Positivity Thread :)

post by Viliam · 2016-04-08T21:34:03.535Z · score: 26 (28 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 66 comments

Hi everyone! This is an experimental thread to relax and enjoy the company of other aspiring rationalists. Special rules for communication and voting apply here. Please play along!

(If for whatever reason you cannot or don't want to follow the rules, please don't post in this thread. However, feel free to voice your opinion in the corresponding meta thread.)

Here is the spirit of the rules:

 

And here are the details:

 

On the scale from negative (hostility, complaints, passive aggression) through neutral (bare facts) to positive (happiness, fun, love), please only post comments from the "neutral to positive" half. Preferably at least slightly positive; but don't push yourself too far if you don't feel so. The goal is to make both yourself and your audience feel comfortable.

If you disagree with someone, please consider whether the issue is important enough to disagree openly. If it isn't, you also have an option to simply skip the comment. You can send the author a private message. Or you can post your disagreement in the meta thread (and then send them the link in a private message). If you still believe it is better to disagree here, please do it politely and friendly.

Avoid inherently controversial topics, such as politics, religion, or interpretations of quantum physics.

Feel free to post stuff that normally doesn't get posted on LessWrong. Feel free to be silly, as long as it harms no one. Emoticons are allowed. Note: This website supports Unicode. ◕‿◕

 

Upvote the stuff you like. :)

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Please don't downvote a comment below zero, unless you believe that the breaking of rules was intentional.

(Note: There is one user permanently banned from this website. Any comment posted from any of this user's new accounts is considered an intentional breaking of the rules, regardless of its content.)

 

Don't go meta in this thread. If you want to discuss whether the rules here should be different, or whether a specific comment did or didn't break the rules, or something like that, please use the meta thread.

Don't abuse the rules. I already know that you are clever, and that you could easily break the spirit of the rules while following the letter. Just don't, please.

Even if you notice or suspect that other people are breaking some of the rules, please continue following all the rules. Don't let one uncooperative person start an avalanche of defection. That includes if you notice that people are not voting according to the rules. If necessary, complain in the meta thread.

 

Okay, that's enough rules for today. Have fun! I love you! ❤ ❤ ❤ ٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶

 

EDIT: Oops, I forgot the most important part. LOL! The topic is "anything that makes you happy" (basically Open Thread / Bragging Thread / etc., but only the positive things).

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comment by Fyrius · 2016-04-08T23:49:57.184Z · score: 19 (19 votes) · LW · GW

controversial topics, such as (...) interpretations of quantum physics.

I love that this is a thing here.

comment by Fluttershy · 2016-04-08T23:17:16.848Z · score: 18 (18 votes) · LW · GW

One time, Yvain mentioned on SlateStarCodex that it was surprising that he didn't have more conservative acquaintances. The reason for that was that people who are similar along certain axes tend to cluster together. So, when I say that you're a beautiful person, you can be sure that that's true, because everyone with a connection to this site holds a resilient spark within themselves that sings of hope for the future of humankind.

Awesomeness clusters here.

You are deserving of friendship and love. Do you know how uncaring the world is? The world has not praised you for being good at changing your mind. It has valued neither your intelligence, nor your ability to have an impact, to the degree to which these things ought to be valued. You are valuable. Remember this.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-11T07:33:04.662Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

That's why LW meetups are my favourite holiday of the year!

comment by SquirrelInHell · 2016-04-09T01:53:13.945Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

I love you too! ❤ ❤ ❤

I mean, it's fun and all, but what do you think about:

  • spreading niceness to all discussion on LW, not just a special separate thread,

  • having an actual topic to discuss while being nice about it?

Edit: ah, right, you wanted to not go meta here. Sorry.

#LessWrongMoreNice

comment by Fluttershy · 2016-04-09T10:21:00.752Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I really like the tag #LessWrongMoreNice. :)

comment by Soothsilver · 2016-04-09T10:18:02.830Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

LessWrongMoreNice is now my favourite hashtag.

comment by SquirrelInHell · 2016-04-09T10:29:38.136Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for noticing my sneaky attempts to peddle this idea :)

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-09T08:35:46.151Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Oh, I'm sorry, I completely forgot. :D :D :D

The topic was supposed to be "anything that makes you happy" (basically Open Thread / Bragging Thread / etc., but the positive subset of it). James_Miller guessed it correctly! Added to the article.

