Category Archives: Personal

Loneliness and Love in a Darwinian World (a rational critique of PUA)

Introduction and disclaimer I’m not quite sure why I have written this. I guess I just wanted to write about my past experiences with loneliness, admittedly to get my story out there but also to evoke some sympathy for a lot of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Happiness (2) [Happiness Sequence, Part 3]

[Previously: Happy by Habit, Thoughts on Happiness (1)] 9. Seeing the positive Stupid and/or irrational people can really annoy me. Someone just has to say that “evolutionary psychology is biologistic” and my day is ruined. The fact is that the irrationality, overconfidence and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Happiness (1) [Happiness Sequence, Part 2]

[Previously: Happy by Habit] This is a collection of thoughts on how to become happier. The first 2 parts are mostly focused on cognitive habits that I’ve found useful. That means I’m not talking about obvious stuff like regular exercise, good … Continue reading

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Nietzsche, Eternal Return and Loving the Multiverse

Many of you will probably think: “Come on, Nietzsche?!” I know, I know. But I have holidays and a pretty smart, rational person recommended Nietzsche to me in order to overcome my existential angst. I won’t bore you with the … Continue reading

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Depression Reveals the Truth: We Live in the Abyss

[Epistemic status: Just poetry, written in a nihilistic mood. Don’t take it so seriously.] When you are in the midst of a deep depression it’s impossible to do anything other than lie in bed and wish to die. Speaking is … Continue reading

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Utility functions

Sometimes my outlook could be adequately captured by this little graphic:

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Pessimistische Psychotherapie I

[Diese Abhandlung ist offensichtlich von weinerlichem existentialistischem Gedankengut inspiriert. Und ich bin natürlich auch nicht der erste, der auf eine fruchtbare Verknüpfung von Existentialismus und Psychotherapie hinweist. Zu einiger Bekanntheit gelang beispielsweise die existentielle Psychotherapie von Irvin Yalom. Allerdings war Yalom noch … Continue reading

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3. Epistemic Viciousness – 6. Tolerate Tolerance

3. Epistemic Viciousness Many martial arts gurus would totally lose in real fights. Some of the reasons why this can happen: The art, the dojo, and the sensei are seen as sacred.  “Having red toe-nails in the dojo is like … Continue reading

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AI Foom Debate: Probability Estimates

[Epistemic note: This is an old post and so not necessarily accurate anymore.] I list some facts that need to be true in order for AI FOOM to be possible. I also add my estimates of how probable these statements … Continue reading

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461. Dreams of AI Design – 463. Harder Choices Matter Less

Personal note: Since I’ve finished the metaethics sequence I’ve been pretty lethargic. I don’t know why but I guess it has to do with the (seeming) arbitrariness of Yudkowsky’s metaethics. At the same time it’s very convincing. (Yesterday I read … Continue reading

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