Tangentially related: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/RasFpce3fNZ8xp2T4/open-and-welcome-thread-november-2019?commentId=trSeGziLqLZ5jiAgv
I have read the entire “My big TOE” book/trilogy by Thomas Campbell. If at least three people promise to read my summary of it, I’ll write it up. Let me know how long you want the summary to be.
Super quick summary of the book: Thomas Campbell seems like a decently smart guy; he has a PhD in physics and works for the government. He claims his mind/consciousness can exist in and travel between multiple realities. In this book he explains his version of how the universe works, how it got started, why it’s here, and why we are here.
Personally, I found it mildly interesting. There are a lot of big claims, but it’s very hard to verify them. Tom is pretty upfront about it: his goal is to lay out a conceptual framework so that everyone can develop their own TOE (Theory of Everything). He doesn’t ask the reader to trust him or his version. At the same time, if you can’t trust it… it’s kind of like reading sci-fi.
I’m also happy to answer any questions about the book / author.
Kaj, first off, huge thank you for writing up all these posts on meditation. I don’t have time to read a lot of these books, but it’s good literature, so it’s perfect to get the summary from someone I can trust.
“Introspective awareness” sounds like the right object. Or, more specifically, it definitely feels like it’s describing my own experience. And my own, homegrown hypothesis was something like: consciousness is like an echo or picture-in-picture. We can get glimpses of “ourselves” because we can look at / load partial concepts of ourselves into the working memory.
Introspective awareness is its own type of mental object...
Wow, yes, yes, yes! My original fear with starting meditation was that it would remove certain experiences from my life. It felt like I’d lose something. And in the 7+ years I’ve done it, that just hasn’t happened. And now I have the precise language to describe it. That is exactly what happens for me: like, I can still see the suffering and all that, but it’s like it’s wrapped in a bubble, which still allows me to see the emotion/sensation exactly like I would before, but it loses the ability to instantly propagate its agenda to the rest of my system.
This kind of a process also teaches you to pay attention to patterns of cause and effect in your mind.
Yeah, I have seen this emphasized in various teachings, but I never actually practiced it. Probably some low hanging fruit here for me. I’ll try it out.
“first you resolve a lot of issues, but then you can get the ability to push down the rest” dynamic
One, I think the foremost goal for any type of meditation should be to learn to see what is there. (Just like with rationality.) So there’s no pushing or pulling or trying to change anything. And sometimes with bad feelings or headaches, I’ve noticed that simply paying attention to it (instead of flinching away) resolves it. It doesn’t make it “go away” or “block it”, it actually just unties the knot, so to speak.
Two, I think there are two orthogonal skills that get bucketed into “spiritual development.” One skill is insight (see MCTB for a good definition), but it’s basically the ability to see what’s going on in your mind. And that skill will eventually take you to enlightenment. The other skill is morality. And while some practices do empathize morality practice as well, I think in the classical western tradition (MCTB is a good example of this) we found paths to get to enlightenment without all other “unnecessary” stuff… like morality training. So you end up with people who are technically enlightened, but it doesn’t automatically make them good human beings. (I think this also resolves the confusion in one of the recent SSC posts.)
Use the power wisely. :)
I think some big life events fall into this category: being married, having a kid, having a close loved one pass away, dying yourself.
Welcome! Thank you for your posts!
Interesting! I’ll take a look.
You kind of lost me at the end. Isn’t part of the appeal of magic tricks that even though they are easy to learn, they still take work to master, and even if you could do it, you don’t, but you DO enjoy watching someone else perform them?
I think a related, but somewhat opposite observation is: we have more and more niches for everyone. For example, I often run into people who watch TV shows, even TV shows that are similar to what I watch (scifi, fantasy), but we still have zero overlap. That just couldn’t happen even 10 years ago. It’s not that they can’t watch my shows, or I theirs. It’s just we don’t.
Also this: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/XvN2QQpKTuEzgkZHY/being-the-pareto-best-in-the-world
It just occurred to me that with math, but especially with music theory, it’s hard to take notes in a digital system (like Workflowy), because you can’t easily draw symbols.
Just remembered today too.
Overall, I created about 30+ cards. (I think the number if more a function of how much time I spend learning new things rather than anything else.) Mostly the cards are about statistics + math, but today I started creating cards for music theory. I’m not as in love with the system as I thought I would be, but it definitely feels more like an addition rather than a replacement to my existing systems. I’m currently creating cards for things I normally wouldn’t write down. I think that’s a good thing.
Mostly I’ve just been adding cards. I think I only looked through the cards twice. But right now I’m rewatching some videos I watched earlier today, just so I can create the cards for the things I found useful, just so I can then go and apply them to the piece of music I’m writing. So, overall, it definitely seems useful.
I am happy for you. :)
Nice story. Do you feel like the boy, the elders, or the scientists?
Which tools are you talking about?
Yeah, I’m not sure how big the market is for a poker software. There aren’t that many people playing poker and a vast majority of them play it casually with no software. So even if you capture the entire market, it still might be only 1000 people or so.
As for people who say they are interested but then flake, Sebastian Marshall has the perfect word for them: jokers. Just ignore them immediately and move on. If someone wants to do business, you’ll feel it.
I did a web startup too for a few years. And everything took me longer than expected as well. Including authentication. It’s just a fact of life; but hopefully we can plan better now.
I guess that seems to me to be within the spirit of the game.
What information would you share that would give you an advantage? (Keep in mind that players are anonymous. Though I guess anyone could in theory de-anonymize themselves.)
No easy answers to these questions. Welcome to LessWrong where we try to figure it out.
I’d recommend reading the Sequences if you haven’t already.
I’m confused why you got downvoted so much over a joke.… sorry.