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Comment author: tgb 02 November 2013 01:55:00AM 4 points [-]

Mogwai is an obvious recommend based off of that, and their new album is coming out soon: you can hear one track from it here, but it's a little more electronic than their typical.

Kashiwa Daisuke is pretty good, though about half the time it plays I can't be bothered and skip it and the other half I love it. I think Stella is their best.

God is an Astronaut has some good songs somewhat similar to some Explosions in the Sky as it's more electronic than most post-rock. All is Violent, All is Bright is a highly approachable album of theirs. These guys got me into post rock but I don't listen to them that much these days. Maybe I should.

And Mon has a number of good songs like this one.

And Sigur Ros has some great ones, like Hopipolla and Glosoli. Really a charming band. Too bad their original music video for Hopipolla is no longer on youtube apparently as it was rather endearing.

Some other bands that I haven't gotten into but that a friend keeps recommending are 65daysofstatic and Caspian. Sweek might also be worth a try.

Well, that just about exhausts the sum total of my post-rock knowledge. I think it was your recommendation of World's End Girlfriend got me onto them, so thanks! Their best songs are among my absolute favorites now.

Comment author: iDante 02 November 2013 03:21:44AM 0 points [-]

This is really great, thanks :D

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 November 2013 08:32:39PM 0 points [-]

Music Thread

Comment author: iDante 02 November 2013 12:38:40AM 2 points [-]

Previously people recommended me Evpatoria Report based on my liking for Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You!, and World's End Girlfriend. Any more excellent post-rock I ought to hear?

Totally unrelated: I really like metal. Here (Album art NSFW) are some of my favorites. More?

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 November 2013 08:32:27PM 1 point [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: iDante 02 November 2013 12:27:44AM *  11 points [-]

I've been reading this awesome web serial called Worm. Highly recommend if you want some action and suspense. There's a bit of rationality business in there as well, but it's spaced out and the story is long. I see it's been recommended previously on here as well.

Comment author: sixes_and_sevens 14 October 2013 04:13:20PM *  7 points [-]

I would like recommendations for a small, low-intensity course of study to improve my understanding of pure mathematics. I'm looking for something fairly easygoing, with low time-commitment, that can fit into my existing fairly heavy study schedule. My primary areas of interest are proofs, set theory and analysis, but I don't want to solve the whole problem right now. I want a small, marginal push in the right direction.

My existing maths background is around undergrad-level, but heavily slanted towards applied methods (calculus, linear algebra), statistics and algorithms. My knowledge of pure maths is pretty fractured, not terribly coherent, and mostly exists to serve the applied areas. I am unlikely to undertake any more formal study in pure mathematics, so if I want to consolidate this, I'll have to do it myself.

This came to my attention as I've recently started teaching myself Haskell. This is mostly an intellectual exercise, but at some point in the future I would like to work with provable systems. I can recognise the homology between some constructs in Haskell and mathematical objects, but others I don't notice until they're explicitly pointed out. I get the very strong impression that my grasp on functional programming would be a lot more powerful if I had a stronger grounding in pure maths.

Comment author: iDante 14 October 2013 07:32:39PM 4 points [-]

If you like Haskell's type system I highly recommend learning category theory. This book does a good job. Category theory is pretty abstract, even for pure math. I love it.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2013 07:39:44PM 2 points [-]

Nonfiction Books Thread

Comment author: iDante 03 October 2013 04:40:32PM 2 points [-]

Has anyone read The Reason I Jump? Was it good?

Comment author: iDante 27 September 2013 03:07:37AM 1 point [-]

A shot of an abandoned chess board with the king toppled (optional: and a robot hand shaking with a human).

or

A chess board with one grain of rice on the corner, two next to it, then four, (...) until the board and surrounding world is rice.

I'd go for chess or similar since people already associate chess with "computers are better than humans at this game of smarts." Still, it's cliched so maybe you want something less so. As for the examples, 1 will look really campy, 2 is uninteresting, 3 is okay, and 4 is good.

Comment author: iDante 20 September 2013 05:21:02AM 0 points [-]

Just to confirm, it's undergraduate CSE honors? Have you taken an AI course?

My initial impression is that you'll have trouble doing something specifically related to FAI, but it depends on your background.

Comment author: Crux 15 September 2013 10:35:55PM *  1 point [-]

Why did you learn more about physics from school than you would have on your own? Was it because of the external motivation? Or was it because the quality of instruction was better than if you had made use of whichever textbook got the best reviews on Amazon, and then asked questions on Physics Forums?

Comment author: iDante 16 September 2013 01:20:14AM *  3 points [-]

External motivation is a huge part. Part of it is just the fact that my entire job right now is to learn physics and impress professors. Much of my learning happens in class, but much of it also happens in the labs that I work and from the grad students that I bother. Another overlooked advantage is the enormous group of peers who are learning the exact same material as me at the same time as me. Physics forums doesn't even come close to this utility. (edit edit: ##physics on freenode is pretty good source too)

This all combined is well worth the price tag to me. For others it may not be; I'm just one data point after all ;)

edit: lots of people don't take advantage of their university of course, but they tend to be the sort on the bottom end, not the top, which is who I think you're addressing.

Comment author: iDante 15 September 2013 10:00:32AM 0 points [-]

I took intro physics and math courses 2 years ago and intro CSE 1 year ago at a large American public school.

The physics classes are easy. I mean, really easy. You don't need instructor interaction or TA help to perfect every test in intro physics courses. It's the same for intro calculus, with the caveat that you need to be good at algebra or quick with a TI-89 to perfect calc. I had a lot of fun in physics, and I had a great professor who effectively used clickers by passing around a sheet with big numbers printed on it. He'd ask us a multiple-choice question and we'd fold/display our answer.

CSE was a little different, since there's homework to be done and it was harder to get a 4.0. This one will vary from school to school more than physics I think.

Comment author: Crux 15 September 2013 01:09:42AM *  3 points [-]

Nobody who knows what they're talking about would ever suggest going to college for the purpose of getting an education. We have the Internet for that. If you need structure in your life (e.g., forced to wake up early 5x/week), or you need motivation (e.g., want to learn math but keep procrastinating), or something like that, and a degree would help you out (e.g., because you're young and you're looking for an entry-level position in a particular industry), then by all means, go to college. But if you just want to learn, then you're wasting your time.

Think about it this way. Not even getting into the messed up incentive structure of the university system, just consider how random your professors are. You're confined to a particular university in a particular location. On the Internet, on the other hand, you can go wherever you want, and find the particular niche community you need for what you're working on. And with this, we come to a more direct answer to your question: Reading Less Wrong would probably be much more useful than taking whatever college course you would end up in on the subjects most relevant here (basic epistemology, etc), but if you want to start learning math or physics for example, then Less Wrong wouldn't be of much use, and instead you'd want to for example check out Amazon for textbook reviews, and then head on over to a good forum on the topic (Physics Forums, perhaps?).

Comment author: iDante 15 September 2013 03:11:33AM 6 points [-]

I've learned more about physics from school than I would have learned on my own, and I think your comment is pessimistic. University has advantages over the internet, even if your goal is simply to learn material.

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