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Alieving Rationality
Almost six years ago, Scott wrote a post on LW about the apparent lack of strong correlation of realworld instrumental success and studying what he calls “xrationality” – that is, OB/LWstyle rationality, of the kind that’s above and beyond the regular skills … Continue reading
On Arrogance
arrogant adjective having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities. A friend of mine once mentioned on a comment written in response to some post or another in a facebook debate group that he had knowledge … Continue reading
Posted in Basic Rationality, Rationality
Tagged arrogance, charity, Eliezer Yudkowsky, less wrong, rationality
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On Magical Universes
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. — Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – 2008) The above quote is quite famous, at least amongst certain types of people. And the core idea is a pretty idealistic and hopeful one: … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics, Philosophy
Tagged harry potter, magic, mathema, philosophy, sufficiently advanced technology, time travel
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Learning Bayes [part 2]
In part 1, I talked about the Bayesian way of dealing with, well, noise, in a certain sense. How do I figure out that I “should not” conditionalise on a person’s astrological sign when predicting the cost of the bridge … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics, Probability Theory
Tagged bayesianism, mathema, mathematics, probability theory, tagging maths for a friend
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