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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 03:10:32 pm »
This was a great read. I wish any of my friends, so many of whom were or are caught up in the Ferguson flamewar (any semblance of debate vanished weeks ago), would take the time to go through it. But they won't, because facebook.

At its most basic, the fact that news stations and blogs drum up controversy for ratings is like Mass Media Awareness 101, but this served to really dissect the reason why. Meditations on Moloch was one of my favorite reads from the last few months and has been pervasive in a lot of ideas I've been playing with. I hope to similarly keep this one in mind for the next inevitable shitstorm.
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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 04:45:58 pm »
This was a great read. I wish any of my friends, so many of whom were or are caught up in the Ferguson flamewar (any semblance of debate vanished weeks ago), would take the time to go through it. But they won't, because facebook.

At its most basic, the fact that news stations and blogs drum up controversy for ratings is like Mass Media Awareness 101, but this served to really dissect the reason why. Meditations on Moloch was one of my favorite reads from the last few months and has been pervasive in a lot of ideas I've been playing with. I hope to similarly keep this one in mind for the next inevitable shitstorm.

Any semblance of "debate" died the moment the news broke.  There were three camps.

1.  The cops are out of control killers.
2.  Brown "deserved it" because <insert reason>
3.  I don't know/don't care, where is Ferguson?

Camp 1 hates camp 2.
Camp 2 hates black people.
Camp 3 hates everyone that talks about it.

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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2015, 02:55:13 pm »
http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/06/02/and-i-show-you-how-deep-the-rabbit-hole-goes/

Pretty awesome and clever steelmanning about a silly Tumblr meme.

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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2015, 04:07:52 pm »
Im guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk, Charles Wick said. It was very complicated.


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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 04:10:28 pm »
Fun read!

So I've been reading these as you or Cain bring them to my attention. Who is this person? I really dig the thought process, which while not always revelatory is thorough and accessible.
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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2015, 04:31:00 pm »
He's a Rationalist, got his start posting at LessWrong.

If you need to pass some time, read the blog from the beginning.  There's a lot of good stuff in there.  But be warned...

Very long though.

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2015, 04:33:36 pm »
Fun read!

So I've been reading these as you or Cain bring them to my attention. Who is this person? I really dig the thought process, which while not always revelatory is thorough and accessible.

He's known as Yvain on LessWrong.

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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 01:33:36 pm »
Updating.

Interesting article about Bayes and neuroscience.  I like how he presents the findings, but still comes away with questions.  The hypothesis makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's right.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/09/12/its-bayes-all-the-way-up/

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2016, 04:24:16 am »
Updating.

Interesting article about Bayes and neuroscience.  I like how he presents the findings, but still comes away with questions.  The hypothesis makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's right.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/09/12/its-bayes-all-the-way-up/

I didn't read it all the way through, but I can tell you that neuroscience-wise this guy reads like a stoner rambling about quantum mechanics with a very shaky baseline comprehension of what that means.
Im guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk, Charles Wick said. It was very complicated.


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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2016, 04:28:05 am »
Oh wait; I think I get it. I bet he took that Coursera class on neuroeconomics! Christ that was a shit class. Nobody should draw parallels between brain function and Bayesian economics based on that. Or anything really, ever.
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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2016, 04:31:09 am »
Updating.

Interesting article about Bayes and neuroscience.  I like how he presents the findings, but still comes away with questions.  The hypothesis makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's right.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/09/12/its-bayes-all-the-way-up/

I didn't read it all the way through, but I can tell you that neuroscience-wise this guy reads like a stoner rambling about quantum mechanics with a very shaky baseline comprehension of what that means.

Thanks for this, I read it and it sounded legit because I know jack all about how brains work.
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As a neuroscientist I have to disagree with the perception that anyone is doing mathematical modeling of cognitive intelligence, yet; intelligence as an economist defines it, yes, but economists are worlds away from actual cognition.


Although it is outside the purview of this organization to offer personal advice, we can say -- without assuming any liability -- that previous experience indicates (and recent market studies corroborate) that given the present condition of the marketplace, continuing with your present course of action is likely to result in substantial in

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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2016, 04:35:31 am »
Neurotransmitters are never single-purpose. That's his first mistake. You know how I am always saying that context matters? What a neurotransmitter does has less to do with the neurotransmitter than the context. What kinds of receptors are there, and what are their second messengers? What kind of cell is the receptor on? What kinds of cells does that cell communicate with? And so on.
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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2016, 04:49:09 am »
I'm really glad you stepped in. I can still be wooed by this kind of writing, I suppose.

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Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2016, 05:17:06 am »
I'm really glad you stepped in. I can still be wooed by this kind of writing, I suppose.

This right here. 
If someone does the Fine, youre right, Im clearly a terrible person, Im Satan, Im the worst person alive, I should just die thing in response to criticism of their harmful behavior, they are trying to manipulate people and flip the situation around so that they look like a victim.

As a neuroscientist I have to disagree with the perception that anyone is doing mathematical modeling of cognitive intelligence, yet; intelligence as an economist defines it, yes, but economists are worlds away from actual cognition.


Although it is outside the purview of this organization to offer personal advice, we can say -- without assuming any liability -- that previous experience indicates (and recent market studies corroborate) that given the present condition of the marketplace, continuing with your present course of action is likely to result in substantial in