Self-wiki is the best spaced repetition software
Finding a more effective way to memorize information can be challenging, and while tools like ANKi cards have their merits, they might not be the optimal solution for everyone. I believe there's a method that's not only more efficient but also more enjoyable and less draining on one's willpower.
What I advocate for, and personally use, is creating a self-wiki. Essentially, it's a public knowledge base of information you think is worthwhile and worth remembering.
The approach is simple: Write it down in your own words. Don't just copy and paste; you need to be the author of the content.
So, why does this method work? The social aspect of our brain gets activated when we know others can see and potentially benefit from our notes. This encourages us to regularly revisit and refine our definitions.
Why might this be superior? Spaced repetition, at its core, requires us to review and repeat information regularly. But in trying to nail the "perfect" review intervals, you might be missing the point. The biggest drawback of tools like ANKi is that they can make learning feel like a chore. It's probably not a good idea to reduce something as rewarding as learning to a tedious task. Pushing oneself continuously can be counterproductive. See more on this perspective here:
Another downside? The card decks you curate in typical spaced repetition software might not stand the test of time. In contrast, a self-wiki, being a dynamic platform, can continually evolve and be built upon.
See my wiki and make me horrified something is off.
– Why is it so-hard to read and consider alternate explanations? – Why is it so-hellish-hard to read and consider alternate explanations when the source is someone I respect? – Why is it so-hellish-hellish-hard to read and consider alternate explanations when the source is someone I respect and is respected by people I respect?
@May 3, 2023
@March 11, 2023
Aliens with no scope-neglect
Imagine a possibility of an alien creature with no scope-neglect. We are living in the world where we comprehend things through singular entities. One is understood – but comparing, relating, imagining two things is harder, three even harder, five difficult, ten very very difficult. Difference between things like 1k, 10k, 100k are almost impossible for us to grasp
Imagine a possibility of an alien creature with no scope-neglect. We are living in the world where we comprehend things through singular entities. One is understood – but comparing, relating, imagining two things is harder, three even harder, five difficult, ten very very difficult. Difference between things like 1k, 10k, 100k are almost impossible for us to grasp.
What if there is a possibility of a different mind? A mind with a radically different interface of the reality. Imagine an alien who understand a difference between 1,000,000 people suffering and 1,000,003 people suffering as well as we understand a difference between nobody suffering and three people suffering. Imagine this alien looking at two trees, one with 1,000,002 leaves and another with 1,000,086 leaves – and seeing as sharp of a difference as our ability to sense a couple of orders of magnitude difference between 2 and 86.
@February 12, 2023
I think it would be a nice habit to treat birthdays with the same amount of appreciation as end-of-life farewells. Why do humans have a habit of fully communicating their 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
Notes on supporting Happier Lives Institute
Notes on supporting Happier Lives Institute - EA Forum
This is a cross-posted comment from Clearer Thinking regranting competition on Manifold Markets (with a couple of minor edits and typo corrections) The article describes my take on why I think the Happier Lives Institute should receive funding through the Clearer Thinking regranting round (Clearer Thinking organized a tournament on Manifold Markets to help them crowd-evaluate which projects should receive funding).
@October 6, 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
Surfing collision space
I am currently in Waialua, O’ahu, Hawaii. It’s a place that used to be all about sugar and now is all about surfing. I work remotely, write, and learn how to surf. The north shore of O’ahu feels like the surfing capital of the world. The stretch of beaches here is called seven miles miracle because the reef on the bottom of the ocean creates ideal surf conditions during winters of the northern hemisphere. It’s hard not to surf here because everything is about surfing. It’s interesting to experience the gravity of the scene. You go surfing to hang out with people. By sheer chance I happen have roommates who are or almost are pro surfers. If I go to a cafe there are surfing videos on the wall. At one party, I realized that people are from all over the world and almost everybody is a surfer. A person in the knows told me that during winter if you are an aspiring surfer you either are here or perhaps struggle financially. Out of a tight group of friends I know there is maybe one out of ten people who don’t surf. There are some people who came here not because of surfing. Most of them surf a couple of times a week now. It reminds me of how Marc Andressen talked about collision spaces and the power of inserting oneself into a scene. “If you are into film go to Los Angeles, if into code San Francisco, if into arts or finance New York City” and if into surfing go to O’ahu, North Shore. I think it’s so true. What’s interesting is that observing and experiencing this is such visceral evidence that we are just a socially motivated gravity-pulp. It is just so much easier to be supported, excited, and skilled in the things that also people around you are.
@April 9, 2022
Social media is a new way of social being in the world. Not posting is a little like getting a face by evolution and not talking
@January 4, 2022
They: we want to buy less things but better. Us: we want to buy one thing but best
@December 18, 2021
If the retina would stop updating information and hold on to one image a person would be blind. If one is unable to update their point of view based on new information a person is intellectually blind.
