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  1. so, they end up having the same 'purpose', but differ in their methods. makes sense
  2. Since intjf has some pretty impressive math-oriented people, i figured this might be a worthwhile question: So, kernals (like Support Vector Machines) take data in and produce an output; which is like the standard Input(i)-Output(o) design data (i)---> [kernal] ---> data transformed in some way (o) Artificial neural networks operate in the same direction, right? data (i) ---> [bunch of linear algebra] ---> data transformed in some way (o) Question Even if the math is fundamentally different between kernals (SVMs) and ANNs, aren't they technically equivalent at the function level? Like, do these two methods reduce into one general concept of data transformation?, or is there some even further difference?
  3. thanks for the advice. im going to be hanging out with him in a few days, and i told him we can rationally discuss the ideas he had. he said he understands that some were delusional, but seems to think others might actually be valid. so hopefully that means he understands the difference between reality and illusions at this point.
  4. prior to this event, he wasnt diagnosed by a medical professional as having a personality disorder. it just seemed like he did based on his behavior over the last two years. but just recently after his event last week, hes been diagnosed with a personality disorder. ...... added to this post 3 minutes later: glad to hear that people can recover. i spoke to him yesterday and he isnt mad about what happened. he told me hes doing fine now and that the pot he took might have been laced with LSD. one thing that concerns me, is he asked me if i want to hangout to discuss all of the ideas he had while he was having a psychotic episode. he said he knows some of the ideas were bizarre, but that hes confident some of his ideas were actually novel/insightful. how should that be handled? if he keeps mentally running through his memory during that period, could it re-trigger an episode? would it be better for me to just tell him that we should just forget everything from that point in his life?
  5. i understand that labeling people is dangerous, and a culture that sees pot users as "psychotic" is a problem. obviously, not all pot users will deal with psychosis. but this is a select case where a person with a borderline personality disorder used a psychoactive substance (pot) and experienced psychosis. im not labeling him; im not judging him. hes a good person. even in his psychotic state he was still very calm, and repeated stated how much he loved humanity. i didnt make this thread to label pot users. i just wanted advice on if it was ok for me to still talk to him.
  6. i did notice it, but i didn't think it was as bad as it clearly was. ...... added to this post 9 minutes later: i think in certain conditions weed can have very strong psychedelic effects. he had been using weed before, at parties or with friends. it didnt affect him like this. i told him he should start using it differently. i told him to try to force visuals; to write down his thoughts. i told him pot would help him see reality differently. that he could modify his personal behavior. and i told him if he really focused hard enough, the mild psychedelic effects of pot could be enhanced, even to the point of controlled visual hallucinations. i told him that because thats what i did. and i went through the weird thoughts; the sudden irrational 'insights'. but i made sure to remind myself that it was just the effects of a drug. he didnt do that. he treated every thought as if it was real. he started coming up with theories that the two hemispheres of the brain are male and female; that the whole universe fell under a spectrum of objectivity and subjectivity. then it twisted into thoughts about dead celebrities and divine powers. i dont think it was laced with anything. i think the fact that he did it in isolation, with no one to guide him, is what made the effects so strong. he called me a few days before and said (word for word) "70% of all my thoughts right now i learned from you". i should have recognized what he was going through, and i didnt. but it seems like his friends and family are getting him help, and arent treating him like hes insane. they know it was the effects of a drug, and they are showing him sympathy. but im sure there have been many other people with similar situations who werent treated with the same kindness.
  7. so if the psychosis induced from pot isnt permenant then i guess thats positive news. - - - also, in response to others' comments: i understand i didnt force him to do it. so im obviously not 100% responsible. what i did do, was give him the idea, encouraged him to do it, and fail to act on the warning signs to prevent publically exposing himself. thats where i hold responsibility.
  8. he kept calling me saying cannabis was teaching him things. doesnt research suggest that cannabis can trigger psychosis in people who have serious personality disorders? I picked up on minor mental health issues when I met him. I should have been more careful, and not told him to use it
  9. I'm obviously not stating this person's identity, and I'm confident no one has any way to figure out who I'm talking about. However, if anyone thinks it's unethical (or an invasion of privacy) for me to describe this person's situation, I'll try to get this thread deleted by an admin. - - - I've always been an advocate of cannabis usage. I've told people it's good for studying, it's good for emotional health, etc. My really good friend had been dealing with some anxiety/motivation issues, so I told him to start smoking pot. I told him not to do it at parties, but instead, to do it alone. I told him to sit and just think about things, or enjoy music, or whatever is personally interesting to him. So for two weeks, he started using it in isolation. It was clear he used way more than he was ready for. I started getting disturbing messages. First, he started saying that he 'figured it all out', and that he 'transcended [his] human self'. I thought it was weird, and I told him to take a break from pot. Then he started telling me that he was god, and that the only way to enlightenment was through him. Now I became very concerned, and I planned on having a serious discussion with him. But, I figured I'd put it off until the next day (it was late). I had a lot going on for the end of the semester, and didn't feel like I had time to talk to him. He called me at 2 in the morning but I didn't answer, I just wanted to go to sleep. The next day, he live streamed videos publicly that indicated complete psychosis. He started saying that dead celebrities were contacting him, that everyone is bisexual, and that men were trying to kill him. His family intervened and took the videos down. I don't know what his current status is. - - - He's been a very close friend for 2+ years. Should I ever contact him to apologize? Or is it better if I never speak to him or his family again? They know I had an influence on him. I probably destroyed his life for the next decade, and I don't know what I'm supposed to do other than just accept everything that comes with the guilt.
  10. For anyone that has had a lengthy period where they lived by themselves (without family or roommates), did you experience some progression of personality changes? [a] were the changes long-lasting/permanent? [b] did they have any significant positive/negative impacts on any aspect of your life? [c] would it have been different if you did/did_not have a pet? Some family members came to visit this weekend. It was fun, and I enjoyed their company. But, I noticed there were points where I said things that would be perceived as frustrated or disinterested, which I never used to do. I didn't mean any of it. And in my head I planned for it to sound 'comical' or 'endearing', but the way I communicated it just felt so out of character. [d] did your verbal filter start to shift? It would suck if my family and friends think I'm turning into an irritable jerk. But I think I've been losing my ability to handle multiple events within a given social situation. It never bothered me before; now it completely overloads my ability to produce a desired social response. And it always comes out more negatively than I actually feel. [e] what could be done to improve a person's ability to efficiently process compounding streams of information? [f] is it just a side-effect of worrying about specific things too much?
  11. question rephrased: is it super uncommon for a site to be very expensive to maintain, despite being implemented in small amounts of data storage? clearly for wikipedia this isn't the case, based on the data you provided. but my question was more general.
  12. but arent there like millions of pages? like i get your point that they should be doing more with the money they make, but is there a legitimate, perfect linear relationship between tb of data andcost of running a site? maybe there is but you should probably provide evidence for it
  13. is 10tb of data something to get pissed about? or is it a demonstration of efficient web design?
  14. seems like all the psychologists who studied psychedelics the mid 1900's were pretty adamant about having a "guide" or "script" to keep you from losing track of yourself. social interaction appears to serve as a glue that keeps your personality in-tact. so i think a person can 'counteract' the costs of psychedelic usage if they have some companion going through (or that has gone through) a similar experience.