I’d frame it as “Nick Bostrom needs Jeeves. Are you Jeeves?”
(After P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster.)
I do something similar. I consistently massively underestimate the inferential gaps when I’m talking about these things, and end up spending half an hour talking about tangential stuff the Sequences explain better and faster.
It’s more of a tactic to make sure people don’t think “hey, another crackpot organisation” if they haven’t already heard about them. I’m hoping to raise GWWC to the level of “worth investigating for myself” in this post.
True, though the decision of who is most cost-effective does remain for you to decide.
On introductory non-standard analysis, Goldblatt’s “Lectures on the hyperreals” from the Graduate Texts in Mathematics series. Goldblatt introduces the hyperreals using an ultrapower, then explores analysis and some rather complicated applications like Lebesgue measure.
Goldblatt is preferred to Robinson’s “Non-standard analysis”, which is highly in-depth about the specific logical constructions; Goldblatt doesn’t waste too much time on that, but constructs a model, proves some stuff in it, then generalises quite early. Also preferred to Hurd and Loeb’s “An introduction to non-standard real analysis”, which I somehow just couldn’t really get into. Its treatment of measure theory, for instance, is just much more difficult to understand than Goldblatt’s.
Thanks very much for this! I’ve written a lot of stuff on there (I’m the Patrick Stevens whose name is splatted all over the screenshot). I asked them a year ago (ish) whether I could have a data dump, and they said it was Too Difficult; and I didn’t bother scraping it myself. I’m glad you actually went and did something about it!
I started Anki-ing everything. Previously, I’ve used Anki for very specific purposes (e.g. “learn the London Underground network” or “learn all the capitals of the world”). New decks this month, though, include “Jokes”, “Legal Systems Very Different From Ours”, “Tao Te Ching”, and “Logical Induction”. I’m pretty optimistic that “read something really worthwhile, Anki it up” is becoming a habit.
I stopped taking the book seriously when I reached Walker’s suggestion that teenagers might have a sleep cycle offset from adults because “wise Mother Nature” was giving them the chance to develop independence from the tribe, in a group of their peers, and that this was an important stage in societal development of a human.
If one *must* find an evo-psych explanation for this phenomenon, surely “we need people guarding the camp at more hours of the day” is simpler and less ridiculously tenuous. (Though this still has precisely the same “I could have explained anything with this” flavour that most popular evo-psych does.)
You can buy good tomatoes (in the UK); they’re just a bit expensive. Cheap tomatoes are nasty, but nice tomatoes are widely available; I get them from a company called Isle of Wight Tomatoes, and they’re on Ocado.
Nitpick: I think there’s a minor transcription error, in that “biological-esque risk” should read “biological X-risk”.
My immediate reaction is that I remember hating it very much at school when a teacher punished the entire class for the transgression of an unidentifiable person!
Strong +1 to the idea; I’ll be on a different team, but I strongly encourage people to give it a try. I think Hunt 2019 was quite possibly the most fun I have ever had.
(Posting this in a spirit of self-congratulation: I wrote up a spiel about what I found confusing, and then realised that I’m confused on a much more fundamental level about the nature of the various explanations and how they relate to each other, and am now going back to reread the various sources rather than writing something unhelpfully confusing about a confused confusion.)
For some years now I have had a Panasonic breadmaker, model SD-ZB2512. It takes less than five minutes in the evening, generating no mess and no washing up (if you use olive oil instead of butter, so as to avoid generating a fatty knife), and you can have hot fresh bread ready-baked as you wake up. The only downside to bread made this way is that you have to slice it. It tastes dramatically better than all but the most expensive shop-bought bread, and the ingredients store in a cupboard for literally months so it’s even highly pandemic-proof. Bread that is still hot from the breadmaker is really one of the best foods I know. The breadmaker has literally no cost to upkeep: you don’t even need to clean it, as it’s basically an oven in a pot.
For some reason I can’t find any relevant hits with Google, but I’ve heard “support vs advice” described as “sympathy or fascism” before. “I want to moan at you” vs “I want you to take over and solve my problem”.