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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 25 November 2015 01:54:16PM 1 point [-]

Introverts, Extroverts, and Cooperation

As usual, a small hypothetical social science study, but I'm willing to play with the conclusion, which is that extroverts are more likely to cheat unless they're likely to get caught. It wouldn't surprise the hell out of me if introverts are more likely to internalize social rules (or are people on the autism spectrum getting classified as introverts?).

Could "publicize your charity" be better advice for extroverts and/or majority extrovert subcultures than for introverts?

Comment author: Clarity 24 November 2015 11:45:04PM 1 point [-]

Thanks. Can I have an example which is either self-evident as distracting and off-topic or explain why it is?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 25 November 2015 01:45:06PM 1 point [-]

I looked at a few pages of your comment history to see if I could find a particularly horrible example to base an explanation on (entirelyuseless's link is appropriate), but I was surprised to find that the vast majority of your comments had no karma rather than downvotes.

I'm not sure what you need to do to upgrade or edit out your typical comment. Possibly you could review your upvoted comments to see how they're different from your usual comments.

Comment author: Clarity 24 November 2015 03:22:43AM 0 points [-]

nope, can't be bothered. Seems unnecessary

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 25 November 2015 01:35:27PM 0 points [-]

A rough ordering by amount of time needed is actually very important. I'm not saying you need to be accurate within 10%, but having some idea of what's likely to take minutes, an hour, a lot of hours, weeks, or months is the only way you can tell whether you're likely to achieve a goal-- or make progress toward it--- in a given chunk of time.

Comment author: ChristianKl 25 November 2015 09:58:48AM 0 points [-]

For example, many people on LW seem to assume that the whole 'me' is in the head; so you can just freeze the head, and feed the rest to the worms.

Whether you need to freeze the whole body or whether the head is enough is a meaningful debate, but it has little to do with why a lot of people oppose cryonics.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 25 November 2015 01:28:10PM 0 points [-]

At this stage, I can see an argument for freezing the gut, or at least samples of the gut, so as to get the microbiome. Anyone know about reviving frozen microbes?

Comment author: Clarity 24 November 2015 04:09:49AM 8 points [-]

Why is my karma so low? Is there something I'm consistently doing wrong that I can do less wrong? I'm sorry.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 24 November 2015 02:19:39PM 6 points [-]

Thank you for asking. I've been trying to figure out what to say to you, but couldn't figure out quite what the issue is. One possibility in terms of karma is to bundle a number of comments into a single comment, but this doesn't address how the comments could be better.

A possible angle is to work on is being more specific. It might be like the difference between a new computer user and a more sophisticated computer user. The new user says "My computer doesn't work!", and there is no way to help that person from a distance until they say what sort of computer it is, what they were trying to do, and some detail about what happened.

Being specific doesn't come naturally to all people on all subjects, but it's a learnable skill, and highly valued here.

Comment author: Clarity 24 November 2015 03:22:11AM -3 points [-]


Comment author: NancyLebovitz 24 November 2015 02:05:56PM 0 points [-]

They could do it, but there wouldn't be any strong reason for anyone to trust that they would.

Comment author: ShardPhoenix 23 November 2015 11:16:36PM *  7 points [-]

What is the optimal amount of attention to pay to political news? I've been trying to cut down to reduce stress over things I can't control, but ignoring it entirely seems a little dangerous. For an extreme example, consider the Jews in Nazi Germany - I'd imagine those who kept an eye on what was going on were more likely to leave the country before the Holocaust. Of course something that bad is unlikely, but it seems like it could still be important to be aware of impactful new laws that are passed - eg anti-privacy laws, or internet piracy now much more heavily punishable, etc.

So what's the best way to keep up on things that might have an impact on one's life, without getting caught up in the back-and-forth of day-to-day politics?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 24 November 2015 12:14:16AM 4 points [-]

For the extreme stuff, I think you'll get clues from things like how people like you are treated on the street.-- if it's your country. If you're at risk of being conquered by a government that hates you, the estimate is more complicated.