Your other question... /smiles and silently points towards the meta thread

comment by Gleb_Tsipursky · 2016-04-16T23:24:14.402Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Upvoted especially for the #LessWrongMoreNice promotion :-)

comment by Fyrius · 2016-04-09T00:18:03.390Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

I'm really very happy that this whole website/community exists! I think it's one of the best influences on my life that I can think of.

Honestly, the world is a terribly confusing place to me. I'm not natively good at forming opinions — probably worse still than the average untrained person. And there are so many people very firmly believing contradictory things about so many things, and so many arguments that seem so convincing and still turn out to be wrong, so many different strands of dark side epistemology. LessWrong, to me, is an oasis of sanity in that landscape of discord. LessWrong represents a school of thought that teaches you how to wade through the fog without stumbling quite as much, making the Problem of Figuring Out What To Believe a lot more manageable.

And I like how there's no angry talk here, just an academic atmosphere of unjudging curiosity. I appreciate that too.

comment by MrMind · 2016-04-11T07:07:14.239Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I almost cannot measure how LW saved my life in multiple occasions... everytime I do not fall for a fad or I notice I'm confused I thank this site.

comment by SquirrelInHell · 2016-04-09T01:47:01.108Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I think most of us have felt that the world is confusing at one time or another... I like how this comic sums it up.

Anyway, I notice angry talk around here sometimes, but mostly the anger is on a very high level of abstraction :) Hopefully no such things happen in this thread.

If you feel like writing about it, I'd like to hear how exactly LW influenced your life. This is a very interesting topic for me, as I'm putting a lot of energy myself into research and experimentation on how to apply rationality to improve lives (and my own life in particular).

#LessWrongMoreNice

comment by Fyrius · 2016-04-13T14:15:39.889Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

If you feel like writing about it, I'd like to hear how exactly LW influenced your life.

Hm, maybe I will. : )
It definitely feels like it's been a tremendously good influence on me, even if it might be more challenging to find hard evidence to support that feeling (and we know how important that is). At the very least, I feel that I've learned so much about advanced reasoning skills and about biases and pitfalls that can get in your way if you don't take them into account.

I'd say the Human's Guide to Words is a great example of a sequence that's helped me think in ways that are less likely to be baffled by or misinterpret complicated situations. The notion that a label has no intrinsic importance, and that its applicability is completely irrelevant and uninteresting if you already know all the features that would be implied by your possible usage of that label, sure saves you a lot of trouble when it comes to defining your identity and dealing (or not bothering to deal) with people who are going to insist that you are or are not an X.

comment by chaosmage · 2016-04-16T13:51:19.776Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I heartily agree. This xkcd sums it up really nicely I think.

comment by Kaj_Sotala · 2016-04-09T17:12:58.323Z · score: 8 (6 votes) · LW · GW

:D ^_^ <3

comment by Soothsilver · 2016-04-08T22:56:06.322Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

It's old news but I recently came across this article and found it quite cheerful.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/01/10/slow-but-steady/

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-09T08:02:53.592Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, good visualizations allow us to see the slow but steady improvements.

Maybe we should do the same things in our personal lives, e.g. to make a 1m long timescale of our lives, and put there all our successes (such as "learned to walk", "learned to talk", "completed school", "found a boyfriend/girlfriend", "started a blog", "composed a song", "had 10000 readers on the blog", etc.), and suddenly we would realize how awesome we are!

comment by chaosmage · 2016-04-16T13:52:40.773Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You mean something like this?

comment by Dagon · 2016-04-08T22:49:37.720Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Yay! Congrats to all of us on being among the remarkably few conscious entities alive in the early part of the 21st century!

comment by Fuglinnavon · 2016-04-10T13:06:06.541Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

