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Infinitely More β€’ 10 implied HN points β€’ 24 Feb 24
  1. With first-order logic, subtle features can help distinguish mathematical structures from similar alternatives.
  2. Different mathematical structures can be differentiated by how symbols are interpreted in each structure, revealing unique properties.
  3. Finding statements in the language of orders that are true in one structure and false in others can help distinguish mathematical structures.
The Honest Broker β€’ 26862 implied HN points β€’ 04 Nov 23
  1. The philosophy of Effective Altruism may prioritize long-term consequences over immediate actions, leading to risky ethical decisions.
  2. Analytic philosophy, specifically of the Anglo-American variety, can promote perspectives that prioritize maximizing pleasure, potentially leading to damaging outcomes.
  3. Beware of philosophical systems that justify harmful actions by focusing on a 'larger context' and be cautious of practitioners who calculate consequences before performing acts of kindness or generosity.
Egg Report β€’ 569 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. In the realm of computation, complex statements can be broken down into simple ones, reflecting a mono-causal, universalist view of reality.
  2. Projects like AI and VR are attempts to recreate intelligence and reality, each carrying metaphysical claims about the simplicity and illusory nature of complexity.
  3. Engaging with computers and writing code trains individuals to think in a certain way, guiding them towards a robotic mindset and reinforcing metaphysical assumptions.
David Friedman’s Substack β€’ 314 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Consider forming opinions on controversial issues based on evaluating arguments rather than just trusting the experts
  2. Experts may not always have expertise in all aspects of an issue, so it's important to critically evaluate their arguments and not just rely on their authority
  3. It's crucial to judge both arguments and arguers, as bias and incentives can influence the opinions of experts in controversial topics
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News from Those Nerdy Girls β€’ 314 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Ad hominem attacks insult a person's motive or character instead of addressing the content of an idea or argument.
  2. Ad hominem attacks create distrust of the individual and divert attention away from the actual issue.
  3. To combat bias from ad hominem attacks, focus on facts, recognize diversion tactics, and practice self-reflection.
Figs in Winter: New Stoicism and beyond β€’ 943 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. Stoics focused on practical philosophy of life, while Aristotle was more into theoretical inquiries.
  2. For Aristotle, a flourishing life required virtue and external goods, while for Stoics, virtue alone was sufficient.
  3. The ultimate goal of life for the Stoics was living in agreement with nature, while for Aristotle, it was a contemplative or politically involved life.
David Friedman’s Substack β€’ 260 implied HN points β€’ 29 Jan 24
  1. Words like 'exponential' and 'organic' are commonly misused with meanings different from their actual definitions.
  2. Terms like 'guarantee' and 'literally' are often used incorrectly causing confusion in communication.
  3. Understanding technical terms like 'statistically significant' is crucial to avoid misinterpretation in discussions.
SemiAnalysis β€’ 3636 implied HN points β€’ 15 Oct 23
  1. Kokusai Electric is a significant player in batch Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for thin film deposition processes in the semiconductor industry.
  2. The use of batch ALD in memory fabs is advantageous for processing high aspect ratio structures like NAND and DRAM, leading to better step coverage and film thickness control.
  3. In logic fabrication, ALD is crucial for complex structures like FinFET and 3D NAND architectures, allowing for precise deposition and enabling advancements in semiconductor technology.
Wood From Eden β€’ 804 implied HN points β€’ 23 Dec 23
  1. Philosophy is the art of clarifying concepts and finding links between them.
  2. Philosophy is similar to mathematics in that it explores relationships between concepts, just as mathematics explores relationships between numbers.
  3. Concepts in philosophy change over time, making it a field that evolves constantly unlike mathematics which is built on stable concepts.
Infinitely More β€’ 12 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. First-order predicate logic provides a formal language and semantics capable of expressing fine distinctions and shades of meaning.
  2. Understanding quantifiers, such as βˆƒ and βˆ€, is crucial in first-order logic as they allow one to make statements like 'there is an x such that Ο†' or 'every x has property Ο†.'
  3. Engaging in logic puzzles and practice can help in developing a deeper comprehension of first-order logic concepts and their applications.
Bentham's Newsletter β€’ 78 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. A detailed comparison was made between theism and naturalism with various odds ratios considered.
