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[Link] Where did you get that idea in the first place? | Meaningness

Alas, the article consists only of a promise to study the question at some point.

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Here's another. I learnt point-set topology from Bourbaki, borrowing the books from the public library.

For what X would you be indifferent between living X days, but forgetting your day at the end of everyday, or living 10 days? (terminally)
Specifically, why would you require a very large X? Shouldn't you value value both possibilities at 0, because you're dead either way?

No, because I'm alive now, and will be until I'm dead. Until then, I have the preferences and values that I have.

For what X would you be indifferent between living X days, but forgetting your day at the end of everyday, or living 10 days? (terminally)
If you give a very very large value, do you also believe that all mortal lives are very-low-value, as they won't have any memory once they die?

They are of no value to them, because they're dead. They may be of great value to others.

benwr's unpolished thoughts

That's what I mean. It appears to return pages that contain either "well" or "actually" (the "Summoning Sapience" hit does not contain "well"). I would expect searching for the two words to return the pages that contain both words, and searching for "well actually", including the quotes, should return the pages in which the words appear consecutively.

benwr's unpolished thoughts

I think all of those words would be better used less. Really, actually, fundamentally, basically, essentially, ultimately, underneath it all, at bottom, when you get down to it, when all's said and done, these are all lullaby words, written in one's sleep, to put other people to sleep. When you find yourself writing one, try leaving it out. If the sentence then seems to be not quite right, work out what specifically is wrong with it and put that right instead of papering over the still, small voice of reason.

There is also the stereotypical "Well, actually," that so often introduces a trifling nitpick. I believe there was an LW post on that subject, but I can't find it. The search box does not appear to support multi-word strings.

ETA: This is probably what I was recalling.

Open & Welcome Thread - September 2020

How many people here remember Usenet's kill files?

For what X would you be indifferent between living X days, but forgetting your day at the end of everyday, or living 10 days? (terminally)

Indeed. I almost don't value at all the moments I completely forget (and which leave no other residue in the present).

Open & Welcome Thread - September 2020
The "blocking someone from writing anything" does feel like an option. Like, at least you can still vote and read. I do think that seems potentially like the better option, but I don't think we currently actually have the technical infrastructure to make that happen. I might consider building that for future occasions like this.

Blocking from writing but allowing to vote seems like a really bad idea. Being read-only is already available — that's the capability of anyone without an account.

Generally I'd be against complicated subsets of permissions for various classes of disfavoured members. Simpler to say that someone is either a member, or they're not.

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