Cards Against Rationality

post by fubarobfusco · 2012-06-16T02:23:42.941Z · LW · GW · Legacy · 25 comments


  Black cards:

(This post won't make much sense if you don't know about the game Cards Against Humanity. Fortunately it has a web site. If you know the game Apples to Apples, well, CAH's gameplay is almost identical to Apples to Apples ... but the cards range from snarky to perverted to shockingly un-PC.)

After the LW meetup in Mountain View yesterday, the idea came up of a Less Wrong expansion set for Cards Against Humanity ... with a roughly Shit Rationalists Say theme, with a little help from Eliezer Yudkowsky Facts. Regardless of whether this ever happens, we felt the need to share the pain with the rest of the community.

These are meant to be mixed with the standard deck. Hence, the completed phrase "That which can be destroyed by being a motherfucking sorceror should be" is a clearly winning combination, as is "Why am I sticky? Grass-fed butter."

Black cards:

White cards:
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Friendly AI
  • Unfriendly AI
  • Lukeprog's love life
  • The New York meetup group
  • Updating
  • Ugh fields
  • Ben Goertzel
  • Guessing the teacher's password
  • Confidence intervals
  • Signaling
  • Polyamory
  • The paleo diet
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Ephemerisle
  • Burning Man
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Dropping acid
  • Timeless Decision Theory
  • Pascal's mugging
  • The Sequences
  • Deathism
  • Alcor
  • The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Quirrellmort
  • Dark Arts
  • Tenorman's family chili
  • Affective death spirals
  • Rejection therapy
  • The cult attractor
  • Akrasia
  • The Bayesian Conspiracy
  • Paperclips
  • The Copenhagen interpretation
  • Clippy
  • Shit Rationalists Say
  • Babyeaters
  • Superhappies
  • Aubrey de Grey's beard
  • Robin Hanson
  • The blind idiot god, Evolution
  • Getting downvoted on Less Wrong
  • Two-boxing
  • The obvious Schelling point
  • Negging
  • Peacocking
  • P-Zombies
  • Tit-for-Tat
  • Applause lights
  • Rare diseases in cute puppies
  • Rationalist fanfiction
  • Sunk costs
  • Vibram Fivefingers
  • RationalWiki
  • The Chaos Legion Marching Song
  • Poor epistemic hygiene
  • A sheep-counting machine
  • A horcrux
  • Getting timelessly physical
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • A ridiculously complicated Zendo rule
  • Utils
  • Wireheading
  • My karma score
  • Wiggins
  • Ontologically basic mental entities
  • The invisible dragon in my garage
  • Meta-contrarianism
  • Mormon transhumanists
  • Nootropics
  • Quantum immortality
  • Quantum immorality
  • The least convenient possible world
  • Cards Against Rationality
  • Moldbuggery
  • The #1 reviewed Harry Potter / The Fountainhead crossover fanfic, "Howard Roark and the Prisoner of Altruism"
  • Low-hanging fruits
  • The set of all possible fetishes
  • Rationalist clopfic
  • The Library of Babel's porn collection
  • Counterfactual hugging
  • Acausal sex
Post your own!
EDIT, 2012-08-29: Several additions from the thread and elsewhere.
EDIT, 2012-12-25: This is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license, because Cards Against Humanity is.


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comment by RowanE · 2012-06-16T13:31:47.398Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I didn't even read the post before I started mentally filling in all of the blanks with "my penis" or just "penis" as appropriate.

I want to add some kind of context to that, to avoid seeming like I'm just puerile, but nothing really comes to mind besides the general "what is wrong with me?" kind of thing that's just signalling and not really helpful for anything.

comment by Multiheaded · 2012-06-27T04:29:13.443Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

"[My penis] is truly part of you" sounds like a typical line from hentai. Trust me, I'm an expert.

comment by wedrifid · 2012-06-16T13:44:21.829Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I didn't even read the post before I started mentally filling in all of the blanks with "my penis" or just "penis" as appropriate.

