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Abstraction

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An abstraction is a high-level concept that groups things together while not considering some of their differences.

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Un­der­con­strained Abstractions

Eliezer Yudkowsky4 Dec 2008 13:58 UTC
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What is Ab­strac­tion?

johnswentworth6 Dec 2019 20:30 UTC
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Whence Your Ab­strac­tions?

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Nov 2008 1:07 UTC
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Ab­strac­tion = In­for­ma­tion at a Distance

johnswentworth19 Mar 2020 0:19 UTC
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[Question] What is ab­strac­tion?

Adam Zerner15 Dec 2018 8:36 UTC
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Ab­strac­tion, Causal­ity, and Embed­ded Maps: Here Be Monsters

johnswentworth18 Dec 2019 20:25 UTC
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Causal Ab­strac­tion Intro

johnswentworth19 Dec 2019 22:01 UTC
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Defi­ni­tions of Causal Ab­strac­tion: Re­view­ing Beck­ers & Halpern

johnswentworth7 Jan 2020 0:03 UTC
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How to Throw Away In­for­ma­tion in Causal DAGs

johnswentworth8 Jan 2020 2:40 UTC
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Ex­am­ple: Markov Chain

johnswentworth10 Jan 2020 20:19 UTC
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Log­i­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Causal Models

johnswentworth21 Jan 2020 20:04 UTC
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(A → B) → A in Causal DAGs

johnswentworth22 Jan 2020 18:22 UTC
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For­mu­lat­ing Re­duc­tive Agency in Causal Models

johnswentworth23 Jan 2020 17:03 UTC
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Trace: Goals and Principles

johnswentworth28 Feb 2020 23:50 UTC
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Me­di­a­tion From a Distance

johnswentworth20 Mar 2020 22:02 UTC
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Noise Simplifies

johnswentworth15 Apr 2020 19:48 UTC
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In­te­grat­ing Hid­den Vari­ables Im­proves Approximation

johnswentworth16 Apr 2020 21:43 UTC
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In­tu­itions on Univer­sal Be­hav­ior of In­for­ma­tion at a Distance

johnswentworth20 Apr 2020 21:44 UTC
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Mo­ti­vat­ing Ab­strac­tion-First De­ci­sion Theory

johnswentworth29 Apr 2020 17:47 UTC
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Writ­ing Causal Models Like We Write Programs

johnswentworth5 May 2020 18:05 UTC
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Point­ing to a Flower

johnswentworth18 May 2020 18:54 UTC
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Public Static: What is Ab­strac­tion?

johnswentworth9 Jun 2020 18:36 UTC
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Carte­sian Boundary as Ab­strac­tion Boundary

johnswentworth11 Jun 2020 17:38 UTC
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Causal­ity Adds Up to Normality

johnswentworth15 Jun 2020 17:19 UTC
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The In­dex­ing Problem

johnswentworth22 Jun 2020 19:11 UTC
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Ab­strac­tion, Evolu­tion and Gears

johnswentworth24 Jun 2020 17:39 UTC
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Trace README

johnswentworth11 Mar 2020 21:08 UTC
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Align­ment By Default

johnswentworth12 Aug 2020 18:54 UTC
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[Question] Prob­lems In­volv­ing Ab­strac­tion?

johnswentworth20 Oct 2020 16:49 UTC
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Causal Ab­strac­tion Toy Model: Med­i­cal Sensor

johnswentworth11 Dec 2019 21:12 UTC
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Ex­am­ples of Causal Abstraction

johnswentworth12 Dec 2019 22:54 UTC
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Finite Fac­tored Sets

Scott Garrabrant23 May 2021 20:52 UTC
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The Flex­i­bil­ity of Ab­stract Concepts

lsusr2 Mar 2021 6:43 UTC
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Distributed Decisions

johnswentworth29 May 2022 2:43 UTC
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Re­duc­ing Agents: When ab­strac­tions break

Hazard31 Mar 2018 0:03 UTC
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Neu­ral net­works as non-leaky math­e­mat­i­cal abstraction

George3d619 Dec 2019 12:23 UTC
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(blog.cerebralab.com)

Ab­strac­tion is Big­ger than Nat­u­ral Abstraction

NicholasKross31 May 2023 0:00 UTC
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(www.thinkingmuchbetter.com)

See­ing the Ma­trix, Switch­ing Ab­strac­tions, and Miss­ing Moods

Raemon4 Jun 2019 21:08 UTC
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how 2 tell if ur in­put is out of dis­tri­bu­tion given only model weights

dkirmani5 Aug 2023 22:45 UTC
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Func­tors and Coarse Worlds

Scott Garrabrant30 Oct 2020 15:19 UTC
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Chaos In­duces Abstractions

johnswentworth18 Mar 2021 20:08 UTC
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Sav­ing Time

Scott Garrabrant18 May 2021 20:11 UTC
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Finite Fac­tored Sets: In­tro­duc­tion and Factorizations

Scott Garrabrant4 Jun 2021 17:41 UTC
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AXRP Epi­sode 9 - Finite Fac­tored Sets with Scott Garrabrant

DanielFilan24 Jun 2021 22:10 UTC
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Finite Fac­tored Sets: Con­di­tional Orthogonality

Scott Garrabrant9 Jul 2021 6:01 UTC
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Test­ing The Nat­u­ral Ab­strac­tion Hy­poth­e­sis: Pro­ject Update

johnswentworth20 Sep 2021 3:44 UTC
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What Does The Nat­u­ral Ab­strac­tion Frame­work Say About ELK?

johnswentworth15 Feb 2022 2:27 UTC
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When to use “meta” vs “self-refer­ence”, “re­cur­sive”, etc.

