Jakub Konieczny

Oxford, United Kingdom

Age: 26

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answered Are there two different unbounded sequences such that if you subtract them they converge to $0$?
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revised How are reference letters for postdocs submitted?
added 26 characters in body
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comment How are reference letters for postdocs submitted?
@TomChurch: I'm in mathematics
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comment How much trust are you supposed to give a peer-reviewed article?
+1 for explaining what a good Bayesian should do
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asked How are reference letters for postdocs submitted?
Feb
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comment How to send your transcript directly from your US university to grad schools without the transcript office knowing which schools
The triple exclamation mark in the first sentence is very off-putting...
Feb
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comment How to solicit feedback from students about faculty candidates?
+1, just for the mention of free food! I'm a grad student, and free food is the only possible incentive which would work on me.
Jan
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asked Is it okay for a thesis to have sections of very different lengths?
Jan
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awarded Nice Answer
Dec
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comment When to label paper as "accepted" on your publication list?
@Karl The point is that I will want to update my publication list at some point, and I'm just curious at which point (in the admittedly short period of a few weeks or so) this is appropriate. It's not that I want to boast as soon as possible, it's just my lack of experience in how things are done :)
Dec
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asked When to label paper as "accepted" on your publication list?
Dec
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answered Is it a new type of induction? (Infinitesimal induction) Is this even true?
Dec
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awarded Benefactor
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awarded Curious
Nov
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awarded Famous Question
Nov
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comment Can Pascal's wager be made to work?
The casino example is very valid, but I would already be interested in an argument that roughly "beaks even" (in that the expected utility of X is roughly 0 - as it actually is in casino). Somehow, this is the best I would hope for - even if we understood utility perfectly, you can't give a good estimate for the probability of god's existence.
Nov
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comment Can Pascal's wager be made to work?
Cort Ammon, I was writing the second comment before I saw yours, but it happens to partially answer it. I'm not asking that all terms in the expression that you mention be computed - I'm merely asking for sufficiently good estimates.
Nov
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comment Can Pascal's wager be made to work?
Note that to argue that the expected utility of a certain action is positive, there is no need even be able to evaluate utility of a single specific action. Pascal does not do it. Instead, he argues that utility of a certain action if God exists is infinite (or at least orders of magnitute larger than anything else involved) so that even rescaled by a factor like 1/1000000 it still dominates all the other terms which would appear.
Nov
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comment Can Pascal's wager be made to work?
I'm afraid we are talking at cross purposes here. In particular, I'm quite happy to keep things at a rather informal level, where Tarski's results will not be that much of an issue. I can hardly imagine formalising one's utility so much that these problems may arise. Surely, it is even harder to have a system that is somehow able to describe utility (which is connected to physical world, which is messy and complicated) but at the same time is too weak to include integer arithmetic.
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comment Can Pascal's wager be made to work?
Sure, infinite time multiplied by even a small improvement in utility per unit of time gives infinite utility. However, to make it work you need to assume that the god favours those who pretend to believe over those who do not believe but are generally good people, which I don't think is generally believed. So, there is infinite utility hanging in the balance, but it is not sure which strategy is more likely to give you this infinite improvement.
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