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Open thread, May. 1 - May. 7, 2017

It doesn't seem like there's been any discussion on caloric restriction or intermittent fasting since 2014, and even then it didn't seem like any consensus was achieved. Have there been any more studies in the intervening years? Has anyone else started or stopped or failed or whatnot?

Here's Gwern's write up:

(I just noticed that their post was modified in May 2017, so SOMETHING new must have happened...)

There has been a publication, recently, about the long-term effect of IF: the conclusion is basically that it's as good as any other method of caloric restriction.
Open thread, Apr. 24 - Apr. 30, 2017

Even in your chart, the top 25% of janitors (the lowest IQ occupation) are smarter than the bottom 25% of college professors (the second highest IQ occupation). IQ ranges within an occupation are MUCH bigger than IQ ranges between occupations.

Open thread, Apr. 24 - Apr. 30, 2017

in-home maid/handyman/nanny jobs are exactly the obedient, dutiful, vigilant, lower-IQ, blue-collar, conscientious-type people.

Your stereotypes are both inaccurate and harmful. All the handymen I know are extremely intelligent. Electrical systems, plumbing systems, etc. are both complex and require reasoning to work with. A lot of fix-it stuff is a mix of puzzles, and figuring out how to do things on the fly.

I myself am a nanny (if you do a SAT to IQ conversion, my IQ is 144, which I am only saying because that seems to be of particular importance to... (read more)

Let's decide what the truth is before we go calling it harmful. First, "dutiful"/"vigilant", etc. are just synonyms with "conscientious". That's by definition, not stereotype. As for the "low-IQ" part, I only claimed that 1. studies [] found an inverse correlation between conscientiousness and the general intelligence factor, and 2. you want conscientious people for in-home and human-service jobs. (regardless of IQ) It's only an inverse correlation, and nowhere near a perfect -1. (Maybe -0.25) As I mentioned, there exist some who have both low-IQ and are not conscientious (who don't make good employees), I thought that also implied the existence of the reverse. If you want to claim we're being inaccurate, we need data, not anecdotes. Stereotypes often have some statistical truth. The chart michaelkeenan linked to is instructive. There is considerable overlap in these curves. Average-IQ (~100) people can get most jobs on that chart, but would find it difficult to get the high-IQ jobs near the bottom, and probably can't get a medical doctor job at all. An IQ-85 person could realistically get an electrician job, but not an electrical engineering job. If we believe the chart, then we should also expect a significant number of above-average-IQ people working blue collar jobs. I do not dispute this. You claim to be an example of that. But they can retrain and even get merit scholarships. I pointed out that this process would still be disruptive, since the training process could take years. But they (and you) are part of the "cognitive elite" that tristanm isn't worried about becoming perpetually unemployed. It's the other side, precisely the low-IQ people who can't retrain for high-IQ jobs that were cause for concern. I pointed out they may have other advantages (conscientiousness) that could mitigate that somewhat, and furthermore, what is easy for huma
This is google-able - I found this chart []. It's probably imperfect, but from a brief glance at the source I'd trust it more than anecdote or my own experience.
That is not true for me. But I am curious -- if you think that this type of service/blue-collar jobs are occupied by highly intelligent people, where are the stupids? Half of the population is below the median intelligence, where are they? Where do they work? What kind of jobs do they take? Again, not according to my observations (though I admit we may have different baselines). I agree that immigrant nannies -- like other immigrants -- have to demonstrate a certain level of capability and independence to get to where they are. But I don't think this level is very high. On the other hand, for some intelligent people becoming a nanny in the US is the easiest way to improve their condition. So there is a lot of variance -- some nannies are very bright and some are not. Just like most people, really :-)
Stupid Questions May 2017

I have four roomies and one bathroom.

I set my first alarm half an hour before I NEED to get up, which also happens to be right before anyone else gets up. If I get up with my first alarm (or within a minute or two), then I am very likely able to get the bathroom. (And if someone is already in there, I am guaranteed that they will be out before I need to leave.) I tell myself that if I get up and do everything I need to do in the morning besides getting dressed, I can go back to bed and turn off all my other alarms except for the one 5-10 minues before I h... (read more)

I Want To Live In A Baugruppe

I want this, but somewhere like Appalachia where land and such is insanely cheap and you can do some homesteading too

Projects-in-Progress Thread

The self-hacking is going pretty well, considering that I started out absolutely hating programming. A problem that arises is that I don't currently like it enough for it to be self-motivating just through personal enjoyment. I actually got a lot more accomplished when the motivation was "Do the thing that I hate (and learn to like it/ change my self-identity of hating it) so that I can get a better job (...Eventually. I like my current job, so no rush)." Now I like it well enough that the motivation is "Do that thing you like because you li... (read more)

Hm, thanks for your thoughts on the matter. I've noticed too, that once I get a thing to be "not too terrible", then it feels less like I have to work on it. But then I'll just prioritize other things over it.
Projects-in-Progress Thread

I've been:

1) Self-hacking into liking programming

2)Learning programming (primarily using Odin Project)

I've been trying to learn programming (but not in a very disciplined / systematic fashion). Would you recommend the Odin Project? (Everyday Utilitarian recommended it, IIRC, but I was turned off by the cross-linking to different places.) How goes your self-hacking? I've played around w/ it for math, and the results were pretty good (If we're talking about the generally same thing, that is.)
John Nash's Ideal Money: The Motivations of Savings and Thrift

I am nearly certain Flinter is just Eugene's new way of trolling now that there aren't downvotes. Don't feed the troll

I'm dying to know, who the heck is this Eugine character? I keep seeing the name but I don't know the backstory.
I'm pretty sure not. There are lots of things elsewhere on the internet that show every sign of being written by the same person, whose preoccupations seem quite different from Eugine's.
January 2017 Media Thread

I love the BBC's Ruth Goodman series because they answer questions about historical daily life that I never even thought to ask. For example, in Victorian and Edwardian times, a common way to clean a chimney was to climb to the roof and throw a chicken down it. As it flapped and scratched on its way down it would knock down all the debris and buildup. If you want to know the start-to-finish process of how to build a lime-ash floor, or a pig sty, or the details of how things were cleaned, cooked, gathered, farmed, or used, these shows will have it.

ETA- Th... (read more)

Most of the low tech is first written up here... []
Open thread, Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2016

Random Note: Since the push to put more content on here, I actually have been checking more frequently. I'm looking now maybe every three weeks instead of every three months, which is nothing compared to the daily checking when I was active and the site was active, but is at least more on my radar.

Just some positive reinforcement for all yall.

Have a karma, sir / madam / genderfluid person.
A quick note on weirdness points and Solstices [And also random other Solstice discussion]

I like having a community that supports children, but at the same time let's not close our eyes to the truth. If there actually is a child screaming throughout Solstice and running around rampant it will, in fact, ruin the experience. I don't know what the Bay Solstice was like, so I don't know if this was really the case or if it's an exaggeration.

It was not an exaggeration.