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Mindfulness as debugging by pchvykov

Are mind­ful­ness prac­tices just at­tempts to re­verse-en­g­ineer our brain’s com­pres­sion al­gorithms?I was re­cently think­ing about one cool way we could con­cep­tu­al­ize var­i­ous mind­ful­ness prac­tices from a cog­ni­tive sci­ence and in­for­ma­tion the­ory per­spec­tive. Here I am refer­ring to mind­ful­ness prac­tices in the broad­est sense. So Tai Chi (or other mar­tial arts of even...

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Science Is an Error-Correcting Mechanism

It does not presume to predict the future from the past Naval: Where do good explanations come from? There’s currently an obsession with induction, the idea that you can predict the future from the past. You can say, “I saw one, then two, then three, then four, then five, so therefore next must be six, seven, eight, nine.” There’s a belief that this is how new knowledge is created, that this is how scientific theories are...