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Stupid Questions July 2015

6 Gondolinian 01 July 2015 07:13PM

This thread is for asking any questions that might seem obvious, tangential, silly or what-have-you. Don't be shy, everyone has holes in their knowledge, though the fewer and the smaller we can make them, the better.

Please be respectful of other people's admitting ignorance and don't mock them for it, as they're doing a noble thing.

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Comment author: Capla 30 June 2015 11:21:42PM 2 points [-]

I am curious to what extent the info in this post is common knowledge. Are these things familiar to people?

Comment author: Gondolinian 01 July 2015 02:44:18AM *  3 points [-]

I knew about melatonin and red/blue light from reading people in this community. I also had a vague understanding that circadian rhythms controlled falling asleep and were based on light, but I don't think I'd seen things spelled out as clearly as they are here. Thank you for putting this together and I do look forward to the rest of your series.

Comment author: Capla 30 June 2015 10:12:07PM 5 points [-]

Better?

Comment author: Gondolinian 01 July 2015 02:38:36AM 2 points [-]

Didn't see the original, but it looks good now.

Open Thread, Jun. 29 - Jul. 5, 2015

5 Gondolinian 29 June 2015 12:14AM

If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.


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Open Thread, Jun. 22 - Jun. 28, 2015

6 Gondolinian 22 June 2015 12:01AM

If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.


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Comment author: Alex_Miller 15 June 2015 07:10:52PM *  13 points [-]

My 4th grade teacher is teaching my class how to write poetry, and this is one of the poems that I wrote:

Where am I?
What is this place?
Is it the darkness of night?
I heard screams
and then I was here
Here, as in nowhere

This place was not nothing
it was less than that.
I didn’t see nothing,
for I had nothing to see with
I didn’t hear nothing,
for I had nothing to hear with

I didn’t feel nothing,
for I had nothing to feel with.
I had slept before, but nothing like this

Was Grandma here?
Did she meet this fate too?
I couldn’t know, for
I had nothing to know with
Even if she was here,
she did not exist for me

They said I would go to the land of the clouds
they said nothing of this place
Even the eternal flame would be better than this
for there they had warmth
and I had less than cold

Why would
anyone
want this fate?
The final sight,
and then less than nothing

I want to see the world

Comment author: Gondolinian 15 June 2015 08:06:13PM *  6 points [-]

(The line spacing got all wacko, sorry about that)

That prompted me to look up how to make line breaks in Markdown syntax, which I'd been wondering about myself for a while.

Try typing two or more spaces and then hitting enter
whenever you want a new line.

Comment author: Elo 15 June 2015 04:27:47AM 0 points [-]

click the "poll help" in "show help" guide is there I think.

http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Comment_formatting#Polls

Comment author: Gondolinian 15 June 2015 10:50:03AM *  0 points [-]

Thanks for responding. Unfortunately I think that guide only works for comments? Or at least, it only works for Markdown syntax. Do you know of any way to put Markdown syntax in a Main or Discussion post?

Open Thread, Jun. 15 - Jun. 21, 2015

5 Gondolinian 15 June 2015 12:02AM

If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.


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Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 09 June 2015 01:42:14AM 2 points [-]

I have already thought of doing this, and want to do it. I've been neglecting this goal, and I've got lots of other priorities on my plate right now, so I'm not likely to do it alone soon (i.e., by the end of June). If you want me to help you, I will. I may have an "ugh field" around starting this project. Suggestions for undoing any trivial inconveniences therein you perceive are welcomed.

Comment author: Gondolinian 12 June 2015 10:07:55PM -1 points [-]

Sorry for the late reply, and thanks for the offer! Unfortunately I wasn't actually talking about doing it myself, just putting it out there as an idea. Good luck though; it sounds like a valuable thing for the rationality community to have.

Comment author: Gondolinian 12 June 2015 08:25:29PM *  0 points [-]

Improbable idea for surviving heat death: computers made from time crystals. (h/t Nostalgebraist and Scott)

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