A reading from Henry VI, Part 2 4:2:73

Yes, in context, the line has the opposite sentiment to most of the people quoting it.Yvain asked, in good faith, a detailed question about Natural Law theology, but his comment is buried in the wilds of the comment policy discussion, where tempers are rising.  So I want to pull it out and give it its own thread, and also take the opportunity to do some of the wacky experimental comment moderation I was talking about yesterday.  Here's how it's going to go down:Only make a top-level … [Read more...]

If only someone had said this to Stoic!Teenaged!Leah

I'm still at Rationality Camp, and I've noticed that a subset of classes all fall into a category of something I might call "Mitigating How Weird You Are."  There are some people talking about body language, clothing style, and other ways to smooth your relations with other people that LessWrongers could probably do better.  I read Tom and Lorenzo, so I've got a pretty good data base to induct heuristics from.The discussion in this genre I liked best so far was called Emotional API.  (An API … [Read more...]

Play Along with Rationality Camp at Home!

Calibration chart

While you're all missing me, there are three games you might want to try that I've been playing at rationality camp. The first two games are related.  The first one is called the Calibration Game and the second is called the Updating Game.  (Note: both those links start downloads of zip files).  Both are trivia games, but, although you're trying to get questions right, the focus is less on how knowledgeable you are and more on how good you are at gauging your own uncertainty. The Calibration Ga … [Read more...]

Head to Head with Hemant Mehta

Last week, I got to do an interview/argument with fellow Patheos blogger and Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta on Justin Brierley's podcast Unbelieveable!   You can stream the podcast from Justin's website or you can download it from iTunes.  This is probably my favorite media thing I've done so far, since I find it easier to express myself in the context of an argument than I do in the scope of a conventional "How do you feel?" interview.  It's easier to realize when you're not being clear when you … [Read more...]

Happy Higgs Day!

Today, all over America (land of science enthusiasts) fireworks will be set off in remembrance of the many particle collisions that it took to bring our observations of the decay products of the Higgs up above a five sigma confidence interval.  If you need a refresher or just haven't followed all this very closely, you'll definitely want to watch PhD Comics' animated explanation below (you'll want to see it full screen).The best print coverage I've seen so far today is, unsurprisingly, at … [Read more...]

“Ethics is Like Physics” is total me-linkbait

The power is trickling back on.  Well, for now at any rate.  There's still a live utility pole a few blocks from my house that's apparently teetering over a gas station.  Sigh.  So as I work through my backlog of comments and email and promised replies, I've got another reading recommendation.Because, speaking of promised replies, Camels with Hammers had a really nice essay up titled "How Ethics Is More Like Physics Than Faith."  I'm not really in agreement with Dan's definition of fait … [Read more...]

Too Simple Skepticism

Over at Bitchspot, a blogger named Cephus has been fisking my About Me section (which I'll get around to updating soon) to try to spot the roots of my errors.  I'm not really interested in counter-fisking, but right near the end, Cephus cogently summarized an argument I've seen elsewhere, that I'd quite like to address.  I'm the double-indent, Cephus follows.So welcome to the conversation. Play nice, but play to win. And don’t be afraid to show your hand. If you’re doing someone a service by … [Read more...]


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