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Religion for the Nonreligious - Wait But Why
Religion for the Nonreligious

The mind is certainly its own cosmos. — Alan Lightman

You go to school, study hard, get a degree, and you’re pleased with yourself. But are you wiser?

You get a job, achieve things at the job, gain responsibility, get paid more, move to a better company, gain even more responsibility, get paid even more, rent an apartment with a parking spot, stop doing your own laundry, and you buy one of those $9 juices where the stuff settles down to the bottom. But are you happier?

You do all kinds of life things—you buy groceries, read articles, get haircuts, chew things, take out the trash, buy a car, brush your teeth, shit, sneeze, shave, stretch, get drunk, put salt on things, have sex with someone, charge your laptop, jog, empty the dishwasher, walk the dog, buy a couch, close the curtains, button your shirt, wash your hands, zip your bag, set your alarm, fix your hair, order lunch, act friendly to someone, watch a movie, drink apple juice, and put a new paper towel roll on the thing.

But as you do these things day after day and year after year, are you improving as a human in a meaningful way?
religion  meaning  of  Life 
6 days ago
Multi-Armed Bandits, Conjugate Models and Bayesian Reinforcement Learning | Eigenfoo
Let’s talk about Bayesianism. It’s developed a reputation (not entirely justified, but not entirely unjustified either) for being too mathematically sophisticated or too computationally intensive to work at scale.
statistics  multi-armed  bandit  algorithms  AI 
11 weeks ago
Multi-Armed Bandits
"Analysis of Thompson Sampling for the multi-armed bandit problem."
statistics  multi-armed  bandits  algorithms  AI 
11 weeks ago
The amyloid hypothesis on trial
The amyloid hypothesis on trial
As the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease continues to stumble, is it time for researchers to broaden their list of the condition’s potential causes?
amyloid  Alzheimer’s 
july 2018
Life is Short
Life is short, as everyone knows. When I was a kid I used to wonder about this. Is life actually short, or are we really complaining about its finiteness? Would we be just as likely to feel life was short if we lived 10 times as long?
philosophy  life  short  kids  bullshit  Paul  Graham  HN  YC  YCombinator 
april 2018
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