I saw this comment before I saw the post. Now nothing but "my penis" seems to fit any of the blanks! (The Alcor example actually sounds like a compelling argument when filled in that way!)

comment by Raemon · 2012-06-16T20:38:23.342Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Interesting fact about the original game is how useful the "vulgar" white cards are. Sure, you can fill just about any slot with "penis" or "full frontal nudity", but then you realize that about 25% of the white cards are vulgar, for any given round, at least one person will use one. It gets old pretty quick. Pretty soon you realize you need to reserve them for when they actually fit really well.

comment by selylindi · 2012-06-18T21:36:04.516Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Yes, always reserve your penises for when they actually fit really well.

Oh, I'm totally getting downvoted to hell for this.

comment by Multiheaded · 2012-06-16T14:01:58.740Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I did the same, but with the Youtube Poop pronunciation "PINGAS". And other YTP staples like "Gay Luigi" and "DINNER". This shit's bad for me, I'm telling you.

("You know what they say: one person's PINGAS is another person's DINNER.")

('Never go in against the King when DINNER is on the line.")

("TOAST is highly correlated with TOASTERS.")

comment by [deleted] · 2012-06-16T04:24:40.647Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

'Pascal's Mugging and the Methods of Lukeprog's Love Life'

...This is hilarious.

comment by philh · 2012-06-16T11:13:12.681Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

"My model of you likes _____"

comment by philh · 2012-06-18T18:33:13.695Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

"I can handle _____, because I am already enduring it."

As an aside, this post reminded me to get a copy of CAH printed, which I have now done.

comment by [deleted] · 2012-06-16T16:44:30.996Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Black cards:

  • ________-less Decision Theory strictly dominates Timeless Decision Theory.
  • The Minimum Message Length Formalism prohibits _______
  • To believe in ________ is incosistent with _________
  • Beware of Preference Reversals between _________ and _________
  • "________" is true if and only if ________

White cards:

  • Subjunctive Objectivity
  • Subjective Objectivity
  • Blue Eggs
  • Red Cubes
  • Featherless Bipeds with Broad Nails


comment by Raemon · 2012-06-16T20:15:33.165Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I think "Bleggs" and "Rubes" are almost strictly better than spelling out "Blue Eggs" and "Red Cubes" in this case.

comment by bramflakes · 2012-06-16T13:45:59.272Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

You can't fit sheep into the least convenient possible world.

comment by RomeoStevens · 2012-09-12T06:15:03.446Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Black cards:
I will not fear, fear is the mind destroyer, fear is the little death that brings __.
The Center for applied rationality was forced to retract the kata on __.
When the singularity occurs, the first thing we'll do is get rid of ___.
Never go in against _ when _ is on the line.
The thing most likely to wipe out humanity in the next 50 years is __.
We're optimistic about the economy now that the Secretary of the Treasury has been replaced with _.
Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with _ to enslave them.
_ is the last refuge of the incompetent.

White Cards:
Scope Insensitivity.
A Trillion Ems.
Sending money to people claiming to be building god.

Edit: underscores act weird for some reason.

comment by Mqrius · 2013-01-31T19:30:22.479Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

underscores act weird for some reason.

Escape them with backslashes, \_like so\_.

comment by accolade · 2017-04-02T10:59:32.185Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

"That which can be destroyed by being a motherfucking sorceror should be"

Brilliant!! x'D x'D

(This might make a good slogan for pure NUs …)

comment by Thatwasademo · 2014-08-21T03:05:05.998Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I have taken the liberty of implementing this card list on CardCast, a free implementation of Cards Against Humanity-like games for Google Chromecast which also has the advantage of being publicly browse-able to print card lists from or use card lists in other online implementations of the game like Pretend You're Xyzzy. Just thought you might want to know.


comment by thomblake · 2012-06-18T20:33:00.983Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This should happen on physical cards. If they're handed out for free, it's within the CAH license, and it even shouldn't be hard to do it in such a way that it's immune to the license.

BTW, I'm a fan of having the actual fill-in-the-blanks somewhere in the deck - hooray groanworthy literalism!

comment by RomeoStevens · 2012-06-16T05:59:56.869Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Blarg. Your first three ideas for black cards were exactly the same as my first three ideas for new black cards, and in the same order even.

I'll add some of these to my set.

