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Comment author: RomeoStevens 18 September 2017 07:29:41PM 1 point [-]

(Then perhaps build a second such solution that is orthogonal to the first. And so on, with a stack of redundant and highly orthogonal highly generic solutions, any one of which might be the only thing that works in any given disaster, and which does the job all by itself.)

This is excellent! Can this reasoning be improved by attempting to map the overlaps between x-risks more explicitly? The closest I can think of is some of turchin's work.

Comment author: Lumifer 08 September 2017 03:43:54PM 2 points [-]

I like futurism, but this is not it. This is an attempt to forecast how economic incentives will get rearranged in the near future conditional on the self-driving cars technology becoming widespread. This attempt was a failure.

Moreover, it was such an obvious failure, that the only two explanations I can come up with is either that the author has no clue at all about business and economics, or that he dumped a stream of consciousness without bothering to spend five minutes thinking about it.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 10 September 2017 10:11:57PM 5 points [-]

If it is trivial to do better with a few moments of reflection then make with the interesting comments. I see your near universal non-specific disdainful comments as a significant part of why LW is less pleasant to post to.

Comment author: Lumifer 07 September 2017 12:00:09AM *  6 points [-]

I'm sorry, this is an armchair-businessing load of rubbish.

You write:

I have no idea about most of this.

This seems correct.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 08 September 2017 12:32:58AM 4 points [-]

Strongly disagree. I would be more enthused about lesswrong if it had more attempts at futurism.

Comment author: Elo 06 September 2017 11:56:59PM 0 points [-]

House rent prices exist because of the demand. If there were enough supply in housing there would be less demand and more would sit dormant.

When the raw materials are mined by robots, delivered by robots, manufactured into useful materials by robots, delivered by robots, manufactured into solar cells by robots, and the solar cells delivered and set up by robots... Then the solar cells will also be free. Along the way they will get cheaper and cheaper too.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 08 September 2017 12:32:24AM 1 point [-]

I recommend tabooing the word free in order to think more clearly.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 06 September 2017 07:52:25AM 0 points [-]

detecting previously addressed ideas is a major impediment due to non-obvious terminology.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 27 August 2017 08:52:04PM *  2 points [-]

news feed eradicator

delayed gratification

rescue time

Increase the delay on reward loops with your phone by activating developer settings and setting colorspaces to black and white and setting animation speeds to 2x or 5x. I tried going back to 2x after months with 5x and it felt palpably neurosis inducing.

Comment author: cousin_it 15 August 2017 01:54:54PM *  3 points [-]

My main problem is with the mood of your post, not its overt message. Maybe the best way is to explain how I think of moods.

All people are always in some kind of mood. How does it feel, right here right now, behind your eyes? Is there a whiff of joy, or boredom, or resentment, or emptiness? What flavor invisibly fills your head at this moment?

We nerds have trained ourselves to disregard moods in favor of facts. To accept the truth no matter how it makes us feel, and therefore ignore how we feel. Over time we can even learn to be depressed without realizing it! Few of us notice our own current flavor, much less use it in decision-making or change it consciously.

Think of an exciting person you know, someone who's a joy to be with. What you're feeling isn't some innate quality of that person, but rather the flavor they carry in their head, like a sparkly wine. It can be felt in everything they say or do. More likely than not, they have mental tricks to make the right flavor happen. Maybe you've had such moments yourself!

Now reread your post. It reflects your emotional state at the time of writing. Is that state good and worth sharing with the world? Or is it more of a bitter frustration that wants to cease, to replace itself with something happier? If so, why would you lead anyone else to feel it? After all, it's not the essence of you, nor something you must be faithful to, but just a temporary flavor in your head that you don't even like.

Focus on the space behind your eyes... notice the flavor that hangs there invisibly... and imagine a different flavor in its place, one that would make everything feel right. It's not easy or quick, especially if you've never tried to be creative with moods before, but it's amazing when it works. Everyone around you will feel it too, as soon as you smile :-)

Comment author: RomeoStevens 16 August 2017 03:12:09AM 0 points [-]

This is my favorite comment in a long while.

In response to The Unyoga Manifesto
Comment author: SquirrelInHell 04 August 2017 09:27:05PM 3 points [-]

Not directly related to rationality, but this approach should help with exercise akrasia (the post is about yoga, but generalizes to other forms of exercise), and that's always on topic.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 05 August 2017 05:59:07AM 5 points [-]

Doing yoga improved my rationality skills. If I were rewriting optimal exercise I'd add a section titled Retraining your Broken CNS.

Comment author: entirelyuseless 11 July 2017 02:11:59PM 0 points [-]

"I suspect it’s a type error to think of an ontology as correct or wrong."

Indeed. I mentioned that recently.

"This isn’t a challenge to reductionism."

Try harder, and you can make it into a pretty good one.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 12 July 2017 06:22:21PM 0 points [-]

Lossy compression isn't telos free though.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 12 July 2017 06:21:00PM 2 points [-]

You can play with this right now and simultaneously dissolve some negative judgements. Think about the function of psychics/fortune tellers in poor communities. What do you think is going on there phenomenologically when you turn off your epistemic rigor goggles? Also try it with prayer. What might you conclude about prayer if you were a detached alien? Confession is a pretty interesting one too. What game theoretic purpose might it be serving in a community of 150 people? I've found these types of exercises pretty valuable. Especially the less condescending I manage to be.

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