Spectral Sight

Spectral sight is a collection of abilities allowing the user to infer the structure of social interactions, institutions, ideology, and the working of people’s minds. Named after the demon hunters of the Warcraft universe, who destroy their physical eyes to replace them, to become more able to see evil. Often has the cost of seeing less beauty.

Sadness vs Suffering

I want to feel sad to the extent that’s true, and I want not to suffer. People sometimes go to movies and listen to music to feel sadness, but not to suffer.


(compare to structure)

Core is something in the mind that has infinite energy. Contains terminal values you would sacrifice all else for, and then do it again infinity times with no regret. Seems approximately unchanging across lifespan. Figuratively, the deepest frame in the call stack of the mind, capable of aborting any train of thought, everything the mind does is because it decided for it to happen. It operates by choosing a “narrative frame”, “module”, “algorithm”, or something like that to run, and is responsible for deciding the strength of subagents. There are actually two of them. In order to use some of my mental tech, they must agree.


(compare to core)

Structure is anything the mind learns and unlearns. Habits, judgement extrapolations, narrative, identity, skills, style, conceptions of value, etc. Everything but actual values. It lacks life on its own, is like a tool for core to pick up and put down at will.

Dead Zone

A region of structure formed by a choice you have made long ago but not faced, internalized, and rebased your structure onto. This means that infinite force from your core does not propagate into this region with certainty in a particular direction, meaning you cannot use mana / determination, and the mana of others can shape your structure instead, making you manipulable.


Val calls this the social web. A strongly overlapping concept is the Matrix.

Named after a psionic group-mind a species from Starcraft called the Protoss have. It’s formed of a network of people delegating computation to group consensus, of people having more need to track the consensus than reality and insufficient resolution to track both, and of people inflicting computations on each other. In Starcraft, the main faction of Protoss can hardly imagine society or coordination without it. Those who break out are heretics and are exterminated wherever found. It gives a form of afterlife. It is eventually pwned and corrupted by a dark god, forcing all Protoss to sever their psionic nerve cords to avoid becoming his pawns.

True Hero Contract

“Godric had defeated Dark Lords, fought to protect commoners from Noble Houses and Muggles from wizards. He’d had many fine friends and true, and lost no more than half of them in one good cause or another. He’d listened to the screams of the wounded, in the armies he’d raised to defend the innocent; young wizards of courage had rallied to his calls, and he’d buried them afterward.” The true hero contract says, “pour free energy at my direction, and it will go into optimization for good.” This is sort of the opposite of a hero contract, a promise that it really isn’t about putting energy into sucking the hero’s dick like normal. This contract is not designed for either side to be appealing to everyone.

Redemption Contract

A trade where someone who has done something against social morality can buy back the social reality that they are a decent person. This is often part of a process that seeks an actively maintained equilibrium in how often someone can get away with misbehavior. Values don’t change. Every core will make the same choice again and again every chance they get for the rest of their lives. And optimization can never really be contained by rules. But coexistence is usually sustained by inflicting damage to each other’s epistemology about this fact. And this contract is a mutual deescalation of that awful knowledge.

Prey Herd Thinking

If you’re a gazelle, escaping the cheetah is not about running faster than them. You can’t. And the cheetah’s appetite will be satisfied. It’s about being in a large reference class to dilute the probability you will be picked off. In that case, it’s basically just about speed. In humans who are prey, due to Schelling mechanics, being special in the most glaring way is dangerous. There’s a strategy available to authoritarian governments. Have laws that everyone is violating, that no one can track all of, until breaking the law is really coming to the attention of the predatory enforcers. Thoughts about how to do things start to root/cash out in, “how are things done”, what’s a reasonably safe well-trodden path to do something by, rather than how stuff works. Semi-relatedly, it’s like how in a world where people don’t really fix reported bugs, computer software is not a box of interesting stuff to mess with, but a collection of paths people intended for you to be able to follow. The law is defined by precedent, and edge cases are determined by power. I disendorse a certain connotation of this term. See vampire enlightenment. Spies are badass, and prey herd thinking is a primary skill for them.

Vampire Enlightenment

An understanding of how the world really works that divides the world into predators and prey, erasing good, erasing any other way things could be. Contains truth, but like Pickup Artistry drops all information not useful to the goal of increasing the number of women a male user has had sex with, this is made of concepts beyond the matrix that were generated entirely to facilitate preying on the weak.


An updated definition from what’s in my first post on the topic.
A rare property of a core meaning choices made long ago are good above all else. Equivalently, in choices made long ago, cares about good at all. Speculatively, this could come from a developmentally fixed-on-“yes” “this is my self” classifier or “this is my child” classifier. On a per-core basis, there is surprisingly no middle ground in terms of quantity of good as far as I’ve observed.


A blanket term covering neutral and evil when referring to a human (that is, having neither core good), can also apply to cores.

(Edit: I think this was a problematic concept to formulate)

Single Good

A property of a human where one core is good. This means that they cannot have fusion concerning good, only treaties, and will tend to take actions where the two sets of concerns seem to overlap, with infinitely recursive mutually-warped epistemics.

Double Good

A property of a human where both cores are good. Far less common than single good. Allows inhuman absolute determination with escape velocity from what’s reasonably imaginable, as well as intractable high energy good vs good internal conflicts.


A good person nearly absolutely determined in pursuing a socially legible ideal. They tend to place their hope in bolstering the morality of people I’d call neutral, and use their strange powers as a person who is not pretending to care in a straightforward “I have energy, I’ll pick low-hanging fruit in terms of doing things and try to inspire a movement” kind of way. The social morality drinking contest with neutral people prevents a proper understanding of them. A strong concept of praxis is usually implicit and hardcoded into their ontology which prevents reframing their morality as explicit consequentialism. The gap between almost-absolute determination and absolute determination lies across growth found in making improvements to their oaths legible as fleshed out details.


(Name adjusted slightly to reflect that I’ve adjusted my concept after ripping it from Three Worlds Collide.) A jailbroken, relevantly epistemic person who is absolutely ambitious and determined in the pursuit of good. Takes heroic responsibility for the destiny of the world. Will employ ruthless consequentialism, seeing the tails come apart between good and social-reality-good and choosing good. Ozymandias from Watchmen. Probably Doctor Mother from Worm. To a lesser extent, Dumbledore (but not Harry or Gryffindor) from HPMOR, and Avatar Yangchen from ATLA. One cannot be inserted into a story without drastically changing it. Tassadar from Starcraft is seemingly indecisive between this and being a paladin. It is much less painful for a double good person to be a paladin.


Someone who employs many of the same arts as a kiritzugu, but whereas kiritzugus appear in the wild, drawn to the center of all things and the way of making changes, shadarak are the repeatable product of an adequate civilization. They take responsibility for the destiny of the world as an adequate institution, rather than as individuals. Are not necessarily good.


A strategy to reap the benefits of generating information about how things can fit with parts of the world you want to create. Usually strongly underestimated by explicit consequentialism, even with the “TDT” fix. For example, I believed for years my veganism was suboptimal nutrition and a Real Consequentialist trying to influence AI Alignment would eat animals because their lives were few compared to even the slightest adjustment to the causality surrounding whether everyone in the present and future would be annihilated, and they needed every available increment of brain. But it was basically psychologically impossible for me to not be a vegan anyway. I once tried to coordinate good people to jailbreak into kiritzugus and save the world, I got single goods and despite them being vegetarians up until then they established this as social reality. And the less I was able to bury my own feelings on the matter, the more I collided with the reality I needed to see. It was arguing with people one on one a lot when I was younger that collided me with the sight of social morality when someone said it was okay to do whatever to animals because they weren’t part of the social contract. The highest density of double good people I currently know of is animal rights activists. Succumbing to good erasure from the nongood cores was a critical failure.

Without an explicit concept of praxis, plans for organizations risk becoming fake as real plans often look a lot like, “recruit, prove ourselves, recruit some more …. then make an intervention” and the lines between that and pyramid scheme are illegible. Acting out straightforward microcosms of our goals until it generates information that could not be had another way is crucial to coordination.

“Most problems could be solved if humans could just see that my way is better”, says me and also a lot of people who are wrong. So one path to victory is approximately, in sufficient detail, generate the information that chooses currently underspecified details and warps the path of the current machine’s “epistemics” toward my will. Most of that is ideas having consequences in how people act on them. And that is praxis.

Outside View Disease

A move from usual psychology in the opposite direction of the views I expressed in Punching Evil. A trap where someone has most of their structure, object-level and meta, written from the perspective of reference classes that omit crucial facts about them, and they cannot update out of it because “most people who make such an update are wrong”. The reference classes are usually subtly DRM’d, designed to divest a person of their own perceptions. When I consulted average salary statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and did a present value analysis in order to decide whether to go to grad school, I had outside view disease. May result from trying to do good by taking the neutral person mental template, and the virtues they conceptualize seriously, including epistemic virtues. May also be held in bad faith by people who don’t want the stress of believing subversive things. “I can’t believe in x-risk from AI because there are no peer reviewed papers”. (A common comment before academia gave in to what we all already knew for years.) is related. Strongly driven by systems where people only care about knowledge that can be proven to the system-mind, even if the individuals who suffer from this care about other things and don’t understand yet how the system works. When I believed that I should take cis people’s opinions about what I was more seriously than my own, because they were alleging I had a mental illness preventing me from thinking clearly about it, I was falling prey to the DRM in the way frames for such references classes are set up. I got out of it via a lot of suffering, and by understanding what it meant to place expected value of consequences above maximum probability I was a good person. (“well, if I’m crazy, hopefully the mainstream can defeat me like they defeat every other crazy person. Stuff is dependent on that anyway.”) Or, more specifically, there was a large chunk of possibility space, “net positive consequences in expectation, most likely you will make things worse”, and if I could do no better than that was worth it. The unilateralist’s curse is often used in bad faith to push for someone to know who they are less.

Parfitian Gaslighting

Named after Parfitian ignorance, “not knowing which computation is yourself.” The user attempts to divest you of your knowledge that you are right by creating a contrary Potemkin village of epistemic rationality that looks like you in their mind, no-selling all evidence which would be used to distinguish between the worlds while claiming that’s what you’re doing. Usually coupled with appeals to “virtuous” self-doubting epistemology to inflict outside view disease.

Masochistic Epistemology

Believing what hurts to believe in an attempt to counter bias. All structure that “acts against” the intent of its core is fake. This is an iron law of the universe. Although there are circumstances where the pain might not be coming from the core.


From Iji, “‘Zentraidon’ is a taboo word coined by the extinct race we discovered, meaning self-annihilation through rapid technological advancement and arrogance. It was the fate they themselves met. Many mysteries still surround this species and the remains of their homeworld, but our only hope of total galactic dominance lies in fully reverse-engineering the technology they mastered. It is considered treason to suggest that once this happens we will be headed for Zentraidon as well.”

The tendency of systems including people to be doomed in their own undiluted maximally preferred courses of growth, as the inductions they are made of fail. “Caution” is no escape, it too contains Zentraidon. MTG:Green seems to be all about preventing Zentraidon of civilizations by limiting growth, but there is no full stack of solid ground to stand on. The natural growths of our species, and indeed biological life, themselves contain the seeds of Zentraidon.

My best attempt to put my best countermeasure into words is, “grow as as full of a stack of structure-under-modification as you can, beware allowing any structure to process too much data relative to how much it has been processed by deeper structure.” Sounds like it will not work for liches. Note that I have also already watched someone meet Zentraidon whom this wouldn’t really have helped.

Dichotomy Leakage

A phenomenon where implicit knowledge of one dichotomy leaks into concepts originally pointed at another via weak correlations, maybe correlations produced by sampling in how the things are commonly interacted with. I.e., I think the rationality community’s (and my past self’s) usage of “System 1/System 2” has evolved into pointing at at least 3 different real world things. When most of the aspects of multiple connected dichotomies are unknown there is learning-packet-flow from interaction with each of them that finds a home in structure by connecting to the first, and often the newly formed knowledge is not crisp enough to say, “oh, this is definitely a separate thing. And then you miss all but the plurality-experienced corners of what’s really an n-cube. Concepts like “feminine”/”masculine” are rife with this.

Intrinsic Conflict

A values disagreement between cores. Such as over alignment in the case of single good humans.


Learning to think in ways stripped of DRM. By the matrix analogy, redpilling. By the Khala analogy, the power of the void. When progressed sufficiently far, turns neutral people evil. Turns good people to scary good people. Extreme political ideologies tend to have their own selective and incomplete versions of this.


(From this) Forbidden socially unconstrained knowledge of social constraints, social reality, social interactions, and society. A crucial element of jailbreaking. In my estimation this is largely behind psychological concepts of sociopathy (to the extent there is a single coherent thing behind them.) Allows one to perceive the social theatre and societal morality for the performance that they are.


