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Open Thread, January 16-31, 2013

Someone seems to have downvoted all of my comments. And, surmising by what I said to him, it seems to have been private messaging.

(If there is some way to check this and) this is true, this is an abuse of the karma system. I do not have many comments, so it is not so much a big deal, but I liked my comments, except the one I retracted (note it is the only one which did not get any downvotes just now), and I don't like unfairness.

This person has been rightly accused of trolling and causing needless drama and insufficiently epistemic prudence, and he definitely runs a whole lot of accounts, so I recommend the banhammer.

The Zeroth Skillset

It may improve your working memory, which would help you with those problems, John Maxwell IV, but probably not.

'Life exists beyond 50'

What signal about the efficacy and seriousness of antideathist groups do you think it sends when, of all possible ways to make things happen in that direction, the public is aware of people who go outside and picket and write on facebook walls ?

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How to signal curiosity?

"Please, please, please tell me! I must know"

Perhaps too dramatic for your taste, but it should get the job done.

LW Women- Minimizing the Inferential Distance

I know what you mean. As someone who knows women who have been raped and abused, I am disgusted and horrified by this post. I almost can't believe LW is willing to tolerate such insensitivity.

[Link] One in five American adults say they are atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular"

Do not attempt to transform Less Wrong into r/atheism. Just do not even try.

Rationality Quotes October 2012

You use only the resources you have, including your judgement, including your metajudgement.

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