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Comment author: cousin_it 11 July 2017 09:23:38PM *  6 points [-]

“Happiness is the feeling that power increases—that resistance is being overcome.”

When I go to a water park and have a splash fight with my friends, I feel happy. It's not about power and it doesn't require getting fit or rich first.

The LW life aesthetic, centered around individual hard work, is a good idea for most people. Unfortunately it might be harmful to precisely the people who are most attracted to it. We'd be better served by a different aesthetic, one that fulfilled the desires we don't want to acknowledge. I imagine it as something with lots of fireworks, and sex, and stupidity, and laughing, and stories you'd want to tell afterward, instead of saying "Yesterday was my 1319th day of not eating the marshmallow. It was a good day!"

Comment author: ZankerH 13 July 2017 09:48:00AM *  1 point [-]

Sounds like you need to work on that time preference. Have you considered setting up an accountability system or self-blackmailing to make sure you're not having too much fun?

Comment author: fubarobfusco 28 June 2017 03:29:16PM 2 points [-]

Are you claiming that a being must be a moral agent in order to be a moral patient?

Comment author: ZankerH 29 June 2017 09:27:52AM *  1 point [-]

Yes, with the possible exception of moral patients with a reasonable likelihood of becoming moral agents in the future.

Comment author: Zarm 26 June 2017 11:11:40PM *  2 points [-]

I'm extremely surprised that the percentage of vegans here is only slightly higher than the general public. I would consider myself an aspiring rationalist and I've had countless, countless arguments over the subject of animal rights and from everything I've found (which is a whole lot), the arguments side heavily towards veganism. I can literally play bingo with the responses I get from the average person, that's how reoccurring the rationalizations are. I can go on in much, much greater extant as to why veganism is a good idea, and from posts and comments I've seen on here, it seems that most people on here don't actually know too much about it, but for this I'm going to leave it at this.

Now, I'm not addressing those that say morality is subjective and those that live solely for themselves.

For those that DO think unnecessary suffering is wrong and have other altruistic tendencies, what is your perspective on veganism?

Comment author: ZankerH 27 June 2017 12:17:54PM *  5 points [-]

Meat tastes nice, and I don't view animals as moral agents.

Comment author: Thomas 05 June 2017 03:24:57PM 0 points [-]

Good enough, congratulations!

The next (week) question might be, how to optimally produce an arbitrary large number out of zero. For example, 15 lines is enough to produce 23142314. But is this the minimum?

Comment author: ZankerH 05 June 2017 05:46:32PM 0 points [-]

Define "optimal". Optimizing for the utility function of min(my effort), I could misuse more company resources to run random search on.

Comment author: Thomas 05 June 2017 01:28:39PM 0 points [-]

You can't even shift by 1. You have to create 1 first, out of zero. Just like God.

Comment author: ZankerH 05 June 2017 02:21:54PM 1 point [-]

In which case, best I can do is 10 lines

MakeIntVar A
Inc A
Inc A
Inc A
Inc A
Comment author: Thomas 05 June 2017 01:13:42PM 0 points [-]

You can't do

Shl A, 5

You must first create 5 in a variable, say B.

Comment author: ZankerH 05 June 2017 01:20:58PM *  0 points [-]

Well, that does complicate things quite a bit. I threw those lines out of my algorithm generator and the frequency of valid programs generated dropped by ~4 orders of magnitude.

Comment author: Thomas 05 June 2017 08:12:41AM 0 points [-]
Comment author: ZankerH 05 June 2017 01:04:37PM *  0 points [-]

Preliminary solution based on random search

MakeIntVar A
Inc A
Shl A, 5
Inc A
Inc A
Inc A
Shl A, 1

I've hit on a bunch of similar solutions, but 2 * (1 + 34^2) seems to be the common thread.

Comment author: Thomas 05 June 2017 08:12:41AM 0 points [-]
Comment author: ZankerH 05 June 2017 11:44:27AM *  0 points [-]

Define "shortest". Least lines? Smallest file size? Least (characters * nats/char)?

Comment author: madhatter 26 April 2017 06:07:13AM *  3 points [-]

Suppose it were discovered with a high degree of confidence that insects could suffer a significant amount, and almost all insect lives are worse than not having lived. What (if anything) would/should the response of the EA community be?

Comment author: ZankerH 27 April 2017 07:48:12AM *  1 point [-]

My mental model of what could possibly drive someone to EA is too poor to answer this with any degree of accuracy. Speaking for myself, I see no reason why such information should have any influence on future human actions.

Comment author: Lumifer 06 April 2017 12:43:01AM 1 point [-]

I think this value is overrated.

Necessary for a clerk. Less necessary if you don't expect to be one.

Comment author: ZankerH 06 April 2017 08:53:29AM 1 point [-]

I'd argue that this is not the case, since the vast majority of people who don't expect to be "clerks" still end up in similar positions.

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