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bio website atmos.uw.edu/~akchen0
location Seattle, WA
age 94
visits member for 2 years, 7 months
seen Jun 25 at 17:57

Feel free to stalk my Internet name(s) if you wish - it's how I make most of my closest contacts these days. Just note that I don't really believe in social constructs when they get in the way of satisficing (or in the way of my goal of learning as much as possible).

Don't take anything I say/do too seriously. A lot of the things I do (that may look weird/stupid on the outside) are the types of things that help me adjust my posterior probability of various things - especially low probability events.Sometimes I hit on a jackpot/very interesting idea. I'm kind of messy since it helps facilitate creative destruction.

I have a lot of respect for all of the sciences. Tactically, I'm developing heuristics for rationality, impartiality, anti-laziness, and creation+identification+searching for what's relevant+reliable. Strategically, I just want to learn everything.

A lot of my thought processes involve my creating new hypotheses and refuting them on my own. I still document the thought process since it's important and may be important for future "true" hypotheses.


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comment Can intense multitasking improve fluid intelligence/working memory?
Added another link, and added the part about using a cellphone while driving a car. Regarding the Starcraft II relationship - someone from LessWrong says something very similar (lesswrong.com/lw/6sj/experience_with_dual_nback/4jme) and I'd like to see that investigated more rigorously.
Jan
22
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22
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Jan
21
comment Beyond a certain level, is reading comprehension affected more by psychological intuition than by verbal intelligence?
Very good points. And yeah - it's probably true - most reading comprehension passages are small, so they don't involve complex psychological issues that you'd see in, say, a longer book.
Jan
21
accepted Beyond a certain level, is reading comprehension affected more by psychological intuition than by verbal intelligence?
Jan
20
comment Are IQ tests “biased” against individuals with Asperger's Syndrome?
I actually suspect, though, that the lower-than-average IQ Aspies simply get diagnosed with autism instead, which could explain why Aspies have higher-than-average IQs. In fact, I suspect that this might be a major reason why they're considering merging Asperger's Syndrome with high-functioning autism in the DSM-V.
Jan
20
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20
asked Is it possible to measure the working memory of a non-human animal?
Jan
20
revised What do the super-large brains of whales and elephants map to?
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20
revised What is the effect of ADD/ADHD on performance variability on cognitive tests over time?
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Jan
20
comment Is there a practical limit to the amount of knowledge a human can learn?
Knowledge across all domains. I'm particularly interested in if interference is greater for domain specific knowledge than for knowledge across all domains.
Jan
20
accepted What are the effects of implanting electrodes into the brains of monkeys?
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20
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20
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20
revised Are end-stage Alzheimer's patients still conscious?
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20
revised Is the decline of fluid IQ with age less severe for professors and scientists than it is for other people?
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