Continuing the discussion from Super Fast Super AIs [curi.us post]:
(Moving this here because maybe I shouldn’t ask this question in a thread that’s supposed to be about ET’s Super Fast Super AI’s blog post.)
Have there been topics or threads on CF that you believed you could learn from? Any examples of particular comments or conversations with CF community members where you learnt something useful, or went in expecting to learn something useful and were right/wrong about that?
From following your posts here, on curi.us, and from the FI google group, it seems like you’ve done a lot of different things in your life and put into place solutions for many different personal problems or goals, so it makes sense that you’ve had useful info or perspective to share in various contexts (as an example, this home security curi.us blog comment: Curiosity – What To Do About Coronavirus)
I’m also curious: Do you derive value from posting about what you know well? Is that fun for you, or valuable in some other way? Is it like a social dynamics kind of value of feeling respected/looked up to as a smart person etc.?
Personally from reading your posts, I did feel that kind of respect for you and thought that you had figured out a lot of cool stuff in life and were tackling big problems like solving aging for yourself or your kids. I never considered at the time that it might be a social dynamics thing or that your posts might be (unconsciously and automatically) designed to come across that way. It makes sense to me that I’d have a difficult time spotting any of that though, since I haven’t studied it.
I don’t mean this as an attack or anything negative, and me putting the respect stuff in past tense doesn’t mean I don’t still respect you. I’m pretty sure I do (edit: although I might be wrong to, but that should be clear from the following social dynamics comments and stuff), I just tried writing it in present tense and it looked weird. I was also trying to not pander and just be truthful and direct but that might be beyond my current skillset cuz maybe I have pandering/flattering people as an automated social habit whenever talking with someone I view as higher in social status or smarter or older/experienced or more accomplished or things like that.
Mostly asking because I’m curious and I might learn something about how I can handle some social dynamics stuff and spot similarly designed posts/replies in the future. I think in real life I also am drawn to people that seem smart and knowledgeable, but maybe they’re doing it more through social dynamics than real arguments/reason.