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Meetup : Berkeley: Alpha-testing at CFAR

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1. Lock the door. Then check if the door is locked. Then wait two seconds, then check again if the door is locked. Then walk two steps away, then return and check if the door is locked. Then walk several steps away, then return and check if the door is locked. Repeat with further distances unti...(read more)

"HE IS HERE. THE ONE WHO WILL TEAR APART THE VERY STARS IN HEAVEN. HE IS HERE. HE IS THE END OF THE WORLD."

This reminded me of a dream I had the night before Sunday, Dec 2, 2012, which I posted to my livejournal blog the next day. I'm not sure what I expect to accomplish by posting this here, but...(read more)

"You can't put a price on a human life."

"I agree, but unfortunately reality has already put a price on human life, and that price is much less than 5 million dollars. By refusing to accept this, you are only refusing to make an informed decision about which lives to purchase."

I like the idea. This is something that could be useful to anyone, not just as part of the Rationality Curriculum.

Here is a related idea I posted about before:

> Another random idea I had was to make a text adventure game, where you participate in conversations, and sometimes need to interrupt a...(read more)

One obvious idea for an exercise is [MBlume](http://lesswrong.com/user/MBlume/)'s [Positive Bias Test](http://lesswrong.com/lw/g2/positive_bias_test_c_program/), which is [available online](http://wry.me:7002/).

But of course everyone taking the course would probably already be familiar with the st...(read more)

downvote this comment if you want to balance out the karma from an upvote to the other comment.

Please upvote this comment if you would have at least some use for a "saving the world wiki"

"persuade other people to do it for me"? Don't you mean "persuade other people to do it with me"?

other than that, this is an awesome post! I totally want to be your ally! :)

Congratulations on your altruism! If you really are as altruistic as you claim to be.

I'm the person who mentioned ther...(read more)

I'm going to try to apply some Bayesian math to the question of whether it makes sense to believe "if you aren't sad about my bad situation then that means you don't care about me"

In this example, Person X is in a bad situation, and wants to know if Person Y cares about them.

To use Bayes' theore...(read more)

To me, it still feels Wrong to not feel bad when bad things are happening. Especially when bad things are happening to the people you know and interact with.

I suspect that the reason why it feels Wrong is because I would assume that if someone you know was in a really bad situation, and they saw ...(read more)