Moving to Berkeley, Selling All My Stuff!

by Luke Muehlhauser on March 15, 2011 in News

I’m moving to Berkeley to join the Visiting Fellows program at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

I’m also reducing my possessions so that they fit in a large suitcase, a large duffle bag, and a backpack. So, I’m getting rid of almost everything!

Want some scholarly religion books? I’m selling a bunch of them, cheaper than anywhere else, here. (Update: Most of them are sold already!)

Live in L.A. and want to buy a nice pillowtop Queen bed, or a big Ikea desk, or a bedside stand, or some lamps, or an office chair, or an electroacoustic guitar? Contact me for details.

Everything must go! :)

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MarkD March 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Welcome to the Bay Area! Try Gather.

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Martin March 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Goodbye from LA!

Hope you don’t freeze to death up there. In July when it’s like 40 degrees.

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Luke Muehlhauser March 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

MarkD,

Ooh that pizza looks good. :)

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FrF March 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Wow, Luke! You’re producing quality material at an almost worrying rate and now this. You certainly have enviable energy levels. All the best in Berkely :-)

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John D March 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Congratulations on this Luke. I hope this will be a good move for you. I’m glad to see you are transitioning into full-time scholarship. .

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chuck March 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

congrats Luke. very inspiring.

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Furcas March 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Wow, grats!

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Bill Maher March 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

congrats buddy. nice to see a nice guy’s hard work pay off.

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nonchai March 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Great news Luke,

Hope all goes well. Not at all surprised given all te reading you seem to do on these subjects and your posts here.

Hope we’ll be able to enjoy some of the fruits of your new labours and discoveries.

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mopey March 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Say hello to John Searle, should you visit UC or bump into him getting Starbucks or something. I hear he is really open to interviews, and I bet you’d do a great one.

Congrats on getting the fellow thing. That is really a great snag to pull off – nice work! Best wishes for your future.

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Brandon B. March 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Luke, I’m a Bay Area biologist at Genentech. I’m a big fan of your website and multiple podcasts. Hit me up for a visit when you get into town. Beer or other drink of your choice is on me. I’ll even give you a tour of my lab if you’re interested.

Take care!

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Taranu March 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Congrats Luke! I’m happy for you.

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Esteban R. (Formerly Steven R.) March 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

At the risk of sounding too much like a fanboy…if I get admitted into UCB I’d love to meet up and just discuss this AI and morality stuff. This blog has been a huge help in expanding my thinking so…well, I’d love to meet the man behind it all.

On another note, why is the book on a Logical Justification of Atheism the most expensive? That’s the one I wanted to buy too :\

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Garren March 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

Congratulations!

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Luke Muehlhauser March 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

Esteban R.,

Because it’s at least $15 more everywhere else. :)

Keep an eye out; the price may drop.

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Silas March 16, 2011 at 3:41 am

Wow, that is great! I hope all goes well for you!

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Haecceitas March 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

On another note, why is the book on a Logical Justification of Atheism the most expensive?

Simple laws of supply and demand. There’s so much demand for a logical justification of atheism, but very little can be supplied.

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Zeb March 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

Haecceitas FTW!

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Dan Brown March 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

Congrats Luke! The Bay Area will transform you. Particularly Berkeley.

The geography there seems to concentrate the local culture.
The concentrated culture seems to percolate higher.
You’ll find this the opposite of L.A. where the the geography has the inverse effect.

Your eccentricities will be encouraged in the Bay Area.
L.A. tends to make one more self conscious.

It’ll be interesting to observe the effects of these differences on your perspective.

You should find it welcoming.

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Jacopo March 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

Congrats, Luke!

Just curious, when selling this stuff, what will you do when you want to access such and such a book and you don’t have a copy to hand?

I still see why you want to sell things, you’re going a long way afterall so they’d just be hanging around not-read if you left them in storage or whatever, but are you normally happy to sell books once you’ve read them? I find it very useful to be able to go back to a book and go over this or that argument or chapter, or dig out such and such a quote.

