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Comment author: harshhpareek 16 January 2012 11:08:48AM 6 points [-]

Hi, I've been lurking on LessWrong for quite a while now - around a year -, but saw this post and decided to comment. I hope this is useful as feedback to the admins.

I'm a 22 year old student at UT Austin. As of last Fall, I'm pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. My specialization is Machine Learning. And I'm committed to doing everything in my power to hasten the Singularity :P. I have a BTech in CS from IIT Bombay, India.

I've considered myself a rationalist for as long as I can remember. I found less wrong through Overcoming Bias and from Elizier's posts about Bayes' Theorem and Decision Theory related posts which are linked around the internet. I stuck around because of the Rationality quotes threads and the relation to the Singularity Institute. I didn't think of it as a community so much as a multiple-author blog back then. Then I came to Austin, and I started attending the weekly meetups here. We have a small group, but it's great to find a set of like-minded people, and it's an important part of my week. I've been following Less Wrong a lot more closely since then. The group also rekindled my interest in SciFi. I bought a kindle, and I've been reading a fair bit now, along with a healthy dose of Non-Fiction. I haven't been writing in the comment threads, primarily out of laziness, but I'm trying to force myself out of it. I'm currently rereading Methods of Rationality ( I stopped somewhere in the middle last time), and I'm reading the sequences on my Kindle now (so thanks to whoever converted them to MOBI!)

I am a vegetarian being born into a pious Hindu family. Religion wore off as I became an atheist in my early teens. But I continue to be a vegetarian for moral and environmental reasons.