It's good to see that LW too can be really human sometimes

comment by username2 · 2016-04-09T11:30:00.779Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Who are your favorite low profile LWers? Are there any LWers whose comments you often find insightful, interesting or otherwise worth reading even though they aren't among top users or have a lot of karma?

comment by username2 · 2016-04-14T10:36:34.685Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I like some comments by other people who use this account. You can't get more low profile than that.

comment by Gleb_Tsipursky · 2016-04-16T23:26:37.636Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I like the insights provided by query and Bound_up

comment by MrMind · 2016-04-11T07:05:52.969Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I find Lumifer, despite being abrasive, cynical and sarcastic, quite entertaining and enlightening at times :) Or maybe even because he is abrasive and sarcastic...

comment by gjm · 2016-04-11T07:58:00.763Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think Lumifer quite counts as "low profile" or "not among top users".

comment by MrMind · 2016-04-11T15:45:04.703Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Sorry, I totally missed that part. You're right of course. Retracted.

comment by gjm · 2016-04-11T16:25:07.017Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

No problem; an easy mistake to make. Well done for retracting so graciously. (Am I being positive enough?)

comment by MrMind · 2016-04-12T07:11:52.528Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Ahah, I think so :) It reminds me of a story I heard: apparently in the Chinese culture there's not a big tradition of thanking someone for their services, so that a guy that thanked the waiter for every course got renamed 'Xie xie xiaosheng', Mr Thank you.

comment by dxu · 2016-04-12T17:48:37.837Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

he

For some reason my brain keeps insisting that Lumifer is not a "he", but I don't know why.

comment by MrMind · 2016-04-13T08:06:39.959Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ah, on the contrary I've never thought Lumifer could be a she, maybe because of a personal sexist bias or vague reminiscence from high-school Latin that a female Lumifer would be a Lumifera?

comment by [deleted] · 2016-04-14T04:51:51.385Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Me, Clarity

comment by James_Miller · 2016-04-08T23:29:46.479Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Metaforms is a fantastic logical reasoning one player board game for children.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-09T08:31:58.984Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Seems awesome! Do we have a wiki page with resources for children?

This game seems appropriate from age 5 or 6 years, maybe a gifted 4-years old.

comment by James_Miller · 2016-04-09T13:47:38.081Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

The games can get fairly challenging, and some of the puzzles took me awhile to solve so I would agree with the manufacturer recommended age of 6-15.

Do we have a wiki page with resources for children?

Great idea.

comment by taryneast · 2016-04-18T04:44:56.358Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

My garden makes me happy.

Right now the leaves are turning yellow and there's a new, autumnal bite in the air that I find invigorating.

The birds are still visiting, and every now and then I'll feed the king parrots and rosellas seed and watch them twitter at each other, all colourful plumage and huffed-up self-importance. I think they sound like guinea pigs, which always makes me laugh :)

comment by polymathwannabe · 2016-04-09T16:21:29.925Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Aurora Peachy is a huge Sailor Moon fangirl and watching her get so excited for every episode always melts my heart.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-09T17:06:41.614Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Fascinating! Almost made me watch the series... except that I already did, and didn't have the same reaction. Not bad, though.

comment by polymathwannabe · 2016-04-09T19:11:28.024Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's the remake.

comment by RowanE · 2016-04-10T21:27:33.233Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

She fangirls over the remake? I've never heard the remake described as anything other than some variant of "lifeless", especially from fans of classic Sailor Moon.

EDIT: Forgot it was the positivity thread for a second, let me have another go at that: So I guess maybe I should have another go at the remake! I actually really like being convinced to like a show I was previously "meh" about. Some shows it's more fun to get a hateboner/kismesis thing going for, but Sailor Moon Crystal isn't one of them.

comment by tadrinth · 2016-04-19T14:09:12.764Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My fiance likes it, supposedly it's been very true to the original manga. It might just be better than the original dub.

comment by Jiro · 2016-04-19T21:11:06.816Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

According to anncast the later seasons of Crystal have gotten better.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-09T23:18:34.739Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oh my! Anime series, films, anime remake, live-action series, musicals. Quite popular.

comment by Gunnar_Zarncke · 2016-04-09T10:03:36.625Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Yesterday evening I enjoyed our regular get-together with friends and I'm still feeling very happy because of a talk with my brother-in-law that improved our mutual understanding a lot and reduced a long standing tension!

