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Comment author: mare-of-night 10 April 2016 05:11:30PM 0 points [-]

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Meetup : Rochester Rationalists: Utopia discussion meetup

0 mare-of-night 10 April 2016 05:05PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Rochester Rationalists: Utopia discussion meetup

WHEN: 17 April 2016 01:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: 302 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607

Location: Nox

Whether reaching one is possible or not, utopian settings can be a useful thought experiment for examining our values. What's necessary to make a good one? What seemingly-good traits would go horribly wrong?

Some related articles (completely optional reading):

Just another day in utopia

Archipelago and atomic communitarianism (part III is where the meat of the article starts)

31 laws of fun

Discussion article for the meetup : Rochester Rationalists: Utopia discussion meetup

In response to Gamified psychiatry
Comment author: Elo 12 January 2016 07:30:56AM 2 points [-]

can you post a higher resolution version? Or send me one?

In response to comment by Elo on Gamified psychiatry
Comment author: mare-of-night 17 January 2016 01:42:46AM 0 points [-]

I second this.

Comment author: mare-of-night 17 January 2016 01:16:26AM 1 point [-]

Hello! I've been a reader since 2012 or so, and used to comment occasionally under a different username. (I switched because I wanted to be less directly connected to my real name.)

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 04 December 2015 06:46:17PM 3 points [-]

I was thinking that we aren't the target audience here, so it would be good to check the comments at Huffington, and I'm pleased to see that you apparently had a good effect on one person.

This being said, the article is very much (title, picture, and beginning) framed in terms of avoiding regret. On the other hand, activating loss aversion is one way of grabbing people, and it might not be a bad strategy.

Are there vivid methods of showing the good effects of people not getting malaria?

Comment author: mare-of-night 06 December 2015 05:04:46PM 0 points [-]

+1 for looking at the evidence (comments)

Meetup : Rochester LessWrong and Transhumanists

1 mare-of-night 19 August 2015 03:46AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Rochester LessWrong and Transhumanists

WHEN: 12 September 2015 01:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: 3333 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Location: Jitters Cafe

I'm starting a meetup group in Rochester so some of us can hang out in meatspace. Hopefully, this will be a recurring meetup, every 2 - 4 weeks or so. To be notified of future meetups, join the meetup.com group: http://www.meetup.com/Rochester-Transhumanists/

For the first meetup, we'll play some board games (I have Xendo, and feel free to bring other games, too), eat pizza, get to know each other, and talk about what we want out of this group. The start and end times aren't firm, come and go when you like.

Jitters Cafe is 5 minutes from RIT by car, or a bit under half an hour on foot. If you need a ride, contact Kim at mareofnight@gmail.com. I'm coming from center city, so both RIT and UofR are on the way. If you're somewhere else, I'll see if I can coordinate a carpool for you.

Discussion article for the meetup : Rochester LessWrong and Transhumanists

Comment author: mare-of-night 12 May 2014 02:14:05PM 8 points [-]

Taking this was an interesting feeling. In particular, being asked (even anonymously) about donations and other concrete actions in a context where donating a lot is the norm. The scene in HP:MOR where the phoenix asks Hermione who she's saved comes to mind. That is, being asked just made it very obvious that I believe I should be an effective altruist, but from my actions it doesn't look like I am one. I have reasons for that, but it's still worrying, since I don't have much evidence that I won't just change my mind once I do have money.

For what it's worth, I just set up a bunch of email reminders throughout my last semester to make sure I put some kind of donation plan in place by the time I start working (even if it's "nevermind, I was wrong about my values").

Comment author: mare-of-night 26 July 2015 03:56:32PM 1 point [-]

That was a weird feeling; I didn't realize that this was my own comment, and only checked the username when that last paragraph seemed eerily familiar.

As a follow-up: I got a good full-time job starting in January 2015. I've got 10% of post-tax earnings from my internships set aside in a savings account to donate when Givewell announces 2015 recommendations, and I'll add 5% of this year's pre-tax salary to that donation also. Nothing actually donated yet, but it seems really unlikely that I won't do it. I'm planning to keep donating 5% of pre-tax as a token amount for the next few years, and have a few plans for how I might be able to donate more later. I was several months late in deciding to do this and setting up the savings account, so my reminder emails didn't work perfectly, but in the end I did it.

Comment author: Dorikka 10 December 2014 07:01:39PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for writing these up. I'm curious which dimension you're referring to when up say that melatonin sucks at higher doses - health effect or cognitive effect?

Also, for reference, I take about 75 mcg when I want to fall asleep quickly and consider upward of .5mg quite a bit.

Comment author: mare-of-night 13 December 2014 08:58:57AM 1 point [-]

The main problem I've had with it is that a too-large dose makes me feel sleepy the next day. (3mg, felt extremely sleepy for 4 hours after getting up, and I'd slept in a bit more than normal, too.) My results are a bit strange, though, because another medication I take interacts with it. 1/4mg (guesstimated by cutting the pills with a knife) is usually enough for me.

Comment author: Unnamed 11 December 2014 02:52:10AM 12 points [-]

I'd like to see a similar list involving time rather than money. What are things that you can spend a chunk of time on upfront, which will save more time than that within one year?

Comment author: mare-of-night 13 December 2014 08:49:27AM *  5 points [-]

These probably aren't the best ones out there, just what came to mind easily:

  • For people who take a few different medications, those weekly pill box things - it takes less attention to do it all at once when non-groggy.

  • Keeping one's workspace clean and organized might be an example; a lot of people say they can pay attention more easily when things are clean.

  • Keep bicycle tires well pumped - makes you go a lot faster. (Also, having the correct kind of tires. Mountain bike tires are slow on pavement.)

  • Set up the computer/browser to automatically open the tabs/programs you use the most. (I know some people who do this on their work computers.)

  • "no 'poo" hair washing makes hair less oily so you need to wash it less often. Also cheaper. (baking soda + vinegar is the usual method.)

  • buying two weeks' worth of groceries at once so you don't have to shop as often

  • Dvorac and other alternative keyboard layouts

  • email inbox automation things (I've not used any, but people seem to like them)

Comment author: mare-of-night 18 November 2014 05:20:57AM 16 points [-]

I took the survey.

Did anyone else fall on the borderline for some of these questions? I was in a weird space for the one about whether you ever had a relationship with someone else from LW (they introduced me to LW).

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