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Reasonable Explanations 2019-06-16T05:29:09.873Z · score: 77 (22 votes)
Fractional Reserve Charity 2019-06-07T05:14:28.688Z · score: 33 (8 votes)
New Ratfic: Nyssa in the Realm of Possibility 2018-12-09T05:00:41.749Z · score: 36 (11 votes)
Nyoom 2018-10-12T02:34:38.353Z · score: 72 (43 votes)
AI Reading Group Thoughts (2/?): Reconstructive Psychosurgery 2018-09-25T04:25:14.507Z · score: 30 (9 votes)
Y Couchinator 2018-08-18T03:41:05.901Z · score: 92 (42 votes)
AI Reading Group Thoughts (1/?): The Mandate of Heaven 2018-08-10T00:24:21.094Z · score: 48 (17 votes)
Expected Pain Parameters 2018-07-14T19:30:16.370Z · score: 83 (37 votes)
Expressive Vocabulary 2018-05-24T06:59:58.072Z · score: 202 (90 votes)
Dire Bullshit 2018-04-15T04:59:54.318Z · score: 130 (50 votes)
Misery Pits 2018-03-10T23:50:37.820Z · score: 97 (35 votes)
Inconvenience Is Qualitatively Bad 2018-02-26T23:27:05.474Z · score: 160 (53 votes)
I Want To Live In A Baugruppe 2017-03-17T01:36:31.723Z · score: 62 (53 votes)
How To Have Things Correctly 2012-10-17T06:10:34.625Z · score: 69 (103 votes)
Local Ordinances of Fun 2012-06-18T03:07:47.979Z · score: 18 (71 votes)
Delicious Luminosity, Om Nom Nom 2012-03-07T03:02:12.694Z · score: 11 (22 votes)
[Link] Correlation Graphs Reveal Shocking Information 2011-12-25T02:26:13.738Z · score: 14 (21 votes)
Fix My Head 2011-09-17T01:34:39.479Z · score: 11 (15 votes)
Polyhacking 2011-08-28T08:35:29.887Z · score: 86 (125 votes)
New Favicon 2011-08-26T20:34:29.539Z · score: 8 (13 votes)
[Link] TED Talk on Perceived Value 2011-08-17T00:49:56.970Z · score: 12 (13 votes)
Individual Deniability, Statistical Honesty 2011-08-09T04:17:19.388Z · score: 43 (44 votes)
The True Rejection Challenge 2011-06-27T07:18:41.914Z · score: 43 (54 votes)
Lightswitches 2011-05-25T04:43:27.988Z · score: 6 (8 votes)
Things That Shouldn't Need Pointing Out 2011-04-21T01:13:35.570Z · score: 28 (30 votes)
Mental Metadata 2011-03-30T03:07:08.057Z · score: 28 (33 votes)
Sublimity vs. Youtube 2011-03-18T05:33:40.771Z · score: 23 (24 votes)
Procedural Knowledge Gaps 2011-02-08T03:17:00.845Z · score: 130 (145 votes)
Luminosity (Twilight Fanfic) Discussion Thread 3 2010-12-30T14:37:04.195Z · score: 10 (11 votes)
The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics 2010-12-19T02:05:22.137Z · score: 34 (37 votes)
New Haven Meetup, Saturday, Dec. 11 2010-12-06T15:15:45.524Z · score: 5 (6 votes)
Open Thread: July 2010, Part 2 2010-07-09T06:54:41.087Z · score: 6 (9 votes)
Seven Shiny Stories 2010-06-01T00:43:11.646Z · score: 110 (121 votes)
On Enjoying Disagreeable Company 2010-05-26T01:47:24.490Z · score: 52 (68 votes)
Multiple Choice 2010-05-17T22:26:41.804Z · score: 10 (25 votes)
But Somebody Would Have Noticed 2010-05-04T18:56:34.802Z · score: 36 (54 votes)
Ureshiku Naritai 2010-04-08T20:08:58.726Z · score: 130 (136 votes)
Lampshading 2010-04-06T20:03:25.800Z · score: 17 (25 votes)
City of Lights 2010-03-31T23:30:03.011Z · score: 30 (39 votes)
Highlights and Shadows 2010-03-28T20:56:19.473Z · score: 17 (25 votes)
The Spotlight 2010-03-24T23:43:52.719Z · score: 38 (42 votes)
Lights, Camera, Action! 2010-03-20T05:29:21.102Z · score: 36 (48 votes)
The ABC's of Luminosity 2010-03-18T21:47:05.648Z · score: 36 (40 votes)
Let There Be Light 2010-03-17T19:35:59.046Z · score: 42 (50 votes)
You Are Likely To Be Eaten By A Grue 2010-03-17T01:18:13.672Z · score: 51 (59 votes)
Living Luminously 2010-03-17T01:17:47.086Z · score: 68 (77 votes)
Mental Crystallography 2010-02-27T01:04:54.333Z · score: 20 (39 votes)
Babies and Bunnies: A Caution About Evo-Psych 2010-02-22T01:53:07.125Z · score: 66 (99 votes)
Things You Can't Countersignal 2010-02-19T00:18:05.339Z · score: 54 (62 votes)
Epistemic Luck 2010-02-08T00:02:50.262Z · score: 76 (79 votes)

Comments

Comment by alicorn on Ideal Number of Parents · 2019-10-06T02:51:24.643Z · score: 26 (8 votes) · LW · GW

