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Comment author: Elo 16 December 2017 05:41:13AM 0 points [-]

We have moved a little

Comment author: Elo 16 December 2017 05:40:51AM 0 points [-]
Comment author: Fallibilist 09 December 2017 12:25:54AM 0 points [-]

FYI, Feynman was a critical rationalist.

Comment author: Elo 09 December 2017 12:35:31AM 0 points [-]


Meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

0 Elo 05 December 2017 08:52AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

WHEN: 16 December 2017 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: -33.848667, 151.065778

https://goo.gl/maps/6zP3fXiGzzz meet near the fountains. You probably can't miss us.

In celebration of the holiday season in a way that only scientists can do; I proudly present our 4th annual secular solstice celebrations!

It's the silly season so we get to party too. Bring a dish! Something tasty... Try to aim for something inclusive of vegetarian/vegan, at the very least - know what is in your dish for when people ask.

Agenda: (in no particular hurry)

• Eat food; be merry! • Our year in review (as a local community, as a country, as humanity) • Talk about goals for the past year, share successes and failures (as individuals) • Lachlan - how to make resolutions for the new year effectively • Taryn - songs • Over the next year: plans for ourselves • Over the next year: predictions about the state of the future of the world

• Bonus mini-game: prepare for the Candles VS wind game.

Post the dish you plan to bring so we don't get duplicates...

See you there!

p.s. It's a little early for the solstice; The actual solstice is far too close to Christmas so we are hosting early.

If you have trouble - call me on 0438481143



Discussion article for the meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

Comment author: Lumifer 01 December 2017 09:29:10PM 0 points [-]

You don't think that figuring out which ideas are "best available" is the hard part? Everyone and his dog claims his idea is the best.

well, using philosophy i did that hard part and figured out which ones are good

LOL. Oh boy.

Really? So you just used t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶c̶e̶ philosophy and figured it out? That's great! Just a minor thing I'm confused about -- why are you here chatting on the 'net instead of sitting on your megayacht with a line of VCs in front of your door, willing to pay you gazillions of dollars for telling them which ideas are actually good? This looks to be VERY valuable knowledge, surely you should be able to exchange it for lots and lots of money in this capitalist economy?

Comment author: Elo 01 December 2017 09:42:02PM 0 points [-]

When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer. “Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer.

“Everything in my shop is the best,” replied the butcher. You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best.”

At these words Banzan became enlightened.


Comment author: Lumifer 29 November 2017 06:40:11AM 5 points [-]

The interesting thing is that the answer is "nothing". Nothing at all.

Comment author: Elo 29 November 2017 09:42:23AM 0 points [-]

Or maybe the answer is that progress can be slow.

Comment author: LodewijkvanderMeer 19 November 2017 08:14:55AM 1 point [-]


I am a Dutch Liberal Arts & Sciences student (political philosophy, law and economics). Last semester I started studying Game Theory and only very recently I discovered the world of rationalists and this site. I am an absolute newbie when it comes to the themes discussed at LW, but I am completely fascinated.

I am now reading the sequences and will probably not post too much, because I will mostly be learning.

What I am very interested in, is how LW users actually apply rationality to their own lives. In terms of habit-formation, work/life/sleep-schedule, nurishment etc. What do you guys do and why do you do it? What (online) tools do you use? What life rules do you live up to?

Comment author: Elo 19 November 2017 02:36:14PM 1 point [-]


how you apply rationality?

I manage my goals and my time using some systems I built myself. I manage my mental health using methods I built myself. I fix bugs as I go. I have lots of little things that are hard to detail but if you ask something more specific I probably have ideas.

Comment author: MaryCh 18 November 2017 06:00:09PM 0 points [-]

but surely a normal person who makes a list of about 50 items can't update daily? they have stuff to do.

Comment author: Elo 18 November 2017 07:01:27PM 0 points [-]

No. But they are probably not each as important as each other. And you can update without writing down the beliefs.

Comment author: MaryCh 18 November 2017 05:09:43PM 0 points [-]

(btw, just thought to ask the people here who have thought about logging their predictions about the year 2018 around the end of December: How do you decide how much time you need before you settle on a prediction? I mean, if making a list on December, 31st is just a common point in time when to state your current state of knowledge, you have 364 days to come to it, but nobody takes so long.)

Comment author: Elo 18 November 2017 05:39:21PM 0 points [-]

Superforecasers (book) suggests updating regularly. Like daily if you think your predictions change.

Comment author: curi 17 November 2017 09:05:21PM *  1 point [-]

What happened to NVC (Non-Violent Communication)? Your comments are purely intended to hurt me.

Comment author: Elo 17 November 2017 09:36:00PM 1 point [-]

No. That's your interpretation. You have agency too to interpret what I say with clarity. You also value bold conjecture. So that's again your problem to work out what I mean and how to apply it.

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