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Comment by afinergrain_duplicate0-4555006182262571 on Timeless Identity · 2017-10-03T01:54:37.016Z · LW · GW

I always wonder how I should treat my future self if I reject the continuity of self. Should I think of him like a son? A spouse? A stranger? Should I let him get fat? Not get him a degree? Invest in stock for him? Give him another child?

Comment by afinergrain_duplicate0-4555006182262571 on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-10-03T00:45:06.199Z · LW · GW

I've always been half-way interested in LessWrong. SlateStar, Robin Hanson, and Bryan Caplan have been favorite reading for a very long time. But every once in a while I'd have a look at the LessWrong, read something, and forget about it for months at a time.

After the rework I find this place much more appealing. I created a profile and I'm even commenting. I hope one day I can contribute. But honestly, I feel 200% better about just browsing and reading.

Great job.

Comment by afinergrain_duplicate0-4555006182262571 on A Fable of Science and Politics · 2017-10-03T00:05:59.864Z · LW · GW

People say, "no pun intended" because they don't want to be held responsible for the terrible pain puns cause.

Comment by afinergrain_duplicate0-4555006182262571 on Your intuitions are not magic · 2017-10-02T23:52:39.505Z · LW · GW

I originally learned about these ideas from Thinking Fast and Slow, but I love hearing them rephrased and repeated again and again. Thinking clearly often means getting in the cognitive habit of questioning every knee-jerk intuition.

On the other hand, coming from a Bryan Caplan / Michael Huemer perspective, aren't we kind of stuck with some set of base intuitions? Intuitions like; I exist, the universe exists, other people exist, effects have causes, I'm not replaced by a new person with memory implants every time I go to sleep...

You might even call these base intuitions, "magic," in the sense that you have to have faith in them in order to do anything like rationality.