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Comment author: ChrisHallquist 25 October 2014 02:50:10AM 2 points [-]

Liberal here, I think my major heresy is being pro-free trade.

Also, I'm not sure if there's actually a standard liberal view of zoning policy, but it often feels like the standard view is that we need to keep restrictive zoning laws in place to keep out those evil gentrifiers, in which case my support for loser zoning regulations is another major heresy.

You could argue I should call myself a libertarian, because I agree the main thrust of Milton Friedman's book Capitalism and Freedom. However, I suspect a politician running on Friedman's platform today would be branded a socialist if a Democrat, and a RINO if a Republican.

(Friedman, among other things, supported a version of guaranteed basic income. To which today's GOP mainstream would probably say, "but if we do that, it will just make poor people even lazier!")

Political labels are weird.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 25 October 2014 06:31:46PM 0 points [-]

(Friedman, among other things, supported a version of guaranteed basic income. To which today's GOP mainstream would probably say, "but if we do that, it will just make poor people even lazier!")

Good thing! We're going to end up in a world where robots do the poor-people jobs. (Just as we are now in a world where machines do the horse and ox jobs, like plowing and pulling carriages.) I for one would prefer that the poor people not starve to death as a result.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 25 October 2014 03:56:41AM -1 points [-]

My political views aren't adequately expressed by "libertarian". I call myself a liberal-flavored libertarian, by which I mean that I want the government to hurt people less.

Gotta agree with you there. I describe myself as a center-libertarian based on my Political Compass scores, which put me halfway between the right-libertarians and the left-anarchists.

The possibility that the government is giving too much to poor people is low on my list of concerns. I also believe that harm-causing processes should be shut down before support systems

And that's why, on the survey, I put "social democrat" on the coarse scale and "left-libertarian" on the fine scale. As far as I can tell, actual self-described social-democrats tend to be more libertarian on social and geopolitical issues than actual self-described liberals (which is to say, centrists).

Comment author: Zubon 25 October 2014 02:23:11AM *  2 points [-]

"We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time ... They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart."

Link: Here's Why Google Stopped Asking Bizarre, Crazy-Hard Interview Questions

Comment author: fubarobfusco 25 October 2014 02:44:00AM 1 point [-]

Something to keep in mind is that a large organization (like Google) may have pretty decentralized hiring practices. Even if Engineering interviewers believe that "brainteaser" questions are a bad idea, that doesn't mean Sales or Finance agrees. And a site called "Business Insider" may care more about Sales or Finance than Engineering ....

Comment author: sbenthall 21 October 2014 12:10:24AM 1 point [-]

Do you think that rationalism is becoming a religion, or should become one?

Comment author: fubarobfusco 21 October 2014 11:52:02PM 2 points [-]

"Religion" means too many different things. To a sociologist, religion is not just a creed, it's a social behavior; it's something people do, not only something they believe. People get together and do various things together, which they explain in various terms — a Zen Buddhist meditation session doesn't look very much like a High Church service, except that both involve a lot of people in a hall together.

Comment author: hyporational 15 October 2014 03:40:28AM *  -1 points [-]

What fields are mathematically based, other than physics and evolutionary biology, and economics?

Pretty much every field uses some math except maybe social science, political science, history, languages and literature. I think the most commonly (mis?)used math would belong in the realm of statistics.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 15 October 2014 05:26:47AM 6 points [-]

Pretty much every field uses some math except maybe social science, political science, history, languages and literature.

Statistics was invented for social science, especially political and demographic studies; hence the name.

Comment author: solipsist 12 October 2014 07:16:28PM 3 points [-]

Admitting to taking medication for treatment of a mental condition can be very bad for your career. If these questions are asked, the results should be segregated from other columns to prevent deanonymization.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 12 October 2014 11:33:32PM 1 point [-]

Admitting to taking illegal drugs can be, too. Some forms of prejudice are even more institutionalized than others.

Comment author: DataPacRat 11 October 2014 07:29:44AM *  4 points [-]

What is your preferred relationship style?

No explicit option for asexual and/or aromantic? (Or whatever the term would be for preferring not to be in a relationship, as opposed to not having a preference.)

