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Welcome to Less Wrong! (2012)

A lot of people that I know seem to think that logic and reason are mostly just important in science, but they can improve so much in everyday life.

So you say you're an altruist...

I don't agree that the selfish option on the third choice is murder. There's a difference between killing people because you're being coerced using your money and killing people of your own free will in order to take their money.

If the facts about poverty there are true and one agrees that being unwilling to make the third sacrifice is murder (which I don't), then yes, his conclusion that most of the people there were being hypocritical would be logical. If you consider yourself altruistic but put your own comfort before the lives of others, I don't think that your actions logically follow from your morals. I didn't feel conflicted by his conclusion, though, because I'm not an altruist.

The curse of identity

When I was younger, I thought that I wanted to be a writer because I wanted to be the sort of person who was passionate about something, and since I hadn't found a passion yet and was pretty good at writing, it seemed like a good vessel for that drive. It took me quite awhile to realize that I saw it as a chore and never really wanted to write.

I don't see anything inherently wrong with doing things for the prestige, though, just with lying to yourself about your motivations.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (July 2012)

I'll contact them, then. I wasn't expecting to be accepted, but on the off chance that I was, it's hopefully not too late.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (July 2012)

I highly doubt that I'll be posting articles or even joining discussions anytime soon, since right now, I'm just getting started on reading the sequences and exploring other parts of the site, and don't feel prepared yet to get involved in discussions. However, I'll probably comment on things now and then, so because of that (and, honestly, just because I'm a very social person), I figured I might as well post an introduction here.

I appreciate the way that discussions are described as ending on here, because I've noticed in other debates that "tapping... (read more)

1hannahelisabeth9yI like your description of yourself. You remind me a bit of myself, actually. I think I'd enjoy conversing with you. Though I have nothing on my mind at the moment that I feel like discussing. Hm, I kind of feel like my comment ought to have a bit more content than "you seem interesting" but that's really all I've got.
2Bugmaster9yI'm not affiliated with SIAI or the summer camps in any way, but IMO this sounds like a breakdown somewhere in the organization's communication protocols. If I were you, I wouldn't just assume that I wasn't accepted, I would ask for an explanation.