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Luke Muehlhauser March 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

Jacopo,

That’s a price I’ll have to pay. I really want to strip down my possessions, and there’s still about a dozen books I’m keeping (mostly textbooks). And luckily, I’ve lost interest in all those religion books I once bought.

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Tony Hoffman March 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

Congratulations on your Fellowship. I had no idea you were sleeping with so many people.

Don’t forget us little people when you’re programming drones for who to target last.

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Haukur March 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

Good luck at the MIRI, Luke! With your incredible energy and ambition I bet you will do well. Heck, maybe you turn out to be the messiah and Eliezer Yudkowsky is more of a John the Baptist figure.

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Luke Muehlhauser March 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

Tony Hoffman,

I’m afraid there’s no room for you in the superintelligent machine’s utility function. :)

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Luke Muehlhauser March 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

Everybody saw that this is a visiting fellowship with MIRI, right? Not a full-time, permanent position.

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Chuck March 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

I don’t care what the status of the fellowship is. You are providing an example of how a “career” is built. One doesn’t go down to the career store and pick out a job title but rather one allows himself to follow their interests come what may. I’m facing a cross-roads between my job and my passion and your example reminds me that happiness is not found in pretending to be passionate about a pursuit when real passion is waiting. I like that.

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Luke Muehlhauser March 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

Chuck,

Yup. :)

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Felipe Ramos March 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

Congradulation! I do happy that you find a wonderful opportunity which match your passion at Berkeley! SMILE One is bummer that you will not live in Southern California anymore. For sure, I will keep to look your blog when you share from your experience at Machine Intelligence Research Institute. Enjoy in your journey!

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clamat March 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

Congratulations, Luke. We all know you’ll make the very most of this exciting opportunity. (Does that come off as parental? Whatever – your mother and I are just so proud!!! :-) )

As for it being a visiting fellowship: I grew up in L.A., but went to UCB undergrad, and have been a committed ex-pat from La La Land from the moment I landed in the Bay Area. I’m confident you’ll have the same experience, and your status (for residency, at least) will change to “permanent” in no time.

In other words: We got Luke – suck it SoCal! ;-)

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Stuart Armstrong March 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Congratulations!

Hope you get to do some great work…

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Silver Bullet March 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Luke,

A long time ago, I “asked the atheist” this question:” Why isn’t philosophy of religion just another way of talking about the emperor’s invisible clothes? I mean, there is no interest in philosophy of tea reading, or philosophy of witchcraft, so why all the fuss about philosophy of religion? Its just a lot of thinking about BS isn’t it? And where it isn’t clearly BS, the only answers can come from science, so where’s the need for philosophy of religion?”

I’m really, really glad that you’re making this move to “the cutting edge” of science.

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Chris Hallquist March 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations on this, Luke.

(Yes, I saw that this is not permanent or full-time, but it sounds like a step in the direction of where you want to go in life)

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Josh March 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm

As a grad student at the UC and long time reader/commenter here, I’d love to chat with you some time—hit me up if/when you are free!

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Luke Muehlhauser March 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

Josh,

Remind me after I’ve announced my arrival in Berkeley.

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juhou March 17, 2011 at 3:02 am

Congratulations Luke!

Enjoy your time there :)

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Luke Muehlhauser March 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

Thanks to all for the kind words.

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cl March 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

Luke,

Inspiring. Let’s grab a beer and some ethnic food of your choice once you get here.

Dan Brown,

The Bay Area will transform you. Particularly Berkeley. The geography there seems to concentrate the local culture. The concentrated culture seems to percolate higher. You’ll find this the opposite of L.A. where the the geography has the inverse effect.

You hit the nail on the head, and that’s coming from somebody who’s experienced both.

Chuck,

I don’t care what the status of the fellowship is. You are providing an example of how a “career” is built. One doesn’t go down to the career store and pick out a job title but rather one allows himself to follow their interests come what may. I’m facing a cross-roads between my job and my passion and your example reminds me that happiness is not found in pretending to be passionate about a pursuit when real passion is waiting. I like that.

Excellent comment, and one I endorse as a metric for living.

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Chuck March 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

Excellent comment, and one I endorse as a metric for living.

Here’s hoping I can do that.

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