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Comment author: k_ebel 05 June 2015 01:00:08PM 0 points [-]

What comic book are you referring to? curious

Comment author: beoShaffer 05 June 2015 01:40:44PM 0 points [-]

Rot13 Jngpuzra. The main villain is trying to force the world powers to unite to fight his fake alien invasion, and you aren't supposed to find this out until the end.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 June 2015 08:27:14PM 2 points [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: beoShaffer 04 June 2015 04:10:08AM *  1 point [-]

Whateley Academy is a superhero shared universe with strong world building, multiple quasi-rasionalist characters, and many characters who are irrational in ways that are sympathetic and believable rather than because they're holding the idiot ball. It is also chock full of witty dialog and big on queer characters, in particular many of the characters (including most of the protagonists) are some mixture of trans in the normal sense, intersex, or undergoing changes to there sexual characteristics as a side effect of their origin. I've gotten the impression that it is pretty similar to both Worm and Tales of the MU but don't know enough about those series to confirm this. -ETA also all the trigger warnings, seriously all of them.

Comment author: [deleted] 25 March 2015 08:04:32AM 2 points [-]

Central-Eastern Europe. West from the Russosphere, either including or east from Germnay/Austria, usually under a historical cultural influence from them, culturally more or less Germanosphere but on the average poorer and more "backwards".

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Comment author: beoShaffer 27 March 2015 04:14:16AM 0 points [-]

I see.

Comment author: beoShaffer 25 March 2015 05:03:55AM 1 point [-]

What does CEE refer to?

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 23 March 2015 05:57:16AM -1 points [-]

I'm not surprised. The first reaction I got from someone I mentioned the book to was: "One of those West-Point trainers preaching war" (more or less)

Grossman does give clear advice how to create human killing machines. No doubt about that. Is that dark art? Maybe. But he also highlightes all the consequences. Even inspiring a hero cult as he does is backed by the fact that a small number of actors do make a big difference in battle.

And then his treatment of video game violence. If you are against him and see him as the bad guy this can't fit into your picture. And is surely one reason he is seen as a light side guy (or at least as balanced by the smarter ones).

Comment author: beoShaffer 24 March 2015 11:17:52PM 2 points [-]

I was referring to factual controversy, not political. While it sounds like the most dubious parts are the ones you skipped/skimmed, a major facet of Grossman's work in general is his ideas about the psychology of killing, and as the above link details these ideas are based on a mixture of pathetically bad evolutionary psychology, and dubious (read probably fraudulent) empirical evidence. Since, your review didn't focus on this aspect I don't want to harp on it too much, at the same time it has a lot of knock on effects e.g. your views on video games and violence are likely to be different if you believe humans are naturally violent than if you believe they need significant training to be psychologically capable of killing.

Comment author: beoShaffer 23 March 2015 01:29:32AM 4 points [-]

Most of the criticism don't directly concern the claims you're highlighting, but on combat is actually pretty controversial.

Comment author: DanielLC 20 February 2015 08:09:02AM *  16 points [-]

I have been thinking about something like this, but from a different angle.

There's a lot of things in life where you do a lot of things that use up resource X, but one or two dominate. If you try to conserve X, there's not much point in conserving it anywhere else. Unfortunately, few people bother to work out what dominates, and they try to conserve everywhere.

Trying to save water? Don't worry about anything except meat consumption and lawns. Trying to save electricity? Stick to trying to save on heating and air conditioning. Don't bother with the lights. Trying to help people? Stick to GiveWell's top recommendations. Don't bother with anyone local.

Trying to save money? It might not be worth bothering to clean your own house.

Edit: If you disagree about what I'm saying you should worry about, feel free to comment. I'm interested.

Comment author: beoShaffer 22 February 2015 04:00:38PM 1 point [-]

Most finance advice I've seen (and I've spent a good bit of time in the finance blogosphere) starts by saying that you should track what your expenses are for precisely this reason.

Comment author: adamzerner 12 February 2015 03:23:49AM 2 points [-]

Does anyone have any tips or advice on how to handle anger and frustration? Particularly anger and frustration from dealing with stupid people. I try to just keep reminding myself that it's simply an optimization problem.

Comment author: beoShaffer 15 February 2015 12:28:33AM 0 points [-]

The Luminosity sequence has some stuff on this, though its been long enough since I read it that I don't remember the details very well. Acceptance and commitment therapy has some really good stuff on dealing with anger/frustration (I recommend the book Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life). Learning acceptance and commitment for just this problem is probably overkill, on the other hand its pretty useful for life in general.

Comment author: folkTheory 09 February 2015 05:24:28PM 6 points [-]

I recently got into practicing meditation, and got a lot out of the old LW posts about it. I was wondering if there is any interest to have a meditation retreat for rationalists?

Comment author: beoShaffer 10 February 2015 03:53:57AM 4 points [-]

I know that Val from CfAR at least used to run meditation retreats though they weren't aimed specifically at rationalists.

Comment author: Coscott 19 January 2015 01:53:38AM *  1 point [-]

What app does less wrong recommend for to-do lists? I just started using Workflowy (recommended from a LW friend), but was wondering if anyone had strong opinions in favor of something else.

P.S. If you sign up for workflowy here, you get double space.

EDIT: The above link is my personal invite link, and I get told when someone signs up using it, and I get to see their email address. I am not going to do anything with them, but I feel obligated to give this disclaimer anyway.

Comment author: beoShaffer 23 January 2015 12:57:44AM 0 points [-]

I like Complice for having a daily to-do that allows you to track how much time you've spent on each of your items (if you're using its pomodoro timer), and to see which goals you did (and didn't) meet on past days. However, I know the founder through CfAR so I may be biased.

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