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Comment author: ChristianKl 21 August 2017 01:09:20PM 2 points [-]

The fact that you engage with the article and share it, might suggest to the author that he did everything right. The idea that your email will discourage the author from writing similar articles might be mistaken.

Secondly, calling autonomous weapons killer robots isn't far of the mark. The policy question of whether or not to allow autonomous weapons is distinct from AGI.

Comment author: moridinamael 21 August 2017 04:52:46PM *  0 points [-]

The type of engagement that the writer of the article wants is the kind the leads to sharing. If Tenoke is specifically stating their intent not to share the content, it's not a viral kind of engagement. There is a big difference between seeing a quote-with-retweet captioned "This is terrible!" and receiving a private email telling them to stop.

Comment author: disconnect 15 August 2017 01:36:15PM 0 points [-]

People who become passionate about meditation tend to say that the hardest part is encountering "dark things in your mind".

What do meditators mean by this?

Comment author: moridinamael 16 August 2017 01:40:03AM 2 points [-]

Possibly they mean more than one thing, but the primary concept that jumps to mind is known as the "dark night". The aim of many meditation practices is to become aware of the contents of consciousness to the extent that those contents lose any emotional valence and become meaningless objects. In the long term this makes the meditator extremely equanimous and calm and detached, in a good way. In the medium term, before the changes have properly sunk in, it can result in a semi-detachment from reality where everything seems meaningless but in a very bad way.

I think I may have touched the edges of such phenomena. It is indeed unpleasant, and probably contributed to my cutting down my meditation by a lot.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 August 2017 08:16:40AM 0 points [-]

Podcasts Thread

Comment author: moridinamael 04 August 2017 06:52:02PM 0 points [-]

I visited with the good folks on the Bayesian Conspiracy podcast. We discussed the ideas from Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott.

Comment author: moridinamael 30 July 2017 04:03:01PM *  2 points [-]

I'm familiar with some of these ideas, so those did feel like handshakes from old acquaintances. The problem I've always had with this type of material is the gap between understanding it and installing it. When I found it, I thought NVC seemed profound, true, and very useful, I consumed a large volume of said material, and I think it has probably not influenced my behavior at all in the long run. Without some kind of nontrivial training program in implementation of this type of knowledge, I'm kind of in a state of despair of every really taking advantage of it.

Comment author: Elo 28 July 2017 07:45:28PM 1 point [-]

Where did you find this list?

Comment author: moridinamael 28 July 2017 09:22:24PM 2 points [-]

Near the bottom of the article Kaj links in his post.

Here's the list: curious, gentle, playful, healthy, balanced, funny, sensual, witty, honest, steadfast, scintillating, courageous, thoughtful, flirtatious, organized, loyal, creative, wise, kind, loving, deep, impeccable, social, considerate, centered, thorough, useful, responsive, adventurous, passionate.

Obviously there are others you could think of, but that seemed like a pretty good starting point to me.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 27 July 2017 10:53:04PM 3 points [-]

Something like that should be possible and indeed the book devotes time to discussing ways of creating new positive self-concepts; there's also discussion about taking existing positive concepts and making them stronger.

That said, something one may consider is that the claim is that concepts also create behavior - so if there is any concept that you think has positive affect but which you wouldn't necessarily want to actively be like, you may want to be cautious about installing it. (especially since it may conflict with existing self-concepts; there's a bit of discussion about "congruence checks" you might want to do before changing your concepts. When I was thinking of inserting the memory with the ring into a self-concept of kindness, there was that initial resistance - a failed congruence check suggesting I should fix the existing conflicting content first)

Comment author: moridinamael 28 July 2017 01:23:39PM 2 points [-]

That makes sense. I can see how a deep felt certainty that you're already awesome and perfect exactly as you are could have pathological consequences. I'll be careful. =)

Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 27 July 2017 08:25:57PM 1 point [-]

What definition of munchkin/minmax are you referring to? I've heard the terms before but this usage isn't clear and seems pretty specific

Comment author: moridinamael 27 July 2017 08:58:50PM 3 points [-]

For example, I immediately copied over the list of positive affects that it's theoretically possible to have toward yourself and started planning how to systematically install all of them, one by one.

Comment author: moridinamael 27 July 2017 02:00:20PM 3 points [-]

Did anybody else immediately start trying to think of how to munchkin/minmax this technique?

Comment author: moridinamael 06 July 2017 05:56:14PM 4 points [-]

I suspect that the Utilitarian assumption which places happiness and suffering as two ends of the same axis is a mistake. Treating suffering as negative happiness doesn't feel consistent with my experience as a conscious entity.

Reducing suffering seems good. Increasing happiness seems good. Trading off suffering and happiness as if they are opposites, or even mutually fungible, seems highly questionable.

Comment author: username2 12 June 2017 08:33:30AM 0 points [-]

Or don't have $500.

Comment author: moridinamael 12 June 2017 02:09:21PM 1 point [-]

True, but then they should counteroffer something they can afford, like $1 to $50, since they should be eager to rake in the "free money".

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