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Comment author: Metus 17 January 2015 04:53:33PM *  4 points [-]

It seems to me that research funding is surprisingly well calibrated with a bias for infectous diseases as opposed to what I as an amateur would call "structural failure" collecting ischemic heart disease, stroke, injury and so on.

Looking at the "overfunded" category the worst offenders are HIV and cancer. I suppose cancer research is overfunded because people donate to causes their loved ones suffered and cancer tends to kill old people with a lot of money. But I have no good explanation for the overfunding of HIV which is a completely preventable disease on the personal level by using a condom and refraining from using IV drugs. BTW, the most successful HIV reduction programs give out free needles and condoms, reducing the need for medical treatment and of course human suffering in the first place.

Looking at the "underfunded" category we have injury, ischemic heart disease, COPD, depression, stroke. Injury is something that disproportionally affects poorer people, so I use the reverse reasoning to cancer. I have no good explanation for the underfunding of the other diseases here, except for maybe depression which has a bit of a stigma to it. At best I'd guess that heart attack and stroke do not have the spectacular, drawn out suffering like cancer and HIV treatment have.

Comment author: bramflakes 17 January 2015 10:39:23PM *  -2 points [-]

But I have no good explanation for the overfunding of HIV which is a completely preventable disease on the personal level by using a condom and refraining from using IV drugs.

one would think so but certain demographics can't seem to handle this

Comment author: bramflakes 11 January 2015 02:05:15PM *  8 points [-]

We see a dramatic drop in terrorist acts in the US after 2000.

Do we? I see a sawtooth-decline starting in 1995/6, with 2000/1 not deviating from the trend.

Comment author: Raoul589 04 January 2015 02:18:29PM 4 points [-]

I don't think I've ever experienced schadenfreude. As in, I'm not even sure what that emotion is supposed to feel like, from the inside. I get the impression that the few people I've said this to think that I'm lying about it for signalling purposes.

Is it common just not to feel schadenfreude, like not ever, for any reason? Lately I've started to wonder if I've been committing the typical mind fallacy on this.

Comment author: bramflakes 07 January 2015 02:27:19AM 2 points [-]

I feel it, but it's a weak emotion. I could easily imagine going without it.

Comment author: eli_sennesh 27 December 2014 06:52:14AM 4 points [-]

I don't see why. Non-agents simply don't fit the definition of "god", so equivocating on the definition of "god" from "world-changingly powerful agent" to "abstract personification of causality itself" does not really shed any light on anything.

Comment author: bramflakes 27 December 2014 01:08:10PM 1 point [-]

It isn't meant to be some rigorous account of how the world works, it's a deliberate mythology. I'm not entirely convinced as to whether it's a good idea, but aspie criticisms that amount to "god don't real" are missing the point entirely.

http://www.moreright.net/postrat-religion/

Comment author: eli_sennesh 24 December 2014 12:06:21PM 4 points [-]

There's no such things as gods.

Comment author: bramflakes 26 December 2014 12:14:57AM 2 points [-]

I think this is about the only scenario on LW that someone can be justifiably downvoted for that statement.

Comment author: polymathwannabe 17 December 2014 04:00:40PM 0 points [-]

What's horrible about that?

Comment author: bramflakes 17 December 2014 06:54:50PM 6 points [-]

We don't know whether the Great Filter is ahead of us or behind us. The more evidence we find that life is common throughout the universe, the more the probability mass moves towards "ahead of us", because more "behind us" possibilities have been eliminated.

Comment author: artemium 16 December 2014 10:53:22PM *  0 points [-]

Horrible news!!! Organic molecules have just been found on Mars. It appears that the great filter is ahead of us.

Comment author: bramflakes 17 December 2014 01:00:55AM 6 points [-]

We've known for some time that Titan has plenty of organic molecules.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 15 December 2014 12:52:01AM 6 points [-]

My preferred solution for this problem is to have the alarm on the other side of the room so I have to actively get out of bed and walk over to it.

Comment author: bramflakes 15 December 2014 01:18:42AM 6 points [-]

I tried that before, I'd just turn it off and get back into bed.

Comment author: Metus 15 December 2014 12:27:24AM 9 points [-]

I am looking to set a morning routine for myself and wanted to hear if you have some unusual component in your morning routine other people might benefit from.

Comment author: bramflakes 15 December 2014 12:49:00AM 10 points [-]

I have a terrible problem where I wake up from my alarm, turn off the alarm, then go back to sleep (I've missed several morning lectures this way). The solution I've been trialing is to put a glass of water and some caffeine pills on my bedside table when I go to sleep. That way, when I wake up I can turn off the alarm, take the pill and give in to the urge to put my head back on the pillow, confident that the caffeine will wake me up again a few minutes later. This has worked every time I've remembered to put out the pills.

I got this idea from someone else on LW but I've forgotten who, so credit to whomever it was.

Comment author: 27chaos 14 December 2014 09:33:17PM 1 point [-]

I don't understand what you're trying to say. As used in the original quote they are interchangeable synonyms.

Comment author: bramflakes 15 December 2014 12:43:53AM 1 point [-]

I was poking fun at that.

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