If I cannot explain it simply I don’t understand it well enough. This is sort of a private wiki of mine. It is inevitably a work-in-progress so maybe tap for infrequent and more orderly email updates
I think it would be a nice habit to treat bdays with the same amount of appreciation as end-of-life farewells. How come humans have a habit of fully communicating appreciation only after a person’s passing?
@November 2, 2022
Literally almost all things you do, no matter if of poor quality, ok quality, great quality, whether super modern or outdated, whether non-conformist or pretentious—no matter what is your output—it will be received in a smooth gradient of ways: pretentious, brilliant, boring, warm, cute, repulsive, attractive, meh*
*applies to most cases, not all cases. A small percentage will have larger fraction of some specific reactions e.g. positive. But most of the creative output creates reactions that are all over the place
@August 24, 2022
Learning reasoning through learning AI safety
I realized that learning about AI safety is actually fascinating. You end up learning about the nature of reasoning, agency and intelligence. And it served as if physicist were tasked to understand these things from the first principles. For example…
There is AI predictor (strategizing) that uses actuators (actions in the world) and there is AI reporter (verifying) to report the truth about what happened. Despite the AI reporters goal, it is more likely it will default to not truth. There is only one truth and multitudes of not truths. The correct statement is a lot harder to make and therefore it is a challenge to incentivize the reporter to construct it.
It reminds me of this idea.
It's a lot harder to create something constructive than destructive. First was dynamite then was a combustion engine. First was the atomic bomb, then was a nuclear electricity plant. In order to make something constructive one need to make it safe, control many moving parts, sync a variety of processes together
@July 19, 2022 ‘
Bike ride #2, food and energy
I am preparing for some intense cycling race. I almost didn’t bike for like half a year and never rode more than 65km before XD. On Sun I did a second ride that was 70km with 500m of climbing and a couple of interesting things popped up.
- I feel like I forgot a little how does deep hunger feel. Normally I just eat when I get a little hungry. When I spent a lot of energy on one go this hunger was intense and in a weird way it felt very good.
- At 80% of the ride, I doubted I could ride much longer. I stopped and ate large ice cream. I was surprised how much energy it was. It felt like I didn’t feel tired anymore. It felt like I could ride double the distance. When I came back home I had so much energy I couldn’t sleep.
- I don’t remember I felt the connection that food is energy so clearly before. There is something powerful in seeing / feeling this but it is also a little scary. 99% of my living time I live this unnatural sedentary lifestyle. The same energetic processes are happening in the background but I don’t even notice them. In the past the problem was "too little food". Now, in the “more developed” world, it is “how to avoid eating”. I think most of us, in an unnoticeable way, tend to either overeat or not spend enough energy to make deep hunger turn on.
@July 12, 2022
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Why to meditate?
It lowers anxiety; brings higher emotional control; enhances navigating through complex problems (i.e. it's making me a better designer). Read more in a guide to
How this site is built?
What is the most interesting and forward-thinking group of people that you are aware of?
People gathered around
What is the most important and neglected idea about the way people communicate?
The density of information. The shorter the more valuable the message is (while the creator simultaneously preserves its depth and quality). On this website, I try to use as little words as possible. 💡A quick tip: By default books are long. I often "read books" by watching authors summarizing them in a 1.5h podcast or YouTube lecture. Often it's even a better content because authors simplify idea and communicate them in the most direct way. For example, listen to Sam Harris systematically sourcing Nick Bostrom's top ideas from four of his most influential papers.
What is wisdom?
Wisdom is just covering blind spots in one's mental model map of knowledge | Charlie Munger read more
Why are you developing this website?
My grandpa knew a lot about the evolution of religions, history of Slavs, law system of Poland. But this knowledge mostly died with him. Learning can be really entertaining, for some it is addictive. I feel the need for the input (learning) and the output (communicating findings) to be connected. Each of us is a peculiar filter of this complex world. What are your foundational motivations? Which are the most valuable resources you have? What are links, ideas, personalities that influenced you to choose the path you are on? I will be transmitting my findings through this website.
My grandpa Marian knew a lot about the evolution of religions, history of Slavs, law system of Poland but this knowledge mostly went with him to the grave. When I asked him why he don’t do something with this knowledge he said there is already too much written and he don’t need to add his three grosz’s (polish penny). I think he was subjected to Learning can be one of the most satisfying things in the world, for some it is even addictive. I feel the need for the input (learning) and the output (communicating findings) to be connected. Each of us is a peculiar filter of this complex world. What are your foundational motivations? Which are the most valuable resources you have? What are links, ideas, personalities that influenced you to choose the path you are on? I will be transmitting my findings through this website.