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Comment author: fmgn 10 August 2017 11:01:19PM 0 points [-]

"This of course makes me a deranged, non-thinking, Eliezer-worshiping fanatic for whom the singularity is a substitute religion."

Yes, it does. Seek professional help.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 26 April 2012 03:35:27AM 5 points [-]

no no no.

The moment I found out I was going to be on this show I would obtain two notarized contracts.

When the time comes to deliberate I whip out the first contract. It states that if I choose "split" I must donate $10k to the KKK + any prize money I get (the $10k at least is held in trust).

Then I ask my opponent to split, I whip out a second contract stating that any and all prize money I receive is going 100% to medical research. His choice now has nothing to do with money for me or him, only if the television studio keeps the money or if it goes to medical research.

I hope this is novel enough to land me a talk show appearance where I pimp my ebook on using cognitive science and game theory to improve your life.

Comment author: fmgn 19 July 2017 01:43:00AM 0 points [-]

And then your opponent still steals, gets all the money, and nothing goes to medical research. woopty doo.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 17 April 2009 08:29:46AM 4 points [-]

There is no such thing as instrumental rationality. What is the rational way to butter toast? Brew coffee? Drive a car? Raise a child? Conduct a particle physics experiment?

The rational way to do all of these things is to discover and do what it physically requires to achieve them. To be constrained by how the world is, as opposed, for example, to merely wishing for buttered toast, saying the name of God over the espresso machine, driving straight out into heavy traffic the first time you sit behind a steering wheel, beating a baby to make it stop crying, or neglecting the study of all the mathematics, physics, engineering, and management necessary to build and run the LHC.

I am not seeing the problem here. There is such an art, and OB and LW are about it.

Rather than racking their brains in an attempt to come up with something novel to say on the topic of abstract rationalism, we should encourage contributors to tell us about something they specialise in, to give us advice backed by evidence and reasoned argument about something they know a lot about, and to direct us to useful references wherein we may learn more.

I agree. We need war stories (if that's not an off-puttingly masculine way of describing it) in addition to generalities. "The Art must have a purpose other than itself."

Bodies creating software or hardware specifications sometimes make the following rule: no specification without implementation. Anyone proposing something for the spec must also demonstrate an implementation. The principle can be widely applied.

I don't have a war story to add to this post though. Today, like most working days, I will apply myself to various mathematical and programming tasks at work, but I doubt anyone wants to hear about finite element modelling or GUI design on LW. In the evening I will do various other things not of consequence here. Where is rationality being applied? Well, where would it not be being applied?

Comment author: fmgn 19 April 2017 09:17:50AM 1 point [-]

Masculinity isn't off-putting.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 12 April 2012 04:49:55PM 7 points [-]

Sadly, the AHTML markup syntax won't be available until 2017.

Comment author: fmgn 16 April 2017 08:44:32PM 2 points [-]

Still waiting.

Comment author: Aaron4 11 February 2008 04:11:44AM -1 points [-]

For what it's worth, I've always responded to questions such as "Is Pluto a planet?" in a manner more similar to Network 1 than Network 2. The debate strikes me as borderline nonsensical.

Comment author: fmgn 16 April 2017 10:03:12AM 0 points [-]

So is it a planet or not?

Comment author: Anastazia 11 June 2012 12:47:54AM 5 points [-]

But what causes others to welcome you is not always the best attitude. I also don't see why Aditya would kill him, as he wasn't a green and is likely to readily admit that the sky is blue.

Comment author: fmgn 16 April 2017 08:03:43AM 0 points [-]

"What causes others to welcome you" is almost always the right answer for anyone who lives in the real world and isn't a hermit.

Comment author: fmgn 16 April 2017 07:15:37AM 0 points [-]

Noise / sound exist independently of observation, at least so long as you subscribe to the idea that there exists an objective reality outside of your own mind. They are pressure waves transmitted through some medium.

The tree makes a sound, which no one hears.