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Date: 2020-08-05

what’s the differences between statements where you change the focus from occurrence to prevalence

what is the difference between

TS occurs in people from all ethnic groups; males are affected about three to four times more often than females.


TS patients are disproportionately male (at a ratio of 3:1); no ethnic group is disproportionately represented [in TS patients].

What are the right changes to make if you want to change the world?


Most people trying to change the world skip the step where they put a massive amount of effort into figuring out which are the right changes. I’ve done that step. I will debate anyone on the matter, but it’s hard to find anyone willing to discuss it much.

one thing that occurs to me is that one’s comparative advantage matters. the best thing for you to do might not be the best thing for me to do, etc.

On free will and MWI

the main idea to explore is about whether the belief in some sort of free-will-esq thing matters for the particular histories we end up in

like more future histories of mine are good when I think I have self-determination regardless of the laws of physics (particularly what they say about determinism)

like more future histories of mine are good when I think I have self-determination because of the laws of physics (what they say about how my brain works and how ideas will change the world)

Early Learning: Objectivism

  1. I know about it (Objectivism) in name only (and only since learning about FI, and because of FI)
  2. google: “define:objectivism” - 2. [Philosophy] the belief that certain things, especially moral truths, exist independently of human knowledge or perception of them.
  3. wiki/objectivism: Rand described Objectivism as “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute”.


  • sounds super compatible with ideas re objective morality in BoI

Evolution selected for “depression”

The thing ppl commonly call ‘depression’ was evolutionarily selected for - it helped humans.

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