@September 9, 2021
Bet: In the future how healthy the food is will be a lot more based on the pairing and the sequence C28%. Mechanism of sorts: say strawberries with spinach will be considered more healthy than strawberries with lettuce.
@August 22, 2021
Quirky, fearful, darling self.
@July 19, 2021
Note to self: nurse choices I have no idea why but it feels like a better one
@July 15, 2021
The road to spiritual centeredness is through exercise
@May 13, 2021
I am X-risker. I believe that most likely civilizational progress leads to an extinction event. Unless (maybe) we really globally start to move our asses to figure out ways to prevent it
@May 11, 2021
The best sportsmen understand that their mind is gonna fuck with them. The real skill is to discern it, accept it, smile and dance with it.
@May 11, 2021
On the longer stretches, you are able to focus the more quality you can extract. Maybe it is like a processor rendering reality and the longer the text you are reading the potentially more RAM your processor operates with, and potentially higher resolution images it can render.
@March 22, 2021
Forget the need of trying to find your max of 223 g of new knowledge per 1 minute. Let yourself reread bc the state you are after is your head being electricized. Then electric chain reactions the head will start: ideas will pop up, synthesis will form, clarity will emerge, decision will get simplified, values will bubble up. I probably already have enough material in me. Running after new material is worth less than it seems. Running after new material may be connected with
@March 19, 2021
People – plagued with bias, predictably overconfident, and dirty in groupthink
@February 3, 2021
Secret of getting ahead is getting started
@January 14, 2021
Bet: in the next decade health world will focus more on lymph notes and lymph fluids. We will be caring more about places where lymph nodes are located. We will be flushing w/ cold water, stretching, massaging them. This will be considered anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. CI58%
@January 14, 2021
@January 7, 2021
The more expensive the better quality
@December 25, 2020
Spending money on redundantly expensive things is a form of depression. Many ppl lost connection to the fact that money is time. It often happens with 9 to 5 careers. It feels like it doesn't matter how much I spend because I will work till my retirement anyway.
@September 25, 2020
What should I be guided by when choosing what to read? Stuff that, I don't know why, but it feels like I want to repeat it. Maybe there is some important stuff that my intuition sense but don't fully grasp its impact.
@September 25, 2020
Church of radical unorthodoxy and explain me like I am five approach
@September 25, 2020
Internet products are like a perpetuum mobiles
It's like inventing a perpetual, self-happening loop – a mechanism that will run automatically with relatively little of creator's oversight. Google, Facebook, Twitter pay way less for a copy of their products than Coca-Cola, Malboro or Nike. That's one of main reasons why "software is eating the world" and by the end of the 2010s Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft – were, besides Saudi Aramco, the most valuable public companies globally. Inventing an Internet product is about finding an algorithm that people will find useful. Creators need to just press play. Algorithm then will multiply itself in millions and work while they sleep.
Let's take Google. The core of the Google's idea is counting links. It's a script that's goes to a website and finds all the links pointing to other websites. Then goes to these other websites and finds all other links. And when you Google something it will serve you a website that received the highest amount of links (given that links from big websites are counted more). This is the core of the Google's idea. There are on average 3.5 billion Google searches every day (2019). Google search is responsible for 71 % (2021) of Google's profits. Brin and Page invented this algorithm in 1998 and with relatively little oversight (relative to its influence) just keeps running loops in millions.
@September 25, 2020
Great art is artists stirring in cosmic awe, but 99% of the times artists are stirring in their ego.
@September 25, 2020
There are 7 billion people with vastly different explanations of the world. Vast majority strongly believe that their own peculiar version is correct and somehow escape the statistical probability that it might not be correct.
@August 19, 2020
Developing muscle to discern what we are told how it is from actually how it is.
@April 11, 2020
Follow order if you believe everything leads to one answer, accept chaos is if you believe there might be many answers
@February 24, 2020
Experimenting with companies’ legal format is the avant-garde of this civilization.
Apple just changed the map of Crimea to accommodate Russian needs. Incentives are everything. This is just a tiny example out of many. Incentives will, drop by drop, bend all the incorporated companies to follow the profit.
@January 28, 2020
An eternal question: why I should care to feel better? Every moment is instantly in the past and I don’t care If I experienced pain one year, one day or five sec ago. That’s why achieving wellbeing is a little like a fragile, esoteric, abstract form of art.
@January 28, 2020
Ancient brains in a high tech world
@January 2, 2020
Visible like counts are a form of oppression
@January 3, 2020
U don't follow somebody to read their content, you follow somebody to have them more often in ur life
@January 2, 2020