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Modeling Willpower

People talk a lot about willpower. Supposedly, it’s a kind of magical energy that gives you the ability to complete your goals, break free of bad habits, and basically solve all your problems. How many times have you heard someone … Continue reading

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On the “Obvious”ness of Certain Ideas

Today I was reading George Lakoff’s Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things. (Yeah, I know, I’m way behind on the required reading for writing this blog.) Anyway, I came upon a passage (pp. 58-59) that discusses the following questions: “Does language … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Original Irrationality

The Birth of Individualism Recall how the medieval Catholic worldview transitioned to the worldview of the Renaissance. In the middle ages, Catholicism dominated Europe, and one of its most central teachings was the doctrine of Original Sin. The church maintained … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Creativity

(This blog post came out of a conversation I had with Scott Alexander, so I’ll be quoting him extensively.) Jaron Lanier, Hipsters, and Hesse I recently finished reading Jaron Lanier’s book You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. There’s a … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Ideas, Part 1.5: Musings

So, I realize it’s been ages since I wrote in this blog. Sorry about that. I’ve been having trouble organizing my thoughts into a coherent series of posts, in part because I’m constantly exposed to a deluge of new information … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Ideas, Part 1: Introduction

(This is the first in a series of posts I am writing about the aesthetics of ideas. In it, I will put forth my theory about the emotional grounding of symbols, and describe a practical method for associating beliefs with … Continue reading

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Introduction

Hello! My name is Lucidian (sometimes known as Darcey Riley). Before we get on with the content, allow me to subject you to some boring introductory material. Currently, I’m a first-year PhD student in artificial intelligence, particularly in machine learning … Continue reading

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