Why? What happened?
I like this but does not it get a bit confusing if you are using also slash chords?
That’s great, I subscribed and looking forward to it!
Thank you very much for writing this.
I have struggled with entropy since I first studied it in high school. I was taught that entropy measures “disorder” or the “chaos” in a system. I was totally disconcerted by the units (Joules/Kelvin), because I couldn’t grasp it intuitively, the same way I could reason, for instance, about speed. I searched for a long time for an answer. Everything became much clearer (I remember this as a revelation) once I read “A farewell to Entropy”, by Arieh Ben-Naim. According to the author, the only reason entropy is measured in J/K (in thermodynamics) is historical: we have different units for temperature and energy because the temperature was defined at a time when we did not understand very well the kinetic theory (Temperature should be in fact, measured in Joules) By using Joules for temperature, the entropy of a thermodynamic system would become in fact unitless, and the later connection with the entropy from information theory would have been much easier to draw (apparently people have discussed much that they are different things). In fact, it seems that the reason why we use the term entropy in Information Theory is that Von Neumann suggested Shannon use the term since a similar concept had been applied in statistical mechanics “but nobody understood it really well”.
I don’t know if the above statements are controversial and some physicists would strongly disagree with what I wrote, but in any case, “A Farewell to Entropy” does a great job at explaining what entropy means with very simple math.
I think you are talking about Grice’s maxims
And this is the type of content I want to see more of in LW.
I am not surprised anymore by the low quality of some papers published in top-tier journals
They are escalating now
Sorry, I think I wasn’t clear enough. I meant that my threshold to downvote an AI related post was somehow lower, not that I was downvoting them indiscriminately.
I’m a 100% with you. I don’t like the current trend of LW becoming a blog about AI, and much less about a blog about how AGI doom is inevitable, (and in my opinion there have been too many blog posts about that, with some exceptions of course). I have found myself lately downvoting AI related posts more easily and upvoting content non related to AI more easily too
Ok, nothing else to add. I do agree in fact, let’s not make LW about politics
This is a good time to revisit “The Dictator’s Handbook”
You should think about making this a top-level post. Having talked to a few of my pro-Russian friends/acquaintances (mostly Russians and Serbians), I cannot stress how on point this analysis is. I experienced what you describe here very well, the fact that they “breathe” a different model of the world.
I also noticed that they all fall prey to the same failure mode (related to the Fallacy of Grey):
Everyone knows that Russian news is bullshit and we don’t believe them ourselves
But everyone also knows that “All” news is bullshit, including your Western propaganda.
Given that all news is bullshit, it is impossible to know what is right or wrong, so I prefer to continue believing whatever is more convenient for me
Ethereum Merge happening is less than 3 days now
Strong upvote. Those are very good examples. I think that many of the so called irrational actions are in fact pretty rational and what fails is the framework we use to judge them. I wrote a post some time ago touching on a similar subject: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/R2GAuP9CdGtsDcpy4/beware-of-small-world-puzzles
That’s what I was thinking all along while reading this.
I work on the prehistory of Japan and I am surprised to read this: the oldest lithic technology in Japan is around the date that you mention but a similar and even older technology is found around the Baikal lake, for this reason some people have proposed in the past that the first Japanese settlers were people coming from the North of the Himalayas. Can you send the references that you used? Of course your point still stand, independently of whether that technology starts in Japan or not. Nice post!