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# Princess_Stargirl

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• On the margin I think its usually better to take less and/​or easier courses. It is better to do very well on an easier schedule than do “ok” on a hard schedule. If you apply for a job or grad school everyone will look at your gpa. If a semester is too easy this is not a serious problem. You can always read an extra textbook or do some coding projects in your spare time. Next semester you can up the difficulty. If a semester turns out to be too hard and you do badly the penalties are real (though survivable).

• What if one considers the following approach: Let e be a probability small enough that if I were to accept all bets offered to me with probability p<= e then the expected number of such bets that I win is less than one. The approach is to ignore any bet where p <=e.

This solve’s Yvain’s problem with wearing seatbelts or eating unhealthy for example. It also solves the problem that “sub-dividing” a risk no longer changes whether you ignore the risk.

• 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.

• Phill presumably believes in Divine Command theory. But its not really obvious why “Divine command theory” really solves the problem. For example consider the following passage: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ’I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”—Imagine Phill was an Amalekite. Then the murder of his whole family would be morally righteous?

• Just bought the book for 5 dollars via paypal!

I have already read most of the sequences but not in a structured way.

• I tend to repeat the “Glory Be” over and over when someone I love dies. This is a very short Catholic prayer that goes:

“Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

Imo saying “Glory be” to (Non-existent) God feels like a good way to accept the loss.

• I really do not understand how “ruthless truth telling” is supposed to work. Lots of behavior is motivated by reasons that cannot be said aloud with hurting people. What if my reasons are things like “I think X person is pretty dull and I am not interested in what they have to say.” There are alot of unpleasant feelings in most people’s heads (including mine). I would strongl prefer these unpleasant feelings not be spoken aloud.

• This is the first time I have encountered the idea of freezing cells. Is this a viable options for people who are not rich?

• Speed x 100 would almost certain make a normal intelligence person very smart. Speed x 100 means one week for you is 2 years for them. Maybe you couldn’t beat Einstein. But imagine some common tests of intelligence such as the Putnam or a normal IQ test. People have 6 hours (in two blocks) to finish the Putnam, 600 hours is 25 days. And presumably you are not sleeping during those 25 days. If a normal person gets 3 minutes to finish a problem on a certain iq test you have 5 hours.

• I am not going to comment on strategy as I have no idea what strategies for an AI player would actually work with decent probability.

However upvoted for posting logs. Was interesting to read. In my opinion a summary of the events (your strategy, why it may have failed, unexpected events etc) would be great.

• That was a really low quality and demeaning article. The author seems to enjoy taking cheap shots. For example zie also makes fun of people who cosplay Harry Potter. The majority of the article was basically name calling. Though the article did at least make a real argument about objectivist philosophy and taxation a (though it didn’t engage with Rand’s counter arguments).

I am not an objectivist but I found this article terrible and question why someone would enjoy it.

• Sadly this book basically convinced me I cannot have children with my current partner. We would need to adopt and my partner is very smart (singnifigantly more inteelgent than myself and I have 1570/​1600 SAT and a PHD in pure math). Even if you adopt from mainland China the IQ of an adopted child is unlikely to be unusually high.

I personally would not care about the IQ of my children. I personally have a very strong aversion to nudging or pushing anyone (unless they are a violent criminal). I am fairly certain a lack of educational success would not other me at all. I have taught low level University math courses. My “gut feeling” was the material was suitable for HS sophomores. But the students lack of math ability/​interest/​education never annoyed me, despite it annoying many of colleagues. I just wanted to help them get through the annoying math requirement.

My partner on the other hand comes from a family very focused on education. She pays lip service to the idea that intelligence is largely genetic but I know she doesn’t alieve it. I am sure she would push any children to be “successful.” And given her extremely high intelligence her expectations will be totally unreasonable.

Luckily she is pretty ambivalent about children. She prefers to not have them but I am pretty sure if I was very pro having children she would not be hard to convince. But given her attitude toward parenting I think us having children would be an extremely poor idea.

• Having done a math PHD and now working as a programmer I find math proofs and programming semi-similar. Though I think programming is less “relaxing.” In mathematics if you have an argument that works and isn’t insanely complicated you can call yourself victorious. You can look for a simpler method if you want but there is really no imperative to do so. In programming there is almost always a better way to solve a given problem and the differences in speed matter alot.

• Unless you two live VERY close I would prefer to just ship it to you individually. I don’t want you to have to drive around or anything.

So yeah Leonhart and philh just send me your addresses via pm.

• Does anyone want some free meal Squares?

This obviously requires me sending me your address. But I will ship 3 pakcs (18 total) meal squares to your house free of charge to (up to) the first 4 people who want them. I ordered more meal squares then I really want for myself and I think some people on this site would like to try meal squares?

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Seems I have four takers. So offer is prolly closed as enough people already said yes.

• The value of immortality does not seem infinite to me. Merely very large. The odds that magic or religion will save you seem vastly tiny. Sufficiently tiny that they are bad uses of time and energy even if the benefits are potentially very large.

• Sounds awesome to me. Some people get organs they need. Others get money. Even the “nightmare” scenarios only really occur when there was a pre-existing and serious problem. Usually the organ sale doesn’t make things much worse.