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Comment author: notsonewuser 08 November 2015 10:57:58PM 0 points [-]

The date on this is wrong. It says it is on November 19, 2016, while the website says it is on December 19, 2015.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 September 2015 10:43:51PM 3 points [-]

Nonfiction Books Thread

Comment author: notsonewuser 22 September 2015 01:15:38PM 0 points [-]

Just finished reading Happiness: A Very Short Introduction by Daniel M. Haybron. It was an excellent read, and well worth my time.

Comment author: notsonewuser 06 July 2015 02:18:34AM *  1 point [-]

What is the joke behind the title "Highly Advanced Epistemology 101 for Beginners"? I understand that it's redundant, but is that the only reason why it's supposed to be funny, or is there some further underlying joke?

Edit: Or, to be clearer, why was the title not just " Highly Advanced Epistemology 101"? I understand that there may be a separate joke given the juxtaposition of "Highly Advanced" and "101".

Comment author: [deleted] 30 June 2015 02:36:13PM *  1 point [-]

Sorry, this was an useless post so now it's gone

In response to comment by [deleted] on Beware of Other-Optimizing
Comment author: notsonewuser 30 June 2015 03:10:56PM 1 point [-]

I think that's commonly referred to as a lost purpose here on Less Wrong.

Comment author: notsonewuser 21 March 2015 04:28:05PM *  3 points [-]

I think the scenario of an AI torturing humans in the future is very, very unlikely. For most possible goals an AI could have, it will have ways to accomplish them that are more effective than torturing humans.

Comment author: notsonewuser 20 February 2015 06:29:29PM 1 point [-]

Maybe I'll start visiting again soon!

Comment author: Jiro 06 February 2015 03:58:17PM -1 points [-]

I didn't moderate it, but this post looks pretty close to a Gish Gallop.

Comment author: notsonewuser 06 February 2015 05:46:03PM 5 points [-]

I don't see this as a Gish Gallop, as it doesn't even appear to me to be an argument. It just looks like a list of biases that reductionists should take extra care to avoid. The "should" part wasn't argued, just assumed.

Comment author: DMStewart 28 October 2014 02:33:34AM *  28 points [-]

Took the survey! That last one was a hard because I didn't have a ruler :( Also, out of curiosity - has anyone ever had the same Public and Private key before?

Comment author: notsonewuser 23 December 2014 10:18:12PM 0 points [-]

Yes, last year. I expect with 75% confidence that it will happen again this year.

Comment author: notsonewuser 23 December 2014 09:47:38PM 5 points [-]

I was actually in New York City on the actual date of the solstice, December 21. I'll be living there in a year from now, and this post makes me excited about taking in part in next year's event!

Comment author: ChristianKl 23 December 2014 03:59:15PM *  7 points [-]

I really enjoyed our Solstice in Leipzig.

We had a Pinkie Pie ritual, that transcended the notion of secularism a bit.

We started in a circle with a giant Pinky Pie in the middle. In a circle everyone gave an example of how they make other people happy and how other people make them happy. When a person finished we pushed ballons around. When the circle finished we sang the Pinky Pie song, while putting the corresponding video with text with a projector on the wall. After we finished singing, the giant Pinky Pie was given as a Christmas gift to a 4-year old girl in attendence who was the kid of a couple that participated.

We might have violated two of the 10 commandments (You shall have no other gods before me/You shall not have any false idols) with it.

Given Pinky Pie to the child had a bit of a feeling of ritual animal sacrifice and the authentic happiness of the 4-year old made the whole ritual real and down to earth.

Comment author: notsonewuser 23 December 2014 09:45:44PM 1 point [-]

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