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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 1 point [-]

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

Comment author: sediment 12 January 2015 09:25:20AM *  6 points [-]

Reposting this because I posted it at the very end of the last open thread and hence, I think, missed the window for it to get much attention:

I'm vegetarian and currently ordering some dietary supplements to help, erm, supplement any possible deficits in my diet. For now, I'm getting B12, iron, and creatine. Two questions:

  • Are there any important ones that I've missed? (Other things I've heard mentioned but of whose importance and effectiveness I'm not sure: zinc, taurine, carnitine, carnosine. Convince me!)
  • Of the ones I've mentioned, how much should I be taking? In particular, all the information I could find on creatine was for bodybuilders trying to develop muscle mass. I did manage to find that the average daily turnover/usage of creatine for an adult male (which I happen to be) is ~2 grams/day - is this how much I should be taking?
Comment author: Adele_L 12 January 2015 07:39:59PM 3 points [-]

Vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is produced by plants, and K2 is produced by animals and bacteria. They have very different functions in the human body, and you need them both. Supplements and fortified food are almost always K1, unless you look for K2 specifically.

Vitamin K2 is necessary for some proteins which modulate calcium in your body. Supplementing it has been found to protect both against osteoporosis and heart/artery calcification.

Comment author: a_lurker 29 December 2014 11:08:22PM 10 points [-]

I’m looking for a mentor who is in the software industry.

About me: I’m studying math at a university in Ohio, and I’ll graduate in May. I’m a mostly self taught programmer, but I’ve also taken a few CS classes at school and on Coursera. My most developed skills are in Python and Django, though I’ve also used C, C#, Haskell, SQL, Javascript and a few other technologies.

My goal is to find a job as a software developer, but I face several challenges: - I don’t have any job experience in software. - I don’t know many people in the industry. - My university’s Career Services isn’t very helpful.

So I’m looking for somebody who can answer some questions and give me advice on getting started in the industry. I know it’s a long shot, but there is no downside to asking. If anybody is willing to help, please PM me.

Comment author: Adele_L 01 January 2015 01:28:16AM 1 point [-]

I'm in a similiar situation - been studying math, but looking to get a programming job. I've been using the well-accliamed Cracking the Coding Interview book to prepare for interviews. If you're interested, I would be happy to trade advice, review, or questions.

Right now, I think the main thing I need to work on is building up my network. I've done most of djm's suggestions already.

Comment author: Adele_L 18 December 2014 11:46:50PM 2 points [-]

Yeah, it fills up to fast - it starts feeling uncomfortably full after just one or two days for me.

So having it every other day might be worth a try. I guess the main issue is that if we have them too often, it will clutter up /r/discussion.

Comment author: RobbBB 14 December 2014 01:52:32AM 5 points [-]

Thanks, Sarunas. We've been thinking about this issue; multiple people have brought up the example of MathOverflow in previous discussions. It's a very relevant data point, though the intent of this forum differs from the intent behind MO in a number of ways.

Comment author: Adele_L 16 December 2014 02:40:22AM 4 points [-]

It might also be worth talking to David Zureick-Brown (co-founder of MO) about this (and maybe other things). He's already interested in MIRI's work.

Meetup : Atlanta December Meetup - Game Night!

1 Adele_L 11 December 2014 02:56AM

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WHEN: 27 December 2014 07:00:00AM (-0500)

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Hope to see you!

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Comment author: ChristianKl 29 November 2014 04:47:48PM 0 points [-]

Mormon polygamy is not normal. Mormons donating 10% of their income also isn't normal. Mormonism has enough impact on a person that some Mormons can identify other Mormons.

And I think religious weirdness is one of the kinds of weirdness that people see past the most easily.

The thing that distinguishes religious weirdness is that it comes from a highly motivated place and isn't a random whim.

if one aims at public advocacy

I'm not exactly sure what you mean with "public advocacy".

Comment author: Adele_L 30 November 2014 12:03:06AM 6 points [-]

Mormons don't practice polygamy anymore, and they haven't for a long time (except for small 'unofficial' groups). Most Mormons I know feel pretty weird about it themselves.

Comment author: Adele_L 22 November 2014 12:49:43AM 4 points [-]
Comment author: Lumifer 18 November 2014 07:16:56PM 3 points [-]

Why??

Because if you're not upsetting some people, you are not impacting the status quo in any meaningful way.

Comment author: Adele_L 18 November 2014 07:36:49PM 1 point [-]

Maybe that is true in many cases, but even so, it still is a bad thing to optimize for. The outside view says that most of the time, having your percentage of positive karma steadily decreasing means the quality of your comments are getting worse. If you want to be controversial and still be taken seriously, you need to signal your competence in less controversial areas.

Comment author: advancedatheist 17 November 2014 06:27:32PM 3 points [-]

In the real world, the probability of a ten year old's death also reflects the fact that in developed countries, children live in sheltered conditions.

Comment author: Adele_L 17 November 2014 10:54:59PM 6 points [-]

According to the CDC, the leading causes for death for children aged 5-9 (in 2012 in the United States) are: 1. Unintentional injury 2. Malignant neoplasm (aka cancer) 3. Congenital disorders 4. Homicide 5. Heart disease

If we solved aging, it seems likely we could eliminate or significantly reduce deaths from cancer, congenital disorders and heart disease.

Once we look at the 10-14 age bracket or above, suicide makes it into the top five causes of death until age ~50 and above.

We can also look at the leading causes of unintentional injury. For the 5-9 age bracket, we have 1. Motor vehicle accidents 2. Drowning 3. Fire/Burns 4. Unintentional suffocation 5. Other land transport injuries

Traffic accidents seem likely to be solvable to a large degree with self-driving car technology. Not as sure about the others. It's worth noting that the primary cause of unintentional injury deaths for adults is unintentional poisoning. This was surprising to me; I would guess it's mostly due to drug use.

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