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Comment author: meta_ark 15 August 2010 10:46:21AM 5 points [-]

Hello! My name's Adam. I've been reading LessWrong since April, but I think this might be my first comment. I usually feel like I don't have much to add :)

I think my awakening as a rationalist can be traced back to reading Plato's Republic when I was 15. While not the typical rationalist text, it did open my eyes to the world of philosophy and logic, and first gave me the hunger for truths.

I found Less Wrong when a rationalist friend of mine badgered me for ages to visit it. This was after a weekend I'd spent in a particularly foul mood because of the short-sightedness and irrationality of the people around me. And then I remembered that Less Wrong site he'd mentioned, and decided to check it out. Wow. I'd found a place where people shared my beliefs - and I realised it had taken me years to independently think of a lot of the ideas taken for granted here.

Less Wrong has been a large part of my life in the last half-year or so, and I can see myself here for a very long time.

Comment author: simplicio 15 August 2010 02:53:11PM 3 points [-]

Less Wrong has been a large part of my life in the last half-year or so, and I can see myself here for a very long time.

Just how I felt. Like I had stumbled across the intellectual equivalent of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon.