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Comment author: Daniel_Burfoot 03 July 2015 05:34:26PM *  0 points [-]

There was recently a lethal heat wave in Karachi.

If you go about 1000 meters below the surface of the ocean, the water gets very cold.

Why don't people try to cool off hot places by piping cold water up from the ocean? Or just bubbling air through the deep water?

Comment author: knb 04 July 2015 08:03:17AM *  0 points [-]

About a quarter of people in Pakistan regularly practice "open defecation" due to lack of access to basic plumbing infrastructure, which probably causes a much higher casualty rate than lack of access to air conditioning (old people are usually the casualties in heat waves, so the number of QALYs lost is much lower.) I know this isn't directly an answer to your question, but I'm trying to illustrate that there is a huge infrastructure gap in there.

Also, I'm not sure how you envision this working; just having open trenches of cold evaporating saltwater throughout the city?

Comment author: polymathwannabe 23 June 2015 07:44:16PM 0 points [-]

Can we look at Orbán's Hungary as a real-life laboratory of whether NRx works in practice?

Comment author: knb 28 June 2015 12:31:04AM *  1 point [-]

I recall reading somewhere (slatestarcodex, I think) that the neoreactionists have three main strains: ethnocentric, techno-futurist/capitalist, and religious-authoritarian. In light of that, I wonder if Israel isn't a better example than Hungary. Israel is technologically advanced but also a strict ethnostate with some theocratic elements. Like Hungary, Israel is probably too democratic to really qualify.

In response to Is Greed Stupid?
Comment author: knb 23 June 2015 10:57:20PM *  8 points [-]

I've read that "Wait but Why" post before, the author has a clear agenda, and you should take it with a big grain of salt. In one of the notes, the author uncritically reproduces the spurious conspiracy theory put forward in Who Killed the Electric Car without acknowledging that the claims in it have been thoroughly rebuffed (and frankly were never sensible to begin with).

I think the worst part of that article, which should totally discredit him on the topic, is his belief that electric cars have always been a viable competitor to gas cars. Huge advances in computers, chemistry, aerodynamics, metallurgy, and materials science were needed to get us to where we are, with electric cars just now starting to become a viable alternative to ICE. He seriously makes the claim that it was just a coincidence; Henry Ford happened to like ICE, so all the other automakers in the world obeyed the will of Ford and stopped developing electric vehicles even though they were just as promising. The author shows no understanding of the underlying technology, so it isn't surprising he made this mistake.

Not get a sense of purpose out of your career.

Not get a sense of purpose from solving extremely challenging science and engineering problems to produce the fuel that keeps civilization from collapsing?

Comment author: Clarity 18 June 2015 04:27:26AM *  1 point [-]

POV cams are shaky

Comment author: knb 18 June 2015 09:17:10AM 3 points [-]

POV results in jarring perspective changes and it makes it harder for the viewer to orient themselves and understand what is going on. Historically there were also technical obstacles, but steadicam + digital video make it more feasible. Another problem is it makes staging more difficult for obvious reasons.

A good example of POV film-making is the British comedy Peep Show, which I found almost unwatchable at first because of the jarring shifts in perspective. Still a great show, but the POV is mostly a gimmick you have to get used to rather than a benefit:

Peep Show's unique "point of view" shooting style was one of the reasons for its success, but it also stopped it being a breakout hit, said one of the team behind it.

"It made it feel original and fresh and got it commissioned for a second series, but it stopped it from being a breakout hit and stopped it finding a bigger audience," said Andrew O'Connor, chief executive of production company Objective Productions.

Comment author: Princess_Stargirl 10 June 2015 04:12:41AM 6 points [-]

A possible dark explanation:

-The main reason people cared about lesswrong was that Scott and Elizier posted on lesswrong. Neither posts on lesswrong anymore. Unless some equally impressive thinkers can be recruited to post on LW the site will not recover.