  2. The conclusion presented was that theism is significantly more plausible than naturalism, with a ratio of 468,000.
  3. The importance of evidence, arguments, and priors in determining the probability of theism was emphasized.
Pryor Questions β€’ 336 implied HN points β€’ 13 Dec 23
  1. In the movie Labyrinth, there is a logic puzzle involving two guards, two doors, and a choice between truth and lies.
  2. To solve the puzzle, Sarah can ask one guard what the other guard would say, then choose the opposite door.
  3. This puzzle is a version of the Knights and Knaves problem, where one guard always tells the truth and the other always lies.
Classical Wisdom β€’ 2181 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jun 23
  1. Aristotle distinguishes between luck and chance, pointing out that luck involves events that occur unexpectedly without necessity or regularity.
  2. Luck requires conscious decisions and human intent, while chance is simply a coincidental occurrence without purpose.
  3. Understanding luck and chance can lead to philosophical questions about the universe and our existence.
Good Reason β€’ 226 implied HN points β€’ 13 Dec 23
  1. Regardless of how well you know a situation, remember your knowledge is just a map and not reality itself.
  2. Be cautious of projecting your biases onto situations to force them to fit your preconceived notions.
  3. Acknowledging and being aware of your own potential biases can help prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations.
Autodidact Obsessions β€’ 4 implied HN points β€’ 17 Feb 24
  1. Aaron Lee's Master Framework explores the relationship between language and logic through his First Axiom, emphasizing the potentiality of language and how it evolves into actual meanings through various logical systems.
  2. The integration of Aaron Lee's Axiom with advanced logical systems like non-monotonic logic, mereology, fuzzy logic, quantum logic, paraconsistent logic, and substructural logic offers a structured model for understanding linguistic semantics and the transition from potential to actual meanings.
  3. The Master Formula resulting from this integration showcases the dynamic nature of belief revision, compositional insights, gradations of truth, probabilistic potential meanings, tolerance for contradictions, and contextual sensitivity, providing deeper insight into the complexities of language and semantics.
Autodidact Obsessions β€’ 4 implied HN points β€’ 15 Feb 24
  1. The author worked on the discussed problems for 30 years, gaining a deep understanding before diving into specific terminology.
  2. Understanding the jargon allowed the author to quickly progress in relating logical paradigms to philosophical problems.
  3. Nesting the conceptual framework inside pragmatic empiricism produced similar results, while nesting pragmatic empiricism within the framework expanded capabilities.
Autodidact Obsessions β€’ 4 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. This paper integrates various philosophic theories on language with systems like Kripke Semantics, Quantum Logic, and Mereology, encompassing all languages and symbolic logical systems.
  2. Aaron Lee's First Axiom suggests that until language is used, words exist in a state of quantum possibility, lacking fixed meanings, which challenges traditional views of semantics.
  3. The comprehensive integration of Lee's Axiom with advanced logical systems could potentially revolutionize fields like AI and computational linguistics by offering a universal framework for solving complex problems.
Fake NoΓ»s β€’ 301 implied HN points β€’ 16 Sep 23
  1. Assumption is a common error where people quickly believe something with little evidence.
  2. Dogmatism is the resistance to changing beliefs, even in the face of evidence.
  3. To avoid assumption, consider alternatives, objections, empirical tests, and listen to different perspectives. To combat dogmatism, question your beliefs and avoid dogmatic techniques like ignoring contrary evidence and appealing only to your belief system.
Figs in Winter: New Stoicism and beyond β€’ 805 implied HN points β€’ 27 Mar 23
  1. Logic and science played a big part in leading the author to leave Christianity
  2. Encountering philosophical teachings and critical thinking in school reinforced the doubts about religion
  3. The concepts of transubstantiation and the Trinity were key factors that ultimately caused the author to walk away from Catholicism
Eurykosmotron β€’ 353 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jul 23
  1. Good guys are likely to win and open-mindedness prevails over closed-mindedness across the multiverse.
  2. Prosocial communities are smarter and better at problem-solving than communities of distrustful individuals.
  3. In a diverse and open environment, good and open-minded agents are more likely to prevail and positively influence society.
Autodidact Obsessions β€’ 1 HN point β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Language exists in a quantum state of potential meanings until words are used, altering their semantic intentions.
  2. The application of words changes language from potential to actual, solidifying their meanings into rigid semantic intentions.
  3. A mereological framework views language as a whole composed of parts (words) and considers the relationships between these parts both before and after their usage.