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-09T17:12:53.966Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

More details available?

comment by Gunnar_Zarncke · 2016-04-09T19:48:31.950Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Can't say because our discussions default to private. In general this includes even the topic; I realize that I might already violate his preference.

Actually that is one insight of an earlier talk that led to the realization that people have an enormous variety of privacy preferences and it may pay off to talk about it!

comment by ike · 2016-04-08T21:45:51.876Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

This is hilarious.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-08T21:51:50.657Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

(。◕‿◕。) Thank you!

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-08T21:46:36.907Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Kitties!!!

This is my daughter's (13 months old) favourite kitten video. So adorable! She keeps meowing with them. (ʘ‿ʘ)

If you have nice videos of cats (or dogs, or birds, or maybe horses -- those are the species she recognizes already), please give me the links. Specifically, the videos of animals moving and making sounds, without human commentary, preferably more different individuals of the same species. Thanks!

comment by Gleb_Tsipursky · 2016-04-16T23:38:10.478Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Here's a video for your daughter of our cat doing super-silly stuff.

comment by PhilipKolbo · 2016-04-20T14:45:59.739Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Building/Making objects for my pockets, artistry, and everyday life makes me happy.

For example, I recently created an earplug carrying case out of a contact lens case. I cut up, sanded, engraved, and painted the case. It is now a matte black, small, and efficient container, replacing the oversized and ugly case the earplugs came with. Every time I pull it out of my pocket before I play drums it makes me smile.

Has anyone customized or made anything that makes them very happy?

Also, I love SquirrelInHell's #LessWrongMoreNice, so I'm putting it here.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-29T08:10:30.097Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Most of my work is virtual (as I sometimes say: "when they turn off the electric power, my whole life's work will be lost"), so I also feel great whenever I do something in the "real space".

comment by TheAltar · 2016-04-11T17:27:50.144Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I think weird sun twitter is really great and any of you that are weird suns are really great.

comment by username2 · 2016-04-09T11:13:57.175Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What are your favorite puns?

comment by roystgnr · 2016-04-12T21:02:21.262Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

"Before you use Australia's social policies to explain its high crime rate, remember to adjust for con founders."

"I, for one, like Roman numerals." (can't find the original source)

comment by bbleeker · 2016-04-11T12:51:52.634Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

He asked her to conjugate, but she declined.

comment by NancyLebovitz · 2016-04-10T05:47:30.454Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I don't have my puns ranked but here's one I like:

I thought I saw a whale but it was a fluke.

comment by Gunnar_Zarncke · 2016-04-09T10:09:46.445Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I am very happy that the meta thread is over in the open thread. Very good idea!

comment by knb · 2016-04-28T23:04:44.867Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I found this to be a cheerful video, about people working on fusion. (It's a promo, so dark arts warning applies.)

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-29T08:30:11.412Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Related TED talk (different company).

comment by Gleb_Tsipursky · 2016-04-16T23:23:48.442Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm happy about spring here in Columbus, OH. We recently moved to a new place and I just cut the grass here for the first time (we didn't have any grass to cut in our previous place). Domesticity feels nice :-)

comment by JohnC2015_duplicate0.34499772964045405 · 2016-04-18T04:07:44.066Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

hahaha..Well, what can I say? The title says it all - this is "Anything that makes you happy" LOL :)

The spirit of the rules will always be there, you just have to play with them :)

This is a fun, informative read! :)

comment by avwenceslao · 2016-04-19T04:01:51.933Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this blog post. It was fun reading all the comments. Keep on posting!

comment by Alicorn · 2016-04-19T05:07:36.646Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

This is starting to look spammy. Cut it out.

comment by gjm · 2016-04-19T11:47:07.816Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I am beginning to wonder whether it's time for the moderators to declare that people paid by Intentional Insights to advertise Intentional Insights are not welcome to come here and praise all Gleb's posts.

comment by Viliam · 2016-04-19T14:36:31.595Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Not disagreeing with you, just... please let's not go further this way in this thread.