Alex_Altair6 Apr 2022 4:57 UTC
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AXRP Epi­sode 15 - Nat­u­ral Ab­strac­tions with John Wentworth

DanielFilan23 May 2022 5:40 UTC
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Nat­u­ral La­tents: The Math

27 Dec 2023 19:03 UTC
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As­sorted thoughts about ab­strac­tion

Adam Zerner5 Jul 2022 6:40 UTC
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What Makes an Idea Un­der­stand­able? On Ar­chi­tec­turally and Cul­turally Nat­u­ral Ideas.

16 Aug 2022 2:09 UTC
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Sapir-Whorf for Rationalists

[DEACTIVATED] Duncan Sabien25 Jan 2023 7:58 UTC
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Re­marks 1–18 on GPT (com­pressed)

Cleo Nardo20 Mar 2023 22:27 UTC
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Good on­tolo­gies in­duce com­mu­ta­tive diagrams

Erik Jenner9 Oct 2022 0:06 UTC
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Do we have the right kind of math for roles, goals and mean­ing?

mrcbarbier22 Oct 2022 21:28 UTC
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Trade­offs in com­plex­ity, ab­strac­tion, and generality

12 Dec 2022 15:55 UTC
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The Nat­u­ral Ab­strac­tion Hy­poth­e­sis: Im­pli­ca­tions and Evidence

CallumMcDougall14 Dec 2021 23:14 UTC
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No Ab­strac­tion Without a Goal

dkirmani10 Jan 2022 20:24 UTC
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Ab­stract con­cepts and met­al­in­gual defi­ni­tion: Does ChatGPT un­der­stand jus­tice and char­ity?

Bill Benzon16 Dec 2022 21:01 UTC
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To Be Par­tic­u­lar About Morality

AGO31 Dec 2022 19:58 UTC
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Agency As a Nat­u­ral Abstraction

Thane Ruthenis13 May 2022 18:02 UTC
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A Thor­ough In­tro­duc­tion to Abstraction

RohanS13 Jan 2023 0:30 UTC
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Ab­strac­tions as mor­phisms be­tween (co)algebras

Erik Jenner14 Jan 2023 1:51 UTC
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Towards Gears-Level Un­der­stand­ing of Agency

Thane Ruthenis16 Jun 2022 22:00 UTC
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Break­ing Down Goal-Directed Behaviour

Oliver Sourbut16 Jun 2022 18:45 UTC
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Ab­strac­tions as Re­dun­dant Information

johnswentworth13 Feb 2022 4:17 UTC
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De­liber­a­tion, Re­ac­tions, and Con­trol: Ten­ta­tive Defi­ni­tions and a Res­tate­ment of In­stru­men­tal Convergence

Oliver Sourbut27 Jun 2022 17:25 UTC
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One way to ma­nipu­late your level of ab­strac­tion re­lated to a task

Andy_McKenzie19 Aug 2013 5:47 UTC
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Analog­i­cal Rea­son­ing and Creativity

jacob_cannell1 Jul 2015 20:38 UTC
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[Question] Why would code/​English or low-ab­strac­tion/​high-ab­strac­tion sim­plic­ity or brevity cor­re­spond?

curi4 Sep 2020 19:46 UTC
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A re­for­mu­la­tion of Finite Fac­tored Sets

Matthias G. Mayer24 Jul 2023 13:02 UTC
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Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Nat­u­ral Modularity

Stephen Fowler25 Jun 2022 15:05 UTC
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Schematic Think­ing: heuris­tic gen­er­al­iza­tion us­ing Korzyb­ski’s method

romeostevensit14 Oct 2019 19:29 UTC
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Epistemic Mo­tif of Ab­stract-Con­crete Cy­cles & Do­main Expansion

Dalcy10 Oct 2023 3:28 UTC
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State, Art, Identity

musq25 Jan 2021 20:22 UTC
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A com­par­i­son of causal scrub­bing, causal ab­strac­tions, and re­lated methods

8 Jun 2023 23:40 UTC
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The Prag­mas­cope Idea

johnswentworth4 Aug 2022 21:52 UTC
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Embed­ded Agency via Abstraction

johnswentworth26 Aug 2019 23:03 UTC
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[Question] What is an agent in re­duc­tion­ist ma­te­ri­al­ism?

Valentine13 Aug 2022 15:39 UTC
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Ab­strac­tions and translation

Amir Bolous20 May 2021 2:45 UTC
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The Fun­da­men­tal The­o­rem for mea­surable fac­tor spaces

Matthias G. Mayer12 Nov 2023 19:25 UTC
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Re­search agenda: For­mal­iz­ing ab­strac­tions of computations

Erik Jenner2 Feb 2023 4:29 UTC
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