I'm not posting mine yet because I want them to be a surprise. :p

comment by fubarobfusco · 2012-06-18T04:17:30.980Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Ha! Should we look for them at an upcoming game night?

comment by RomeoStevens · 2012-06-18T23:16:23.114Z · LW(p) · GW(p)


comment by Raemon · 2012-06-16T13:44:17.555Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This is awesome. If you arranged for a deck to be printed I'd buy it. If not I may try and get them printed on my own.

comment by duckduckMOO · 2012-06-17T04:04:44.568Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Most of the fill in the gaps ones are throw away lines or phrases that happen to be seen on less wrong. They're incidental to less wrong. They're even more incidental to rationality. wtf yo? Also, Why would you be familiar enough with them for this to be fun?

If the game requires no familiarity with the phrases that last part doesn't apply but I'm still worried by the possibility you'd all have the actual exact words memorised. Do you?

comment by somervta · 2013-10-29T06:41:17.464Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I recognize most of them, and could probably get the exact words right.

I fail to see the problem with this.

comment by shredderooze · 2012-10-16T23:54:05.607Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I' love to get your guy's feedback. Which of these do you find humorous or think would work? Which ones are meh? I'm sorry if some of these are actually from the game. Sometimes I forget which ones I made up.



The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Simply walking into Mordor

Accidentally turning on your lightsaber when its still clipped to your pants

Taking the Hobbits to Isengard

Scalding Flatulence

Proposing at McDonalds

Obama's Birth Certificate

Teenage Mutant Celibate Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Janitors

An Unconquerable desire to date Asians

Accidentally using poison oak as toilet paper

Baby's first handgun

Newd Gingrich

Gentle Smooches

Mr. Bigglesworth

The brown note

A frank appraisal of my looks

Giving birth in a bathtub

Asking a lady if she's pregnant when she isn't

Pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows

Nyan Cat

Rebecca Black

Gangnam Style

Tea and Crumpets

Bed Bath and Beyonce

Alien Eggs hatching in my stomach

Ron Paul workout video

Sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads

Pepto Bismol Milk Shake

Men using Emoticons

A swift kick to the butt

Eating a gallon of ice cream after being dumped

Bungee jumping out of a helicopter

Eskimo Kisses

Backne (Back Acne)

A man with six fingers on his right hand

Saying "That dress makes you look fat"

Shuffling everyday

My overactive bladder

Puppies dressed as Kittens

An enormous adam's apple

A Pikachu-fur Rug

Pikachu's head mounted on a plaque on your wall

Taxidermied Pikachu

Wolverine knitting a scarf with his claws

Swallowing a spork

Shaving my legs with a rusty razor

Doing the worm on hot coals

Female Body Builders

Internet Trollz

Getting turned down because "they have to wash their hair".

A Spanish Speaking Dolphin

Cheating at Candyland

A quesadilla that cures ADD

The sound of a mustache's voice

A Submarine with screen doors


Bertie Bott's every flavor beans

Beating the final boss

Missing my 5 year old's tee-ball game

Grenades disguised as Baby Pumpkins

Laughing at jokes you don't understand

Dealing with sadness by shoe shopping

Tying cat's tails together and using them as nun-chucks

Frighteningly uneven spray tans

Gag-reflex inducing body odor

Fashionable lumberjacks

Gandalf enjoying a senior citizen discount at IHOP

Harry Potter in the moonlight

Crying crouched and fully clothed in the shower

Ben and Jerry's Batman flavored Ice Cream

A Toddler-sized shark cage

Mormon disco ball

An oil painting of circus clowns storming the beach at Normandy

Black Cards:

If I were a wrestler, my ring name would be (Player's first name) _ (Player's last name)

Where do babies come from?

What do I dream about?

If I could choose my cause of death, it would be due to __

My favorite meal is a piping hot bowl of _, and a cool glass of _.

Luke, I am your _

The most unhealthy item on the McDonald's menu is the__.

Why won't anyone go out with me?

What is the next Happy Meal Toy?

My mother never taught me about ___ so that's why I don't own ___.

I'd love to watch the battle of __ vs. __.

With my dying breath, I want my final words to be "I see __ coming to take me away to _."

Yoda's darkest secret is ___.

Why do bad things happen to good people?

I can't wait for the new X-Box to come out so I can play that new game called __.

My favorite way to cool off is _.

comment by fubarobfusco · 2012-10-17T01:16:04.229Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

There's nothing LW-specific here.