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Comment author: Rukiedor 31 December 2011 06:30:38AM 5 points [-]

Hello, I've been lurking around Less Wrong for several months, mostly reading through the sequences. I especially enjoyed the ones on free will and happiness theory.

I finally created an account a week or so ago so that I could express interest in a Salt Lake City meetup. And now here I am introducing myself.

I’m a thirty year old white male living in Salt Lake City. I write point of sale software by day, and video games by night.

I think my primary motivation into rationality was my upbringing. I was raised in a very religious, and rather unhealthy home. That coupled with the facts that the LDS culture isn’t particularly friendly to nerds, and that I seemed to believe in a different God than most of my fellow churchgoers led to me being told all the time that I was wrong. So, the only way to ever be right was to painstakingly trace my beliefs back to original assumptions that anyone would agree with.

Less Wrong is actually the first source I’ve found on rational thinking, so my self taught methods seem a bit sloppy next to the elegance of the thinking that goes on here.

My big interest, the thing that drives me, is art. You know the feeling you get when you hear an amazing piece of music? Or see a fantastic movie? Or play an incredible game? I want to understand that, I want to know what it does to your brain, and how I could reproduce it.

Anyway, I look forward to being a part of the community. I probably won’t comment much unfortunately, still have some biases that tend to get in the way of that, but I’ll be here lurking, and watching.

Comment author: lessdazed 31 December 2011 10:18:34AM 2 points [-]

art

Two links containing many more links, to give you a tab explosion.

Comment author: Rukiedor 31 December 2011 05:39:10PM 0 points [-]

Thank you, that's going to give me a lot to go through and process. Very interesting looking stuff.