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  1. Serac

    What to answer

    Yes.
  2. Serac

    What do you eat/drink to optimize your productivity, energy, and/or focus for work or school?

    Oh yes it enhances focus. You basically get all the good parts of the caffeine (alertness, focus) while the chamomile removes the jittery feeling, racing heartbeat etc. I recommend mixing green tea with chamomile (and perhaps your favorite sweetener). It actually tastes surprisingly good as well.
  3. Serac

    What do you eat/drink to optimize your productivity, energy, and/or focus for work or school?

    Caffeine and loads of it. You kinda reminded me that I’ve forgotten about L-theanine (a compound found in for example chamomile tea). I used to mix that with caffeine to get a really nice and steady focus. I also use nicotine. I was going to quit, but then I read that it enhances focus, so...
  4. Serac

    Lets talk Human Sexuality

    I don’t know about you folks but I cannot watch porn with men in it. First of all I don’t like looking at other dicks, and secondly men look stupid when they have sex.
  5. Serac

    Lets talk- A.I

    My point was that the goal of algorithms mostly pertains to problems solved by this cortex. Whether or not it's easier to understand it physiologically is besides the point. It's not a myth. As it currently stands it's as sure a fact as 2+2=4. Your second statement also wrong because it's...
  6. Serac

    Lets talk- A.I

    Here’s what I think is going on with people’s general (mis)conception of AI nowadays: we take a certain subset of human intelligence related to the neocortex (or whatever it’s called) - which is a very underdeveloped part of our brain viewed in light of the total history of evolution; this part...
  7. Serac

    Sticky-situation...any advice?

    tell her that you care about her and because you care about her you want her to know that if she aspires to be any good in music she should work harder. Just don’t say it like you know everything and she doesn’t; be a bit humble about it. I don’t know about you but when I find out that a...
  8. Serac

    How do you argue with someone once they have attacked you personally vs. your ideas?

    In real life I don’t really argue with people unless something real is at stake (like when you have to make a decision with real consequences) because I know how little interest people have in reason and logic. And if I am forced to argue I simply use whatever tricks are necessary to come to a...
  9. Serac

    Lets talk- A.I

    You can have a complicated algorithm which "learns" some set of moral principles from data, yes. You can even have it optimize its decisions ethically if you specify what to optimize and with what constraints. It will remain a mere algorithm, however – without any concept of morality of its own...
  10. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    I guess I realize at this point how meaningless such a conversation is between a male and a female, considering that the issues each of the groups face are completely different, and that these differences will be invisible to the initiated – i.e. about 99% of the population. I've understood for...
  11. Serac

    Lets talk Human Sexuality

    In terms of intelligence I find myself only drawn to eccentrics; people with weird ideas and obsessions. Normal people bore me to tears. Come to think of it the only woman I felt I could have a 100% natural conversation with (i.e. one where I don't have to work my ass off trying to calculate...
  12. Serac

    Lets talk Human Sexuality

    Can someone elucidate how this supposed attraction to intelligence plays out? I can say for sure that intellect never helped me in these endeavors, in fact I usually try to hide it
  13. Serac

    What keeps you up at night?

    various problems pertaining to models and algorithms at work. Last few months have been pretty bad – little sleep, bad diet, lost my workout regime. I have even sometimes resorted to alcohol just to stop the fucking brain from spinning at max speed constantly.
  14. Serac

    Please answer the following questions if and only if you know about Davesuperpowers system very clearly.

    Who calls a system such an idiotic name. Dave, if you're listening, you are a fool.
  15. Serac

    What to answer

    Ease off the gas pedal a bit and maybe not message him at all for a few days. Pressure shouldn’t build linearly but more like in waves.
  16. Serac

    What to answer

    Completely wrong conclusion in my view. The kid is a social retard so any guess is as good as the other. He probably panicked and came up with a response that minimizes risk.
  17. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    Listen to yourself, you're talking about someone "failing in dating life" and in the next breath talking about psychopaths, rapists, pedophiles and sadists. Most men are scared enough as it is about initiating contact with women, and this crazy shit you're writing here is not going to help...
  18. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    Gee and I thought I had a cynical worldview. Let me just tell you that most women I’ve met have had some sort of creepy experiences with men, but not all of them would share your worldview.
  19. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    I don’t know why anyone would do that on INTPf of all places, but that’s another subject
  20. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    Out there in the real world men sometimes initiate contact with someone because of the counterparty’s gender. Might be a shocker to some of you but yes, that happens.
  21. Serac

    What to answer

    This would be my default assumption too
  22. Serac

    What to answer

    Kinda hard to tell I would say
  23. Serac

    Lets talk Human Sexuality

    There is this one hilarious fetish that I think has a lot of interesting psychological underpinnings: it’s this type of porn where one is to imagine a woman as a giant and the man as tiny, so that the woman is about 50x the size of the man. They employ digital visual effects to achieve this...
  24. Serac

    What is your dress style like, or lack thereof?

    I've actually considered learning how to sew so that I can adjust clothes myself, but that's been in the planning phase for quite a while
  25. Serac

    What is your dress style like, or lack thereof?

    in principle form over function, but I'm divided between caring how I look and not wanting to spend any time on how I look. So I usually buy pretty nice clothes and them wear them for several years until I look like a bum and then repeat the process.
  26. Serac

    The future...

