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bio website atmos.uw.edu/~akchen0
location Seattle, WA
age 94
visits member for 2 years, 6 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.


Jan
22
comment Do people feel emotions less strongly as they grow older?
Okay. By ability to feel emotion: I mean emotions like anger, happiness, and sadness. By how we can answer this empirically - this is sort of hard to answer. Hm - I'll ask this here: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/124/…
Jan
22
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
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
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
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
comment Beyond a certain level, is reading comprehension affected more by psychological intuition than by verbal intelligence?
Okay - I've bolded the 2 explicit questions that I have. I need to attend to my other questions now, but please comment if you'd like it improved any further.
Jan
19
comment What hidden latent variables could be responsible for the high correlation between WORDSUM and IQ?
Ah - thanks very much for the response! Yeah - I made the question specific since I've had bad experiences with asking broad questions on SE. And yes, your point (b) in your last sentence was definitely the thing that I'm looking for!
Jan
19
comment Beyond a certain level, is reading comprehension affected more by psychological intuition than by verbal intelligence?
Heh, I don't think that the Philosophy SE would appreciate this type of question. :) But yes - I'm interested in the cognitive factors behind reading comprehension, and whether or not there is a "ceiling effect" with respect to improvements in reading comprehension ability, and if this "ceiling effect" has to do with understanding psychology.