For the more likely things to keep track of, think about what's likely to affect you (like changes in laws) and use specialist sources.

Comment author: Bound_up 23 November 2015 11:45:50AM 1 point [-]

I've heard the Beatles have some recorded song they never released because they were too low quality. I think it would be worthwhile to study their material in its full breadth, mediocrity included, to get a sense for the true nature of the minds behind some greatness.

I've saved writings and poetry and raw, potentially embarrassing past creations for the sake of a similar understanding. I wish I had recordings of my initial fumblings with the instruments I now play rather better.

So it is in this general context of seeking fuller understanding, that I ask if anyone knows where to find these legendary old writings from Eliezer Yudkowsky, reputed to be embarrassing in their hubris, etc..

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 24 November 2015 12:02:07AM 1 point [-]

I don't think Eliezer's changes in hubris level are what's interesting-- he's had some influence, and no on seems to think his earliest work is his best. It might make sense to find out what how his writing has changed over time.

Comment author: qsz 23 November 2015 11:42:57AM *  3 points [-]

There's a very extensive medical literature - although mostly focusing upon persistent (>48 hours) or intractable (>1 month) hiccups. One possible remedy jumped out at me from Google Scholar results: title alone gives the game away (albeit N=1):

Odeh, M., Bassan, H., & Oliven, A. (1990). Termination of intractable hiccups with digital rectal massage. Journal of internal medicine, 227(2), 145-146.

A very recent review by Steger et al (2015) gives good coverage of "state of the art" in acute hiccups:

In acute hiccups, physical manoeuvres are often effective (Table 2). Many of these ‘remedies’ have not been tested and some appear to have been invented ‘purely for the amusement of the patient's friends’.[23] The principle that links these manoeuvres is the attempt to interrupt or suppress the reflex arc (Figure 1) thought to maintain repetitive diaphragmatic contractions.[8, 12] This is most often attempted by breath holding, the Valsalva manoeuvre or rebreathing into a paper bag. Physiological studies have demonstrated a mechanism by which these manoeuvres improve hiccups, with the frequency of hiccups decreasing as arterial pCO2 rises.[9] This experimental evidence, backed up by personal experience of the senior author, suggests that an effective method to interrupt hiccups is to hold ones breath in expiration (diaphragm relaxed, pCO2 high). Other techniques that can lead to cessation of hiccups involve stimulation of the nose, ear or throat (e.g. ice cold drinks), eyeball pressure, carotid massage or self-induced vomiting. Techniques that ‘push against’ the diaphragm by drawing up the legs to the chest (i.e. ‘rolling into a ball’) may also be helpful. Rectal massage and sexual stimulation have also been reported to help[24, 25]; however, we recommend that this kind of recommendation is reserved for carefully selected patients!

before concluding in case of persistent/intractable hiccups:

This systematic review revealed no high quality data on which to base treatment recommendations.

Steger, M., Schneemann, M., & Fox, M. (2015). Systemic review: the pathogenesis and pharmacological treatment of hiccups. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics, 42(9), 1037-1050.

Further note: reference [23] above in Steger et al (2015) is "Watterson B. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005."

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 23 November 2015 02:30:08PM 2 points [-]

I've got a method that's reliable for me. I pay attention to how I feel between hiccups, observe what seems like a hiccuppy feeling (in the neighborhood of my diaphragm), and make myself stop feeling it.

Comment author: Clarity 20 November 2015 08:03:26AM *  0 points [-]
  • usb of parents discussing childhood to give to angela - 1 week
  • Review PHC essay - 1 day
Comment author: NancyLebovitz 20 November 2015 02:24:25PM 8 points [-]

I suggest just choosing one or two goals, probably from the easier and more specific goals, and then doing them.

I was surprised to find for myself that having a really fast moving imagination can be a problem.

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