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Apr 19 14 tweets 3 min read
“If you take an adversarial stance towards your psych bugs, they’ll take an adversarial stance towards you.” The processes in your mind aren’t just random. They were grown there by meta, optimizer-y processes that were and are steering towards
Apr 18 5 tweets 3 min read
In this comment, @ben_r_hoffman claims that some large fraction of the world is implicitly harm-seeking, not out of self interest, but INSTEAD of in self interest.

Does anyone else think this is true? What have you seen that makes you think so?
benjaminrosshoffman.com/the-trauma-cou… @ben_r_hoffman On the face of it, this seems like a bold claim that flies in the face of my view of human nature, ie that humans are largely rational, in the strict sense that they respond to incentives.

Am I wrong about that? Is this alternative theory plausible in a way that I'm not seeing?
Apr 15 4 tweets 1 min read
When I wrote this post last year, I was visualizing being in some specialized remote campus during "final crunch time."

Today, I realized, with a start, that I/we might very well be in Berkeley when it all goes down.

lesswrong.com/posts/wyYubb3e… That I'll be walking the same 5 minute walk from the office to my house.
Mar 31 22 tweets 4 min read
I don't really stay up to speed with this kind of stuff, so maybe I'm a bad person to evaluate, but this is the most insightful, non-straw-manning representation of the Q movement, and what the world is like from their vantage point, that I've seen yet.

Granted, this is mostly a comment on how terrible the information environment is, more than a comment on how good _this_ reporting is. But this youtube channel seems to me to have the least spin / adhering to pre-set narrative of approximately any "news" source I know.
Mar 16 14 tweets 4 min read
My speculation about @ESYudkowsky's view on animal consciousness:

Eliezer claims that most animals don't have any kind of "inner listener", and furthermore that he can be confident of this fact, even if other people are confused about it.

rationalconspiracy.com/2015/12/16/a-d… @ESYudkowsky Many vegans I talk with think that this is absurdly overconfident.
Feb 17 31 tweets 27 min read
@nosilverv @ESYudkowsky @ben_r_hoffman Something real is definitely being communicated (though I don't think it is typically of the type-signature of "about what the author _believes_.") @nosilverv @ESYudkowsky @ben_r_hoffman Why is there a vibe-content disconnect in this case? Because Eliezer is importantly, radically, different from most of his audience (even after his audience is selected for similarity to him).
Feb 11 36 tweets 13 min read
Here's my theory of the cluster of people that call themselves post-rationalists.

Long ago, @ESYudkowsky wrote the sequences. The sequences had a lot of explicit content, but they also had a "vibe." @ESYudkowsky The vibe was something like "intelligence dominates everything; the way to power and winning is thinking really well. If you think well enough, you will be awesome."

Also, "arrogance and snark about how insane everyone / the world is."

Also, "ambitious, heroic, glorious."
Jan 28 5 tweets 4 min read
Last April, I was part of a giant ~month-long twitter conversation with (among others) @ben_r_hoffman, @HiFromMichaelV, and @jessi_cata.

(It had many branches, but the root node is this tweet.)
@ben_r_hoffman @HiFromMichaelV @jessi_cata There were a number of awful things about how that conversation went. I, at least, found it hard to follow much of what was being claimed, in real time.
Jan 9 5 tweets 1 min read
This is eye-opening for me. I'm not sure that these examples are all real, and I have no reason to think that this is representative, but this is suggestive of the way that at least some people engage with social media.

myhealthgazette.com/attention/49/ It would never have occurred to me to straight-up fabricate one-off "relatable" social media posts.
Jan 6 4 tweets 1 min read
Masturbation is weird because it is the relief of a basic mechanical-physiological need, but that release is triggered by deep psychological content about connection, power, dominance, admiration, and trust. It's literally a release of literal pressure (like with a valve), but entwined with plausibly my deepest and most layered meaning-making.
Dec 11, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
What makes rationalists maximally angry and censorious?

The idea that truth is often anti-useful? You'll get some pushback for that, but not anger, mostly.

Maybe some form of conflict theory? "It's all actually about power." I think I would be most angry for someone rewarding bad (epistemic) behavior.
Dec 9, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
What are some "problems" that that you find are typically solved by drinking water?

What should my triggers for "drink a glass of water" be? I already have the TAP "notice headache -> immediately drink water with electrolytes".

(I rarely get headaches, but water + electrolytes cause them to disappear, with in 3 minutes or so, ~90% of the time.)
Dec 4, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
I wonder if the high levels of the tech scene could make an official list (which I guess trusted org would have to maintain?), of all the journalists that have shown good journalistic ethics.

Then they could all just refuse to do interviews with anyone not on that list. Obviously, the journalist class would write all kinds of hit-pieces about how the tech world is dangerous and thinks it is above democracy or whatever.

But in the long term, would this create an incentive for journalistic ethics in tech journalism?
Dec 3, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
So this is kind of interesting, because, for the most part, it doesn't paint a particularly negative picture of a person. In principle this could be the sort of good humored poking at each other's predictable paterns, that happens among friends. (For instance, a friend asked me to go on a walk with her yesterday. When I got into the elevator, I pulled out my phone to start a toggl session. She said "walking with Elizabeth", in the same moment that I did.

Eli's time-tracking + voice to text => predictable pattern
Nov 29, 2021 12 tweets 2 min read
Does anyone know of a good resource for getting programmatically generated math problems of a particular kind? When I learn new math, these days, I put it into a spaced repetition system to review on a SR schedule.
Nov 28, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Seems true.

Is there a way that we can subsidize our smartest friends starting families? Maybe make a tradition: everyone chips in a little to subsidize the child-rearing of the smartest couple they know. Even if you're part of someone's smartest couple, you still "donate up."
Oct 1, 2021 13 tweets 2 min read
Question for meditation people:

I have the experience of two kinds of modes regarding my attention. Is there a standard name for this axis?

Mode 1: Sometimes my attention feels shallow, or flitty. It doesn't "sink deeply" into any one thing, but feels shallow, quickly switching focus on the basis of stray thoughts that occur to me, or random things from my environment. I'm more reactive.
Sep 29, 2021 26 tweets 3 min read
"America keeps a __lot__ of people in badly inhumane prisons, and innocence doesn't reliably protect you from the death penalty."

This gives me pause. I think I should be more steadfastly moral. I should be more outraged about this kind of thing happening, and the fact that is happening should influence and motivate more of my action.
Sep 29, 2021 40 tweets 5 min read
I woke up from a weird, horrifying, dream. My immediate thought on waking up was "Oh. That's what Michael Vassar's and Ben Hoffman's worldview is like from the inside." I wish I could remember more of it, and understood more of it. As it is, what I have is somewhat confused, but I have a sense of more meaning behind it.

The following it a digression into Eli's subconscious.
Sep 26, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
Lately, I've been noticing that the women in movies are, well, hot. When I was kid, I just thought of women in movies as "women."

Over the past year or so, I've become more attuned to generic attractiveness. Suddenly, it's starkly obvious that the actresses are all extremely beautiful.
Sep 15, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
When I was, I don't know, 10 to 19, I read a lot of comic books.

Most notably reprints of Claremont's second-to-none run on Uncanny X-men, and Stan Lee's original run on Amazing Spider-man. But also a wide swath of the big two and independent comics. I weakly suspect that this had a pretty deep impact on me.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, as they say.

You do the right thing, even when you're poor and down on your luck. Even if the world hates and fears you.