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Anti-Aging: State of the Art

If Brunemeier's PDF's is something you can share, I'd like to read it.

Here's some of the important stuff (not medical advice, obviously): Daily multivitamin Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) Magnesium citrate Turmeric (curcumin) Resveratrol / pterostilbene Metformin / berberine Apigenin Quercetin NR (nicotinamide riboside) EGCG (green or white tea) Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi) Bacopa monnieri (standardized 20% bacosides) Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Gingko biloba B12 – many people are deficient Vitamin D (get blood tested to optimize, ideally 30 min/day full sun, 2000 IU) Vitamin C (megadose, 5 g / day +, spread throughout the day) Piracetam + Choline Uridine Acetylcarnitine + N-acetyl cysteine Glycine Supergreen/superfruit blend*: “Blender Culture” .
Link: Rob Bensinger on Less Wrong and vegetarianism

Certainly eggs are not likely to suffer at all.

It's typically the chickens laying the eggs that people are concerned about. And maybe to a lesser extent the male chickens of the chicken breed used for egg production. (Maybe you're already clear on that, but I have spoken to people who were confused by veganism's prohibition on eating animal products in addition to animals.)

They likely do not suffer in the same way people do.

It doesn't seem safe to assume that their suffering is subjectively less bad than our suffering. Maybe it's worse - maybe the... (read more)

So, there's a heuristic that I think is a decent one, which is that less-conscious things have less potential suffering. I feel that if you had a suffer-o-meter and strapped it to the heads of paramecia, ants, centipedes, birds, mice, and people, they'd probably rank in approximately that order. I have some uncertainty in there, and I could be swayed to a different belief with evidence or an angle I had failed to consider, but I have a hard time imagining what those might be. I think I buy into the notion that most-conscious doesn't strictly mean most-suffering, though - if there were a slightly less conscious, but much more anxious branch of humanoids out there, I think they'd almost certainly be capable of more suffering than humans.
Link: Rob Bensinger on Less Wrong and vegetarianism

Exactly. I suspect a disproportionate share of people on LW agree that their eating habits are immoral, but eat the way they do anyway and are willing to indirectly be a part of "torturing puppies behind closed doors." That is, they are more likely to be honest to themselves about what they are doing, but aren't that much more likely to care enough to stop (which is different from being "morally indifferent").

Open thread, 14-20 July 2014

Peanuts are not 'protein powerhouses' unless you are trying to measure protein/volume instead of protein/calorie. They give 7g protein per 164 calories. Compare that to tofu which provides 20g protein per 176 calories or salmon which provides about 20g for 183 calories.

Open thread, 3-8 June 2014

If you had four months to dedicate to working on a project, what would you work on?

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Learn all the maths to be able to get a job at MIRI :)
Intern under a specialist in heat-straightening of damaged steel members.
Writing a novel.
Optimal Exercise

Still, I've had my own injury issues. Do you think body weight exercises are less likely to led to injury?

Strength wise you can get plenty strong on a regime of dips, chins, one legged squats, handstand pushups etc. Using a backpack or something to progressively load them.
Optimal Exercise

What do you think is a good exercise routine for maximizing health and not getting injured? Ideally, there's some sort of weight-lifting in which you can't easily injure yourself with poor form that won't result in muscular imbalance and that still allow for incremental improvement.

As for cardio, maybe rowing and ellipticaling are ideal?

You should check out Scott Sonnon's Intu-Flow []. I'm going to admit I only have moderate amounts of evidence, but here they are. Sonnon has a congenital connective tissue problem and athletic ambition. Intu-Flow is a set of joint mobility exercises which he does to make injury less likely. I've been doing IntuFlow, but not weight lifting. It makes me feel better in the short run (for a day or so after I do it, and I was amazed at how much better I felt when I did Intu-Flow after skipping it for some weeks), and seems to have a good effect on some knee damage. (More days when going down stairs isn't a problem. Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping records.) Intu-Flow definitely increases body awareness, and I believe it's easier to not hurt yourself if you can tell what you're doing. Some poking around doesn't turn up any bad reviews, though some people think it's over-hyped.
Elliptical is very hard to do sprints on. Rowing is ideal IMO. As for not getting injured, you shouldn't let the discussion of back injuries here make you think it is a common problem. Weightlifting has a lower injury rate than badminton or swimming. The most common injury in weightlifting is bench press injuries from not having a spotter or safety bars. The reason most other things rarely cause injury is that you almost always will simply strain a muscle and drop the weight before you injure anything permanent. Benchpress is an exception because you can drop it on yourself.
Optimal Exercise

I low bar squat barefoot. Would I still benefit from getting weightlifting shoes?

Not really. A few competitive low bar squatters use oly shoes, but it isn't common.
Open Thread for February 11 - 17

I used to think I thought that way, but then I had some opportunities to casually steal from people I didn't know (and easily get away with it), but I didn't. With that said, I pirate things all the time despite believing that doing so frequently harms the content owners a little.

I have taken that precise action against someone who mildly annoyed me. I remember it (and the perceived slight that motivated it), but feel no guilt over it.
How big of an impact would cleaner political debates have on society?

Thanks for the recommendation. I've watched a couple Hardtalk interviews and they were great. Hardtalk definitely suffers the limitations of oral discussion that people talk about elsewhere in this thread, but, for what it is, it's great.

A Workflow with Spaced Repetition

Is that not what SRS like Anki does already? Granted they force you to pick one of 5 categories of difficulty rather than one of 100, but it's basically the same.

Not really. You pick the category after the answer, not before. The categories are supposed to represent effort in remembering the answer, not how lucky you got with your guess.
[LINK] Larry = Harry sans magic? Google vs. Death

You're making predictions about something you could just observe. This is the comment thread. In it, the primary critic of Catico, bowlofpetunias, considers themself among the elite it benefits. That is, what you believed to have happened did not happen.

Thanks for the pointer.
"Can we know what to do about AI?": An Introduction

I don't know. They were anti-communist, so I guess it was an immediate impulse. At the same time, they also probably knew they wouldn't get along with a communist country in the future. Either way, I don't think Cold War actions in the 1950s count as prescient since the relationship had soured long ago.

If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances. Neither of them thinks anyt

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"Can we know what to do about AI?": An Introduction

1950-1980: Efforts to win the Cold War decades later, such as increasing education for gifted children.

US support for the White Army against the Bolsheviks predates those measures. Still, I'd be hesitant to consider that prescient since it was a self-fulfilling prediction to some extent.

Was this based on an anticipation of things happening 10+ years later?