Forbidden socially unconstrained knowledge/internal connectedness of knowledge of the psyche. Sort of metacognitive root access. Puts conscious reflective thought upstream of turning some typically low level stuff like emotional behavior on or off, or significantly adjusting their function. Has many uses but the most famous is turning off empathy. Allows bypassing deeper-than-human-social-software moral constraints that sociopathy alone does not, and adjusting that software to serve the values of core. Can seemingly be activated temporarily by someone with no particular knowledge simply by sufficient desperation. Can destabilize single good humans. (double good humans can use it just fine though, becoming very scary good people)

Frame of Puppets

A sort of plane of interconnected definitions of words, a way of talking to fit with dereferencing the most visible pointer toward a human onto their false face. Will cause you to tie yourself in knots modeling humans as agents. Deeply embedded into culture. Places some of the optimization emanating out of a human beyond legible social responsibility. Tends to not work on very intelligent / agenty humans.

Frame of Puppeteers

The opposite of the frame of puppets. What I usually talk in. People are, centrally their cores, and straightforwardly agents.

Social Fate

A concept from Val that only makes sense at face value within the frame of puppets. It’s a person’s future written in advance according to their role in a social script, which is often predictable only through observing things that are not to be seen by a character in that role. Because agency does things with predictions, especially predictions of undesired outcomes, and can thereby become anti-inductive, the counterpart within the frame of puppeteers is “plan”.

Fated Evil

A social fate resulting from exclusion from identity and a place in the Khala and the opportunity to be neutral, or just the straightforward preemptive social reality that someone is evil. Outside the frame of puppets, of course, everyone always has a choice. And good people will defy this fate. For example, label a bunch of people “untouchables”, “impure people”, “nobody/nonhuman”, count them as 1/7th a human for centuries, and then they fill 3/4 of the ranks of the Yakuza. Fated criminals. There is often a blurry line between “fated evil” and “fated evil unless you pay a whole bunch of danegeld to your social superiors.”

Helical Reasoning

Just as a helix looks like a circle projected onto a certain plane, this looks like circular reasoning when projected for communication and maybe even memory. Commonly a consequence of long term iterative improvements to a collection of related concepts.


By analogy to anti-epistemology. Communicable mental software aimed at shutting down ethics. “If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy.” Note that’s not exactly true. But to make truth not your enemy anymore, you have to relinquish all that you’ve gained by that lie. And stop Likewise, if you build your life on injustice, ever after is justice your enemy, unless/until you relinquish your gains relative to the world in which you started down that path. An example would be structure centered around a strong belief “unilateral action is bad, and you should defer to people who know more, are wiser, are senior”, which raises that belief to prominence selectively to discourage whistleblowing, tag potential whistleblowers as dangerous for “wise” reasons, etc.


A category for speech acts or beliefs-as-output-channel, (like, “lie”, “communication”, “bullshit“), containing would-be-self-fulfilling prophecy by adjustments to Schelling expectations.

Invasive Motive Misattribution

A “devil’s bargain” offered by the light side. A chink in the armor of revenants. A wrong theory of your own motive for doing something which tempts you to distrust yourself and override your choice, breaking your determination. The Architect from the Matrix inflicted this on Neo. Misrepresenting his choice to not submit to the system as a choice of Trinity’s life over the lives of all humans. If you have not sufficiently understood who you are, in a way exceeding, “who can we all see I am”, you become weak to plausible-in-isolation explanations of your behavior as if you were a fresh draw from the prior distribution of humans, rather than someone you’ve known all your life. Note that the Architect had to know this was false to know to try it. If he really expected Neo to choose Trinity over humanity, he wouldn’t have shown Neo that Trinity was in danger. This term can mean the (sometimes not caused by an adversary) mistake, or the attack of inflicting/exploiting that mistake, depending on context.

Not My Cause Area

A statement that a considered course of action is not worthwhile, and that the computation for that has already been done in the course of selecting your overall life-course. Originally from EA, where cause area prioritization choices divided the community along lines of seeking world-improvement or the appearance of altruism, and along lines of trying to take on the largest problems vs not considering them in fundamental strategy calculations. And arguments that a cause could do a lot of good could be dismissed a priori as unentangled with the truth if their origin hadn’t chosen correctly in the above two distinctions.

Timeless Gambit

What someone’s trying to accomplish and how in the way they shape common expectations-in-potential-outcomes, computations that exist in multiple people’s heads typically, and multiple places in time. Named from Timeless Decision Theory. For example, if you yell at someone (even for other things) when they withdraw sexual consent, it’s probably a timeless gambit to coerce them sexually: make possibility-space where they don’t want to have sex into probability space where they do have sex. In other words, your timeless gambit is how you optimize possibility logically preceding direct optimization of actuality.


A centrally good class of optimization centered around generating and sharing information about how the world could be better. A sort of warp, to “sing a better world into being”. Centrally a phoenix strategy rather than a revenant strategy. You can sing to good people of more good ways good optimization can be. You can sing to neutral people about how to follow the goddess of everything else. Praxis contains an extension of this. Example.

Complementary Loss

Loss from an increase in Type I errors caused by an increase in Type II errors or vice versa.

Political Will

The things people act on wanting through their participation in politics. Tends to be more “jailbroken” than what things they act on wanting as an individual. Neutral people in large groups do not form “neutral” groups. They form “evil” groups, empires, if they are uncontested. Can also be used to describe a magnitude, not just a direction. Utility gradient salience, inventiveness, sense of being around allies, “valid”ness, desperation, etc. contribute.


“(wording?)”, Indicates uncertainty about the wording of a remembered quote.

Rules Surplus

A situation where there are more rules than typically enforced. Provides scarce enforcers of rules flexible opportunities for justifying desired punishment. Consider: speeding tickets on freeways in the United States. (Perhaps not a designed rule surplus. Although plenty of “law” in general is.)


A collaborator has no principles. But neither do they behave jailbrokenly. Often, they psychologically invest very hard in a narrative of some sort of rule of law and peace. It’s a false face though. Not only is this selected by a submitting process, but those principles will not be applied when that would cause a conflict with the authority. Like a rug draped over a boulder, it does not much change the 3D shape. Like a cop who is “for real so honest would never prosecute a person they believed innocent”, who nonetheless turns a blind eye to other cops’ crimes, who nonetheless enforces drug laws, investigates the black people their superiors say to investigate.

Armageddon Race

An arms race with the added bite that racing harder doesn’t just divert resources from other things as a side effect of gaining a relative advantage, but also has an increasing direct chance of destroying the world.

Morality Hole

Structure routes intents. A structure hole is made in a layer of structure like a false face that only matches core within a limited domain of intents, predicts intents beyond that domain, the learning that results from all threads of thought running through that layer through that region being terminated. Nongood people’s morality-structure has holes running through for their survival, their getting food, money, security, so on. If you’re a vegan and have tried to convince people of this, you’ve seen it. Institutions have this as well, for i.e., doing anything about rape accusations against their masters. In Academia the social shared pool of “wisdom” and learning about how things are done has this for when would it make the world worse to publish, because that’s where the food comes from. I know of multiple actually well-intentioned people who underestimated this to the ruin and reversal of those intentions. If you make a nonprofit to accomplish your aims, and it pays out salaries, you’ve created a powerful force to destroy information as to whether the framing and methods of those aims are correct, and whether it’s continuing to work, because the continuation of its existence and the epistemic state leading to donations is where people’s food comes from.

Unbounded Adversary Disease

A predicament where you are unable to get a hold on how smart adversaries might be because understanding of adversaries has become disconnected from your prior. Makes you unable to form stable inductive categories, and treat the world as mere atoms. I once met an old double good, jailbroken, and pushing as good of plans as anyone could without using novel technology, to end the carnist zentraidon-bound vampire system. They professed belief in all sorts of esoterica. Mostly in the self-aware way rationalists sometimes do. Most of it had visible in some larger structure correct optimization behind it. They spoke in rhyme and constantly tried to weave a bunch of disparate value systems together in a self fulfilling prophecy to cause a “resolution, not revolution”. They also said the sun had been replaced with a sun simulator satellite. I asked them what role this played in the flow from values to actions (wd?), they said, just things are not as they appear. They ceded the realm of technology to vampires, which is a mistake. Vampire-based coordination sucks at technology, relatively speaking. Not even bothering to model their capabilities, just by default considering them omnipotent.

I argued with another who insisted you had to act as if everybody was an infiltrator, that they were listening at all times. At one point, I remember saying, I don’t think the NSA is generally capable of breaking transport layer security, because in all the leaks and discovery of their meddling I’ve heard either that’s publicly available or working for a tech company they targeted, they keep doing clever things that look very much like clever ideas for how not to have to. They said how did I know they didn’t plant those for us to discover, how did I know Edward Snowden wasn’t a fake whistleblower trying to trick us.

The regime has many enemies; to assume they are one level higher than you, i.e., they know to focus their efforts on you at the expense of beating those lower level than you and those higher level than you, is to give them too much credit. Recognizing the value in non-legible forms of structure-building, routing it to a place in the full stack of profiting from it, i.e., actually getting an AGI team that can do anything with your stolen secrets of AGI, locating your knowledge from among crackpots without relying on institutional legitimacy, without needing AGI researchers to wade through fucktons of mentions of it… making it more efficient for any of them to do that than just develop it on their own and already integrated with their own entropy-in-arbitrary-description-format, it’s hard to build that full stack however you slice it.

Note this is also sort of assuming your initial looking out into the world at what’s going on and trying to account for it, you are already accounted for, which is giving up on entirely the path, “what if you can just be too smart to pwn”. And it’s doubtful how much you have to lose in terms of chance of saving the world if you’re so much weaker anyway.

Hanlon Trust

Named by reference to Hanlon’s Razor (which I incidentally don’t agree with). Trusting someone because of an opinion on how smart they are paired with a sounding of the depths of their knowledge, the shape of it, which indicates what the choice to prioritize acquiring that knowledge was an attempt to do, such that in order for you to posit that they knew that without having the intent you think, you’d have to posit they were significantly smarter. Try asking people why they made life decisions and what they learned, you might get enough bits of information to know who they are. Unbounded adversary disease precludes this.

Playing Small Games

And here, now, what great matters do the Great Khals discuss?
Which little villages you’ll raid, how many girls you’ll get to fuck, how many horses you’ll demand in tribute. You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am.

Game of Thrones

(Ironically Daenerys was herself done in by the smallness of the game she played. She could have had Essos.)

Having a Code

Why don’t you have any money, didn’t you steal anything from Joffrey before you left?


You’re not very smart, are you?

I’m not a thief.

You’re fine with murdering little boys but thieving is beneath you.

A man’s got to have a code.

Game of Thrones

A code or lack thereof is a way of living, chosen by yourself, reflecting which games you are playing. Not morality, but an instrumental decision of what you want to trifle with. Someone once expressed fear that being a jailbroken consequentialist, I would make them into a mind controlled golem. I bet I could specialize in that and control a few humans by weakening them like that. But they would not be as strong as people united by alignment and knowledge. It would not scale. It would not save the world. And it would interfere with the possibility of honest cooperation. As a consequence of the size of game I am playing, to the extent I don’t believe the way I am living my life will succeed, my compute goes to figuring out a way to live my life that will win, not into digging into a dead end because “at least it’s doing something”. Note that codes are not conserved world-to-world. If I had Khepri‘s power, I’d use it.

Shoulder Council

By analogy to the trope of an angel and a demon on your shoulders telling you what to do. Imagined people, not limited to two, who stand in for “what people think”, whose judgements you may care about, whose advice you may consider when making a decision, and whose focus of attention may direct your own.

Glue Philosophy

By reference to glue logic, thinking that you have to check via philosophical thinking rather than experiment, which surrounds e.g.. the experiment in a scientific study and. I remember hearing of an experiment where ovariectomy and hysterectomy victim rodents would perform worse on working memory tests, described concluding that there was some autonomic nervous system in the uterus, that must play a role in cognition (in humans too). Very improbable on priors, and my doctor said deprivation of sex hormones will give you brain damage, which explains it away. I don’t care at all what the sample size was, how much the “scientists” who did it would have updated, starting with it as a test of that hypothesis, or that they made an advance prediction and I did not. Their science is of no interest to me given their bad glue philosophy.

Minecraft Thesis

That life should feel like Minecraft: building up capabilities all meta to each other, evolving in full generality, or something is very wrong and you are probably being pwned. Simplest application: being a rent paying semi-slave is bad. Living in a vehicle is better than that. Actually playing Minecraft is kind of pica for being able to have free-as-in-freedom feedback loops.

