All of DimitriK's Comments + Replies

Qualitatively Confused

You might (with difficulty) find an unbiased investigation into theism vs atheism

Belief in Self-Deception

When I read "i believe people are nicer than they really are" I got the impression her meaning was along the lines of "people are nicer inside than their actions. On reflection, this might be because that's what I believe. It ties in to fundamental attribution error. Peoples actions are based so much on environment and circumstance that if you had a way to truly look into a person I think you'd see a better person than you would have guessed if you only looked at their actions. Most people don't see themselves as evil. They do things we see... (read more)

0Tyrrell_McAllister7yI think that there's a better chance that he'll see your comment if you reply directly to the post rather than to another comment. At least, I think that that's how it works.
Anchoring and Adjustment

On the question of Einstein I anchored, but I don't see how else I could have done it. I don't know much about his personal history but I get the sense Einstein had some contributions to the atom bomb, and had fled Europe to escape nazi prosecution. I anchored on 1945 as the end of WW2 and figured he must have left a fair bit sooner, possibly before the war as nazi persecution had already started before the war was underway.

I guessed 1937. I can't see how else I could have gone about it with the limited information I had. If I can't google for the questi... (read more)

Guardians of Ayn Rand

I attended 2 years of school in Ukraine before my family immigrated. This was in '96/97. I can attest that math was far more advanced there (at least back then. Though this is still post-ussr). Ex: We were learning about functions in grade 2 (didnt touch it until grade 8-9 here in Canada.) I remember my parents being somewhat unhappy when most of the math I did in third Year was two digit addition and subtraction.

Guardians of the Gene Pool

I think Chris was talking about value in a relative sense (though ironicly was sloppy and left his statement too vague).

What's more surprising here is that you guys are arguing over a definition of environmentalim. Taboo it and you'd probably agree.

Most surprising of all is seeing you claim you own a word, Eliezer. I may have just started reading these sequences but I'm pretty sure there was a post or two on how you can't just define a word how you want.

Ironically enough you are guarding singularitarianism with your comment. And you're doing it by redefin... (read more)

Rationality and the English Language

I agree with cihan here. It may not be a rational argument by itself, but it enhances the preceding argument because it makes you feel what the argument is all about. Besides, I got the impression your post was about how this is an important factor often missing from discussion. Or were you talking about active vs passive voice only?