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81 Post author: Alicorn 16 August 2009 09:23PM

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Comment author: RichardKennaway 17 August 2009 09:43:11AM *  9 points [-]

There are far more experiences I don't have than ones I do have, and I think this is true for almost everyone. How would I know where to start? Should I take up dancing? Baking? Painting? Horse riding? Ant farming? Blogging? :-)

If you cannot work out an answer, and you want an answer, then you must look for one. This is also called "research".

Alicorn said "some large class of experiences", and by definition, there aren't all that many of those. Physical exertion, craftsmanship, artistic creation, social interaction, intellectual endeavour (although people reading LW are unlikely to be doing too little of that), making money...

Pick something, anything, pursue it seriously, see if it does anything for you, take it as far as seems useful. Repeat.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 17 August 2009 05:09:38PM 8 points [-]

intellectual endeavour (although people reading LW are unlikely to be doing too little of that)

Unless they are spending all their time reading community sites such as LW as a substitute for, say, acquiring the kind of detailed, in-depth understanding that you typically need textbooks for.

Comment author: Z_M_Davis 18 August 2009 04:07:58AM 1 point [-]

intellectual endeavour (although people reading LW are unlikely to be doing too little of that)

There's no such thing as too much intellectual endeavor! There's too much to know!

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 18 August 2009 06:07:55PM 1 point [-]

There is if doing other stuff will make your time spent on intellectual endeavor significantly more productive.