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Comment author: bbleeker 25 March 2017 10:01:50AM 1 point [-]

I'll go with XKCDT.

Comment author: MrMind 06 February 2017 01:42:59PM 1 point [-]

In a weird bit of synchronicity, I was thinking about writing an article with almost the same name. I think our civilization would be better off without this outdated concept.

Comment author: bbleeker 07 February 2017 10:16:20AM 1 point [-]

Please go ahead en write it, I want to read it.

Comment author: JenniferRM 30 January 2017 05:21:28PM 3 points [-]

I appreciate the poll, but a large part of my goal was to just get a lot of comments, hopefully at the "Ping" level, because I want to see how many people are here with at least that amount of "social oomph" when the topic is themselves.

For people responding to this poll, please also give a very small overall comment that you used the poll.

Comment author: bbleeker 31 January 2017 10:07:01AM 1 point [-]

Used the poll

Comment author: Viliam 24 January 2017 05:38:40PM 2 points [-]

If x < y is inequality, so is y < x.

Or perhaps we should call it "greater-than-or-equality" to avoid confusion.

Comment author: bbleeker 25 January 2017 10:26:03AM 4 points [-]

"Less equal" is a reference to "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" from Animal Farm.

Comment author: bbleeker 09 March 2013 05:36:38PM 14 points [-]

IMO the optimal distance is 15-30 minutes by bicycle. That'll give you some exercise you don't have to do anything extra for, that doesn't take a lot of time. I've been working from home for close to 2 years now, and my fitness has taken a big hit. I've just started to ride my bicycle for about half an hour daily, but the problem is, I don't really need to do it, so it's easy to skip it if I'm busy or just don't feel like it.

Comment author: bbleeker 21 January 2017 02:28:34PM 0 points [-]

Just happened to see this old comment. Sure enough, the cycling got skipped more and more often, until I just forgot about it completely. I really need to find something fun to do to get myself moving again.

Comment author: James_Miller 15 January 2017 09:25:06PM 9 points [-]

Related to EY's Lonely Dissent, and Hanson's comment on such "In addition to suffering social disapproval when they first make their contrary claims, the lonely dissenter should realize that even if they are eventually proven right, they will likely still lose socially compared to if they had not so dissented."

Comment author: bbleeker 16 January 2017 10:22:18AM *  3 points [-]

It also made me think of the inner ring by C.S. Lewis, especially this part:

“If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments.

EDIT: fixed typo.

Rationality Quotes January - March 2017

4 bbleeker 02 January 2017 10:48AM

Another quarter, another rationality quotes thread. The rules are:

  • Provide sufficient information (URL, title, date, page number, etc.) to enable a reader to find the place where you read the quote, or its original source if available. Do not quote with only a name.
  • Post all quotes separately, so that they can be upvoted or downvoted separately. (If they are strongly related, reply to your own comments. If strongly ordered, then go ahead and post them together.)
  • Do not quote yourself.
  • Do not quote from Less Wrong itself, HPMoR, Eliezer Yudkowsky, or Robin Hanson. If you'd like to revive an old quote from one of those sources, please do so here.  
Comment author: bbleeker 30 November 2016 10:50:45AM 1 point [-]

I thought it was meant to be a parody, and I didn't find it very funny.

Comment author: Viliam 25 November 2016 09:59:53AM *  5 points [-]

I read somewhere an idea that maybe we should have alternative Drug-lympics where all kinds of drugs are allowed. Besides the usual entertainment value, it would also help advance medical and biotechnological research.

Comment author: bbleeker 25 November 2016 10:36:33AM 2 points [-]

Yes, but some young people would fuck themselves up for life, possibly under pressure from their families. That happens now too, of course, and at least when it's legal they could get earlier and better help; but I still don't see any politician voting for it.

Comment author: someonewrongonthenet 17 November 2016 05:10:00AM 0 points [-]

Here's an instrumental rationality problem:

Wisdom teeth - preemptively remove them or not?

(risks of surgery / risks of having wisdom teeth / potential benefits of retaining them?)

Comment author: bbleeker 17 November 2016 10:28:11AM 3 points [-]

I guess that would depend on how likely your dentist thinks they're going to cause problems. Personal anecdata: I had to have a back molar extracted one time, and a wisdom tooth started growing right into the vacant spot, giving me a brand-new tooth. :-) I still have a wisdom tooth on the other side; I can feel the point under my gums, but it's not causing any problems so far (I'm 61).

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