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Comment author: Dorikka 11 April 2015 12:02:09AM 1 point [-]

Perhaps good to have on hand as first aid, but are you suggesting taking more acetaminophen and trying to protectt your liver with the cysteine? Seems high risk, low reward if so.

Comment author: Adele_L 11 April 2015 05:43:45PM 0 points [-]

Not suggesting anything like that at all, just a good and interesting thing to be aware of. Especially good to have on hand if you have kids, and I think it's probably good to take it with normal doses of paracetamol.

Comment author: [deleted] 09 April 2015 09:45:45AM *  1 point [-]

Cold/flu, I hate having to spend a week in bed every 8 weeks or so. Any less-known tips?

For example I thought that dealing with ear pain with a cup of pan heated salt poured into a sock and held against it (increases blood circulation and somehow that helps) is pretty universal, but just yesterday it turned out an Austrian pharmacist never heard about it. It may be new to you as well. As a traditional folk remedy, it provides very quick symptomatic belief, works in about 10 mins, but if the pain returns the next day, doctor.

For the record, the known tips are: paracetamol (tylenol) but with muchas caution as it is a liver killer, or ibuprofen (I would say if you have kids, don't even keep paracetamol/tylenol in the house, ibuprofen works just as well and is safer) vit C, hot tea preferably with honey, bed, various kinds of throat lozenges.

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Comment author: Adele_L 10 April 2015 01:40:41PM 1 point [-]

Worth noting that you can easily obtain N-Acetyl Cysteine (e.g. from Amazon), which is an effective antidote to paracetamol toxicity (and the mechanism suggests it can be taken preventatively).

Comment author: Capla 21 March 2015 11:20:07PM 0 points [-]

No stupid questions thread?

What make a person sexual submissive, sexually dominant, or a switch? Do people ever change d/s orientation?

Comment author: Adele_L 22 March 2015 04:50:51PM *  0 points [-]

Based on some experiences that transgender people I know have had, it seems like a change in sex hormones can change their d/s orientation. Also, age seems to push people more towards sexual dominance.

Comment author: Adele_L 08 March 2015 06:22:37PM 3 points [-]

Meetup : Atlanta HPMOR Wrap Party

1 Adele_L 06 March 2015 10:52PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta HPMOR Wrap Party

WHEN: 14 March 2015 07:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: Norgate Manor 2388 Lawrenceville Hwy. Unit L. Decatur, GA 30033

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is coming to an end! Join us as we celebrate!

Feel free to wear costumes - in fact it is encouraged!

We will have snacks, games, and discussion. Bring any food or entertainment you would like.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizer, Adele or post a comment here.

All are welcome to attend! We'd love to see you there! Feel free to drop in later or leave early at your convenience.

From 285 - get off at Exit 38 for Lawrenceviile Hwy. Head east towards the city down Lawrenceville Hwy. The location is right after the light at Harcourt Drive at Norgate Manor on the right.

There will be cats present at the location. Please park in spots marked 'Visitor' - there are plenty at the front of the complex.

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta HPMOR Wrap Party

Comment author: BenLowell 03 March 2015 09:19:13AM 3 points [-]

Are there any known groups which have high conscientiousness? I would be especially curious to know about groups with high conscientiousness and openness to experience.

Comment author: Adele_L 03 March 2015 04:16:31PM -1 points [-]

I would be especially curious to know about groups with high conscientiousness and openness to experience.

Possibly startup-culture people?

Comment author: raecai 28 February 2015 11:13:53PM 6 points [-]

Harry obviousely needs to buy some time, so he'd better start speaking. Patronus V2.0 grants only the "good" kind of power and feeds on caster's maxHP, so it could be revealed easier than partial transfiguration. Some meaningful amount of time is going to be acquired (while explaining HPJEV's viewpoint) that way, because HPJEV and LV oppose death in entirely different ways (one wants to fight it and the other one flees). But that's too easy and either is not in the solution at all or is followed but something more clever.

By the way, nobody said that that quote about falling black robes was from the good ending. Nor we have a 100% proof that Patronus V2.0 blocks any AK: it could be only LV's AK, due to resonance.

Also, assuming that both HPJEV and Hermione survive with their memories intact and have a chance to talk, it's going to be very awkward. Being murdered by LV can be expected, at least, but it's not easy at all to tell Hermione that she has just been brutally resurrected with at least three Dark rituals, has her mind state constantly backed up to a Dark item and regereneration ability similar to the one of the weapon which killed her in the first place.

Comment author: Adele_L 01 March 2015 12:34:29AM 8 points [-]

The part that's going to really get to Hermione is the fact that someone (original Quirrell) was killed for her sake.

Meetup : Atlanta February Meetup - Relationships

1 Adele_L 12 February 2015 11:40PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta February Meetup - Relationships

WHEN: 15 February 2015 07:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 2388 Lawrenceville Hwy. Unit L. Decatur, GA 30033

This meetup we'll be talking about social skills and making and maintaining healthy relationships. If you'd like, take a look at these posts in advance: http://lesswrong.com/lw/818/how_to_understand_people_better/ http://lesswrong.com/lw/5p6/how_and_why_to_granularize/ http://lesswrong.com/lw/63i/rational_romantic_relationships_part_1/

Please park in a spot labeled visitor, because parking in a numbered spot can get your car towed. There are cats at the location.

As usual, there will be snacks, games, and good conversation. Hope to see you there!

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta February Meetup - Relationships

Comment author: naeserum 03 February 2015 02:40:29AM 2 points [-]

I think polyamory is big in the rationalist community; what is the consensus on the effects of experimenting with it on later satisfaction with monogamy?

Comment author: Adele_L 03 February 2015 11:15:43PM 1 point [-]

I don't think there are enough people who have tried it and then gone back to being monogamous for there to be a consensus - but there are a few people who have, for example, Patri Friedman.

I would guess that these people will find monogamy more satisfying after going back to it.

Comment author: Viliam_Bur 19 January 2015 02:39:36PM *  5 points [-]

An interesting point, but a bad way of saying it.

I find it credible that people with different genes could have different optimal diets. How much of those difference would be between different ethnic groups, and how much would be between individuals within the same group, I have no idea. I also have no idea how much "what my ancestors ate" is close to "what would be optimal for me to eat". Also, I have no idea whether a diet optimized for a specific human would be significantly better than a diet optimized for an average human, compared with the improvement we would get by switching from an average first-world diet today.

I would like to see this question answered, preferably by someone who already doesn't have their bottom line written either way.

(A few random thoughts: Food allergies suggest that at least some individuals need wildly different diets than their neighbors. I would expect ethnic group differences in eating dairy products, and in vitamin D requirements. If Soylent becomes popular among people from different ethnic groups, we could get some nice data.)

Comment author: Adele_L 21 January 2015 03:07:15AM 2 points [-]

Also, I'm curious if hybrid vigor might give people of mixed descent some advantages, as well.

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