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Open thread, July 29-August 4, 2013

I really can't say that I was affected by it all that much. Just thought "Ew." and moved on.

Open thread, July 29-August 4, 2013

Do you have a permalink to any of those instances? It would be helpful to know what they defined medium as.

Arguments Against Speciesism

I'm fairly sure it's for the examples referencing the politically charged issues of racism and sexism.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013)

I'm NIH, I'm 17, and I discovered this site through HPMOR in late 2010.

At that time I read "The Problem With Too Many Rational Memes", closed the tab and forgot about it for two years. In spring 2012, I discovered that there was a new arc for HPMOR, read it and decided that some of EY's other works might be worth reading. Over the summer I began to lurk heavily, culminating in me reading the "Blog posts 2006-2010" EPUB from start to finish in November, which led to me registering.

I'd like to make a prediction of High (80%) confidence that I am the only LW user residing in Nigeria. Living here has been a very frustrating experience on the whole, but after three years I can say that I've adapted fairly well. While I lived in Canada, I was placed into the Gifted stream in elementary school, which provided me with the majority of my friend group in the meatspace, and aside from the direct consequences of socializing with said group almost exclusively, I can't really say how it's affected me.

For my tertiary education I'd like to study Computer Science, and I'm currently leaning towards the University of Waterloo. Due to the way the result schedule is structured here in Nigeria, that will require me to write my matriculation exam this November, as opposed to the usual time for someone in my class of June 2014. I'm being advised by almost everyone I've spoken to that to enter a Canadian University I would be best off repeating 12th grade for the Canadian Diploma, so because of that I am not particularly stressed about having to write two sets of final exams this year.

My interests include reading (Favorite authors are Iain M. Banks, Terry Pratchett and William Gibson), computer hardware, tabletop role-playing-games, programming (Python and some elementary webdev) and video games.

Why I'm Skeptical About Unproven Causes (And You Should Be Too)

That still isn't an answer as to how MIRI' would differ from MIRI.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (July 2012)

This is an extremely belated reply, but with regards to

So, I was constantly looking for a "rational" justification for continuing living a good life . I am on the verge of giving up looking, since there seems to be nothing to find, and just living.

The Fun Theory and Metaethics sequences helped me through my personal period of existential angst.

The two most immediately helpful posts I would recommend for someone like you are Joy in The Merely Real and Joy in the Merely Good.

Akrasia hack survey

Clicked, filled the survey, but results failed to go through after several attempts using Opera Mini.