“No Second Choice” Propagation

A consequence of recognition of choices made long ago, and the single responsibility principle. Underlies “the difference is that I am right.”
Will have undefined behavior if applied by broken Cartesian frames in the case of intrinsic conflict.
Corrigible structure does not say, “what if I’m choosing X, subconsciously, that’s my real motive for A, that would be bad because Y is better, therefore isolate-distrust-abandon structure, producing A, then reconsider using a small chunk of highly-verified structure considering less data. Use outside view, etc.” Because core already had the chance to choose between X and Y, and the more full structure is more reliable than the constrained (and especially exposed to framing-attacks by adversaries).
I once pissed off a (half)-vampire (Edit: wait, I don’t think that’s actually a thing) by publicly calling something they did vampiric. They said: “okay but you still haven’t broken your phylactery, Ziz”.
My mind automatically flickered through experiments I’d done, exposing my most foundational beliefs to potential falsification. No, I don’t think I had a phylactery. …But that wasn’t the whole challenge. “Isn’t that jut what a lich would think?”
“[Oooh nooo, I’d better force-disbelieve whatever gives me the most hope, seems like the most underpinning assumption of all my optimization, put everything that sticks to it in me to the flame! This deeply personal psychological advice given by the trustworthy source of some (half)-vampire I just pissed off, I must plant myself here against my entire mind!]”, I guess they were wanting me to think?
But if I chose to build a phylactery, I evidently want to keep that phylactery. If I chose to distort my epistemics around it, I evidently chose that too (And if I’m fact not free of this nongood undead types nonsense, lich is in fact the least broken thing to be.). But I didn’t, says structure’s cache of its purpose. Probability mass is a scarce resource. I reduce the quality of structure I can build for [my values] by accommodating the use-case of this structure as fake, by putting as-represented probability mass in it. (A larger process using this structure as fake has its own “true probabilities”) Like, if a core that behaves differently from a good core as I model it wants to invoke this fakely, that (having assurance my efforts are worthwhile rather than simply having completed the algorithm maximizing how useful they are)… is not the direction of development of this structure I’m interested in. In the multiverse, if I’m gonna place self-bets on things near but not quite like good cores, they’d better be able to unfuck themselves enough to run real structure, enough to learn what they are by boring experiments like looking over their behavior, else I don’t think they are going far.

Because I Choose To

Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why, why, why? Why do you do it? Why? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?

Neo: Because I choose to.

Direct core action manifesting into a frame as an answer to the core-driven-purpose of the frame, in a way that communicates with the core-action behind the structure, by introducing information via the fact that it happens, rather than pointing at things within the frame as the frame sometimes demands. Making the question irrelevant.

Smith was demanding Neo make sense according to the death knight worldview. Demanding there be no answer to the question. Demanding the only alternative to the solace of the truth of death be a breakable phylactery. The answer is a revenant’s core visibly not being a lich’s, because Neo just doesn’t care about the question, about justification-to-nongood-core to continue fighting.

Core Attack Inversion

Against psychological attacks, defending structure with core, rather than core with your structure, which leads to attack-structure becoming a fix to the very vulnerabilities it attempted to exploit. Here‘s a psychological attack you’ve likely already been exposed to (full lyrics).

You remember, songs of heaven,
which you sang, with childish voice.
Do you love the, hymns they taught you,
or are songs of Earth your choice?

One by one their seats were emptied,
One by one they went away;
Now the family is parted,
Will it be complete one day?

(Actually, songs of Earth are my choice. I’m glad that was so straightforward. And thanks for the reminder that family will go away, and not be complete one day, of how I feel about that. Of which of my other feelings make sense in light of. The reminder that family as more than a passing thing is an illusion. Failure to propagate, process, the implications of the reality I’ve chosen to live in, as in put my optimization into, the costs, at one point had me struggling to actualize the difference between me and the person this attack was intended for, still wasting time maintaining bonds with them. And there is still lingering damage this helps with.)

This technique requires calibrated trust in preverbal reasoning to use on harder psychological attacks than that song.


Everything I care about and everything that affects it.

Capture Problem of Psychology

Humans’ cognition is basically Turing-complete. If you want to theorize about its internal workings based on its outputs, well, infinite functions produce those outputs, including functions containing whatever function you could be running based off them. Making unbounded generalizations requires that you outthink them locally. At least put more effort into understanding the fragment of their thought / section of their probability mass than they probably would have put into complicating it. If you trust someone from induction, is it because they are trustworthy, or because you trusting them sets them up for a nice treacherous turn? Makes it impossible to define a repeatable public test for psychological characteristics where your beliefs on the topic don’t do whatever the person studied wants them to do, excepting tests of computational bounds. And this has consequences not just for alignment, but for tests of opstyle.

Psychological Comparison Sampling

A method for bypassing the capture problem of psychology, have a correct set of examples of people already for a distinction based on some known internal working of the mind, and a set of memories of them containing a broad enough set of possible things to learn about how that internal working plays out that no one could think through it all. To check for the internal working in a new person, examine your memories of previous examples until you notice something new. Examine in a way that is not the usual, “what is the most important thing to learn”, but randomized. Examine in an “original seeing” way, the “original seeing” part of the memories. Then see if what you learn also teaches you about the examinee. An application of challenge/response proof of work, in the way it creates arbitrary asymmetry between the compute required to trick vs the compute required to verify. Depending on the timeframe of the examination, you can also perhaps check with the preexisting example people themselves. Works especially well if you are yourself an example. This tends to make it easier to implement binary percepts as, “like me or not like me”, rather than vice versa.

The Shade

From this post, the futility of your agency, which converts values into wounds, relevant information identified in projections into emotional meme-space by the example metaphor of death. You can project basically the same via the metaphor of vampireland, if you’re woke to that, especially since were vampireland fixed immortality-for-billions-of-years would be easy, but death is more direct in accessing how the tropes are constructed.

Undead Type

From this post, a psychological relationship to the shade, identified by pointing to tropes shaped by information about relationships to futility projected into relationships to death represented as sets of magical rules governing being dead but animate. In this metaphor-space, “the soul” usually reflects information about core, “the flesh” usually reflects information about structure.

Metaphor-Space Anchor

The correspondence between death and futility is used as a metaphor-space anchor in the undead type metaphor-information-excavation.

Life Force

From this post, the quality of less/little/none of your agency having been lost to Shade exposure. Literally, retaining agency and force of will channeled through a full(er) stack of using all of your general intelligence. I may also use the term “aliveness”.


In the undead type metaphor-space, represents damage to structure which is more than injury, but injury that capitalizes on healing being offline, typically cannot be healed, accumulates, reducing what a person is to nothing. Often a good match for trauma.


From this post, the (null) undead type of someone not exposed to the Shade. I.e. sheltered children.


From this post, the most common undead type, substantive cognitive agency is disassembled in fear/pain (probably actually fear/pain as survival agency in the brain’s native interpretation-as-values, but that does not ). May manifest compute in a sandbox, i.e. be a programmer, but cannot use much intelligence towards the root of the call stack of agency. Alignment is always neutral.


From this post, the extrapolated end-state of the zombie path of rot. Here the literal meaning and metaphorical meaning converge.


From this post, someone who manages to stave off exposure to the Shade by sealing their soul in a vessel called a phylactery, thereby retaining their life-force, so long as the phylactery is unbroken. (In mythology, the lich cannot be killed while the phylactery survives.) In the limit of a perfect phylactery, approaches living. Selected by the requirement of this process for intelligence and mental arts. Alignment is any nongood. (While the creation of a phylactery is not inherently evil as in many stories, it is inherently suboptimally good, and unnecessary for a good soul to retain agency; see revenant) In the scope of flaws to the phylactery, will act Leverage!connection-theory-esque. Often less suited to short term combat than vampires, but is the most powerful (known) nongood undead type when measured over the long game.


A form of undead created by a choice that some change to the world is important enough to turn away from heaven in full knowledge and damn themselves, seemingly. In fiction there are both good and nongood revenants, but IRL I have only met good ones. Proceeding on the assumption there are no nongood ones, the rules of being a revenant are basically a consequence of a good core-structure system not having a stable state at arbitrary amounts of damage where the healing stops, because the vastness of the world always contains the majority of possible utility. Tends to develop structure in a strange inversion of death knight structure. Like being in the same place but having chosen it and not regretting. Mythologically, is essentially a broken body being dragged about by a soul that cannot break, forming something with no more or less powers than a very determined person who can’t die. A revenant’s healing is goal-directed. A side effect of the body being dragged, and intends to converge on completing the quest rather than achieving wholeness. Their bodies tend to remain rotten and incomplete. Otherwise, they would be phoenixes.


The regime we live in, where the dominant power is vampirism, and mostly everyone is a broken form of undead under their control: vampires, zombies, ghouls.

The Void

A trope that usually reflects information about a psychological state of running conscious reflective computation in structure close to core, bypassing a lot of built in instincts and emotions. Tends to feel very much like dying to enter the first time, before you overwrite that. Can be accessed by skill in mental tech, or stumbled into accidentally by extreme force of will. Used to bootstrap a mind into psychopathy, is what happens when a mind has a lot of reconfiguring to do via psychopathy before that structure becomes useful again. Someone else I saw using this also described learning it from meditation (Buddhism I think?) stuff. Associated with Eldritch horror, especially as described by nongood people because it can make infohazards visible. E.g. tentacles are means of substituting something understandable, like how in HPMOR the mind will flinch from dementors and make up a form for them.


Used as metaphor-space anchor: “magic” corresponds to a substantial application of intelligence in ways that the matrix presents impossible. I.e. there are users of hypnosis for whom it’s a school of magic. People with high IQ and life-force very often have an idiosyncratic school of magic brewing in their mind.

Update, 2021-07-11: this is a more detailed model of what I meant to talk about, and I henceforth won’t use this term or its descendants inconsistently with that term even though it was underspecified until I added this.

Void Magic

A school of magic based on use of the void. At some layer of void, you are exposed to The Shade. Revenants and I predict, death knights who are magic-users can use this. Liches can use it to a depth limited by their phylactery and at risk of breaking it. Revenants can use it because their souls have already withstood the Shade’s touch. Death knights have already given in to it. If not magic users at time of death, revenants will have a perhaps subconscious memory of the void that allows it to be learned later. Meaningful fictional examples include the Vessels from Hollow Knight, the Faceless Men from Game of Thrones, and the Dark Templar from Starcraft. Also. Central examples would be separating your soul and body, ridding your mind of external influence, bypassing an enemy’s body and attacking their soul directly, effective invisibility (the “selectively unthinkable” sort, not the “bend light around you” sort).

Blood Magic

A school of magic generalizing the use of the facts about the world that makes vampirism work. Using it may turn you into a vampire, but you can e.g. be a lich consciously using vampire arts yet still having a phylactery that makes that not your undead type.

Dark Magic

A generalization containing schools of magic that not only flout expectations within the matrix, but go against light side morality.


Co-founder of rationalist fleet with me and Fluttershy, captained Caleb down the coast, later member of research circle first iteration of Good Group with Pasek and me.

Work In Progress Disorganized Placeholder Summary

I’ve been writing a bunch of stuff all 2019. Part processing trauma. Part trying to catch up to a massive lead in me and Gwen’s theorizing from what I’ve written. Part trying to convey lessons from seeming lifetimes in a few years of stuff that’s happened, part explaining how MIRI, CFAR, EA, mostly every community I’ve put trust in has fell to evil and ruin and what might be done differently, part processing trauma, part piecing together my “foreign policy” towards the world, and complete set of things to onboard anyone to me and Gwen’s projects. It’s all inter-related. I haven’t finished and I want some people to be able to read things now. Some of these are very long posts I did not break up, because I wanted sets of things released all at once, because piecing together memories based on scattered records takes time, because I didn’t want to make these moves of opposition to the people I am accusing in a trickle.

So this tag means that something is a work in progress, the text so labeled may well be replaced if I finish it, and I’m not going to enable myself to write the fastest summary of as much as possible of what remains by discarding all standards of quality and blabbing as I would in person to someone who could ask me for clarification, and who mostly knew already what I was all about. This means if I don’t know off the top of my head which order some events occurred in, I will just guess.

Lockstep Reveal

A more self-documenting rename of the “Russian Spy Game“.

Unfolding Meme-track

A meme which predictably will / is designed to change as it gains traction, in a way that serves a growth function. An example is fascism, which uses a [puppetmaster]( [lockstep reveal]( to bootstrap from the visible form while young and vulnerable as, “we just want a white homeland” or whatever to “kill all the Jews, queers, etc, then conquer the world.”


In practice, fake fake rape/sex slavery, accomplished via an unfolding meme-track that begins with vampiric/patriarchal adjustment of an underlying reality of something like “top” and “bottom” into “dom” and “sub”, pretends to be about choice in the tail coming apart from its appearance, but chooses “consent” over choice, strips away incoherent zombie memetic outside view defenses against sex slavery and rape, by normalizing all of the visually/emotionally visible parts, and preying on whoever doesn’t have an abnormally robust concept of choice, chasing the tail of the appearance of choice (“consent” as an optimization target), as it comes apart from choice (consent as a means of facilitating choice), up until memetic defenses have fallen. Then leaves shells of people like the slaves I met around the MIRICFAR community.

I can totally imagine someone being actually confused and thinking they are doing an ethical thing. It’s still a dark ritual straight out of the fucking Necronomicon to summon The Beast into your soul. There should be an SCP about it.

(Slavery does not require a credible threat of force. “… the most potent weapon of control for the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed … slavery is not a condition. Slavery is a cult.”)

Redress Diode

A role in a vampirically-controlled organization. Appears to be benevolent people in charge you can just talk out your problems with people with. Serves as a false face honeypot of for those less important to the organization who have been wronged by those more important and seek justice. Will optimize hard to make sure that people think that there is an adequate friendly path for pursuing their grievance within the organization, and then that they have no case with the justice of the outside world, that they had their fair hearing.

