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Comment author: jollybard 01 December 2016 03:23:50AM 6 points [-]

Personally, I am still eagerly waiting for CFAR to release more of their methods and techniques. A lot of them seem to be already part of the rationalist diaspora's vocabulary -- however, I've been unable to find descriptions of them.

For example, you mention "TAP"s and the "Inner Simulator" at the beginning of this article, yet I haven't had any success googling those terms, and you offer no explanation of them. I would be very interested in what they are!

I suppose the crux of my criticism isn't that there are techniques you haven't released yet, nor that rationalists are talking about them, but that you mention them as though they were common knowledge. This, sadly, gives the impression that LWers are expected to know about them, and reinforces the idea that LW has become a kind of elitist clique. I'm worried that you are using this in order to make aspiring rationalists, who very much want to belong, come to CFAR events, to be in the know.

Comment author: kenzi 20 December 2016 06:28:13PM 0 points [-]

Here's a writeup on the Asana blog about Inner Simulator, based on a talk CFAR gave there a few years ago.

Comment author: Ruby 24 June 2014 01:21:47AM 2 points [-]

You are very kind, good sir.

Do me one more favour - share a thought you have in response to something I wrote. There is much to still be said, but there has been no discussion.

Comment author: kenzi 25 June 2014 01:14:50AM 1 point [-]

What parts of this thought-space are you still most confused about?

Comment author: kenzi 25 June 2014 01:14:21AM 2 points [-]

I've found it interesting to ask the question "if I could have any goals, then what goals would I have?" - gut-checking this with various forms of button test.

Comment author: kenzi 23 November 2013 01:48:19AM 24 points [-]

Done! Phew

Comment author: ChristianKl 28 May 2013 01:06:02PM 0 points [-]

For a seminar like that it's good to have an instructor ask you: "You look overloaded, if it's too much just take a pause." Of course that needs instructors who are percetive enough.

Comment author: kenzi 29 May 2013 07:14:59PM 2 points [-]

It's tricky to navigate this in the context of a class (which the person won't be able to re-take later, if they do step out). Outside of classes the opportunity cost is less stark, but it's not always easily afforded by the workshop environment / spatial layout.

One possible way to address this that's under discussion is adding (for example) an hour right after lunch which is "quiet time" where folks are encouraged to nap, journal, go over notes, exercise, meditate etc.

Comment author: [deleted] 29 May 2013 01:57:54AM 5 points [-]

Is CFAR's Paypal donation page not working for anyone else, or is it just me? Both monthly and one-time donations fail to process the transaction.

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Comment author: kenzi 29 May 2013 04:47:03PM 1 point [-]

Nope, you're not the only one. Yikes! Thanks for the heads up, we'll look into it.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 15 April 2013 09:47:00PM 22 points [-]


I don't think asking people already on LW is a good technique for getting a title that will likely attract new people. We would likely reference terms that only make sense to those who have already read them (indeed a lot of the suggestions so far are rationalist shibboleths/applause lights/puns, which are fun for us but unhelpful). And we know al the evidence about how bad people in general are at simulating other very different minds unless they have particular expertise.

Very few people here likely have the relevant expertise in marketing. Have you considered asking an outside specialist? A good title and marketing can make an orders of magnitude difference in impact (with the obvious implications for spreading ideas better).

Comment author: kenzi 16 April 2013 02:13:37AM 19 points [-]

My guess is that asking LWers actually is a good way to generate title ideas, because we already know what the book is about; then Luke can go try a bunch of them on non-LWers and figure out which ones don't turn off everyone else.

Comment author: asparisi 15 April 2013 11:46:33PM 2 points [-]

Is there anyone going to the April CFAR Workshop that could pick me up from the airport? I'll be arriving at San Francisco International at 5 PM if anyone can help me get out there. (I think I have a ride back to the airport after the workshop covered, but if I don't I'll ask that seperately.)

Comment author: kenzi 16 April 2013 01:36:39AM 10 points [-]

Hey; we (CFAR) are actually going to be running a shuttles from SFO Thursday evening, since the public transit time / drive time ratio is so high for the April venue. So we'll be happy to come pick you up, assuming you're willing to hang out at the airport for up to ~45 min after you get in. Feel free to ping me over email if you want to confirm details.