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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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Headhunter at local company contacted me via linked in saying how awesome it'd be if I worked there given my experience .  I apply for grins and didn't fill out optional portions (resume and college transcript) because it said it linked with my linked in profile.

They're ok without the resume but they really need the transcript.

The transcript for a degree unrelated to the job from 12 years ago. 

K

That's weird. What do they need the transcript for, if you have the degree?

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Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: Yesterday at 10:23:44 pm »

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Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: Yesterday at 10:22:44 pm »
If you constantly reflect and force awareness of a specific area of your mind (Trigger a specific neural network) when exposed to a specific consciousness alarm (Or unusual stimulus), you can cause that reflection to happen automatically, almost in the background. In other words, you can automate that reflection/analysis so that you don't necessarily have to be conscious for it. The subconscious can take over that particular mental activity in the future.


This is something they deal with later in the gurdjieff work. There's this idea of an "instinctive center", our habit engine. I think Gurdjieff and Ouspensky describe ways to hack it... the goal is to build shocks, mindfulness, into your habits.


I dunno if you saw it, but that's exactly what the article I posted is about... let me know if you can't access it, I can't tell whether it's behind a paywall or not when I'm logged in at work.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3325518/

Here's the abstract:
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It is now widely accepted that instrumental actions can be either goal-directed or habitual; whereas the former are rapidly acquire and regulated by their outcome, the latter are reflexive, elicited by antecedent stimuli rather than their consequences. Model-based reinforcement learning (RL) provides an elegant description of goal-directed action. Through exposure to states, actions and rewards, the agent rapidly constructs a model of the world and can choose an appropriate action based on quite abstract changes in environmental and evaluative demands. This model is powerful but has a problem explaining the development of habitual actions. To account for habits, theorists have argued that another action controller is required, called model-free RL, that does not form a model of the world but rather caches action values within states allowing a state to select an action based on its reward history rather than its consequences. Nevertheless, there are persistent problems with important predictions from the model; most notably the failure of model-free RL correctly to predict the insensitivity of habitual actions to changes in the action-reward contingency. Here, we suggest that introducing model-free RL in instrumental conditioning is unnecessary and demonstrate that reconceptualizing habits as action sequences allows model-based RL to be applied to both goal-directed and habitual actions in a manner consistent with what real animals do. This approach has significant implications for the way habits are currently investigated and generates new experimental predictions.


So basically (summarizing the above to see if I 'get it')....

They slice behaviors into two buckets: goal-directed or habitual.

We select goal-directed behaviors on the basis of their potential outcome
We select habitual behaviors on the basis of their "reward history". (this kinda reminds me of a markov chain? where every node has a dynamic value, and the output has to do with weighing nodes against each other to find the highest value for a given input)

I wasn't able to follow the bit about reconceptualizing habits as "action sequences", but it sounds like they're saying that if you understand them that way, it allows you to predict whether someone will use a goal-directed vs habitual behavior? sorry, I might need more unpacking before I can wrap my head around it

Don't even bother to try to follow the abstract; character limits mean that abstracts don't explain shit. Can you access the full article at the link? If not, I can either try to find a free version, or get the .pdf and email it to you.

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Not to mention "my rich father let me do what I wanted" is not a policy position.

Bingo.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: Yesterday at 09:10:21 pm »
That's what I meant about finding the limits of my bubble.  I've was caught up in the Less Wrong stuff a while back, and Bayes is heavily stressed.  I made the false assumptions that a) a lot of so-called "rationalists" would be at the march, and b) more science people in general would know the formula. 

Although, that means it would make a pretty cool tattoo someday.

And thanks!  I like the beard look too.  I certainly haven't lost weight, but I may appear less puffy because I'm getting high a lot more than getting drunk.

Yeah, it makes a big difference in your face! You almost look weirdly younger, even with the gray in the beard. I too have been enjoying the benefits of more weed, less ethanol. I eat a lot more candy and chili cheese Fritos, but I have lost ten pounds anyway.

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I just found out that a thing I thought I had to do today, I don't actually have to do. Yay for an hour and a half of extra time!

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We bought a car this weekend. My car is still in the shop waiting for a turbo, and Salty's van has tooooo many things wrong with it, so it was time to just buy something that will hopefully be reliable and low-maintenance. So we got another Volvo, a 1990 740 basic model sedan with 132k miles. It's gonna have problems, of course, but my experience with my old one was that everything except the wiring harness is cheap AF to replace.

One of the best decisions I've ever made was learning basic/intermediate auto maintenance. Garages here will rip you off for everything and anything and being able to sort basic problems yourself saves so much time and hassle it's unreal. With a Haynes manual and youtube/google you'd be surprised at what you can do when you're able to diagnose the issue correctly.