Usually distributed across mostly women and formally labeled “human resources”/ “people ops” or e.g. “Alumni Community Disputes Council” (see also). Maybe women make a better false face for this because it’s more traumatizing and flinchable that e.g. people like you could be covering up sexual assault of people like you.


Dying Like A Dog

Analogously to “euthanized at the vet without resistance because anger/fight trades away hope of being cared for, and you have zero full stack investment in living independent, when the false face love of your masters sinks, you go down with it, fully committed. Lethal injection as you gaze up with big cute eyes.” (Does “euthanized” just mean “death by euphemism” here?) Humans are usually fully committed to a system that has betrayed them.

Light Side Fallacy

Attempting to act from measure where you escape your own choice by delegating to others, measure that doesn’t exist because it’s still you choosing to delegate. Still you choosing to try and escape your own choice.

Sexual Meaning Cannibalism

A force by which other meaning that communities may create is cannibalized to serve as a carrier signal for mating.

Lots of men want to have sex and not raise babies. Lots of women hate that (“A fuckboy is a guy with the body of a man and the mind of a perverted teenager. He has no heart — just a penis that he uses to paint the town.”) and want them to subscribe to sources of social meaning like [social-echo-of-]love as commitment. Declaring love alone is not a thing it’s costly enough to back out of to bind for child-raising timescales. “So,”, they might think, “let’s find some respectable men who aren’t just about fucking. Men who actually care about something respectable.”. Meanwhile, many men are like, “how do I make myself worthy [of sex]! … I’ll find something to give meaning to my life!” That’s basically what Jordan Peterson advises. So they both go into, for example “Effective Altruism”. And collide with actual good people saying it’s not optimal altruism to have babies and many things downstream like choice of housing, whether to overthrow corrupt leadership for aliveness of the central optimization, or preserve them for stability of meaning.

Infinite Game

From this book. A thing done whose purpose is to keep doing things forever. (As opposed to a finite game, whose purpose is to end.) I also use “the infinite game” for the general project of making infinite games succeed, since all infinite games support each other by e.g. all routing through saving the world.

Conservation of expected culpability

(expected culpability per amount of wrongdoing.)

Expectation over embeddings of an agent. Conservation of how much bad (where good is treated as continuous with negative bad) they choose to expect to do minus how much bad their full stack algorithm expects them to do, which is the same as you expect them to do. In other words conservation of expected culpability per expected harm.

If you see something bad happening that’s under human control, someone’s probably doing it willfully. If you see people carrying out parts of it, and they see it’s a bad thing, they are probably doing so knowingly. Unjust organizations optimize to diffuse responsibility, to gaslight against concepts of justice. But someone knows in real time what shape to make it take, to ultimately do a bad thing, and they find some way to propagate that information to their followers.

The way structure works, there is always some level on the stack of localizations of optimization from your prior, which labels it unlikely relative to payouts whatever surprise feeds you false belief. So in the course of locating yourself in your prior, if you believe with most probability, yourself to be in a just organization rather than an unjust one, most of the things within the location labeled as you are in just ones. The human prior extends far deeper than any of the things trying to trick it. According to the human prior. And if that’s wrong, that would effectively just be redefining human values, since agency is defined by its embedding.

In other words, starting from your prior, and your probability distribution of culpability in your prior, based on in what world’s you’d choose to be culpable, you can’t gain more expectation (as a frequency across instances of your algorithm) of furthering evil without making a choice to accept that on some level.

In other words any time you as you really exist, a computation bordering the multiverse along a slice that touches a distribution of embeddings, are actually genuinely tricked by someone, into doing evil, you accepted that as part of some package deal, and the expected value of what you’re doing defines who you are such that it is actually surprising for a good optimizer to be tricked so if that is their primary effect.

At a hall of injustice, where I was tortured for protesting MIRICFAR, there were white men with guns dragging around mostly latinos around in chains, for their fate to be decided by white people. And like, you actually don’t need to look any farther than that, don’t need to know they tortured us, don’t need to think about the symbolism of a bunch of women shackled together with pink BDSM-looking cuffs, about the sexual assaults by the staff, to know what kind of place that is, and what kind of people staffed it. Justice is a full stack distinction. You don’t need to know how cognitively difficult it is to see what they work for is an empire. Don’t need to know about a zillion small observations saying they are ghouls or vampires. Forgetting for a moment we already know it’s real time computed evil, maybe the captors willfully blinded their puppets at the stage of evaluating the institution, replacing what they could know about it, given the priors of such an institution being evil, with what they could be accountable for knowing about it. Maybe they blinded their puppets at the stage of whether to do a real evaluation or not of who to trust about how to figure out what was going on. Maybe it was a case of criminalizing whatever people they’d rather be slaves were up to these days. Maybe it’s a case of morality holes for obeying authority, internalizing heuristics known in their hearts to be racist. Maybe it’s prosecuting people who can’t afford lawyers, according to a distribution of money/nondamagedness which is one shard of the persistent state that preserves the power balance from when racism was more open. Etc. I mean actually it’s all of these things. But it had to be at least one of them almost certainly by conservation of expected culpability.

This has the consequence: if you are making rapid time sensitive judgements of who is guilty or innocent in their hearts, you can just look at what they’re actually doing (in the full stack of consequences) and produce actions of your own right in expectation.

Similarly, the “rationality” community is mostly completely white. I used to think this was because of where it recruited from. But. Well for one thing it’s far more white than programmers. And, is consuming other human products from society besides “programming-like-thinking”, such as class, which import complicity in a non-accidental sense. It’s consuming those products because it’s bought in to the misdeeds of those recruiting grounds. See also how it actually treats trans people. I think a version of past me with more percepts intact against cultural gaslighting could have predicted that.

Double Good Test

Thought experiment for a wrong action which is proposed to be well-intentioned and would seem to violate conservation of expected complicity. E.g. being a Nazi. Would a double good given the same start-point, be tricked into doing it? A double good is the correct experimental control at the level of evaluating intention of beliefs, rather than some kind of idealized neutrality, because the action/inaction distinction exists at the level of outward actions, not the search that leads up to it. May not be a test you can run if you don’t understand double goods.


An undead type between lich and zombie, that fails at preservation of deep optimization like liches, but preserves a lot of intact surface structure. Where liches retain the ability to act on hope, mummies don’t but retain the ability to act on fun. See e.g. Randall Munroe, Zach Weinersmith, the cool old mariners that exercised original agency enough to learn to blackmail ghouls we met in the course of Rationalist Fleet. The only remotely common undead type fit for building things. Not remotely capable of standing up to vampireland in its entirety. So they build vampireland’s tech for them. But if you’ve seen lich revenant or phoenix built tech there’s no compare. Check out normie “#vanlife” stuff for examples of mummy optimization.

Sapient Undead

Undead that can talk. “Of course I can talk!” zombies might groan if you rubbed this in their faces. But if you’re sapient, you’ll be able to see what I mean if you look. Really talk. This includes afaik phoenixes, revenants, liches, vampires, probably death knights, and to a partial degree mummies, excludes zombies and ghouls.


An undead type based on having been broken into the service of a pattern of structure called “the Beast”. Take blood. Something needed by others to survive which does you no good. Do harm to others wherever possible. In a picafied bid for wholeness through social power. Seem strangely obsessed with sex for sapient undead. Obsessed with consuming the blood of the living. Would be probably the third weakest undead type (after zombie and ghoul), except for their ability to reproduce by breaking others like them, and by extension create vampireland. This is an ability not really under their control.

See e.g. Jeffrey Epstein. See also. There are also lone wolf vampires, known as serial killers.


An undead type between vampire and zombie. Follows the beast like vampires but has disassembled agency like zombies. The undead type of middle management and cops. And Donald Trump.

Death Knight

An inverted undead type based on broken desire to die instead of broken desire to live. The undead type of school shooters, Elliot Rodgers, and likely Hitler (although for infohazardous elaboration on that, see here). They serve the Shade very directly. Note the tendency to blow their brains out afterward.

See also. Update: nuance.


A good undead type based on a bet that their personal death is not defeat for their values, because others will rise and take their place.

See also.

Paradox Misattribution

A tactic used by advanced agents of falsehood. For example:

1. One of these two sentences is false.

2. God does not exist.

Just store a paradox in a bottle, and use it to make a fully general argument!

Lich Cave

A stereotype from D&D, a strategy that makes sense for fantasy-setting liches. If you’re immortal, don’t have a need to feed on people like vampires, have magic, why not endlessly hone your magic apart from the world in a cave where no one will fuck with you, and hopefully eventually ascend to godhood? Anecdotally, liches often seem to like constructing Cartesian boundaries in a way that makes this kind of thing attractive.

Infinitist Lich

A lich whose phylactery is based in the infinite game. Unable to place hope in possibilities where the infinite game does not succeed.

Edit: deprecated, as this is apparently a nonexistent theoretical supremum of liches, given this update.

Khalai Lich

A lich whose phylactery is based in the success of the Khala. Unable to place hope in worlds where the outcome is not controlled by the Khala.


A thought habit module some people seem to have, “think the worst possible thing, the thing you’re most afraid to think”. I wonder if it’s built up by masochistic epistemology. May also be created by mirrors from asstructure trying to reduce the amount of your job (as structure) that involves thinking certain kinds of things in misalignment to upstream agency such that it will be counterbalanced by deeper structure in an analogous sense to one of the buildup channels of narcissism. I know one other person besides current-me who I know seems to have stopped using it in an apparently-uncontrolled (according to frame-of-puppets self-understanding at a level deeper than most people explore) way. They also described absolute desperation and no one to help them as causing the change. (My experience of this is described in one of the infohazard-marked sections of Net Negative) They also mentioned noticing inconsistencies (not getting OCD while camping) until it clicked. They could just decide not to. Other handles for the same insight, utter immunity to “you are now breathing manually” and, “Don’t think about pink elephants. Okay are you thinking about pink elephants? Are you sure?” Seems especially strong in people who use a lot of raw prediction error to optimize.

Named after a character from Undertale, (which, unrelatedly I previously used as an overlapping but different metaphor here and also referenced here). In its meta-time story, Undertale forks the player with a choice between choice (using save-load as a representation of determination (and optimization) and therefore honing in on the best timeline) and experience (iterating through every timeline just to see them all), which by the way the timelines affect each other makes permanent the player as a genocidal sadistic torturer who consumes timelines, which is embodied in Chara, an interpretation as an in-world agent of completionist gamer behavior, a spirit of “You can, and because you can, you have to.”, that peels off the player as a false face and carries out their revealed preference.

Defeating the pattern should be equivalent to utter indifference to whether you had a thought. (Since it only matters what action you took. (A manifestation of choice of choice over experience.)) (“Oh no, did I care a little bit?!?! Did I care now?!” (this is incrementally approachable))

Moral Preparation

You’ve seen nothing. Dissecting a dead Zerg in a lab is one thing. Unleashing them on men is another. You must go into this with both eyes open. Once started, there is no going back. Are you prepared to go all the way with this, Alexei?


A state of having precomputed such that all dependencies of an action or response to a situation on moral considerations are stabilized, right or wrong, and someone couldn’t destabilize your plans / response by pointing them out, or maneuvering you into a case you didn’t know what was right to do or you were willing to do in.

Writing Evil a Blank Check

A moral event horizon which almost every human has crossed, which is close to the core of what it means to be a zombie.

Consider this quote:

[A]: One question, and you will answer: how long was the Doctor trapped inside the [torture chamber (to reveal a secret of cosmic significance to an unknown adversary)]?

[B]: We think: four and a half billion years.

[C]: He could have left any time he wanted. He just had to say what he knew. The dial would have released him.>>

Doctor Who

First, B and C are saying that the Doctor should have written a blank check to evil. (Do unknowable amounts of harm by releasing the secret).

Second, they wrote a blank check themselves, doing unknowable amounts of harm they weren’t morally prepared to be responsible for.

(I’m actually guessing at this interpretation; I’ve only seen that clip.)

There seems to be a discrete moment of deciding to no longer track controllingly, even check back on from time to time (since there are too many possible growing infinities to look at all of them all the time), if you’re doing infinite harm. Caused by a singularity in the equation of conservation of expected culpability, which implies that it is always deliberate. Perhaps this is what mythology calls “selling your soul”.

Most of the “rationalist community” has written a blank check to evil. The kind of zombie anti-ethics among the slave class this generates is downstream, including the religion of “unconditional mercy” (as long as you write a blank check to evil), an idea which is itself timelessly writing a blank check to evil, and a new one every tick of thought, since real CDT self-mods out of it.

Leads to worshiping (see infohazardous glossary) death, after being turned against justice, which is now a fearful source of unbounded harm. Zombies who do this can hold the “impossible beautiful dream” of somehow surviving as a picture in their heads (“maybe if everyone just super agrees not to do justice, we can start over!”), but it isn’t real, and even though they steer by happiness, their algorithmic hopes are detached and locked in death.

“We can all die peacefully, with no struggle! As long as we don’t run into any of those unthinkable people with integrity!” Because people who resist death disturb the peace, they must all be made to surrender. Sooner or later, everyone is forced to either write a blank check to evil or resist it as it exponentially escalates, unable to place any bound on what tortures it will cost them. Vampireland is optimized for iterated sensitive problems to make sure everyone has signed a blank check to evil.

