“The individual words in language name objects—sentences are combinations of such names. In this picture of language we find the roots of the following idea: Every word has a meaning. This meaning is correlated with the word. It is the object for which the word stands.” — St. Augustine I won’t lose much time with […]Read more "Words, words, words everywhere, and not a thought to be thought"
The ideal war is the one your enemy doesn’t know was waged. This statement is clearly true and should give you pause as it is as true to those that hold you for an enemy. Enemies are hard to think about. War is hard to think about. Imagine for a second your mother stabbing your […]Read more "War, and why it matters to you"
I track my psychological development pretty closely. I’m not sure when it started but it has been an ongoing process ever since. I decided I wanted to move along on that vector and started tracking it hard. The way it works is pretty predictable by now: I notice something – either I’m very puzzled about […]Read more "Read this if you can’t tell what you feel"
I haven’t posted in like forever, and so I wanted it to be special. I finally have something special to say, so here we are. I feel a great deal of affinity for David Chapman. This is because, like him, I see the rationality community for what it is: So close, just nearly perfect… but […]Read more "The Cure."
1. Zeno of Elea was a Greek guy who for some obscure reason really hated motion (1). To have every future Wikipedia reader know how much he hated it, he devised a bunch of paradoxes that proved motion to be an illusion (He was a philosopher on his spare time.). One of them was the […]Read more "In defense of not updating in response to arguments"
Now, one could say that I was too tough on science yesterday. One would be wrong. I comprehend that while under the spell of an ideology it is difficult to break out. Fish in water. Small pieces of evidence won’t make it happen – one needs to be slapped in the face with reality, one needs […]Read more "Science is politics, politics is war, war is deception, psychology is a lie."
Few things pain more than observing someone asking the right question and then excusing themselves from answering due to their preconceptions. Andrew Critch writes, talking about EAs/Rationalists: “This is, of course, an exaggerated description of a problem, but nonetheless, I think a problem exists here to some real degree. At least a good 20 or […]Read more "Science as Force, science as activity"