October 2020 News

October 2020 Gwern.net newsletter with links on AI scaling, Euclid; further site reorganization & improvement.
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2019-12-262021-05-04 finished certainty: log importance: 0 backlinks

October 2020’s Gwern.net newsletter is now out; previous, September 2020 (archives). This is a summary of the revision-history RSS feed, overlapping with my Changelog & ⁠; brought to you by my donors on Patreon⁠.


  • more Gwern.net fixes: line-breaking on slashes, hyphenation & justified text on Chrome desktop browsers using Edward Kmett’s at compile-time; full-width mobile images; rewrote GoodReads conversion for much more readable book review page⁠; browsable directories; popup annotations now render more like body
  • compiled all movie & anime reviews

  1. Aside from extremely strong priors about life extension effects (typically much smaller) and the low quality of animal research⁠, some of the specific problems with the original result included:

    • contradictory median/lifespan figures
    • duplicate image
    • small sample
    • doses of C60 small enough that the direct antioxidant activity can’t be responsible
    • bizarre intervention, whose justifying cites were not published when experiment started
    • the C60 was administered for brief period (‘imagine taking a supplement only during your 40s and doubling your lifespan’)
    • the massive life extension observed in the olive-oil-only rats—not doubling, but still implausible