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Comment author: moridinamael 04 October 2017 11:52:43PM *  6 points [-]

I thought it was funny/ironic that this popped up just after the SSC post about how different people may see different degrees of hostility, danger, etc., etc., in daily life due to their wiring. It makes me think that there's probably a spectrum of ability to see suffering. My suspicion is that you may be seeing too much! But then who's to say what the right amount would be.

Comment author: Elo 16 September 2017 07:50:13AM 1 point [-]

Yes it will probably cause people to devalue the site. If you pay a dollar it will tend to "feel like" the entire endeavour is worth a dollar.

Comment author: moridinamael 16 September 2017 02:27:18PM 1 point [-]

So charge $50 =)

Comment author: casebash 15 September 2017 10:40:52PM 0 points [-]

Are there many communities that do that apart from meta-filter?

Comment author: moridinamael 15 September 2017 10:50:38PM 1 point [-]

You mean communities that require a fee? I'm specifically thinking of SomethingAwful. Which has a bad reputation, but is actually an excellent utility if you visit only the subforums and avoid the general discussion and politics sections of the site.

Comment author: moridinamael 15 September 2017 09:48:48PM 12 points [-]

I've heard that in some cases, humans regard money to be an incentive.

Integrating Patreon, Paypal or some existing micropayments system could allow users to not only upvote but financially reward high-value community members.

If Less Wrong had a little "support this user on Patreon" icon next to every poster's username, I would certainly have thrown some dollars at more than a handful of Less Wrong posters. Put more explicitly - maybe Yvain and Eliezer would be encouraged to post certain content on LW2.0 rather than SSC/Facebook if they reliably got a little cash from the community at large every time they did it.

Speaking of the uses of money, I'm fond of communities that are free to read but require a small registration fee in order to post. Such fees are a practically insurmountable barrier to trolls. Eugine Nier could not have done what he did if registering an account cost $10, or even $1.

Comment author: pepe_prime 13 September 2017 01:20:21PM 10 points [-]

[Survey Taken Thread]

By ancient tradition, if you take the survey you may comment saying you have done so here, and people will upvote you and you will get karma.

Let's make these comments a reply to this post. That way we continue the tradition, but keep the discussion a bit cleaner.

Comment author: moridinamael 14 September 2017 08:41:49PM 19 points [-]

It is done.

Comment author: moridinamael 29 August 2017 03:46:50PM 1 point [-]

For a topic like this, I might not lump in "doctoral or professional degree." I imagine medical doctors, lawyers, people with PhDs in the liberal arts, PhDs in the sciences, and PhDs in engineering disciplines might all have materially different work/stress/productivity profiles.

Similarly you could separate "Engineering/CS" into two choices. Mechanical engineers and software "engineers" don't really do the same kind of work.

I am both a consultant and an employee, so I wouldn't know how to answer "what is your current role" unambiguously.

I would add some questions about commute time. Definitely an important factor when assessing stress and work satisfaction.

Comment author: moridinamael 23 August 2017 03:03:37PM 0 points [-]

Thanks. This is really awesome.

Comment author: ChristianKl 21 August 2017 01:09:20PM 4 points [-]

The fact that you engage with the article and share it, might suggest to the author that he did everything right. The idea that your email will discourage the author from writing similar articles might be mistaken.

Secondly, calling autonomous weapons killer robots isn't far of the mark. The policy question of whether or not to allow autonomous weapons is distinct from AGI.

Comment author: moridinamael 21 August 2017 04:52:46PM *  0 points [-]

The type of engagement that the writer of the article wants is the kind the leads to sharing. If Tenoke is specifically stating their intent not to share the content, it's not a viral kind of engagement. There is a big difference between seeing a quote-with-retweet captioned "This is terrible!" and receiving a private email telling them to stop.

Comment author: disconnect 15 August 2017 01:36:15PM 0 points [-]

People who become passionate about meditation tend to say that the hardest part is encountering "dark things in your mind".

What do meditators mean by this?

Comment author: moridinamael 16 August 2017 01:40:03AM 2 points [-]

Possibly they mean more than one thing, but the primary concept that jumps to mind is known as the "dark night". The aim of many meditation practices is to become aware of the contents of consciousness to the extent that those contents lose any emotional valence and become meaningless objects. In the long term this makes the meditator extremely equanimous and calm and detached, in a good way. In the medium term, before the changes have properly sunk in, it can result in a semi-detachment from reality where everything seems meaningless but in a very bad way.

I think I may have touched the edges of such phenomena. It is indeed unpleasant, and probably contributed to my cutting down my meditation by a lot.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 August 2017 08:16:40AM 0 points [-]

Podcasts Thread

Comment author: moridinamael 04 August 2017 06:52:02PM 0 points [-]

I visited with the good folks on the Bayesian Conspiracy podcast. We discussed the ideas from Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott.

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