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Comment author: pleeppleep 27 February 2012 12:08:01AM *  6 points [-]

Hi, I'm Josh. I found this site by way of HPMOR more than half a year ago, but just now got around to making an account. I hadn't seen any reason to until I actually had something to add to a conversation. After registering and leaving a few comments here and there, i figured i may as well introduce myself.

Im 17 years old and trying to narrow down what to do with my life. My long term goal, much like most patrons to this site, is to do as much as i can to aid the development of FAI. Im smarter than the vast majority of people, but i doubt that im anywhere near intelligent enough to add directly to the project, so the issue becomes finding a career that pays enough to allow large donations while also satisfying short term needs and pressures, (most of which are related to serving my ego which is of an astronomical size).

Im generally a slacker due to akrasia, with a C average for my first two years of high school, despite almost straight A's on exams ( ive raised it to a B average after finding Less Wrong, but im still putting off doing my homework even at this moment).

I spend a good deal of time trying to figure ways to introduce rationality to my friends and relatives, but without much luck. any advice on the issue would be helpful, but i think that question would be more appropriate for an open thread or discussion.

I'm motivated on the most basic level by the fact that something is horribly wrong with the world when it doesn't have to be. If i could sum up my life in any one purpose it would be ensuring that death is banished from the world never to touch mankind again. This is the same sentiment that led to the creation of this community and i will try to offer as much as i can.

Comment author: Swimmer963 27 February 2012 12:38:33AM 4 points [-]

Welcome, Josh! It sounds like you're in a similar place to my brother right now, with similar interests. He goes by zephyrianr on LW, maybe you could send him a message if you're interesting in talking about these issues. Especially when I read your phrase: "If i could sum up my life in any one purpose it would be ensuring that death is banished from the world never to touch mankind again," I think you two would get along well.