Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mass delusion vs. mass hallucination; the former is common while the latter is impossible

Definition: A delusion is an incorrect belief. A “belief” is an assessment of a statement with a truth value based on anecdotal evidence. For example, I believe that gravity will cause a thrown rock to return to the ground. This … Continue reading

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Here’s some music

Sorry no post etc. Supposedly it’s djent. Sounds like screamo with euphonic melodic riffs on top, but when you look at the tabs it seems to have very strong elements of thrash in the rhythm guitar. Surprisingly intricate and difficult- … Continue reading

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“Weight of evidence”, or why internally consistent theories that explain more are more likely to be true

This post is dedicated to Edenist Whackjob because he’s having trouble with this idea and I haven’t been able to keep up with all his comments. Also he is the best example of “massive lateral thinking” that I’ve ever seen … Continue reading

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Stress habituation and raising the perceptual ceiling, version 0.1 (Alpha)

I went for a walk yesterday and it started to rain. I was listening to an action-packed audiobook and didn’t much mind. Afterward I realized I was very cold. I took a hot shower, and immediately had this idea. Now, … Continue reading

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The plural of anecdote *IS* data

Data is just a bunch of anecdotes that we decided are similar enough to put in the same category. Why do people insist on the opposite statement? “The plural of anecdote is not data.” Bah! That is the opposite of … Continue reading

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Proof: log10 of 2 is irrational

I don’t know if this is an original idea, but regardless I’m quite proud of myself for coming up with it. I think it’s very clever. This will be a proof by contradiction. Suppose, to the contrary, that log10 of … Continue reading

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Bounded cognition is the other half of confidence and NLP

I apologize in advance. This is not a very good post. Still posting it though. Bounded cognition is a term taken from Stephen Hsu. I was thinking about why people regularly get offended when I state certain sorts of facts. … Continue reading

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