All of rntz's Comments + Replies

2011 Less Wrong Census / Survey

On the "Political" question: I identify with none of those. I understand the question is about which I identify with most, but all of the options have views on both social permissivity and economic redistribution. I am socially permissive, but have no belief one way or the other on redistribution/taxes. I simply have insufficient knowledge of that area to make a judgment. Perhaps it would be better to have two different questions - one for each of social views and economic views?

For "Religious views": I am an atheist but would not self-... (read more)

3selylindi10yIf there is a political self-description category in future surveys, another option possibly worth adding is "anarchist". Yeah, it's rare, but the closest option available was "socialist", which is still very dissimilar. Incidentally, for those who are interested in political categorizations that might translate better across countries (and who have an OkCupid account), check out the Political Objectives test []. A caveat is that, as the test itself notes, it is still specific to the countries and centuries that constitute the modern world, as "The assumption behind this test is that the three most important objectives of all-issues political movements in the modern era have been Equality and Liberty and Stability."
5CharlesR10yI chose not to answer the politics question for the simple reason that I didn't want to do something that could hijack my thinking [].
7Cthulhoo10yI second rntz remarks, I had very similar issues with both questions. As a side note I would have been also interested in knowing how many people here are from non-english speaking countries (or at least outside the US). Anyways, this is a very interesting project, I'll be looking forward for the results!
Epilogue: Atonement (8/8)

Today's common knowledge may fade to psychological trivia in a thousand years. If humanity has systematically got its shit together, will this be because everyone understands the biases that let us do terrible (if, arguably, occasionally necessary) things, or because we are simply systematically denied the opportunities to enact them? I hope and expect the former (insofar as I expect humanity's future to be bright at all, which is to say, not much), but I cannot rule out the latter.

Attention Lurkers: Please say hi

Hi. CS undergrad at CMU here. More interested in decision theory specifically than rationality in general. Might post more if I had more time.

Pittsburgh Meetup: Survey of Interest

Another CMU student here. I've only been lurking on this site for a couple of weeks thus far, and can't say I wholly understand everything said or fully identify with the community yet, but I'd be interested.