Just read this yesterday (July 31st 2014), and let it sink in before I commented.
In the past I've attempted to do self-improvement checklists (like this, but better organized), and haven't gone further than 2 weeks with them.
With this post I think I have much improvement to make on my list design (and designing policies in general).
Question: what are good rewards/punishments that could be implemented in not finishing a set goal?
Thanks to this, I'm now officially using Feedly (since Google Reader is dead).
Changed it to the 30th.
What would be a good day to have it for you? I'd much rather get more interested individuals on the first meetup than have a failure.
"I must die. But must I die bawling?"
Waiting until after the "2012 prediction" is behind us would be best. It seems most people can't incorporate both the Mayan End of Days and climate change into their future plans and goals, so adding a third 'hoaxable' problem to Earth's future won't help.
With that said, I can see society accepting a killer asteroid over climate change - since the science for the latter is more abstract than "hey look at this asteroid coming right at us."
End of the World movies and books are overdone, so there wouldn't be a need to break the ice to t... (read more)
Wow, this post you linked to is quite amazing. Thanks a bunch. ("autodidact" - I finally have a word for what I do, ha ha)
anotherpanacea - the exact post is here
Hello to the LessWrong universe.
I'm 23 years old. A lover of music (Last.fm): Ravel, Mozart, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Animal Collective. And driven to learn.
My goal right now is to become a philosophy professor, and participate in radical, reason oriented movements to influence social change.
I value the intellect, the body, life, and the universe. I value learning - to improve the lives of others and myself, and to live most accordingly with 'nature.' I value those who direct themselves in a rational manner.
My rationality quest began when I was a child, ... (read more)
Well, your biggest step was to even find and join this site. I'm in a similar predicament at the moment, and I JUST found LessWrong last week.
I supposes you could find similar minded people if you try to join community groups/projects that you have interest in. Try sharing your ideas/thoughts on the various social media sites. I'm sure you won't get a bunch of responses if you have friends similar to mine, and the responses you do get will be sparse and not so worthwhile - but it's a great way to refine your thinking.
And as others have suggested, try contacting those who plan on going to the Melbourne meetup and see if there is a chance a future meetup could be organized closer to you.
Best of luck.