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September 07, 2008


Holy crap, no way. Tell me you post on the rudius media message board. That would be so awesome. If you do, what is your user name?

"I have known more people whose lives have been ruined by getting a Ph.D. in physics than by drugs."
-- Jonathan I. Katz

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
--Ernest Hemingway

#4 should be on the back cover of Dennett's 'Consciousness Explained'. Also reminds me 'you don't give the AI the code, the AI is the code.'

Eliezer, have you read any Iain M Banks? You should have a look at Feersum Endjinn. From what I've seen you write about fantasy novels it's right up your street.

Regarding that Ph.D. essay: Jobs in academia are scarce. What kind of demand is there in industry for a science Ph.D.? I imagine the demand for people with a biology or chemistry Ph.D. would be larger than physics, as most people who do physics for a living are called "engineers" and are trained accordingly.

@Lowly, alas, no. I just collect these in passing.

@Ben Jones, I've read quite a bit of Banks but not Feersum Endjinn.

@RU & Doug S.

You know I sent that physics quote around to my quant friends and I must say there was much nervous giggling, weeping, gnashing of teeth, and then finally smiles of revenge. Even with subprime. Here at my office alone we have 6 quants and I can tell you they enjoy the $$$,$$$. Because living like a monk at CERN can suck.

That doesn't mean that they don't miss "the Great Work that Shines in Beauty" as one self-employed quant, formerly of Sandia, told me. But he enjoys being able to afford great seats at the symphony and playing as much Go as he pleases.

Re: Misanthropic's quote

The internet is a modern human's greatest tool. Use it wisely and you can read thousands of books free, take hundreds of college courses free, find instructions to do almost anything under the sun, and learn about anything you desire instantly. Use it unwisely and you will find a distraction far more potent than television.

we are thoughts

If we were thoughts then we should not be able to perceive them.

I've been trying to find the Rationality quotes n.8 without succes. Most probably it is just one more case of my lack of searching skills but, anyhow, can you help me?

Thomas: As I understand the quote, we do not perceive them. The machinery does. Then we are the thoughts it thinks about those thoughts.

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