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Dec
27th
2021

Emotions as a sense for stories · 11:11am Dec 27th, 2021

In vision and hearing, the objects we work most directly with aren't the things our eyes and ears pick up. Our eyes pick up photons, and our ears pressure waves, yet our conscious mind are not quite built to work with photons and pressure waves. What actually matters, the end form of our senses, are the compositions. They're things like shapes, patterns, and words, and these things don't accurately retain information about their source. The objects you see reflect your sense of photons, but you

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Nov
29th
2021

Intelligence is... · 6:50am Nov 29th, 2021

An ability to learn important things from anyone. Let’s investigate!

When I first realized that I was too dumb to accomplish my goals, I decided to write out everything I thought I understood. On the first night, I probably wrote about 10 pages of crap, and I committed to adding more things to the document every night until I felt it was reasonably complete.

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Nov
25th
2021

Elements of persona · 2:39am Nov 25th, 2021

Recently, my mind has been on questions of persona. What constitutes a persona? How do you decompose one into its pieces? How do you put the pieces back together? How does a persona grow over the course of a life? How do people apply their intuition for personas to things that aren't people? How powerful can that intuition be? The list goes on. I think it’s worth trying to get answers to these questions even if they take a long, long time. I don’t have the answers, but I thought I’d share my

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Dec
31st
2020

The study of darkness · 8:16am Dec 31st, 2020

I’ve been thinking recently about what kinds of mathematical models could possibly be suitable for describing consciousness, and I noticed that intuitions for darkness, not brightness, lend themselves more naturally to studies.

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Sep
30th
2020

Cutie marks... Why don't we have them? · 12:58am Sep 30th, 2020

I’ve spent some time meditating on cutie marks as specifications, and I’ve learned… too much. My brain is still refactoring. The short version is that there’s a close relationship between sub-specifications and sub-systems. A lot of things follow from that simple statement. Too many things...


We’re all robots, on the inside.

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Sep
13th
2020

Cutie marks · 5:32am Sep 13th, 2020

I spend a lot of time thinking about cutie marks, and I get that that’s a little weird. Something about the concept feels idyllic, yet somehow within grasp. Cutie marks are emblematic of The Thing I feel is missing in our world of squishy humans, and the lack of them somehow feels like it’s at the root of every other important problem. No matter what the problem, it could have been solved if only the right person had found their cutie mark.

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Aug
18th
2020

Beauty is a diamond in the desert · 8:13am Aug 18th, 2020

Dear Princess Celestia,

Why is it that when one beautiful thing comes to a close, we long to create another? Does it fill the gap so that the passing might hurt a little less? Does it carry on the spirit so that the world might not miss out on quite so much? Does it anchor a tombstone so that the memory might live on?

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Aug
16th
2020

Archetypes are the formants of character · 1:53pm Aug 16th, 2020

Curiosity, in my head, is the desire to explore for the sake of growing one’s own map of the world. It feels important because explorers are willing to put themselves on the line for the sake of the map. It feels primordial in the sense that it requires trial-and-error for the sake of growing something, which reflects facets of evolution. It feels pure in the sense that it’s not meant to be decomposed as a small piece in the pursuit of some higher goal. It feels solid because curiosity, as a

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Aug
3rd
2020

Craving and will · 1:25am Aug 3rd, 2020

When I try to understand my own motivations, I generally break them down into two buckets: cravings and values. Cravings are the natural motivations, and values are the ones pulled along by conscious force.


Celestia: I love you, sister. Equestria depends on me.
Twilight: I will not let Celestia down. I want to be with my friends.

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Jul
24th
2020

Shapes and colors · 6:46am Jul 24th, 2020

I find myself fascinated by coloring problems. There must be something interesting going on if you can color the shapes in a picture just as you can color your words with emotion, or color someone with your opinions.

I think it’s worth investigating!


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