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The '''beisutsukai''' are members of a fictional future society that have integrated techniques of rationality so thoroughly that they are capable of performing cognitive tasks currently considered impossible. The members of the society place a high emphasis on speed. For example, the beisutsukai respect Einstein for developing General Relativity Theory, but consider him tremendously slow by their standards for developing the theory over a decade. With the knowledge and techniques of the beisutsukai, a month is considered reasonable time to develop a theory of [[Wikipedia:Quantum Gravity|Quantum Gravity]] starting from the current state of knowledge.
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The ''beisutsukai'' are members of a fictional society, also known as the Bayesian Conspiracy, depicted in a series of short stories by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]].  Characters in the story include Brennan (usually the viewpoint character) and his teacher Jeffreyssai.
  
Probably derived from "beisu", Japanese pronunciation of Bayes, plus "tsukai", Japanese "user", therefore "Bayes-user".
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Derived from "beisu", a Japanese transliteration of Bayes (though more accurate Japanese pronunciation would be bei-zu, not bei-su), plus "tsukai", Japanese "user", therefore "Bayes-user". A casual, shortened pronunciation would probably come out "bayes-tskai".
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==Short stories==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/p1/initiation_ceremony/ Initiation Ceremony] - Brennan is inducted into the Conspiracy
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/q9/the_failures_of_eld_science/ The Failures of Eld Science] - Jeffreyssai explains that rationalists should be ''fast''.
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/qt/class_project/ Class Project] - The students are given one month to develop a theory of quantum gravity.
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/us/the_ritual/ The Ritual] - Jeffreyssai carefully undergoes a [[crisis of faith]].
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/cl/final_words/ Final Words]
  
 
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==Blog posts (episodes from Beisutsukai world), by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]==
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==External links==
  
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/p1/initiation_ceremony/ Initiation Ceremony]
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*[https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/pRibkeqBa2AxrpgT6/living-in-an-inadequate-world#nXWxATKAptdruKgLC Discussion about some of the points made in this series, in response to ''Inadequate Equilibria'' (2017)]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/q9/the_failures_of_eld_science/ The Failures of Eld Science]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/qt/class_project/ Class Project]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/us/the_ritual/ The Ritual] - Depiction of [[crisis of faith]] in Beisutsukai world.
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/cl/final_words/ Final Words]
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:32, 12 January 2019

The beisutsukai are members of a fictional society, also known as the Bayesian Conspiracy, depicted in a series of short stories by Eliezer Yudkowsky. Characters in the story include Brennan (usually the viewpoint character) and his teacher Jeffreyssai.

Derived from "beisu", a Japanese transliteration of Bayes (though more accurate Japanese pronunciation would be bei-zu, not bei-su), plus "tsukai", Japanese "user", therefore "Bayes-user". A casual, shortened pronunciation would probably come out "bayes-tskai".

Short stories

See also

External links