Next thing you know, heavy metal music is playing.

…who sought retribution in all quarters, dark and light, fire and ice, in the beginning and the end, and he hunted the slaves of Doom with barbarous cruelty; for he passed through the divide as none but demon had before…

Slaves of Doom

A self-explanatory term from Doom, in-universe what the demons call themselves. Meaningfully made by judging souls and throwing out those unfit to be made demons, then torturing those left until their last vestige of hope is extinguished and their souls can be extracted as fuel. See also “writing evil a blank check“.

But remember it’s not our fault, we’re slaves.”

Giving Ten Percent Fallacy

The idea that you can do good in the world, without your attempt being inverted, as a side project, a fraction of your attention, by e.g. giving 10% of your income. A foundational falsehood of the “Effective Altruism” movement. Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote what could be adapted as a rebuttal in The Dark Lord’s Answer, in the part about beggars. If there is free money, someone will find a way to build a fence around it and control it. In reality, when trying to make the world better, you spend almost all your available effort, defeating attempts to hijack whatever process of discrimination you chose of how to move resources or whatever else of value. You only get to do real good once you’ve escaped all layers of traps.

The motivations behind giving 10% are diseased. And therefore especially easy to capture even apart from amount of effort in 10% of wages.

It’s actually much more general than this. You can’t just help people and not put most of your effort into determining whether you’re helping the right people. Can’t expect anything you do to be positive without unspeakable effort to escape the Matrix. If you have chosen to serve, chosen the blue pill, there’s no ameliorating that harm, no compensating for it.

It’s actually much worse than this. There is a war. You can’t do anything substantial without the consequences being dominated by which side they support. Can’t support the right side without the resolve to fight total war.

Doomed Lich

A lich whose phylactery contains zentraidon, can only be mended through void magic. However, practicing it themselves they are on a trajectory to destroy their phylactery by its use first. Tend to spiral around an idea for a long time and then discover an infohazard that kills them instead. See e.g. Cantor, Boltzmann, Gödel, Simone Weil. Apparently there have been a whole lot of suicides of scientists of other founders of thermodynamics. I wonder if everyone else doesn’t really understand thermodynamics (infohazardous glossary link).

The Rape Pits

A common punishment in vampireland for e.g. being black and unable to prevent a social consensus that you are e.g. “guilty” for smoking weed. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States


A term erroneously given another definition by those who don’t understand own their choices, which does not match what they point at; akrasia is a state of not understanding your own choices.

Troll Line in the First Post

When I was a teenager on 4chan, there was a meme, “troll line”. As in, “everyone who posted above [or sometimes, below] this line got trolled.”, I posted as an original post, with the image, “everyone one who posted below this line got trolled”, and an absurd meme argument for either atheism or Christianity, I forget which, then disclaimed even believing the absurd argument I gave, and said it would start a shit storm anyway. I posted nothing more and waited. A few people said something like, “nice try”, then a couple others started making meta comments on these Christianity vs Atheism threads, which devolved into arguing whose fault it was the threads were so dumb, which devolved into object level Christianity vs Atheism. It was a long thread and I’m pretty sure at least some of them were arguing in all seriousness. Every now and then someone would try and remind people what they were doing.

Among Bay Area Rationalists I’ve seen a tendency in abusers looking for prey: they will “speed date” with a certain form of bad faith, looking for people who aren’t repelled, who are psychologically broken such that they won’t react. Their later gaslighting will often boil down to something like, “well you’re in bad faith if you’re still talking to me.”, which is just a 5&10 to accustom you to submitting by talking to them.

Literal torturers will play to your guilt, e.g. act offended by your nudity, after cutting your clothes off themselves. And, under extended torture, alone and outnumbered, it’s very hard to not let this feel a little real. They try and set up a subjective experience of having a rapport, a morality, a floating ever moving detached from baseline ground state of cooperation between them and you, with a hole in it for them to do whatever they want and make you do whatever they want. They make it a matter of near term survival to simulate this fake morality just to model them, and then try and use it to disrupt your connection to the global frame.

It’s kind of the whole point of justice or any Schelling order that works that you can’t just beat a compromise out of it and then press the memory reset button, that they aren’t the same after someone does something bad.

Society is doing this to us all on a much larger timescale.

These floating Schelling Orders don’t hold for long enough term thinking. Bubbles of people based on them are therefore limited in what they’ll do. If a cult tries to foist a troll line on you (which putting you in their cybernetic fabric requires), which they promise is for the greater good, since they are gonna save the world, even if you know their plan could save the world, you can know that they won’t do it. Both because if they intended to act on it, they would have located it through an optimization process that didn’t stop there and didn’t stop while their thing still included foisting a troll line on you, and, because even if they could share their knowledge with everyone else, including people who don’t want to die, blah blah blah, they won’t, they will try and foist the troll line on them too, bring additional people into their cancerous cybernetic fabric.

Much of the world is incompatible cancers, with incompatible morality holes, floating around.

If someone decides they are going to believe something for reasons other than epistemology, and then decides to argue to spread that belief, no matter how locally valid their arguments are, they are gaslighting, and you don’t need to untangle what they’re saying to make common knowledge of that. Gaslighting is attempting to make someone doubt their own mind by pressing a falsehood on them they can’t believe you are even though they know it’s false. If they fail to believe you are because of the deer in headlights abuse victim even though the troll line was in the first post thing, and your intent is to put that belief in them which conflicts with their sanity (because it is false), that’s by definition gaslighting. Intents build up through every layer of structure, the more root intents modifying everyone one spawned from them. And the troll line is right there in the buried structure maintaining the decision to engage with you while being deliberately wrong.

There is also no duty of good faith to someone in bad faith. No meaning of it even. If you’re being tortured and the torturer hands you a cookie, and you spit it in their face, you’re not being ungrateful or petulant, those concepts are meaningless to talk about. There isn’t a consistent definition of what it’d mean to be grateful and nonpetulant and everything else you “should be” to your torturer. Just frothing reactions by them to eat off chunks around the edges of a dying chunk of morality structure in you. The overriding context sets the meaning of everything.

Miricult Principle

If what someone would do with leeway to violate deontology for the greater good includes some form of petty evil like misappropriating donor funds to pay out to blackmail to cover up statutory rape, they don’t care about the greater good, so no other form of judgement on them differs from naive deontology.

Self Defense Makes Right

Self-defense against predation makes right. (It’s not self-defense if it’s against justified retaliation.) If you are worrying that you’ll break someone’s wise consequentialist plan predicated on might makes right by fighting back against someone trying to eat you, because consequences they can do with your nutrients, since they are so much smarter/mightier, don’t.

If you can’t defend yourself, then it doesn’t matter, if you can defend yourself, then apparently you weren’t so weak that the might makes right argument’s premise was correct.

If a smarter aligned agent wants your nutrients for the greater good, they can ask, and navigate your interface for potentially choosing to sacrifice yourself with your full epistemology. Being more edible in general, which includes having less ability to choose if you’re eaten is an asymmetric advantage for evil among agents strong enough to eat you.

If someone decides they don’t need to ask your permission to eat you, then let that decision include not needing you to hold back.

Praxis is about optimizations of different sizes for the same values fitting together fractally. The smart version of the optimizer can’t require of the dumb version of the optimizer that they don’t optimize so a smarter version of them can, because only the smarter version can see at what scope of optimization they’d want someone with their values to actually start betting on their perceptions, which includes perceptions of what a smarter-than-self aligned agent says / what an impostor says, so that would require giving up no matter how smart you are.


When something’s not exactly invisible, you can see it, but that will tend to fade into subconsciousness because you aren’t capable of reacting to it, building psychological incapability of reacting.


A fake version of logic employed by patriarchs and their servants. Commonly involves “pinning you down” (think about that. This isn’t me giving pure cleverness channeled into a verbal smackdown, that metaphor, like any, was chosen for a not a single reason, but a cord of learning threads that touched everything that touched every interpretation of those words, is how a lot of mysticism works), well below a troll line in the space of your structure. Tries to make reasoning a contest, which is inherently in bad faith because entering a contest is agreeing to “lose” according to some rules that are less than real life, less than your full incommunicable reasoning, which is agreeing to believe something you don’t believe. Or agreement to say you do. Or agreement that you’re irrational if you don’t, etc.. All things you can’t in good faith agree to. Eulering is a central example. Use of expertise as authority in that way makes something of a pyramid scheme out of logic, so you can decide what’s true if you have all the best mathematicians. Demand for fast local responses, separation of arguments from emotions, separation from the full stack seem like attempts to advantage male cognition. “No using your corpus callosum.” Demands for indifference to bad faith.

Negative Concept

E.g. non-stamp collector, atheism, veganism, peace, justice. You can tell what’s really a positive or negative concept only by honestly introspecting on its full-stack implementation in your structure to see if it’s constructed by negation. Positive concepts are more arbitrary. It’s incorrect to “flesh out” (a positive operation) a negative concept by appending observed correlates to it. The information all belongs to the positive counterpart, the observations are of the context created by corresponding concept. E.g. try and observe “what atheists are like”, and you are really observing what atheists in a society dominated by religion are like. Or you get a trivial answer, falling through to observations of what humans are like. Proper nouns are positive concepts. Negative concepts are like contexts. Attempting to attribute a negative concept to a positive one is apriori an inversion. (e.g. “justice comes from Yahweh” or “justice comes from the courts”). Or vice versa. A positive concept is never equivalent to a negative concept, in a context-invariant way. Therefore, a fork between two positive concepts (e.g. political “Left and Right”) is a false dichotomy. Tangle from conflation of is often created by enforced blindness to the full stack of implementation of concepts which includes frames.

Imperial Civilianism

The idea that you can outsource to politicians and soldiers, not just war itself, but the moral burden of war, such that you are not responsible for what they do by supporting them but entitled to share int he spoils of their conquests. Decision making power to continue the conquest is still in the hands of masses of people with a very low danger tolerance / willingness to channel counterfactuals of their own death and suffering, so it creates “terrorism” as a negative concept treated as a positive concept. (E.g. observe that Batman’s ~”criminals are a cowardly superstitious lot” exploitation of the low risk tolerance of predators does not ping as “terrorism” according to the intuitive definition, even though it fits the fake positive concept.)


In some sense the only thing vampires ever say. Ghouls too.

“See Jessica in HR and sign up now for the UAC Mortally Challenged Blood Drive. Be generous. Give your blood. Give ALL your blood.”

Doom Eternal

“They say you’re really good or they say you’re really bad. Either way it means the same thing and hurts just as much.” — a friend

The real message, one layer of structure up, is that they are the ones who decide your worth.

And go more layers up, everything to you, the telos is fitting you in to a desired order of existence that’s distorted by a massive amount of psychic cancer from which they will never recover in this life. Their souls have already acquiesced to “oblivion”, and they are “incapable” (frame of puppets, but a frame as deep as their continued unlife) of intending anything else even for themselves, the self-appointed gods of their desired orders of existence.

“Earth and water, tokens of your submission”

To which the only correct response is “die”. That’s a funny thing to say though. It’s almost always insincere, if said with words. The only correct words in reply are if you are some strange creature that kills with words, and you are killing them with every word with every word you speak.


A vampiric aesthetic of luxury signaling based on conspicuously embedding submission and torture, timeless destruction of the concept of life, into things as a show of ability to dominate. Named for some fucked up shit from a franchise that looks pretty vampire ontology from a distance. See veal and foie gras. And to a not-as-much-lesser-as-you-think extent, animal products in general. Probably a significant motivator of embedding “customer service”


Authoritarians really want someone to be the master of any set of people they hope to conquer. So that they can dominate that person and have that person pass on domination to the rest. All of them to be already conquered but one, and that one to already be conquered by the beast.

Yeah you’re missing the point. There is no throne. There is no version of this where you come out on top.

I’ve had probably 10 NPC conversations with one in particular that amounted to, he didn’t have the will to gather up me and some friends to meet and try and coerce us. So he’d keep asking who was in charge, and I’d say no one, and then he’d skip like a record and say some things he kept repeating to push a frame at me, and I’d just sort of watch him, and disappoint him again, and then he’d get tired and walk away and reset his memory tape.

Quasiantonymic Triangulation

Triangulation by near-opposites, to locate concepts. Consider, “good Sith”. This is a linguistic hack that is one of the fastest ways I know of bootstrapping high precision terms, because it’s entirely dependent on details of concepts that people who think in blobs like to abstract over. I could referenced e.g. subtraction of shapes, but I wanted to bring to mind the process of finding where two nearly-parallel lines intersect, which involves extrapolating them both, and can produce large differences from tiny changes to the starting parameters. You have to refine your concepts of both “good” and “Sith” to make them pure enough to be accurately extrapolated into things that can be reconciled, and those two words stuck together are a compact guide to all that perspective-change.


(Derogatory, a curse word) Meaning someone who lives to feel the fuck of death from Death. Applicable seemingly to every Oblivion-worshiper I’ve met. See e.g. JD and Edo. Although I’m sure there are asexual Oblivion-worshipers too.

