Eliezer Yudkowsky

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Eugene Matveyevhas quoted3 years ago
I knew that not thinking about something doesn’t stop it from happening
Olga Khvanhas quoted3 years ago
That's what the experimental method is for, so that we don't have to resolve things just by arguing.
krivonosovapolyahas quoted3 years ago
"World domination is such an ugly phrase. I prefer to call it world optimization."
Anastasia Savinahas quoted2 years ago
Litany of Gendlin: What's true is already so, owning up to it doesn't make it worse.
al mhas quoted2 years ago
"What you've just discovered is called 'positive bias'," said the boy. "You had a rule in your mind, and you kept on thinking of triplets that should make the rule say 'Yes'. But you didn't try to test as many triplets as possible that should make the rule say 'No'. In fact you didn't get a single 'No', so 'any three numbers' could have just as easily been the rule. It's sort of like how people imagine experiments that could confirm their hypotheses instead of trying to imagine experiments that could falsify them - that's not quite exactly the same mistake but it's close. You have to learn to look on the negative side of things, stare into the darkness. When this experiment is performed, only 20% of grownups get the answer right. And many of the others invent fantastically complicated hypotheses and put great confidence in their wrong answers since they've done so many experiments and everything came out like they expected."
al mhas quoted2 years ago
World domination is such an ugly phrase. I prefer to call it world optimization
Джулия Бражниковаhas quoted2 years ago
if you were ignorant about a phenomenon, that was a fact about your own state of mind, not a fact about the phenomenon itself; that your uncertainty was a fact about you, not a fact about whatever you were uncertain about; that ignorance existed in the mind, not in reality; that a blank map did not correspond to a blank territory.
Eugene Matveyevhas quoted3 years ago
When we are young we believe that we know everything, and so we believe that if we see no explanation for something, then no explanation exists. When we are older we realise that the whole universe works by a rhythm and a reason, even if we ourselves do not know it. It is only our own ignorance which appears to us as insanity.”
Olga Khvanhas quoted3 years ago
I know that I'd just make myself unhappy by comparing that reality to... something perfect that I built up in my imagination
Валерийhas quoted3 years ago
If J. K. Rowling asks you about this story, you know nothing.
Yana Manukhinahas quoted4 years ago
“You’d think there’d be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with updating on an observation of infinitesimal probability -” Harry stopped himself. Mum, the witch, and even his Dad were giving him that look again. “I mean, with finding out that everything I believe is false.”
Natasha Andreevahas quoted4 years ago
MORPHEUS: For the longest time, I wouldn’t believe it. But then I saw the fields with my own eyes, watched them liquefy the dead so they could be fed intravenously to the living -
NEO (politely): Excuse me, please.
MORPHEUS: Yes, Neo?
NEO: I’ve kept quiet for as long as I could, but I feel a certain need to speak up at this point. The human body is the most inefficient source of energy you could possibly imagine. The efficiency of a power plant at converting thermal energy into electricity decreasesas you run the turbines at lower temperatures. If you had any sort of food humans could eat, it would be more efficient to burn it in a furnace than feed it to humans. And now you’re telling me that their food is the bodies of the dead, fed to the living? Haven’t you ever heard of the laws of thermodynamics?
MORPHEUS: Where did youhear about the laws of thermodynamics, Neo?
NEO: Anyone who’s made it past one science class in high school ought to know about the laws of thermodynamics!
MORPHEUS: Where did you go to high school, Neo?
(Pause.)
NEO: …in the Matrix.
MORPHEUS: The machines tell elegant lies.
(Pause.)
NEO (in a small voice): Could I please have a real physics textbook?
MORPHEUS: There is no such thing, Neo. The universe doesn’t run on math.
Dmitry Lukashhas quoted6 days ago
Mr. Malfoy is new to the business of having ideas, and so when he has one, he becomes proud of himself for having it. He has not yet had enough ideas to unflinchingly discard those that are beautiful in some aspects and impractical in others; he has not yet acquired confidence in his own ability to think of better ideas as he requires them. What we are seeing here is not Mr. Malfoy's best idea, I fear, but rather his only idea
anastazijavegelhas quoted15 days ago
Why do I believe what I believe?
Dzmitry Kraskovskiyhas quoted15 days ago
he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style.
Anatoly Tarasenko (ksbw)has quoted22 days ago
she started stammering denials
Anatoly Tarasenko (ksbw)has quoted22 days ago
what this was about he spun without a word and stalked off through the hallways, so that she had to scramble to keep up
Anatoly Tarasenko (ksbw)has quoted22 days ago
buffed his fingernails
Соня Глазковаhas quoted22 days ago
You'll think I'm -" She swallowed.
Соня Глазковаhas quoted22 days ago
Remember how I taught Harry to bend spoons?
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