Comment author: knb 16 June 2015 08:51:05PM 4 points [-]

I'll weigh in and say that neither Scott nor Eliezer were much of an incentive for posting on LW. Mostly I like the high standards of discussion in the comments, and the fact that there is a much lower inferential distance on many important topics.

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 11 June 2015 10:09:33AM *  2 points [-]

I think I learned what I needed to learn about Moldbug and neoreaction based on his reaction to Scott's post. "Intellectual progress" is when you engage with your critics.

Comment author: knb 16 June 2015 08:45:16PM 0 points [-]

Agreed. It would have been interesting to see a back and forth between those two. Scott's open-mindedness would have made him an ideal interlocutor for Moldbug; he missed a great opportunity there.

Comment author: Elo 15 June 2015 04:21:10AM *  0 points [-]

not because she excelled at it compared with competitors. A mediocre but extroverted and opinionated woman willing to take risks could step into the void of the time and assume that title.

Sounds like you described her "excelling at it compared with competitors" exactly one sentence after that sentence. Sure she might not have been the best that the movement could take a hold of but according to that description she did excel at it compared to her competitors.

Can you be more clear about what you meant to say?

Disclaimer: I have no idea who this person is.

Comment author: knb 15 June 2015 07:49:29AM *  4 points [-]

O'Hair really is an interesting minor historical figure and also probably was the worst spokesperson American atheism possibly could have had, at least after the death of Jim Jones. She at one point attempted to defect to the Soviet Union because she approved of its official state atheism (which included brutal persecution of Christians, of course.) The Soviets rejected her, having been burned by western militant-atheist defectors before, like the Jonestown crew and of course, Lee Harvey Oswald. She also deliberately antagonized members of the media and publicly disowned her son when he converted to Christianity.

Comment author: hairyfigment 15 June 2015 06:47:56AM -2 points [-]

filing harassing lawsuits against local governments for alleged breaches of church-state separation.

Can you name one that you think was plainly wrong? Because you're talking about a murder victim, which may explain why "no one wanted" her job.

Comment author: knb 15 June 2015 07:33:56AM 2 points [-]

Since she was killed and mutilated by a fellow atheist, are you implying no one wanted her job because so many atheists are killers and associating with fellow atheists is dangerous?

Comment author: DeVliegendeHollander 10 June 2015 07:41:24AM 0 points [-]

Why would Friendly AI need to be fully artificial? Just upload a Verified Nice Person and throw a lot of hardware on him/her?

Comment author: knb 11 June 2015 04:44:04AM 1 point [-]

I don't think a human running at even 1000x speed would be able to take over the world. Also, from the upload's perspective, a century passes every ~5 weeks; how likely are the upload's values and personality to remain stable for one sidereal year?

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 10 June 2015 07:39:06PM *  1 point [-]

Link: Complexity-Induced Mental Illness

My personal estimate is that 75% of adults are suffering from some sort of serious mental problem because the human interface to life is broken. In the year 2015, life serves up a level of complexity and unrelenting stimulation that most folks can’t handle it, and I believe it is frying our brains.

I think he is right and that's an actual insight. The typical mind fallacy would suggest that you wouldn't notice that if it doesn't apply to you and esp. on LW I'd guess that most people can deal with a lot of complexity. Can you?

Everyday complexity totally kills me I can't see any complexity in everyday life

Total sidenote: Scott Adams Blog has a cute function when copying text: After copying (^C) )a whole paragraph it automatically adds a reference URL to the post in the clipboard. I couldn't quickly find out how its done but it's a nice feature to have for a blog.


Comment author: knb 11 June 2015 02:16:31AM 1 point [-]

Total sidenote: Scott Adams Blog has a cute function when copying text: After copying (^C) )a whole paragraph it automatically adds a reference URL to the post in the clipboard. I couldn't quickly find out how its done but it's a nice feature to have for a blog.

I think this is becoming more common, the Marginal Revolution blog has been doing this for some time.

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