    Here's what these mofos write about their parameter choice in the regression: which is quite comical – how would you know in advance that this is the window length that gives you "good signal-to-noise ratios"? You obviously can't, so I bet my ass they tried different lengths and picked the one...
  27. Serac

    The future...

    "ANCAP" – that's cool, I didn't know about it. Looks pretty awesome to me. I actually decided to read the "MBH98" and "MBH99" papers – arguably the papers that started the whole climate-change.. uh.. "interest". Available here...
  28. Serac

    in asia, school and education has become an arms race/competition

    @higs For the experiments I think I would have to reference this very good book on learning I read a long time ago, called "Punished by Rewards" by Alfie Kohn: How rewards and credit (e.g. grades) impair problem solving skills, makes you a lazy thinker and destroy creativity: Impediments to...
  29. Serac

    in asia, school and education has become an arms race/competition

    @higs well I don't think it has anything to do with a predilection for heroism; I think if you look at the state of science and technology today, you would find that 99% of the ideas are generated from a core set of ideas spurred by a very small group of people. You could probably fit them all...
  30. Serac

    The future...

    These days here in Norway there is some sort of virus or something that goes around killing dogs and nobody know what it is. Now that sort of thing is a real threat - it happens to dogs today; maybe to humans tomorrow. I see microbes as a much bigger existential threat to humanity than a...
  31. Serac

    in asia, school and education has become an arms race/competition

    I think it's a severely misguided mindset. Scientific and technological innovation is driven by individuals, moreover individuals with creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and infatuation with certain ideas. It doesn't help to raise the average IQ by 15 points because the innovation is driven by...
  32. Serac

    Why philosophy sucks

    @JansenDowel Discover axiomatic “truths” in math? As usual I would say you seem to have a very inconsistent view on what math is. How do you refute an axiom?
  33. Serac

    How much smarter would you be if you went to library and read....

    @lolzcry haha you said “school is necessary till pre-school”
  34. Serac

    What songs are you listening to? /III/

  35. Serac

    What do you think of time?

    We’re all just passengers in time’s vehicle. It doesn’t give a damn and just keeps going until everything has disintegrated and turned to dust.
  36. Serac

    The Random Thoughts Thread

    Finally autumn is here. No more yapping about “the weather is good we have to go and do this and that”. No - we’re all gonna stay inside now, and do productive things.
  37. Serac

    Intuition Domination

    It would have a laid-back and cool atmosphere and we would devote all the rigour and seriousness to ideas. Ie kinda the opposite of what we live in now. Sensors waste all the rigour on useless stuff like time schedules. Eg it is more important to show up in a meeting on time and then say a bunch...
  38. Serac

    The future...

    When it comes to the ipcc stuff I don’t think people understand how much modeling assumptions and intricate statistical inference is done to produce claims about the current variation in temperature vs historical going back centuries. It’s a statistical-inference problem which has produced a...
  39. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    I didn’t send her anything, but to me that sounds a bit nutty.
  40. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    Not only that, you should spit in that man’s face
  41. Serac

    Why philosophy sucks

    Well in the early Enlightenment days, things were simply less specialized – everything related to systematic reasoning was philosophy, like Newton's Principia was "natural philosophy" and people like Descrates were doing mathematics, anatomy, natural science and philosophy (in the modern sense...
  42. Serac

    new

    Do you like snails?
  43. Serac

    new

    You don't need to post five thousand times for people to respond to you here. You only need three thousand, we're all equals here. I'm joking of course. You seem like a person interesting. Welcum
  44. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    well you sound like someone who has mastered the art of living as INTP. And very alpha, of course. I guess I'm similar in the approach in that I cherry-pick the good parts of INTPness and try to not get married to its weaknesses.
  45. Serac

    How do I delete my account?

    you have to perform a series of rituals
  46. Serac

    Any female INTPs here?

    This introduction is so friendly, well-crafted and socially sophisticated that it cannot possibly come from an INTP In case you enjoy smileys, here is one: :cool:
  47. Serac

    How much smarter would you be if you went to library and read....

    And of course there is this classic story of another movie project, in German class. We got to choose the subject freely, so obviously we chose Hitler and among other things made vivid depictions of the gas chambers as well as including various swear worlds in German and Spanish easter-egg style...
  48. Serac

    How much smarter would you be if you went to library and read....

    We also included a segment in that movie depicting us chasing a cat through the streets. Not sure why. We blamed that particular inclusion on a lack of editing equipment.
  49. Serac

    How much smarter would you be if you went to library and read....

    One time in primary school me and a friend made a complete mockery out of an astronomy project where we were supposed to make a film about the planetary system. We ended up making a movie mostly consisting of us blowing up oranges with fire crackers and explaining that this was how it looked...
  50. Serac

    How much smarter would you be if you went to library and read....

    I dunno, I didn't have much bad to say about school. It was sort of like browsing wikipedia pages – it's all fluff knowledge but one could always find something interesting in it if one wanted to. I was a rebellious little dipshit but teachers treated me well despite of that, not sure why. They...
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