Please answer on a scale from 0% (definitely false) to 100% (definitely true). For your convenience, 0% will be interpreted as "epsilon" and 100% as "100 minus epsilon".

For estimated probabilities that are greater than 99%, or less than 1%, how many digits of accuracy do you wish the answer to be? Just jump straight from 99% to 100%, or go for 99.999999% if that's honestly the best estimate?

What is the probability that any of humankind's revealed religions is more or less correct?

I find this slightly unclear; does 'atheistic Buddhism' count as a 'revealed religion'?

Comment author: fubarobfusco 11 October 2014 09:55:29PM 1 point [-]

I find this slightly unclear; does 'atheistic Buddhism' count as a 'revealed religion'?

Probably not. "Revealed religion" means something like "religion whose teachings are based on revelations from the divine to mankind". If you think that your religion was figured out, discovered, or intuited by a human being rather than delivered to him or her by the gods or spirits, it's not a "revealed religion".

Yes, this means Scientology is not a "revealed religion", because they think Hubbard discovered it. (Scientology is, however, a mystery religion, meaning that it has inner and outer teachings.)

Comment author: grouchymusicologist 11 October 2014 03:23:07PM 2 points [-]

On "Profession," the field label "Art" is vague. Better would be "Arts and humanities."

Comment author: fubarobfusco 11 October 2014 09:45:28PM 3 points [-]

"Humanities" includes philosophy, language, and religion; and sometimes history and law, too!

I think what is meant in the survey is specifically the creation of art, e.g. design, sculpture, music, theater, fiction, and so on.

It should be clarified, though.

Comment author: Elo 11 October 2014 03:52:21PM 0 points [-]

Why not use the Kinsey sex scale for sexual orientation? (really depends on what you want to gather out of this information)

A split question of whether your children are biologically related to you or just children you are raising.

Allow multiple options (checkboxes) for work-status, and profession.

I have seen "education level" as highest level completed; but it doesn't take into account highest level incomplete. so where I might be part of a bachelors, I could not say so because I have not yet completed it. Perhaps a level of "highest education not yet completed"

An option of "other" for political view

Allow multiple (checkboxes) for referrals.

an option to skip the probabilities section. and submit the survey without participating in that part.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 11 October 2014 09:38:53PM 0 points [-]

Why not use the Kinsey sex scale for sexual orientation? (really depends on what you want to gather out of this information)

Good idea. There are even more detailed scales, such as the Klein grid.

Comment author: Princess_Stargirl 11 October 2014 06:06:15PM *  8 points [-]

I would personally be interested in more detailed drug use questions. Examplae. In the Past year have you taken:

-Modafinil

-Amphetamine (of any sort including Adderall)

-Heroine/Other Opiates (not prescribed by a doctor as a painkiller) -Marijuanna

-Hallucinogens (LSD/DMT/Psychobillin)

-Testosterone/HGH (if you took testosterone because you are transexual do not click yes)

Maybe there is a better list of drugs?

Comment author: fubarobfusco 11 October 2014 09:35:37PM 2 points [-]

Let's see ...

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, hash oil, Marinol, etc.)
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines (including Adderall)
  • Eugeroics (wakefulness drugs — modafinil and its ilk)
  • Sedatives (e.g. benzodiazepines including Valium, Klonopin)
  • Hypnotics (sleep drugs, e.g. Ambien, Lunesta)
  • Opiates (heroin, morphine, oxycodone)
  • Psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT)
  • Dissociatives (DXM, ketamine, nitrous oxide)
  • Deliriants (belladonna, brugmansia, datura)
  • Entactogens (MDMA, etc.)
  • Medical antidepressants (SSRIs, etc.)
  • Herbal antidepressants (St. John's wort, ashwagandha, rhodiola)
  • Serotonin precursors (L-tryptophan, 5-HTP)
  • GABA-β agonists (phenibut, gabapentin)
  • Antipsychotics
  • Aphrodisiacs (yohimbine, etc.)
  • Vasodilators (Viagra, amyl nitrite, etc.)

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