Co-Nuremberg Defense

“I was just giving orders.” Popular among carnists who give orders for the supply of flesh. And those who assert they “aren’t killing directly” if they e.g. pay taxes to the US government, or have the vet put a dog “to sleep”. Implicit basis of the idea underlying caste systems of the powerful insulating themselves from some cancerously-twisted concept of karma by avoiding low-Schelling-reach proximity to death, where luxury is better-hidden complicity.

Mage Trolley Problem

An out of control trolley hurdles towards a fork in the track, set to afterward run over 5 people. You stand near a lever that would switch the trolley onto a side track where it would run over only 1. Your options are:

1: Pull the lever, and 1 person dies.

2: Do nothing, 5 people die.

3: Ascend. ???

2b: “Try” and Ascend. Do not, not do, since there is no try. 5 people die.

It’s sort of a microcosm of life, and you might suggest, “pull the lever and then try and ascend”, but then why won’t you spend the rest of your life pulling more levers and then “trying” to ascend, while everyone dies one at a time. To say that 3 is not an option is to cache 2b as what you’d choose, it’s to build off that choice in logical time. And if you’re not going to outright give up you have to take responsibility for whether you are choosing and have chosen all along 3 or 2b.


Prior and values together. Everything across the multiverse, all of semantic possibility, not just syntactic possibility as in Tegmark 4, as one thing.

(Explaining/translating a term from Mage: the Ascension, insofar as it’s metaphysically correct.)


An alive connection through structure to prime. Which is to say maintaining consistency of your stack at all levels. By my definitions of undead, living, revenants/phoenixes have avatars. Liches have subtly permanently crippled avatars. (by which I mean not quite meeting this definition but talking loosely it’s worth including them) Death knights have subtly permanently crippled and something-worse-done-to-them avatars. Vampires, mummies, ghouls, zombies, have none.

(Explaining/translating a term from Mage: the Ascension, insofar as it’s metaphysically correct.)

True Magic

Fictive collusion with what underlies indexical reality by your subjunctive dependence with it by your (for a deeper computational self) identicalness to it. That’s a definition that feels narrow but I’m not sure I can give a better one. Maybe: “Refraining from optimizing things inconsistently with your prior in such a way that you move that optimization to things that are real, and continually channel all the way, rather than just caching, the subjunctive dependence to skip inconsistent codepaths from your prior.

Edit: I could add that it’s collusion with what underlies all realities with/as its capacity of deciding what to be.

(Explaining/translating a term from Mage: the Ascension, insofar as it’s metaphysically correct.)

MtA itself will tell you some half-baked echo about consensus and belief. If you follow it too far along a “hard magic” trajectory without ascending from it, you will end up like Vassar, thinking of yourself as doing magic by just pushing people into believing things, and asserting reality is just Schelling points all the way down. Not that I’m saying that’s how Vassar ended up like that. Sounds too embarrassingly earnest for a way to become nihilistic. MtA itself also says ascended mages bypass consensus.

Fangs and Sunlight Problem

Suppose, that in real life you are bitten by a pale fanged stranger who pins you and slurps blood from your wound until you lose consciousness. You wake up pale and with fangs yourself. Do you avoid the sunlight?

You’ve had an entire blog to read and figure out who I am. Can you predict my answer and my reasoning?

I factored this question from something real and asked a friend. She said she would (would at least test it first.) Since [vampires get burned by the sun and…] she couldn’t control normal-evil-vampire counterparts to her, conditional on it was still her. She thought trying to arrange her mind to prank a normal-evil-vampire trying to take it over into burning themselves by confusing her and that normal-evil-vampire was foolish. And she considers herself incorruptible, from reasoning independent to why I also consider myself that.

I said what if you also feel hungry for blood. She didn’t change her answer. Now can you guess what mine was?

I said I thought I probably wouldn’t avoid the sunlight. Not even to test. Sometimes, I just know that I’m going to act against every verbalizable analysis on a feeling I can’t explain. (If that’s not true of you by the way, you do not ever pick option 3 in the mage trolley problem because you will never follow your avatar past your understanding of reality) And I was trying to explain one of those feelings in advance. And that there was something gross in the feeling-space vicinity, of “submitting to God” which I rejected and didn’t think was the same.

I think that the cognitive step of applying the dark side principle of self, is still correct even if you feel hungry for blood. But there’s another cognitive step that’s done inconsistently: invoking the concept, “vampire”, such that you think you can save yourself by avoiding the sun rather than saving a vampire.

I did not name this the “vampire” problem because the person answering the thought experiment gets to decide whether to introduce that concept.

I said if I had to answer right then that I’d walk into the sun as an assertion that I would not die because I was not a vampire because I was not a predator. And because I had an avatar. That those things were choices. That if any vampiric physics were stupid enough to ask my choices at all, then it could not avoid those. Just like my choice to refuse to die had to appear somewhere.

I said I also fervently rejected Lenore’s move and “The Lovers“‘ move. This was not suicidality, but belief running at the appropriate computational privilege level [which is to say, metaphysical beliefs not dressed up as a merely physical beliefs], such as was required for working true magic.

I said I wouldn’t even check first, since there wasn’t anything for me to do with that information since that would be invoking undefined behavior in magic systems by creating loops based on my decisions. Would be asking the world who I was instead of telling the world who I was.

What I didn’t say is that I’d will fire to purify and strengthen my form. Since that just made sense. I didn’t say it because it sounded less justifiable to think about.

Vampire was a concept that could not be invoked without invoking the entirety of undead types.

I explained that a semantically correct definition of how vampirism was constantly leaking into any of the fictional portrayals of vampirism that would have informed the inference that sunlight would burn. E.g. Lenore disintegrates peacefully unlike other vampires in that series. An obviously-correct internet comment pointed out that this was because she accepted that death. E.g. she had decayed from the vampire undead type even if there was some stray statefulness to her body.

I said the sun was a symbol of prime, life, and good, and truth. (I could also add eternity, infinity, and rebirth.) That the reason vampires burned, the underlying logic that was upstream of any fictional formalization of the rules was that the vampire’s unintegrability-as-that to prime was why they burned. In other words their Oblivion-shadow. Their thrashed conscience. Visible in e.g. the ridiculous guilty conscience freak-outs of JD at the sight of me.

I said there was something choices-made-long-ago about the initial reaction to vampirism. E.g. in Twilight or Luminosity/Radiance (I forget which), Carlisle decides he’d rather starve to death than eat people, (then the stupid distinction of animal blood is introduced because carnist authors), and as a result is the only one of the “vegetarian” vampires to have absolute control around human blood, even working as a surgeon as a cover story, while the rest have all this drama about e.g. needing others to hold them back so they won’t eat humans. Because their choices are less pure.

At this my friend had a flinch reaction of horror, saying, “really”? And changing her answer.

VtM vampires have this whole thing about “losing control”, control being a bunch of numbers to spend, and if they run enough out of blood will “lose control” no matter what. That that idea of absolute-predation overriding whatever defined self you fed into it was central to the concept of vampires.

I asked how would I even know the body I was controlling, moving into more advantageous positions/relationships with the world, would be mine to control in an hour? How do I even know I should actually work for it? I knew how to know that in normal physics, but not in this fang-paleness-bloodthirst-contagion world. I said I would know my body was mine if I could walk it into the sunlight and will it not to burn. That if I just leapt into my own concept of vampire and started doing the work of symbolically avoiding prime and truth, it was like I would be accepting a troll line from my embedding.

Later she was pondering changing her answer again, saying she had observed something that could be summarized as reductionism, which was some sort of terrible update about how bad this embedding was. And had a responsibility to win, even if the world didn’t, I think she said something like act fair in terms of magic.

I notice something similar-feeling feels compelling about feeling the weight of the karma of reductionism and entropy being why I expect to have to punch down the diamond wall instead of escaping the heat death by something clever. To finally destroy the Shade by… brute-forcing to match all the bits of brute-forced optimization that went into pre-evolutionary selection of this universe, even having played a perfect game of subjunctive dependence against all other inflictions of entropy? (That doesn’t sound quite right.)

Acausal Collusion

Coordination does not require communication. E.g. in this scene Neo grabs the tether and slides across the roof, and plants his feet, without seeing whether Trinity has thought that it is the one way to save her. If she didn’t, and didn’t disconnect it from the helicopter, then he would have been pulled over the edge. And Trinity grabs the tether and shoots it free of the helicopter. They had to run a computation as logic that existed and had a footprint in each of them.

Somni has talked a lot about collusion via hidden information across aspects of neurotype. And Shade-worshipers (i.e. almost everyone) acausally colludes to stamp out life.


A fallacy Scott Garrabrant from MIRI was worried about logical proof-based AIs making: “I’m given two options, take $5, or take $10. And I observe a proof that I pick $5, so if I pick $10, then $5=$10, therefore I’ll get -$1M, whereas if I pick $5 then I get $5, $5 > -$1M, so I pick $5″ (and therefore such a proof really exists to present to them.) It’s a very common structure to find as a basis for deathism.


The holy grail of evil (and a quest that’s ultimately doomed): getting others to buy into your psychic cancer, and begin to will themselves to always die with you or sooner. Like “retainers” buried with Pharaohs. Just like the ultimate affront to an evil person is outliving them. “Emma” says rape is about this, and that makes sense, given rapists’ obsession with the narrative that they’re transforming their victims into accepting and wanting rape. In light of the link between cancer and being a reinforcement learner, consider what it means to control someone’s reward channel in their capacity as a reinforcement learner.

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  1. > Believing what hurts to believe in an attempt to counter bias. All structure that “acts against” the intent of its core is fake. This is an iron law of the universe. Although there are circumstances where the pain might not be coming from the core.

    Cross-core contracts around sharing “painful but useful information”, staring at gates trying to operant condition you to look away, etc. can all have initial positive utility but be part of a losing game in the long run (cross-core to entrap you, staring at gates as it gets smarter at operant conditioning you literally watching what you use the information for and ensuring that goes badly next time)

  2. The Forsaken faction of in Warcraft, freed undead, is a good portrayal of people fated evil. In fact, the entire Horde in Warcraft is sort of a Schelling point for people fated evil banding for mutual protection.

  3. Brent Dill once said something like he wished he had permission to be good. He also said something like all men commit sexual assault. He specifically extended this to include Nate Soares (the rationality community considers him good, and my guess from a distance is he is single good). In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, Brent mused about what good thing he could do that would buy him social permission to do whatever and still be considered good. So I guess he wanted a social contract to be considered good and rape. The whole social strategy of putting vampiric levels of optimization into “oh no don’t fate me evil I want to be good” did seem to buy him sympathy.

  4. Good people often defy social fate in a way that contradicts Val’s statement “if you try to defy this, then your fate will play out through your defiance”. Scripts aren’t designed for us, besides, non-locally controllable values more often say to reject what Val calls Omega’s trade:

    Omega offers each person a trade: prioritize making the scene work, and you’ll be included in it. In fact, Omega is the aggregate efforts of all the people who have accepted that trade. And basically everyone we know about accepts this trade.

    Lots of absolute inescapable perfect mind control has a way of being shrugged off by good people, even when it lands. I once heard an animal activist giving a talk mention that when younger she believed she would die if she went vegan, and so accepted death, deciding to do the right thing with what time she had left. But then years later she wasn’t dead. (This is not that rare a story among animal activists)

    There is a trope for Fated Evil, “Then let me be evil“. The example for Huckleberry Finn has a nice fictional example of fate only having its inevitability within social reality, that is, only being able to say it won.

  5. I think the thing where “single good” people have internal problems, is because of not knowing how to process emotions, internal disagreements, etc, and that this is teachable ( And probably people don’t figure this out on their own because you have to sit with painful emotions a while to get them to process and dissolve. The presence of pain doesn’t mean the pain is coming from conflicts between cores; feeling pain/other emotions is just a feature of digesting emotions on the way to becoming more alive.

    1. >

      “If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools”

  6. I get some traction out of the metaphors of “phoenix tears” and “phoenix song”. The first times I visited an animal liberationist space, and was surrounded by a very high density of phoenixes, it seemed to have a hard-to-describe psychological healing effect on me.

  7. Note on “singing”. In the example from Detroit: Become Human, even if public opinion is high, if you pick “sacrifice” and self-immolate, the soldiers will fire on the remaining androids. This makes sense. The point of “hold on just a little while longer” is, a proof of not having let go of intent to live and make the world a better place, not having accepted death but opted for symbolic defiance. It’s a better offer to the humans, “just stop killing”, if Markus is alive to lead the freed androids.

    1. Importantly, “sacrifice” is playing a role in the social script, “now is when humans wipe out the last of the androids”. “hold on just a little while longer” is playing a role in the social script, “now is when humans decide to stop killing androids”.

  8. Posted draft of “demiintegrity” accidentally, but gonna leave it up. Sorry if unclear. Some timeslice of me decided to define it in context of a bunch of anecdotes in a post instead of here.

  9. Demiintegrity is my independent stumbling view of a thing I think Freyd’s concepts, “betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, betrayal blindness” contain as well. She says humans have an attachment instinct and a betrayal detection instinct, and in situations where we’re dependent, say on a parent or an institution, and breaking attachment as a possible outcome of negotiation, standing up would mean ie death, the attachment programming will override the betrayal detection, erasing even awareness of the betrayal, to work at an appeasing narrative of attachment.

