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Comment author: jamesf 22 January 2017 08:43:04PM 1 point [-]

Some of the weird suns are into postrationality, as I would define it, but most of them aren't. (That, or, they keep their affiliation with postrationality secret, which is plausible enough given their commitment to opsec.)

I would add The Timeless Way of Building to the list of primary texts, Chistopher Alexander has been a huge influence for many of us.

Comment author: Davidmanheim 26 December 2014 06:24:01PM 1 point [-]

Can you explain what this is, or who is doing it?

Comment author: jamesf 31 December 2014 03:28:46AM 0 points [-]

It's pretty much exactly what it looks like; multicolored pseudonymous suns that tweet funny and strange and sometimes-insightful stuff to each other, relying heavily on rationalist memes. I think the original was Instance Of Class, then other people made a bunch of similar ones because it's fun, and now it's a whole Thing. The real identities of the suns aren't made public.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 December 2014 08:26:20AM 1 point [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: jamesf 02 December 2014 05:35:34AM *  1 point [-]

Reminder that Weird Sun Twitter exists.

(Edited link because Unit Of Selection is apparently deactivated)

Comment author: jamesf 15 September 2014 12:25:05AM 0 points [-]

I think I've been doing something like this for a long time, but imagining the simulated decision-maker as a "Ghost of Agency and Making Things Better" rather than an idealized version of myself. People seemed to find that a lot more confusing than this, though, so I'm going to start describing it this way instead.

Comment author: jamesf 31 August 2014 10:08:31PM 14 points [-]

"checking the name of the writer Ooookay, this article about appearance is written by a woman. As was expected. It's probably not worth to read it..."

The best way to get me to actually throw charity out the window, is to imply that I'm likely to throw charity out the window because I explicitly thought a dumb thing relating to your personal characteristics.

Comment author: gwern 04 August 2014 07:06:18PM 3 points [-]

Would 'Google Scholar' be too glib an answer here?

Comment author: jamesf 04 August 2014 07:42:53PM 2 points [-]

It gave me mostly psychological and physiological correlates. I'm interested more in behavioral and social/economic things. I suppose you can get from the former to the latter, though with much less confidence than a directly observed correlation.

Your answer is exactly as glib as it should be, but only because I didn't really specify what I'm curious about.

Comment author: jamesf 04 August 2014 05:36:21PM 2 points [-]

Suppose you wanted to find out all the correlates for particular Big Five personality traits. Where would you look, besides the General Social Survey?

Comment author: jamesf 09 July 2014 04:10:22AM 1 point [-]

Meta: I don't think questions need to have "[QUESTION]" in the title. That's what the question mark does.

Comment author: gothgirl420666 12 March 2014 08:06:12PM 0 points [-]

Piece one says that you don't seem to enjoy coding.

I don't know if this is really true about me. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it, to be honest. I've pretty much hated it in college, but this might just be because of the way the courses are taught.

Something that is called a marketable skill (BFA isn't it) which will allow you to become employed after graduation.

What are other examples of marketable skills to you?

As an aside, while I know and accept the fact that statistically BFA pays pretty poorly and has relatively high unemployment, I don't understand it. Every company in the world needs a designer in some form or another. Who needs an anthropologist, a philosopher, a historian, a sociologist, a psychologist, etc.? And yet we are told that getting a college degree is definitely a good idea. Maybe there are a whole pool of white-collar jobs that have nothing to do with any particular major, but are only available to people who can signal their intelligence in a way that art majors can't?

Comment author: jamesf 14 March 2014 12:01:25AM 0 points [-]

I've pretty much hated it in college, but this might just be because of the way the courses are taught.

This was sort of my experience. Buy the right books and build interesting projects in the time you would be spending on classes, and you'll probably enjoy it a lot more. You don't need a degree in computer science to get a job as a software engineer; some experience/projects and the broad, shallow knowledge required to do well in typical interviews (and all those other interviewing skills I suppose) are enough.

You sound like you might enjoy Hacker School, by the way.

Comment author: jimrandomh 07 March 2014 12:43:33AM 9 points [-]

Nope. I say p~=10%.

  • The Newsweek article mentions that there are several people named Satoshi Nakamoto
  • No evidence that Dorian Nakamoto programs or has programmed
  • The reporter tells a straightforwardly false narrative of when and why Bitcoin Satoshi left, which makes me think she's not honest in general
  • Bitcoin Satoshi was privacy conscious from the beginning, as evidenced by using vistomail for his email address and registered bitcoin.org through a proxy
  • The only writing sample of Dorian Nakamoto I've seen (an email about model trains) is a mismatch
  • Dorian Nakamoto is old
  • Dorian Nakamoto isn't wealthy
Comment author: jamesf 07 March 2014 01:40:05AM 0 points [-]

The only writing sample of Dorian Nakamoto I've seen (an email about model trains) is a mismatch

The writing may have been done by another person. The original story was that Satoshi Nakamoto is an unknown, positive number of people; is that a worse hypothesis now?

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