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Comment author: pepe_prime 13 September 2017 01:20:21PM 10 points [-]

[Survey Taken Thread]

By ancient tradition, if you take the survey you may comment saying you have done so here, and people will upvote you and you will get karma.

Let's make these comments a reply to this post. That way we continue the tradition, but keep the discussion a bit cleaner.

Comment author: fortyeridania 18 September 2017 05:37:45AM 9 points [-]


Comment author: fortyeridania 18 September 2017 03:15:14AM 3 points [-]

[Link] Stanislav Petrov has died (2017-05-19)

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Comment author: Erfeyah 15 September 2017 09:24:01PM *  2 points [-]

I was wondering if someone can point me to good LW's article(s)/refutation(s) of Searle's Chinese room argument and consciousness in general. A search comes up with a lot of articles mentioning it but I assume it is addressed in some form in the sequences?

Comment author: fortyeridania 18 September 2017 02:22:38AM 1 point [-]

I don't remember if the Sequences cover it. But if you haven't already, you might check out SEP's section on Replies to the Chinese Room Argument.

Comment author: ignoranceprior 11 September 2017 01:50:57AM 2 points [-]

According to this study, the law appears to be inaccurate for academic articles.

Comment author: fortyeridania 15 September 2017 07:23:27AM *  0 points [-]
  • Scholarly article

  • Title: Do scholars follow Betteridge’s Law?

  • Answer is no


Comment author: Elo 09 September 2017 10:33:07PM 1 point [-]

If the title is a question the answer is probably no.

In response to comment by Elo on Is Feedback Suffering?
Comment author: fortyeridania 11 September 2017 01:46:59AM 1 point [-]

I know this is Betteridge's law of headlines, but do you happen to know if it's accurate?

Comment author: fortyeridania 11 September 2017 01:40:37AM 3 points [-]

This was also explored by Benedict Evans in this blog post and this EconTalk interview, mentioned in the most recent feed thread.

Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 06 September 2017 01:33:25PM *  1 point [-]


This is literally doing PageRank, by hand, on books. There's got to be a better way

Comment author: fortyeridania 08 September 2017 08:29:33AM *  0 points [-]

True. I think Frum did this in law school, which he finished in 1987.

Comment author: fortyeridania 06 September 2017 06:53:52AM *  0 points [-]

In addition to what you've cited, here are some methods I've used and liked:

  1. Email professors to ask for recommendations. Be polite, concise, and specific (e.g., why exactly do you want to learn more about x?).

  2. David Frum says he used to pick a random book on his chosen topic, check which books kept showing up in the footnotes, then repeat with those books. A couple rounds yielded a good picture of who the recognized authorities were. (I pointed this out in a Rationality Quotes thread in 2015. Link: http://lesswrong.com/lw/lzn/rationality_quotes_thread_april_2015/c7qp.) Cons: This is time-consuming, sometimes requires physical access to many books you don't yet own, and tends to omit recent books.

Comment author: Rossin 05 September 2017 12:35:10AM 2 points [-]

Does anyone have any tips or strategies for making better social skills habitual? I'm trying to be more friendly, compliment people, avoid outright criticism, and talk more about other people than myself. I can do these things for a while, but I don't feel them becoming habitual as I would like. Being friendly to people I do not know well is particularly hard, when I'm tired I want to escape interaction with everyone except close friends and family.

Comment author: fortyeridania 05 September 2017 02:49:17AM 1 point [-]

but I don't feel them becoming habitual as I would like

Have you noticed any improvement? For example, an increase in the amount of time you feel able to be friendly? If so, then be not discouraged! If not, try changing the reward structure.

For example, you can explicitly reward yourself for exceeding thresholds (an hour of non-stop small talk --> extra dark chocolate) or meeting challenges (a friendly conversation with that guy --> watch a light documentary). Start small and easy. Or: Some forms of friendly interaction might be more rewarding than others; persist in those to acclimate yourself to longer periods of socialising.

There's a lot of literature on self-management out there. If you're into economics, you might appreciate the approach called picoeconomics:

Caution: In my own experience, building new habits is less about reading theories and more about doing the thing you want to get better at, but it's disappointingly easy to convince myself that a deep dive into the literature is somehow just as good; your experience may be similar (or it may not).

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