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ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





rjmccall posted:

someone who’s found something they love and spends their time doing it actually does know what’s important better than a lot of people, op

That's not how that guy is thinking about it.

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ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





I guarantee you that person doesn't actually understand machine learning.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





https://twitter.com/i_zzzzzz/status/1465930669897494530

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





Carl Sagan posted:

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





tbf when Carl Sagan said that Bozo was current.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





rjmccall posted:

at an earlier job, some of our directors were the sort of people who read management magazines, and they found some article about how humans can supposedly mentally handle relationships with about 144 people before they start to depersonalize everyone else, which i’m sure was just typical pop sociology nonsense. we were growing a lot / doing a major reorg / getting bought out at the time, and they gave us a pep talk about how they were aiming for that as the ideal size for an organization. every one of us was like, even if this amazing science fact were true, maybe some of us want to save some some of those relationships for, like, the other people in our lives? and management was just so disappointed in us

From Dunbar's number (bolding mine):

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Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size. By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships. There is some evidence that brain structure predicts the number of friends one has, though causality remains to be seen. Dunbar explained it informally as "the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar." Dunbar theorised that "this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this, in turn, limits group size [...] the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained". On the periphery, the number also includes past colleagues, such as high school friends, with whom a person would want to reacquaint himself or herself if they met again. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 250, with a commonly used value of 150.

A replication of Dunbar's analysis with a larger data set and updated comparative statistical methods has challenged Dunbar's number by revealing that the 95% confidence interval around the estimate of maximum human group size is much too large (2–520) to specify any cognitive limit.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





NihilCredo posted:

Google says it's 1h 10m, is that realistic?

On a good day, but many days will not be good.

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ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007





If you work somewhere near one of the Metro stations in Reston you could theoretically take a commuter train from Baltimore to DC and then take the Metro out to Reston. It's not faster but you're not driving and could do some work on the trains.

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