Hello. I found LW from two directions: first, I'm serious about philanthropy, and saw references to LW on GiveWell. Second, my husband and I are reading aloud from Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality each night.

I'm a grad student in social work. I find that social work has a lot in common with some of LW's goals (mainly self-improvement). Given that LW is aimed at very high-functioning people, which most social work is not, it uses some different methods. But I suspect LW could benefit from some ideas from social work.

Welcome! And nice to meet you :)

I'd be interested in hearing about social work.

1KPier9yWelcome! If you haven't already, you may want to check out some of [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/] LessWrong's posts on [http://lesswrong.com/lw/6z/purchase_fuzzies_and_utilons_separately/] efficient philanthropy [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3gj/efficient_charity_do_unto_others/] and Luke's sequence on the scientific knowledge behind self-improvement. [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/The_Science_of_Winning_at_Life]. People's brains work (mostly) the same way, whether aspiring rationalists or the beneficiaries of social work, so I'd be very interested in reading your perspective on self-improvement in your field.

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