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Comment author: gwern 23 October 2014 02:35:10AM 89 points [-]

Done. Too bad the basilisk question wasn't on it; I hope that will one day be possible.

Comment author: Vaniver 23 October 2014 01:41:24AM 75 points [-]

Did the survey!

Comment author: dspeyer 03 September 2014 05:06:19PM 75 points [-]

A good rule of thumb might be, “If I added a zero to this number, would the sentence containing it mean something different to me?” If the answer is “no,” maybe the number has no business being in the sentence in the first place.

Randall Munroe on communicating with humans

Comment author: Alejandro1 01 September 2014 07:10:29PM 70 points [-]

I’m always fascinated by the number of people who proudly build columns, tweets, blog posts or Facebook posts around the same core statement: “I don’t understand how anyone could (oppose legal abortion/support a carbon tax/sympathize with the Palestinians over the Israelis/want to privatize Social Security/insert your pet issue here)." It’s such an interesting statement, because it has three layers of meaning.

The first layer is the literal meaning of the words: I lack the knowledge and understanding to figure this out. But the second, intended meaning is the opposite: I am such a superior moral being that I cannot even imagine the cognitive errors or moral turpitude that could lead someone to such obviously wrong conclusions. And yet, the third, true meaning is actually more like the first: I lack the empathy, moral imagination or analytical skills to attempt even a basic understanding of the people who disagree with me.

In short, “I’m stupid.” Something that few people would ever post so starkly on their Facebook feeds.

--Megan McArdle

Comment author: palladias 24 October 2014 02:37:48PM 70 points [-]

I took the survey. Out of curiosity (too late to change now) what should I have answered if I'm not my father's first child, but I'm the first child he had with my mom? (There are kids from my dad's first marriage, but I didn't grow up with them).

I went with "no older siblings" since I assumed this was a question about socialization (or maybe even about uterine environment) but not siring. But I'd like to know for next year.

Comment author: Vulture 23 October 2014 02:54:58AM 69 points [-]

Taken! The way you were being so apologetic about the length, I thought it would be much more grueling - I found it quick and fun! :)

Comment author: Fluttershy 23 October 2014 02:32:14AM 69 points [-]

I completed the survey, huzzah!

Comment author: ete 23 October 2014 01:34:01AM 69 points [-]

Filled in, but did not do digit lengths because I have no access to a printer or scanner in the near future.

Comment author: Sigmaleph 23 October 2014 02:14:57AM 68 points [-]

Did the survey. Also, now I know my digit ratio!

Comment author: James_Miller 05 September 2014 08:36:09PM 67 points [-]

A skilled professional I know had to turn down an important freelance assignment because of a recurring commitment to chauffeur her son to a resumé-building “social action” assignment required by his high school. This involved driving the boy for 45 minutes to a community center, cooling her heels while he sorted used clothing for charity, and driving him back—forgoing income which, judiciously donated, could have fed, clothed, and inoculated an African village. The dubious “lessons” of this forced labor as an overqualified ragpicker are that children are entitled to treat their mothers’ time as worth nothing, that you can make the world a better place by destroying economic value, and that the moral worth of an action should be measured by the conspicuousness of the sacrifice rather than the gain to the beneficiary.

Steven Pinker

Comment author: ahbwramc 23 October 2014 02:46:23AM 65 points [-]

Survey complete! I'd have answered the digit ratio question, but I don't have a ruler of all things at home. Ooh, now to go check my answers for the calibration questions.

Comment author: SilentCal 23 October 2014 06:07:39PM 65 points [-]


I'm a bit confused about the accuracy of my BSRI because my true answer was frequently 'only towards my SO', such that my score would be drastically different were I single.

Comment author: Prismattic 23 October 2014 05:13:09AM 64 points [-]

I'm done, but my ruler isn't good enough that I'm super confident in my digit ratios; I would have preferred one less significant digit (no pun intended, but I'll take it anyway).

Comment author: kilobug 23 October 2014 01:50:41PM 62 points [-]

Took the survey.

And yeah you should warn about the material needed for the digit ratio question in advance, so people don't start the survey if they aren't in the right conditions for it.

Comment author: Nectanebo 23 October 2014 04:45:22AM 62 points [-]

Took the survey. I always feel like I did the last one only recently.

Comment author: DataPacRat 23 October 2014 03:15:46AM *  62 points [-]

Done - and mildly disappointed that we won't be measuring the prevalence of transponyism this year.

Does this post appear on LW's Main or Discussion pages for anyone else? I only found it via an offsite reference. Edit: Nevermind, I had my Main set to 'Promoted' instead of 'New'.

Comment author: Benito 03 April 2014 08:10:35PM *  62 points [-]

Comedian Simon Munnery:

Many are willing to suffer for their art; few are willing to learn how to draw.

Comment author: Ixiel 23 October 2014 09:57:02PM 62 points [-]

Taken! Thanks as always for running it

Comment author: Sniffnoy 23 October 2014 05:12:42AM 61 points [-]

Took the survey.

Comment author: TobyBartels 23 October 2014 06:42:15AM *  60 points [-]

I did the survey. (Comments on specific aspects appear as replies.)

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