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I actually like this post and agree to most points you make. I'm not talking about the meta points about steelmanning and rhetoric tricks.
The obvious and clearly stated bias helped me to better insights than most articles that claim true understanding of anything.
I'm not sure whether this is d...(read more)
I know it as Liquid Democracy or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delegative_democracy
I like your solution to pascals mugging but as some people mentioned it breaks down with superexponential numbers. This is caused by the extreme difficulty to do meaningful calculations once such a number is present (similar to infinity or a division by zero).
I propose the following modification:
* Select one and only one cause to join that you really care about.
* Activism is useful for networking as already mentioned. Treat it as a tool, not as an achievement.
* Read to find out what really needs to change. What are the root causes? What keeps the movement from being effective?
* Again sel...(read more)
I've been in that spot for a long time and my excuse always was that vegetarianism would be too inconvenient.
Around the end of last year it finally clicked. The inconvenience excuse is plainly wrong in many cases AND being a vegetarian in just these cases is still a good thing!
I resolved to eat ...(read more)
Some LessWrong links that may be of interest:
Here are two projects that try to remove subvocalization. It's fun to try at least.
I find the qualitative reflections most enlightening and especially that you said: "But never in the course of this experiment did I count something that turned out to be unimportant."
Your under-confidence in that point may be very common leading to thoughts like: "Yea noticing confusion is all ni...(read more)
Lying is saying something false while you know better. Not lying doesn't imply only saying true things or knowing all implications.
The added burden should be minimal as between friends most people already assume that they are not lied to without making it an explicit rule.
Wait, wait, has the game already started?
The start of the game may be undefined and whether a lie is couted as inside the game depends a lot on the players.