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Comment author: Particleman 13 August 2010 12:44:28AM *  6 points [-]

Hello! I've been a reader of Less Wrong for several months, although I never bothered to actually create an account until now. I originally discovered LW from a link through some site called "The Mentat Wiki." I consider myself an atheist and a skeptic. I'm entering my senior year of high school, and I plan on majoring in Physics at the best college I can get into!

Actually, I had come across EY's writings a few months earlier while trying to find out who this "Bayes" was that I had seen mentioned a couple different blogs I read. That was a pleasant connection for me.

I had an interesting time testing Tversky and Kahneman's Anchoring Bias for my end of the year project in my 11th grade Statistics class. On the plus side, we found a strong anchoring effect. On the minus side, it was a group project, and my groupmates were...not exactly rationalists. I had to kind of tiptoe around what LW actually was.

Since I've started reading Less Wrong, I think the best sign of my improvement as a rationalist is that a number of concepts here that I used to find penetrating or insightful now seem obvious or trivial. On the other hand, I think a red flag is that I haven't really made any major revisions to my beliefs or worldview other than those coming directly from LW.

I look forward to learning as much as I can from Less Wrong, and perhaps commenting as well!

Comment author: CronoDAS 13 August 2010 05:13:31AM 5 points [-]
Comment author: ata 13 August 2010 01:40:40AM 0 points [-]

Welcome! Would you happen to be the same Particleman from LDF/Stonehenge?

Comment author: Particleman 13 August 2010 01:52:26AM 0 points [-]

I'm sorry, I'm not.

Comment author: ata 13 August 2010 01:53:21AM 1 point [-]

Ah, okay. Welcome nevertheless. :)