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by AnalyticalEngine
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

I learned a lot of math in school, but it was all basically just how to copy techniques to solve problems. What I want to learn now is the more formal mathematics/proofs of these concepts, as well as the history of how various things came to be. Does anyone have any good book suggestions that cover ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. This is some great insight that I think will help me take my cooking to the next level. 7WB, thanks for the book suggestion. I'll add that one to my reading list because it sounds exactly like what I need. I agree there's a definite trade-off between life energy an...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

October Food Spending - Debreif While October isn't over yet, I know I won't be buying groceries again for the rest of the month, so I can write about the challenge now. I spent $163 on food this month, which is not bad considering there were a few times where I cooked for people other than myself....
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

And one more quote from Straw Dogs : Today the good life means making full use of science and technology -- without succumbing to the illusion that they can make us free, reasonable, or even sane. It means seeking peace -- without hoping for a world without war. It means cherishing freedom -- in the...
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

@c_L - That's all good insight, and I do agree with you. I'm reminded of how older people typically score higher in happiness than younger people despite having more health problems. I think as you age, you realize just how precarious all those small luxuries and opportunities you took for granted r...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

On Utopian Beliefs and Salvation I'm sure there's more substantial scholarship on this topic, but I've come to the realization that utopian ideologies and beliefs are incredibly easy to fall for and present everywhere. What I mean by utopian ideology is anything that promises "salvation." It's the ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

Hmm this is a good point. I've been thinking about that, and I do see how this can happen. Especially if you're INTJ, it's really easy to push out time horizons due to Ni and rationalize it with statistical models/4% rule with Te. All the while you are discounting how it makes you feel (Fi) and lett...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

@daylen - Thanks for your insight. The Myers Briggs discussion here has made me recall the Jungian theory behind that model. Like everyone else on this forum, my personality type is INTJ, and that gives you the whole NiTeFiSe functional stack. Going with this distributed theory of self, it would pro...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

On Work I've come to an interesting position with work lately where I just literally do not care about anything that happens. This is in contrast to to before where I didn't care but then also felt a lot of anxiety about being laid off/getting bad feedback. Now the anxiety is gone, and the only thi...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is programming still a valuable skill to learn?
Replies: 31
Views: 2035

Re: Is programming still a valuable skill to learn?

@ertyu - if you want "something IT," project manager is honestly probably the best role for someone with a stats/econ background. Project managers need enough technical knowledge to write up work for the software engineers to do, but they also have to understand the business/econ background so they ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is programming still a valuable skill to learn?
Replies: 31
Views: 2035

Re: Is programming still a valuable skill to learn?

Using auto-mechanics as a dated metaphor, the software engineer is the person who puts all the components together in a driveable car. They likely have little understanding of what goes on inside a given component. The components are for all intents and purposes black boxes pulled from a library or...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

On The Nature of Self This post is going to be a bit existential, but I've been thinking a lot on the nature of self lately. What got me thinking about this was my last post on how we're actually just a bunch of competing desires. In the West, we have this Homunculus Theory of Self. The Homunculus ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

@7W5 - Thanks for the clarification. That does make sense. It is essentially then the risk of overfitting the far-future, which I do think is a common problem in the FIRE community. I do know it can be easy to get focused in the "far-future" to the point that I'm missing stuff that's a little more a...
by AnalyticalEngine
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is programming still a valuable skill to learn?
Replies: 31
Views: 2035

Re: Is programming still a valuable skill to learn?

I work as a software developer, and I think that programming skills are still valuable. However, software development isn't really about knowing how to write code. I spend maybe ~2 hours a day actually writing code. Rather, software development is about managing complexity. This is why those coding ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: AE's Journal Round 4
Replies: 267
Views: 32328

Re: AE's Journal Round 4

Interesting responses, everyone. Thanks for sharing them. It's given me some food for thought. I think the reality is that realizing Progress As Myth actually changes the nature of our condition less than one might think. True, we may all die horribly, but you can also die horribly in normal circums...
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: So, is Pence in Control at the Moment?
Replies: 18
Views: 948

Re: So, is Pence in Control at the Moment?

The weird thing about giving him dex is that it's only given in severe or critical COVID cases. (Severe or critical being defined by the need for supplemental O2) His doctors did mention he was on supplemental O2 at least twice. I'd wager it's less so that he has it mildly and more that they need to...
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: GPT-3 (OpenAI's newest ginormous pre-trained transformer)
Replies: 27
Views: 2855

Re: GPT-3 (OpenAI's newest ginormous pre-trained transformer)

In other words, an AI that partially thinks like a human will significantly open up possible applications as well as potential catastrophes. I think this would be one of the most significant developments in AI that could happen. The problem is that AI that truly thinks like humans may not be possib...
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: GPT-3 (OpenAI's newest ginormous pre-trained transformer)
Replies: 27
Views: 2855

Re: GPT-3 (OpenAI's newest ginormous pre-trained transformer)

It is true AI can be used to generate mathematical proofs, but honestly the single biggest limit on AI is computational complexity. AIs tend to solve math using syntax trees or other tree structures, which grow exponentially, factorially, or worse. (See genetic programming for just one example: http...
by AnalyticalEngine
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: So, is Pence in Control at the Moment?
Replies: 18
Views: 948

Re: So, is Pence in Control at the Moment?

I think it's pretty much impossible to know what's going on right now. Note that sometimes COVID-19 can have cognitive symptoms as well. Also note that they said nothing with Borris Johnson or even Herman Cain until they had to. And with presidents like FDR, they always made sure that he was never s...