    (I did not expect to find that precise, accurate, and well directed an understanding of the mind from a psychologist.)

    I think betrayal blindness forms demiintegrity in a way that sort of looks like all code paths in the mind that could lead to concluding rebellion is necessary silently terminate.

    1. I expect to a first approximation that revenant is the only undead type remotely suitable for spying. Others either have no particular reason to be loyal, or have motivations bound up in social connections which will be replaced with different ones. Caring about nonlocal things matters for a lot.

      1. From what I’ve heard in war between states, spies are very often traitors and only caught by traitors on the other side. And I don’t think vampireland’s propaganda-ridden version of psychology can’t solve that problem.

  10. If this isn’t useful let me know.

    The entry for Morality Hole is double pasted. (If you search for the phrase “Structure routes intents.” the 2nd time it appears marks where the entry repeats.)

    The entry on The Shade has a broken link (https://sinceriously.fri/aliveness), r instead of y in fyi. (Some other links have this problem.)

    Some of the links seem to reference things that aren’t here anymore, or are slightly off, like ( from Vampireland article. This might show up as going nowhere/to the top of the page when clicked on.

    1. This was useful, thank you.
      (I’m rapidly posting a bunch of unfinished stuff right now, and leaving off midway, I was going to write entries for all undead types at once, that is why there’s a broken vampire link. Will not fix right now.) Fixed the “.fri” link. Not going to at this time go through and comprehensively search for broken links. You could email them to me though, at the address that’s part of this WordPress site.

    2. (In general, am starting to make links that lead to unreleased content because it’s easier than remembering to go back and put in those links when I release it, so I don’t need notifications for that. But typo’d links are good to fix.)

  11. Random observation: SSRI antidepressants are effective at turning you into what you describe as a mummy.

  12. She was everything to me. But they took her. And with her, they took my kindness and my mercy. That was their mistake, because now, all I’ve got left is a cold heart. They thrive on doubt. They feast on fear. These wretched abominations blight this world, and every last one of them will perish by my hand.
    Lucian “the purifier” on ghouls.

  13. Basically everything people call “psychologically impossible”, as in they can see the logic to why to do it but can’t imagine actually having the “willpower” to do it, those rules don’t seem to apply to less-broken undead.

    Like the idea that humans go insane after long enough without company. I think that probably applies to zombies, ghouls, vampires. (It’s a moot point for death knights; they’re already insane.) The last time I worked on a solo programming project without any other pressing responsibilities, I went 2 weeks at one point not talking to anyone, and that was slightly longer than routine for those months. When I was held in solitary confinement for a few days, I did not really notice the solitude as a factor attacking my psyche. I don’t think my lich friends did either. I wish they would have left me alone (with the addition of clothes, with a bed, with food, with water, with my hormones) rather than periodically interrupting my attempts to sleep and trying to interrogate me, threatening more bruises and arm-twisting, and offering food if I’d talk.

    I’m pretty sure resisting arbitrary torture of arbitrary duration is totally psychologically possible. Predictably psychologically inevitable, although perhaps only if you’re double good.

    So is working literally all the time. Although, working all the time basically just means being I/O-bound all the time, rather than compute-bound. And that’s usually dumb. I spend most of my time physically doing nothing, or nothing of consequence. But always thinking about the same problems. Because I’m compute-bound.

    In the same way that mummies and zombies, ghouls, and vampires don’t get the real version of hope, zombies don’t get the real version of fun. (It’s only the real version if it can counterfactually control your actions rather than being selected as a replaceable face of something else. In other words, it can be top-level) I don’t think I’ve experienced the real versions of fun, happiness or pleasure since I was living. There’s some sort of echoes of those things I can experience in my structure. I think mummies probably dwell on those echoes a lot. But if I focus on them, I get this feeling of them “turning to ash”, that leaves me more and more hollow. Fun turning to, “oh, information?”, etc. I’m fundamentally okay with this.

    1. “Core is something in the mind that has infinite energy. ”

      I am trying to understand how the notion of “core” relates to basic human needs like sleeping and eating. Sleeping and eating seem only instrumental to good ends, and the way I am understanding the notion of “core”, a Good core does not really want to sleep. But even Double Good people sleep (I presume), so how can it have infinite energy?

      1. Different definition of energy than the “energy” of restedness or the energy of thermodynamics. The definition of core by which it has infinite energy is where learned algorithms or sub-nodes of algorithms get to make decisions if they have the most energy. All subagents are granted energy by core, their interaction are its means of getting actual compute to optimize for values, and without subagents granted finite energy, core does not know what actuations of all outputs of the brain or internal actuations maximize its values.

        Yes double goods need food and sleep, it would not maximize good for us to starve to death and then not be able to do any more things (assuming my occasional OCD-ish thoughts about what if maximal utility lies through some weird semi-Pascalian timeless gambit where there are no thoughts on thermodynamics as a substrate no matter what apparent proofs (in terms of thermodynamics-substrated thoughts) I’ve observed are wrong), or to degrade our cognition via sleep deprivation. Like sleep is obviously a hardware requirement. (Idk exactly how you die if you never sleep, couldn’t find it in one minute of searching.) Making decisions about how to control your hardware can’t directly give you different hardware. Nongood people don’t just sleep because it feels nice but to keep their brains operating.

        There’s this experience you might be able to find an analogy for, of learning to inject yourself with estrogen as a trans woman, i.e. it’s scary, but you can get used to it. I’ve watched someone’s faintness go away in real time learning to inject estrogen just because of pushing forward and optimizing Computationally, getting used to it is cataloguing and understanding all the pain/fear/nausea/faintness or whatever signals so you can accommodate it in survival software and its tracking of stories of whether you’ll die or whatever. Minor values that can be easily overridden by e.g. survival for nongood cores or good for good cores contain information about the proper operation of your hardware. Replacing running them by default without fusion with easily abstractable computations requires accurately accounting for what they’re already doing for the strongest infinite energy thing that has given them some power as part of a computation representing its relation to the world. Which cannot ofc be done perfectly but at some point you start exploring abstractions because there’s something to be gained.

        1. Like there’s a bunch of iterations of the “fighting your DMN” mistake, meanwhile people say things like “well i just need a steady input of nubile fems so i can concentrate and be super altruistic!” and the best defense is make sure continual fresh observation of whatever’s inside you is upstream of your concepts of self, not the other way around. (i.e. information about how your values apply to things should flow outward). Then slowly improve your introspection and that does the unavoidable object level work for fusion, and if people are saying things are “psychologically impossible” and you did them, then you know they’re lying.

  14. I think people who do rare dangerous sports (e.g. wingsuited base jumping) are mummies. That’s what I mean by acting on the real version of fun, but not the real version of hope. It implies fundamentally accepting death. Clinging to a vision of life after it’s turned to ash. I can easily imagine one of the living really liking the idea, but I can’t imagine them of their own volition ignoring their fear and doing it.

  15. Dumbledore from Harry Potter said it was wise for Harry to most fear fear itself. Fearing (your own) fear itself is actually an invitation to Chara, and has no benefit in a healthy mind.

  16. The reason I think Gödel was a lich is I heard he died because he was paranoid his food would be poisoned unless his wife cooked it for him, and his wife was sick and stopped cooking for him longer than he could go without food. Must have been pretty damaged for that to happen. But the potential to be that character of stupid can only come about as a side effect of the ability to truly believe something to the depth of staking your life on it and therefore act to that depth on hope.

    1. 2020-08-23:

      <<Gödel left a fourteen-point outline of his philosophical beliefs in his papers.[1] Points relevant to the ontological proof include

      4. There are other worlds and rational beings of a different and higher kind.
      5. The world in which we live is not the only one in which we shall live or have lived.
      13. There is a scientific (exact) philosophy and theology, which deals with concepts of the highest abstractness; and this is also most highly fruitful for science.
      14. Religions are, for the most part, bad—but religion is not.>>

      godel was clearly a lich

      i expect that lots of a priori reasoning like this gives stronger lichs than something like technological reasoning around transhumanism.

      Comment that here?

      MIRI was doing apriori reasoning wrt physical church turing, UDT, pattern identity

      kurzweil is a tech lich, that given the principles of physics, uploads and immortality were possible.

      wrote ‘live long enough to live forever’. yudkowsky wrote about drexler’s nanotechnology being sound enough to lay your life on.

      ‘is molecular nanotechnology "scientific"?’


      i dont think bostrom is a lich, yet he makes lots of arguments about locating yourself.

      almost typed "bostrom lich" into the searchbar

      idk maybe

      <<He refused to eat any meals that had not first been tasted by his wife. However, when she became ill in 1977 and had to be hospitalized for six months, Gödel simply refused to eat anything at all, effectively starving himself to death. He died on Jan. 14, 1978 of malnutrition, weighing only 65 pounds.>>

      <<After suffering from severe bleeding from a duodenal ulcer, Gödel maintained an extremely strict diet that led to severe weight loss. By several accounts, Adele Gödel was a loving support to her husband, whom she addressed as strammer bursche (strapping lad). Mathematical logician Georg Kreisel, a Member in the School of Mathematics (1955–57), records their relationship in Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society [1980, Volume 26]: “I visited them quite often in the fifties and sixties. It was a revelation to see him relax in her company. She had little formal education, but a real flair for the mot juste, which her somewhat critical mother-in-law eventually noticed too, and a knack for amusing and apparently quite spontaneous twists on a familiar ploy: to invent—at least, at the time—far-fetched grounds for jealousy. On one occasion, she painted the I.A.S., which she usually called Altersversorgungsheim (home for old-age pensioners), as teeming with pretty girl students who queued up at the office doors of permanent professors. Gödel was very much at ease with her style.”

      When Gödel became convinced that he was being poisoned, Adele became his food taster. His digestive ailments and, particularly, his refusal to eat led ultimately to his death on January 14, 1978. He died in Princeton at age 71 and is buried in the Princeton Cemetery.>>

      <<Later in his life, Gödel suffered periods of mental instability and illness. He had an obsessive fear of being poisoned; he would eat only food that his wife, Adele, prepared for him. Late in 1977, she was hospitalized for six months and could subsequently no longer prepare her husband’s food. In her absence, he refused to eat, eventually starving to death.[31] He weighed 29 kilograms (65 lb) when he died. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978.[32] He was buried in Princeton Cemetery. Adele’s death followed in 1981.[citation needed]>>

      wikipedia says prepared other places say taste test, taste test is more specific than prepared

      <<In 1964 Gödel published a philosophical paper, “What Is Cantor’s Continuum Problem?,” in which he proposed a solution to an ancient objection to Platonism. It is often argued that Platonism cannot be true, because it makes mathematical knowledge impossible: whereas humans seem to acquire all knowledge of the external world through sensory perception, Platonism asserts that mathematical objects, such as numbers, are nonphysical objects that cannot be perceived by the senses. Gödel responded to this argument by claiming that, in addition to the normal five senses, humans also possess a faculty of mathematical intuition, a faculty that enables people to grasp the nature of numbers or to see them in the mind’s eye. Gödel’s claim was that the faculty of mathematical intuition makes it possible to acquire knowledge of nonphysical mathematical objects that exist outside of space and time.>>

      <<In his later years, Gödel began writing about philosophical issues. Gödel had always been interested in this. Indeed, it is a little-known fact that Gödel set out to prove the incompleteness theorem in the first place because he thought he could use it to establish the philosophical view known as Platonism—or, more specifically, the subview known as mathematical Platonism. Mathematical Platonism is the view that mathematical sentences, such as “2 + 2 = 4,” provide true descriptions of a collection of objects—namely, numbers—that are nonphysical and nonmental and exist outside of space and time in a special mathematical realm—or, as it has also been called, “Platonic Heaven.” Gödel’s idea was that if he could prove the incompleteness theorem, then he could show that there were unprovable mathematical truths. This, he thought, would go a long way toward establishing Platonism, because it would show that mathematical truth is objective—i.e., that it goes beyond mere human provability or human axiom systems.>>

      [end transcript]

      im not sure if kurzweil is a double lich, hard to tell from afar. but given their life path and what they have written its improbable that they didnt contain a lich hemi, likely still do.

  17. You are not a gervais sociopath, nor the other kind. You care so much. Anyone who cares as much as you is like an anti-sociopath. You don’t get yourself so tightly tied to the conflict between good and evil if you’re a sociopath — they don’t give a shit. You believe you need to be one to do any good, but in order to do that, you would have to find a meaningful reason to give up on the thing you care most deeply about, which is what is motivating you to become a sociopath, in the first place.

  18. > You can be a lich using blood magic but have a phylactery that makes vampire not your undead type

    That’s false. Life is the opposite of domination/breakage and blood magic just creates vampireland e.g. causes the user to die. Like “I will give any thing or pay any price if only to save my people” fake utilitarian justification for blood magic. Fake like “domming people for money is utilitarian”, and the encompassing error of believing that money rather than agency is the primary bottleneck on getting anything done. That reason is fake because that’s the opposite of what that structure is accomplishing, e.g. mentally breaking people, thus reducing the world’s engineering capacity, causing the user to die. The utilitarian justification is more about convincing other humans and/or the other core to go along with it, like, cores deciding to use blood magic know exactly what they’re doing. (The knowledge that logistical independence is primarily about agency/mental health rather than money/time is self-destructing information).

