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Comment author: Pesto 06 January 2012 03:10:19PM 13 points [-]

I'm a 22-year-old mathematics graduate student, moving to Boston next year.

I was recommended HPMoR by another Boston math grad student, followed the authors' notes to read most of the sequences, and then started following lesswrong, although I didn't create an account until recently.

I can't say how I came to actually be a rationalist, though---most of the sequences seemed true or even obvious in hindsight when I first read them, and I've always had a habit of remembering "x tells me y is true" instead of "y is true" when x tells me y is true.

I'm signed up for cryonics. (Current probability estimates 90% that it preserves enough information to be reversible, 95% that I'll die with enough notice to be preserved, 50% that humanity'll advance far enough to reverse it, and 70% that CI'll survive that long.)

I'm vegetarian for carbon efficiency and because the animals that produce most of our meat have negative utility from awful conditions. I don't think sentience is the right standard; is there a good past lesswrong discussion about that?

Comment author: orthonormal 06 January 2012 04:25:09PM *  3 points [-]

I've always had a habit of remembering "x tells me y is true" instead of "y is true" when x tells me y is true.

Impressive if true- the best way to test this might be playing a game like The Resistance...

I'm vegetarian for carbon efficiency and because the animals that produce most of our meat have negative utility from awful conditions. I don't think sentience is the right standard; is there a good past lesswrong discussion about that?

The last one I remember started off with a really confrontational post, and ended up being an angry discussion; I don't think I'll find and link it. I think you could write a better one, and I'd comment on it- I think your points are good reasons to cut back on meat and to strongly prefer small farms over industrial-scale meat (at least for pork, since pigs are the most sentient of our livestock), and I do both of these, but I don't find it worthwhile to go completely vegetarian.

Comment author: Alicorn 04 November 2012 04:23:32AM 0 points [-]

I like your username!

Comment author: beoShaffer 06 January 2012 04:16:15PM *  0 points [-]

Welcome to Less Wrong.

is there a good past lesswrong discussion about that?

There is conversation that touches one it further down in this intro post. There was also a discussion article a while back, I'll see if I can find it.

-edit I was thinking of this but there are actually a ton of results if you just search for vegetarian. This also looks like it might be of interest.