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Open thread, Feb. 06 - Feb. 12, 2017

The thing that brings my attention is the phrase "without any initial relative velocity against the planet". They might not move relative to the planet, but Earth is not an inertial reference frame and is rotating, so bodies in different latitudes would have different speeds in relation to an inertial referential.

Lesswrong 2016 Survey

Being poorly calibrated can also mean you're inconsistent between being overconfident and underconfident.

Rationality Quotes Thread March 2016

A high school student would say no, because by definition a molecule has more than one atom.

Open Thread Feb 22 - Feb 28, 2016

If evolution is untrue, it changes everything.

Just by reading this phrase, I can conclude that everything else is probably useless.

Polling Thread January 2016

If you also want a datapoint on the time necessary to complete the test, I took 15 minutes. Most of the time when I didn't know the correct answer I simply guessed.

[Link] A rational response to the Paris attacks and ISIS

I don't think the comparison is valid, if anything it's the opposite; the Pearl Harbor attack was intended as a devastating blow, to crush the American naval capability on the Pacific. The United States then did the opposite of what the Japanese intended, rebuilt the fleet and committed fully to the war.

Is my theory on why censorship is wrong correct?

I don't think that was the implication. What I took from it is that you shouldn't be a dick.

What would insulting/infuriating the person with whom you're discussing possibly accomplish, besides making them less likely to cooperate?