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Comment author: anonynamja 15 November 2011 05:37:11AM 6 points [-]

I'm not sure how to interpret this information. So there's recognition that there's a problem, at least. Should this encourage or discourage me from signing up?

Comment author: anonynamja 13 May 2011 02:08:58AM 3 points [-]

The objective of the conference appears to be to build/strengthen a young cryonicist community in the US. If you think this is a good idea, your objective should be to make close friends there, especially among people that you expect to interact with more frequently in the future (people living near you, working in your industry etc).

My advice is that you should not feel as if you need to get to know all 40 participants and the X number of organizers. Three days is not a whole lot of time, but it is enough to get to know some people quite well. The program looks structured in a way to help you screen people easily (emphasis on group introductions) and then give you space to go hang out with them, so identify the (5~10) people you think are worth investing time in getting to know first. Do not attempt to get to know everyone, you just don't have the time or energy for that.

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Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 06:04:29PM 1 point [-]

You could tattoo it across your chest, Memento-style and see it every time you shower. That might help you remember.

Comment author: wallowinmaya 06 May 2011 10:14:03AM *  1 point [-]

This would be great! Apparently 2 years ago Yvain also conducted a survey.

Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 05:59:43PM 2 points [-]

Hmm. It might be useful to repeat Yvain's survey to see if there's been any change, while adding the edu/work stuff in.

Comment author: wallowinmaya 05 May 2011 08:05:08PM *  2 points [-]

There are various outputs we can measure: The growth of the LW community and its activities are surely important ones. We might also want to have a survey of LW members to see what the demographics are, the growth areas, the development areas etc.

IMO a survey of lesswrong-members would be extremely helpful! Presumably many of us ponder on the best way to reduce existential risks relating to their own abilities and interests.( Not everyone is smart enough to work on FAI.....sigh) If I only knew the experiences of some lesswrong-members in various occupational areas or academic fields and their pros and cons I may spot my optimal career path, which would further my efficiency, wealth, happiness and influence and hence maximize my contribution to save the world! I bet many of you feel the same way! Well, maybe off-topic, but I think better coordination among ourselves would be awesome.

Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 02:16:59AM 1 point [-]

Yes, I'm happy to work on this and make a google form.

The questions would be very basic demographic stuff like age, gender, occupation, highest level of education attained, fields of study, country of residence...

The next step would be getting a high participation.

Comment author: anonynamja 05 May 2011 06:12:12PM 0 points [-]

I agree completely. Exercise is not something that I enjoy intrinsically. It often comes down to sheer willpower to delay slowing down on the treadmill or finish the last set of reps, and willpower is sometimes lacking, even though I can rationally foresee the benefits of having a ripped, jacked body. Yes, endorphins are supposed to kick in and provide a positive feedback loop, but apparently not one strong enough to make me feel happy about going to the gym. I would be very interested in being able to make all of this less miserable.

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Comment author: anonynamja 04 May 2011 06:46:18PM 0 points [-]

But my reference point for feelings tends to shift over time...

Comment author: [deleted] 03 May 2011 12:55:21AM *  5 points [-]

I've had terrifically good luck making friends on OKC. Of course, my definition of luck in this case is five or so really good friends (or potentially really good friends) that live really, really far away... after writing to 100+ people.

I know this sounds sarcastic, but it was totally, TOTALLY worth the effort.

...though these friendships aren't or wouldn't be entirely romance-free. I don't personally see the need to compartmentalize friendship and romance, or friendship and sex. The lines can and do blur.

In response to comment by [deleted] on Personals, anyone?
Comment author: anonynamja 03 May 2011 01:07:36AM 2 points [-]

I agree with you that its a false dichotomy, but I'm not entirely sure that I can become friends with a girl on OKC who is not otherwise attracted to me. In my mind, she's not here looking for friends, she's looking for potential suitors, and if I'm not one, she simply doesn't respond or responds in a perfunctory manner, and never invests the time that would be required to make a new friend. If she does, our friendship is tainted by the knowledge that I am attracted to her (otherwise I wouldn't have contacted her in the first place), and then we're in the age old question from countless romcom chick flicks.

Yes, it's possible, but if the objective is to maximize close friendships made per time spent socializing, OKC is not the most efficient way to do so. meetup.com is.

Comment author: Gray 02 May 2011 08:16:09PM -2 points [-]

Yeah, I've checked out meetup.com before. Good idea, by the way, there is an atheist group near here, but their activity seems to have died off, and there only seems to be a few people who are active. But this is a good reminder to look into it further.

Just to give you an idea of what I'm dealing with, however, one of the most active groups local around here seems to be the Tea Party Patriots.

In response to comment by Gray on Personals, anyone?
Comment author: anonynamja 02 May 2011 10:08:28PM 4 points [-]

Keep an open mind, you might be surprised. There might be a few thoughtful libertarians there just because its a focal point for people of that persuasion.

If you're in a low activity area, that might mean that you have to take more initiative and be more of a leader/organizer in making things happen. Create your own Rationalist community :)

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Comment author: Gray 02 May 2011 08:14:03PM -1 points [-]

I'm already on OKCupid, and I have been messaging someone on there. But I was more interested in looking for friends or even just intellectually interesting acquaintances. Doesn't have to be single or of the opposite sex :)

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Comment author: anonynamja 02 May 2011 10:01:25PM 1 point [-]

OKC is probably not a good venue for making friends since that's not what most people signing up for it primarily intend. The context of interaction is tainted with romance.

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