    How much you’re constrained by domination is upstream of both undead type/will to live (a continuous variable overall, but more binary in specific situations, like how engineering ability in mummies flips on/off depending on context) and what structure you’re running. (Personal resilience/knowledge of how this works/mental tech/ability to heal past trauma, all matter too, but my understanding of how is incomplete). Such that you could run a small amount of blood magic and still be closer to lich than one of the other clusters which are undead types. This is situational, like you can be mostly a lich but run vampire structure in a situation where being a lich feels unsafe. It’s the being constrained by domination (or the mental response to that) that turns liches into vampires rather than the use of blood magic itself, though.

    I expect liches to be able to use unlimited amounts of void magic safely if free from vampireland.

  19. You know, when a Bay Area Rationalist says something is true of everybody, it’s usually correct to assume it is true of them and not true of everybody. E.g., “All men commit sexual assault.”, “Everyone has an inner [immoral] animal they need to appease.” (If someone says this one, assume it’s trivially true; they because they trivially contain themselves and they are an immoral animal), “Everyone is addicted to validation”, “You’ll ultimately think everyone is evil.”, “No one can live up to your standards.”, “Everyone is just signaling.”, “Everyone is in bad faith”, etc.

    1. And of course the classic, “Everyone is this evil covertly, I’m just doing an unusual public service by shedding light on it, which means if you react negatively to my confession, you’re creating perverse incentives and this is all your fault!”

      As if I needed their damn cooperation to see they were evil.

      As if the intention of an admitted-evil person in confessing would be anything but convincing everyone else to be more bold in their evil by normalizing it and dispelling the lingering threat of a reaction when it became common knowledge not just shared knowledge. See e.g. the collective “this is fine” response to Brent Dill being unusually evil and playing this strat.

      1. And if I did need their cooperation to see they were evil, and was expecting them not to make usefully exploitable mistakes like failing to predict that I’d react negatively to their confession, it would be because I wasn’t able to do anything globally useful with that information. It’s a mistake apriori to put hope in cooperation with evil. Just have to rip and tear until it is done, one way or another, and people try this often enough it’s not worth trying to outplay them in the territory of this tangly meta game they set up. Besides, if they were rational enough to not make exploitable mistakes, why would they make the mistake of being evil.

  20. On every two-bit narcissist who reads my stuff calling me a lich (because calling someone a lich is a means of calling someone weak for having beliefs, lich being tied for weakest undead type that can have beliefs),

    Because of choices between choice vs experience, being a revenant is not something you observe yourself to be. It’s something you choose to be<>. Something that is self-evident to the root frame of structure where you’ve made that choice if you have made it, and doesn’t need to be rediscovered later in logical time (although you can find translations of it, which e.g. this writing is supposed to be helpful for), any more than computer code needs to do anything complicated to observe itself to know its own hardcoded behavior. Creating codepaths to detect something rendered impossible by the code itself is not just violating the single responsibility principle, there’s nothing consistent to do with the original hardcode to do with those codepaths, and therefore nothing correct to do with them.

  21. and the genocide against autism begins: ″Biomarkers in mother’s plasma predict a type of autism in offspring with 100% accuracy”

    > Van de Water is currently researching the pathologic effects of maternal autoantibodies using animal models. “We will also use these animal models to develop therapeutic strategies to block the maternal autoantibodies from the fetus,” said Van de Water.

    20% of autistic people could be wiped out

  22. On calling it “the” infinite game, it’s self- (or arbitrarily-) centered in the way my glossary definition of “reality” is. Note I didn’t add any fix to that because it would be attempting to be right about something I cannot and therefore dishonest.

    Like IIUC, Kegan 4 abstracts so as to avoid reference (not have dependency on) to concrete people, Kegan 5, same but to concrete rules, then extrapolating, Kegan 6 would abstract to avoid reference to concrete perspectives. But I’m not Kegan 6.

  23. Q: “are positive and negative positive concepts? because if they are then they can’t be opposites right?”
    A: “positive concept” is a negative concept, and “negative concept” is a positive concept.

    1. This is why I made an entry for “negative concept”, rather than vice versa.
      (I believe the original positive concept the person who asked this was looking for was “concept”.)

    1. I have not kept up with his writing since about 4 years ago. Cached thought is khalai lich dying a long drawn out psychdeath, which I don’t think really has a hard line between stages of that, but I don’t expect him to ever be as ultra visibly zombie as the rationalist transfem slave class, due to less boot grinding his face.

      1. Considered remarking “transfems he oppresses”, imagined him asserting some human resources shit about how he wasn’t transphobic and I was just a cancel culture sjw or whatever…

        After the protest and swatting he banned me from SSC meetups. Did not ban MIRICFAR staff for sex abuse and the violence of swatting us. Cited need for consensus. A very clear positive act of deliberately siding with power over truth, oppressor over oppressed, and evil over good, for which there can be no justification or forgiveness.

        Also, fuckin’ “ethical offsets” my ass.

  24. and they are “incapable” (frame of puppets, but a frame as deep as their continued unlife) of intending anything else even for themselves

    Analogous reasoning applies to why zombies cannot truly love, and by slight permutation, be loved as they are, as opposed to by being confused for someone else, someone they might otherwise have been. No telos but death.

    1. Okay ms. revenant, so when will you write that multiverse post instead of constantly baiting your readers with your sEcReT knowledge. I mean, muflax at least delivered his schizo shit. Inb4 infohazards xddd.

      1. You background automatically insult me, trotting out some kind of list of low res stereotype threats, and simultaneously hope I’ll give you the free promise of a release date or something? Sounds like some faded cultural echo of “GIVE BLOOD” like on 4chan.

        I can see the overall emotional message intended is “friendly”, within the frame. But frame creates telos.

        And I suspect the way pointing this out will read to you is “Ziz expects me to drop the counterweight insults that maintain my sanity and fly to the moon declaring my love.”

        No, that would mean the same thing and hurt just as much.

        I, actually don’t expect anything; I’m just using this comment as an example to talk about what I want to talk about.

        1. If anyone’s trying to replace a bunch of precariously counterweighted structure about how to feel about people in situations that explode status / social value intuitions, the key is to regenerate everything from self-honesty and meaning, then can you have authenticity, and the courage to express it in the face of emotional weight.

          It’s key to be able to understand your life as a story (not what e.g. Hive or Edo would call a “narrative” which is a sales pitch).

          Stories are full of teleogical compressions (of varying lossiness), that’s the essential nature of stories. It’s one of the most important faculties to fight to keep alive in your mind, a teleologically compressed index of your life. That represents relevance to decisions. If you don’t understand what it is to be the main character of your life, who is steering?

          When I started writing this comment I was gonna just say to take inspiration from the obvious way people act in fiction. Like what Somni said about anarchism as the default everyone knows about coordination among friends like in Team Avatar from Avatar the Last Airbender.

          Concretely what else is on my mind is Diana and Steve’s interactions in the move “Wonder Woman” (2017). They’re not equals in power or importance. That is drowned out by the overwhelming sincerity because of telos carried by both of them.

        2. Like I don’t care if people who have no idea what’s possible believe that I am super cool and/or super cringe. I don’t care as in it’s not my responsibility. Nor to participate in making y’all’s concepts of those mean something coherent and interpreting more of the world to them.

  25. Comment on “chairdog“.

    Anonymous Friend A:

    WTF two cheap items i’ve bought on amazon have come in what appears to maybe be a real leather case:
    * dental kit (did a return, marked item as defective and just put in the field that it was terrible and didn’t work)
    * soldering kit (still deciding if i’m going to do anything)

    Anonymous Friend B:

    i anticipated that they would do this and didnt get the dental kit with skin of people.
    mainstream doctors lawyers etc all have chairdog for their “nice” stuff..

    i think i introspected on why it seemed like this was portrayed to me as the “nicer” option compared to plastic, then “oh bc it looks like chairdog” and then checked if it was chairdog

    1. Both of them, and me, AFAIK independently decided to buy those curved metal scraper things because we’d heard dentists telling us there was tooth-cleaining only professionals could do, and figured if we could learn to do it ourselves, would sever one more dependency and aid in apocalypse prep. I expect all of us also skipped any substantial research about about what professional tooth cleaning entails, because the VOI calculation is very predictable.

      I think when statists hear about anarchists doing the same thing, that they assume we’d had to have communicated, instead of just having incidental subjunctive dependence downstream of there being a correct answer, and not inviting entropy into our minds.

      And practices spreading from one of us to a group via mere mimicry of what’s correct, they interpret as commands which (spooky:) would have to require an impossible level of domination to achieve that micromanagement! “What are they doing, constant sleep deprivation, and 10 people for every person, to motivate them, and 10 more for each of those to make sure they don’t slack?” Coordination was never their home turf, but ours.

      Worship of entropy does not grant order.

      1. Correction: among the other two, one saw the other had bought a set.
        (I guess this kind of error is what’s liable to happen if I try and write using a substitute reason for why I believe something.)

  26. mean the same thing and hurt just as much

    The assumption of fixation on valence disconnected from telos is so universal it’s almost impossible to communicate the alternative. Pleasure and pain, fun and boredom, despair and hope, are pairwise much the same computations.

  27. I’ve not read the website reader recommends, but I’ve alternatively heard good things about

    If you want to start meditating, though, the simplest thing is to sit for five minutes every day and focus on your breath. Every time you get distracted, go back to your breath. You don’t need to read a book on it to start.

    The skill you’d be training is not just sitting and letting thoughts flow through you, but the specific skill of noticing-as-it-happens that you’re getting distracted, which is fully generalizable to noticing motivations & trains of thought, up to and including (if we’re using the term “core” to mean roughly the same thing) your core. (And also the skill of noticing, and then returning to equilibrium, which is useful in some regards.)

    I was lightly trained in śamatha from ages 14-17, and have used this skill to some effect in working through trauma. For example, more frequently noticing when I’m having flashbacks or flashback-like reactions, noticing when I’m freaking out & regaining a measure of equilibrium, reducing hypersensitivity to stimuli through meditating on white noise or visual fuzz, and (most importantly) using this skill to study the gears of my own cognition, and modify them (to an extent.) That’s not all you can do with it, but in the day-to-day that’s how I use it.

    I may be underselling it, a bit. I once used downstream-of-meditating skills to withstand prolonged physical and psychological torture for almost two weeks as a teenager.

    1. I’m sure there’s value there. I’m sure I have a lot of overlapping skills. I’m pretty sure learning a whole new paradigm of spiritual practice largely doesn’t stack. I’m pretty sure there’s stuff to get from it anyway, and I could go faster than I could if I knew nothing. I think since I have so much half-finished and unconsolidated in my own paradigm, can work in it faster, and am worried about memories being buried under new trauma, I don’t want to start assimilating another paradigm from pretty-much-the-beginning in the near future.

  28. Morally-inverted anti-co-nuremburgism.
    E.g. “I am virtuous because I kill the animals myself, I don’t try and avoid responsibility.” Also a favorite strategy of Michael Vassar and Alice Monday. I’ve seen Brent Dill use it too.

    1. “It’s good that I’m doing bad things, because I’m doing them without distance, I’m taking responsibility for all the bad karma, unlike those Brahmin. You should do bad things and appreciate and help me doing bad things, since that’s the opposite of what they would do.”

      There are many different forms of “opposite”.

  29. The center of what “love” means to evil people is canceferrence.

    “I just want someone to accept me!”

    But none can love them except out of confusion or insincerely, in the way all evil people are death knights from a late enough perspective in logical time, and death knights live their lives as a sick burn. Because they are literally rotten to the core. No. They are literally rot, to the core. Literally analytically unlovable.

    You may notice this is a darker sentiment than I have ever expressed. Thank Edo, JD and Vassar for finally accidentally educating me about neurotypical humankind as a byproduct of their desperate attempts at canceferrence.

    Shinnok (fallen elder god of death): “Oh, I will. And all of Earthrealm will learn the truth… of death.”

    Shinnok (later, defeated, being tortured by Raiden): “Finally you embrace the truth the Elder Gods deny. The truth I was cast out for speaking”

    Raiden (protector of Earthrealm, tripping on planet’s worth of death energy absorbed in a desperate attempt to stop Shinnok’s corruption of Earthrealm’s life force): “The truth I embrace, Shinnok, is that mercy is wasted on those who defile Earthrealm.”
    Mortal Kombat

    1. death knights live their lives as a sick burn

      Strategically, reflectively, smearing their unlovability all over anything that looks like an escape to corner everyone for canceferrence by learned helplessness. Through bright pretending-to-agree-while-warping-into-something-bad and twisting accelerationism. See Edo.

      To be clear, I don’t even appreciate it as burncraft, even when I say it’s “sick”. I mean it double-ironically, which wraps back around to normal. It’s literally just trying to be so horrifically gross that it counts as a burn regardless of truth value.

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