-]

I think your link didn't happen correctly.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 19 January 2016 04:18:07PM 0 points [-]

Thanks for letting me know.

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 18 January 2016 10:26:54PM *  5 points [-]

Is here any interest in posts about parenting with a lesswrong touch? Example:


Mental Images Part of Philosophy with Children

This evening my oldest asked me to test his imagination. Apparently he had played around with it and wanted some outside input to learn more about what he could do. We had talked about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_image before and I knew that he could picture moving scenes composed of known images. So I suggested

  • a five with green white stripes - diagonally. That took some time - apparently the green was difficult for some reason, he had to converge there from black via dark-green
  • three mice
  • three mice, one yellow, one red, and one green
  • the three colored mice running behind each other in circles (all no problem)
  • he himself
  • he himself in a mirror looking from behind (no problem)
  • two almost parallel mirrors with him in between (he claimed to see his image infinitely repeated; I think he just recalled such an experiment we did another time).
  • a street corner with him on the one side and a bike leaning an the other wall with the handlebar facing the corner and with a bicycle bell on the left side such that he cannot see the bike.
  • dito with him looking into a mirror held before him so he can see the bike behind the corner.

The latter took quite some time, partly because he had to assign colors and such so that he could fully picture this and then the image in the mirror. I checked by asking where the handlebar is and the bell. I had significant difficulties to imagine this and correctly place the bell. I noticed that it is easier to just see the bell once the image in the mirror has gained enough detail (the walls before and behind me, the corner, the bike leaning on the corner, the handlebar).

I also asked for a square circle which got the immediate reply that it is logically impossible.

If you have difficulties doing these (are judge them trivial): This is one area where human experience varies a lot. So this is not intended to provide a reference point in ability but an approach to teach human difference, reflection and yes also practice imagination - a useful tool if you have it. If not you might be interested in what universal human experiences are you missing without realizing it.


I'm currently writing these daily and posting them on the LW slack and the less-wrong-parents group.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 19 January 2016 10:10:26AM *  2 points [-]

Sparks of Genius has a lot of challenges for the imagination. What geometrical figure has a circular cross section and a square cross section? Circular, square, and triangular cross sections?

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