Yeah, that's what I did with my old one, back when I had time but no money. Chilton's better than Haynes IMO. The engines on these boxy fuckers are pretty well laid out and mostly very accessible. Now that I have neither time nor much money, the repairs are pretty much going to be up to Salty, which is fine because he's more interested in mechanical things than I am anyway. Plus it's his car. Mine's a 940 turbo luxury wagon, which I hope they can find a replacement turbocharger for soon because I miss my car with heated seats and automatic everything.

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We bought a car this weekend. My car is still in the shop waiting for a turbo, and Salty's van has tooooo many things wrong with it, so it was time to just buy something that will hopefully be reliable and low-maintenance. So we got another Volvo, a 1990 740 basic model sedan with 132k miles. It's gonna have problems, of course, but my experience with my old one was that everything except the wiring harness is cheap AF to replace.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: Yesterday at 02:21:38 pm »
Looking good, by the way. The beard makes you look all mild-mannered and innocent. Have you lost weight?

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: Yesterday at 02:20:10 pm »
Guess I found where my bubble ends. I totally thought more people at the Science March would recognize Bayes' Thorem. Oh, well.

I didn't recognize it and had to look it up. Is that from first term stats? Seems like a thing only economists would recognize off the cuff.

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Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: Yesterday at 02:17:33 am »
If you constantly reflect and force awareness of a specific area of your mind (Trigger a specific neural network) when exposed to a specific consciousness alarm (Or unusual stimulus), you can cause that reflection to happen automatically, almost in the background. In other words, you can automate that reflection/analysis so that you don't necessarily have to be conscious for it. The subconscious can take over that particular mental activity in the future.


This is something they deal with later in the gurdjieff work. There's this idea of an "instinctive center", our habit engine. I think Gurdjieff and Ouspensky describe ways to hack it... the goal is to build shocks, mindfulness, into your habits.


I dunno if you saw it, but that's exactly what the article I posted is about... let me know if you can't access it, I can't tell whether it's behind a paywall or not when I'm logged in at work.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3325518/

Here's the abstract:
Quote
It is now widely accepted that instrumental actions can be either goal-directed or habitual; whereas the former are rapidly acquire and regulated by their outcome, the latter are reflexive, elicited by antecedent stimuli rather than their consequences. Model-based reinforcement learning (RL) provides an elegant description of goal-directed action. Through exposure to states, actions and rewards, the agent rapidly constructs a model of the world and can choose an appropriate action based on quite abstract changes in environmental and evaluative demands. This model is powerful but has a problem explaining the development of habitual actions. To account for habits, theorists have argued that another action controller is required, called model-free RL, that does not form a model of the world but rather caches action values within states allowing a state to select an action based on its reward history rather than its consequences. Nevertheless, there are persistent problems with important predictions from the model; most notably the failure of model-free RL correctly to predict the insensitivity of habitual actions to changes in the action-reward contingency. Here, we suggest that introducing model-free RL in instrumental conditioning is unnecessary and demonstrate that reconceptualizing habits as action sequences allows model-based RL to be applied to both goal-directed and habitual actions in a manner consistent with what real animals do. This approach has significant implications for the way habits are currently investigated and generates new experimental predictions.

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I know this is a thing, and I shouldn't react based on biases of my own experience etc...

But no, pregnancy is not super awesome fun times.  Pooping for two sucks.

I'm suspecting my sister is an alien because she's had two kids and describes it as  wonderful and addictive, and she wants more kids but won't\can't due to husband.

I found being pregnant interesting the first time, because I like novel experiences, and a festival of suck I couldn't wait to be over with the other two times. I like having kids, I just don't like bearing kids.

Feel free to vent, I can at least offer moral support.

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As I march steadily toward a career in science I find myself at home.

Nobody cares how you dress as a scientist. If you never shave regularly, or there's food on your clothing, or your hair is a greasy curls, and your glasses are filthy, everyone assumes that's OK because you're too busy thinking. And, to a point, they're correct. It's just I'm usually waffling back and forth between terror thoughts and shit like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6FvyLdNG6Y

I've gotten real socially awkward in the last few years. The other day I got really excited about the fact that Charles Whitman used that fucking M1 carbine to kill most of those people, fucking Marines, man, wow before I  realize the classmates speech outline I was reviewing was actually about the importance of play to the development of a healthy, well-developed mind. And THAT'S why she suddenly started gathering her papers and turning away from me.

The important part of this small story is I didn't even put it all together until hours later.

Someday, you will never put it all together because your brain will  have stopped letting you care enough to think about it.

That's the goal, anyway.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Bring on the Future
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:26:11 am »
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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

Yay for the future and two fingers up to the luddite drumpf

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39675418

That's fantastic!

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