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Comment author: sabre51 27 December 2011 08:16:27PM 6 points [-]

I've posted a few rationality quotes, so it sounds like time to introduce myself. I'm a 22 year old software project manager from Wisconsin, been reading LW since June or so when MOR was really going strong.

I've been a very rational thinker for my whole life, in terms of explicitly looking for evidence/feedback and updating behaviors and beliefs, but only began thinking about it formally recently. I was raised Christian, and I consider my current state the result of a slow process of resolving dissonance based on contradictions or insufficient/contrary evidence. I'm most interested in theory of government and achieving best results given the rather unreliable ability of voters to predict or understand outcomes of different policies.

I also think, though, that ethics is just as important as rationality- choosing the correct goals is just as necessary as succeeding towards those goals. I've seen appreciation of this within LW that, for me, really sets it apart, so I hope I can make a larger contribution. As someone once said, the choice between Good and Evil is not about saying one or the other, but about deciding which is which.

Comment author: orthonormal 28 December 2011 01:55:25AM 2 points [-]

Welcome! If you're near Madison, there's a regular meetup there (on Mondays) which I highly recommend.

As someone once said, the choice between Good and Evil is not about saying one or the other, but about deciding which is which.

Is that from The Sword of Good, or another source?