Xing Shi Cai

146 karmaJoined Mar 2021


I live in a middle income country where most people are still relatively poor compared with people in developed world, although not as bad as the global extreme poor. So the uttermost priority for people here are to lift themselves out of poverty. When I occasionally mention that I gave money to charities, everyone thinks that I'm utterly insane. This makes me realize that EA is always going to have a limited audience, i.e., people who live in developed country who have a relatively comfortable life.

This piece on the New Republic argues that EA as a movement depends way to much on billionaire donors.


The two main things that I found useful --

  1. A wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The staring point to reduce anxiety, is to pay attention to what we actually feel what it actually feel like when we do things or thinking of things that make us anxious.
  2. Being anxious has it's reward. We may feel like we are trying to solve an issue. The way to break it, is to give a yourself "big better offer" -- curiosity about your feelings and self-love.

I am reading The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits by Judson Brewer (the guest in the show). I think chronicle anxiety is very similar to addictions and the books offers some helpful suggestion in dealing with it using mindfulness.

I have been playing with Stability Diffusion for the past week. (It's a bit addictive.) It's currently very time consuming to make photo realistic deep fake images. It probably easier to do so with photo shop. What I can see happens is that people will use Stable Diffusion to make a lot of creative images for political messages intend to attack and mock the opposite side instead of trying to mislead.

If you use Firefox, you can use a customized user CSS file following these steps -- https://superuser.com/a/319322

In your CSS, put

@-moz-document domain(forum.effectivealtruism.org) {
    .UsersNameDisplay-userName {
        opacity: %0 !important;

It takes a lot of courage to look into the abyss and try to build a bridge across it. Most people would not even look into it.

I had trouble of having enough sleep lately. Often I woke up early and could not go back to sleep again. Last night I took 0.3mg melatonin and this morning I missed my alarm clock and slept for 9 hours straight! 😲

It may be because that I slept for only 6 hours the night before, but it has never happened before that I would not wake up by alarm clocks. But this is a promising beginning.

Please remove Google resources, like Google fonts, from the website. It will make it easier to visit the website from certain countries.

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