Leah Libresco made waves earlier this year when, after years of blogging for the Patheos atheism portal, she announced her conversion to Roman Catholicism. Shortly after that, in late July, she attended the same CFAR one-week camp as me, and it was a privilege to spend time with her: she’s smart, energetic, thoughtful and veryContinue reading “My questions for Leah Libresco”
Monthly Archives: November 2012
No architectural leap required
I recently listened to the Yudkowsky-Hanson debate that took place at Jane Capital in June 2011. It’ll surprise no-one that I’m more convinced by Eliezer Yudkowsky’s arguments than Robin Hanson’s, but the points below aren’t meant to recap or cover the entire debate. At roughly 34 minutes in, Hanson leans hard on the idea thatContinue reading “No architectural leap required”
Lambda calculus and Graham’s number
Very big numbers like Graham’s Number are often expressed with lengthy, clumsy, semi formal explanations. But it’s concise and convenient to express such numbers precisely in the pure lambda calculus, using Church numerals. Starting with Knuth’s up-arrow, if we define fn,a(b) = a↑nb, then f0,a(b) = ab and fn+1,a(b) = fn,ab(1). From this we get thatContinue reading “Lambda calculus and Graham’s number”
Welcome to my new blog!
When I first went to set up a blog, I wanted something I had the option of hacking on myself, based on a decent programming language and decent toolkit. Being a Pythonista, I looked for something Django based, and settled on Byteflow. I set it up and started blogging. This turns out to have beenContinue reading “Welcome to my new blog!”