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Comment author: Tripitaka 02 October 2017 10:14:54PM 0 points [-]

Reading experience is rather abyssimal. Having just text-on-borderless-white is bad, the font could use some work, any structures for the eye to catch on etc.

In response to comment by [deleted] on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016
Comment author: niceguyanon 14 September 2016 01:32:28PM 4 points [-]

Unless you are wealthy being NEET is generally not a good thing IMO because you will feel crappy about being low status, and you will lack resources. Not sure what your definition of doing nothing is, but reasonable ones include eating at nice restaurants, expensive video games, gym memberships, courting mates, concerts, clothes, etc... doing nothing costs a fortune.

Comment author: Tripitaka 14 September 2016 03:52:17PM 1 point [-]

Also many of the more interesting eg fun things to do require quite a bit of money. Most forms of travelling, medical interventions, most hobbies like climbing/hiking/boardgames etc. etcetc.

Comment author: username2 25 May 2016 03:16:46PM 1 point [-]

I think I have seen it in Scott Aaronson's lecture notes.

Comment author: Tripitaka 25 May 2016 03:20:27PM 2 points [-]

Found it already. chinese instead of marys room yielded http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/01/book-review-and-highlights-quantum-computing-since-democritus/

If each page of the rule book corresponded to one neuron of a native speaker’s brain, then probably we’d be talking about a “rule book” at leas the size of the Earth, its pages searchable by a swarm of robots traveling at close to the speed of light. When you put it that way, maybe it’s not so hard to imagine this enormous Chinese-speaking entity that we’ve brought into being might have something we’d be prepared to call understanding or insight.

Comment author: gjm 25 May 2016 12:40:48PM -2 points [-]

When you say "mary's room", do you actually mean Chinese Room rather than Mary's Room?

Comment author: Tripitaka 25 May 2016 03:15:49PM 0 points [-]

Huh. Indeed and of course I obviously mean chinese room. Might be enough help, thanks!

Comment author: Tripitaka 25 May 2016 08:00:04AM -1 points [-]

I am not sure if I read it here or on SSC, but someone tried to estimate how a "mary's room" equivalent for the human brain would look like. A moon sized library on which robotic crawlers run around at decent fractions of c ...

Anybody having info on that?

Comment author: James_Miller 17 December 2015 07:35:34PM 1 point [-]

As a man approaching 50, I desperately hope this is true.

Comment author: Tripitaka 18 December 2015 12:34:38PM 2 points [-]

Unfortunately I have to retract my above statement, I checked https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3fri9a/ask_aubrey_de_grey_anything/ .

Q:Does it speed up the development timeline at all? A:Aubrey de Grey, SENS[S]: A lot, yes.

No concrete timeframe, but he also gives estimates:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3fri9a/ask_aubrey_de_grey_anything/ctr90ru

Seems as if he gives a 50yo has about 50% chance to be around when SENS comes.

Comment author: James_Miller 04 December 2015 03:03:38AM *  2 points [-]

I'm not a biologist, but am I right in thinking that Crispr could be the most important human innovation ever? This Wired article claims that a knowledgeable scientists thinks that the "off-target mutations are already a solved problem." Within a decade we should know a lot about the genetic basis of intelligence. Wouldn't it then probably be easy to create embryos that give birth to extremely smart people, far smarter than have ever existed?

Comment author: Tripitaka 17 December 2015 02:11:23PM 2 points [-]

Bit late but Aubrey de Grey in his latest reddit AMA estimates that Crispr/CAS9 cuts off about 20 (!) years of the SENS/immortality timeline.

Comment author: Fluttershy 02 December 2015 11:02:16AM *  4 points [-]

Since I sort of danced my around making the point I wanted to make, here's what I'd meant to say more bluntly:

  1. Are EAs unknowingly offending large swaths of the population when they proselytize too loudly?
  2. I think that people's social circles are more homogeneous than they might predict, such that EAs tend to be friends with an incredibly large number of potential EAs, and relatively few people incompatible with EA.
  3. Statement 2) can be the case even if there are very few potential EAs in the world.

Edit to add:

  1. The fact that people on the EA forums and elsewhere keep posting about how fun and easy running a fundraiser is makes me question if I'm living on the same planet as you all.
Comment author: Tripitaka 02 December 2015 11:09:47AM 2 points [-]

1) Yours is not the first account of being offended I have heard. Unfortunately it makes sense. Everyone thinks of themselves as "being a nice person", even if the only money they give to charity is a dollar a week to the homeless.

Pursuing the much loftier goal of eg. giving 10% attacks this fundamental identity basis; and since there is no argumentative recourse, they can only react on the emotional level. Its an immune response.

Comment author: [deleted] 25 November 2015 01:17:07AM 2 points [-]

Beware, anecdotal evidence ahead:

I use an e-cigarette, but I have never smoked cigarettes habitually (I've had about three in my lifetime). I do have a cigar once every six months or so. About once a week, I use my e-cigarette like I would use caffeine while gaming on the weekends. When I am using it for its stimulant effects, I prefer a high nicotine concentration. Other times, I use nicotine-free liquid because I enjoy the vapor and have a terrible habit of putting everything in my mouth. If I don't use the nicotine-free e-cigarette, I start eating paper, chewing on pens, biting my nails, or chewing my hair. It's embarrassing, and the e-cigarette has been the only workable solution.

I did go through a period of prolonged use, at a high nicotine concentration. The withdrawal was not fun. Now, if I find that I'm using it more than I like, I again take the same approach as with caffeine. I take a break of about two weeks, and that seems to help.

passive_fist's source seems to be legitimate, so I wouldn't recommend prolonged, habitual use. If you find that you enjoy the flavored vapor without nicotine, then you might consider that route.

Comment author: Tripitaka 26 November 2015 09:19:51AM 1 point [-]

I also have a terrible nailbiting problem whose advanced progression comes to a point that it needs a solution. Good to know about the e-cig helping.

Comment author: T3t 16 November 2015 11:39:13PM 1 point [-]

Has anybody donated a car to charity before (in the US? CA in particular, but I imagine it'll generalize outside of location-specific charities).

The general advice online is useful but not very narrowly-tailored. Couple points I'm looking for information on:

1) Good charities (from an EA perspective)

2) Clarification on the tax details (when car's fair market value is between $500 and $5000)

Would appreciate any advice.

Comment author: Tripitaka 18 November 2015 12:43:18PM 1 point [-]

Since you didnt receive a lot of feedback, my thoughts:

a) Take your highest ranking EA orgs and ask them if they would benefit from having a car available to them. Donate car to that NGO.

b) Sell car at market value and donate money.

No clue to taxes, not being US-based.

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