We've got multiple parents for ours - we sort of fell into the arrangement (one moved in with us when kiddo the first was a few weeks old, it gradually became obvious that if she ever left he was going to take that like a divorce and we should be thinking about how to keep her around, eventually she added her primary partner in the manner of a stepparent). But only I am primary caretaker (everybody else has a job), so while I rely on the others for advice and discuss things with them, what's sustainable and practical for me tends to trump - if I cannot be around some noise a toy makes, the toy does not get to have batteries, etc. We agree on the broad strokes of what considerations are important in general, and implementation details are just a thing the kids will learn vary between people - for example, there are a lot of things my son is only allowed to do if he can locate someone who is willing to supervise the activity and be responsible for any cleanup (today this was "eat shredded cheese", which usually winds up all over the floor, but a roommate who isn't even one of the parent collective was up for helping him with that this time).

Comment by alicorn on Unstriving · 2019-08-19T19:08:39.732Z · score: 19 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think "mediocrity" is the right word to apply to parenting that leaves you some slack and doesn't involve crazily striving for violin virtuosity in your children. There are lots of axes on which parents can vary. Being, say, really consistent with Faber&Mazlish style parenting skills even when you are sleep deprived, would be amazing parenting, and that's probably still worth getting better at for almost every parent on the margin, while leaving room for slack and not-being-insane-about-the-violin.

Comment by alicorn on Which of these five AI alignment research projects ideas are no good? · 2019-08-10T18:03:31.681Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Are you aware that people's votes are worth different amounts? I do not think there's a way to vote less than one's default vote amount.

Comment by alicorn on Do children lose 'childlike curiosity?' Why? · 2019-06-29T23:37:16.159Z · score: 58 (19 votes) · LW · GW

I have a kiddo whose "why phase" is in full swing and I am not actually confident that it's motivated by curiosity. It's also not the most efficient way to learn things, or even the most efficient simple way (that'd probably be something like "tell me stuff about $TOPIC"), nor is it obviously geared at that goal.

In particular, my kid (I don't know how common this is) will typically formulate his questions by re-grammatizing whatever statement was most recently made in his vicinity ("it's a nice day" "why is it a nice day?" "because it's a good temperature" "why is it a good temperature?"). This will sure keep the conversation going, but:

  • He doesn't retain the information well, sometimes asking the exact same question more than once in a period of just a few minutes, even when the answer isn't complicated compared to things he understands easily.
  • He doesn't seem to care what kind of answer he gets - he will proceed almost identically if the answer to the temperature question above has to do with it having been a similar temperature yesterday, or about the season, or about cloud cover, or if the answer is "I don't know" (he'll ask "why do you don't know").
  • He hasn't noticed any common patterns that end the line of questioning (if he ever asks why he did something, he gets, "I don't know, why did you do that?", but hasn't given up on such questions).
  • Because of how he generates new questions, he can be led around concept-space in whatever way is most convenient for his interlocutor. He doesn't circle back to stuff he's been interested in before except when he's repeating questions he forgot and settling for the same answers as last time verbatim. There isn't a sense, talking to him, that he's aware of the existence of a concept out there he really wants to grasp.

This isn't to say that he isn't curious, but I don't think the "why phase" is strongly related. When he's really interested in learning about something he wants to go interact with it. He also has other language abilities that he seems to use when what he wants really is information, like "I want to talk about it" and non-why-questions. Why questions seem to be just a button-mash for "make the adults talk to me".

Comment by alicorn on Is there a guide to 'Problems that are too fast to Google'? · 2019-06-17T06:29:11.658Z · score: 8 (5 votes) · LW · GW

When I did jujitsu we learned to fall. The important things are to tuck in your head, and to strike the ground - like, slap it as hard as you can with your hands - before your landing to reduce the force with which you hit.

Comment by alicorn on Reasonable Explanations · 2019-06-16T05:30:55.167Z · score: 12 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'll start.

A few years ago, I received a hand-addressed package with my correct name and address on it; the return address was a completely unfamiliar name in a state I've never visited and have no friends in. The contents were three Asterix books in the original French which I had no use for, did not know of anyone who wanted, and could not in fact read.

N sevraq unq hfrq obbx-fjnccvat jrofvgr Obbxzbbpu gb trg zr fbzr cerfragf n juvyr cerivbhfyl naq unqa'g erzrzorerq gb hcqngr gur nqqerff jura trggvat gurfr sbe ure uhfonaq.

Comment by alicorn on Nyoom · 2018-10-16T16:39:59.688Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I expect that when I replace my scooter at the end of its useful life I will be able to get a much better scooter. For me, this one is at what I think is currently a good tradeoff between portability (more battery is heavier, more torque might require a heavier machine too), plausibility as a wheelchair (for use indoors and on the sidewalk rather than among cars), and price (I'd pay more knowing what I know, but when I got it I didn't actually realize quite how big a deal it was going to be for me).

Comment by alicorn on Nyoom · 2018-10-13T02:44:07.600Z · score: 8 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I've had tests for Basic Deficiencies in Important Stuff, but maybe once I get a new pcp I'll ask about a physical therapist.

Comment by alicorn on Nyoom · 2018-10-13T00:57:07.128Z · score: 2 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I haven't tried physical therapists in particular and my initial reaction is pretty considerable skepticism. It seems like this would require a lot of investment of time in appointments, I doubt my insurance would cover it, and then I'd have to pay attention to some sort of instruction they gave me, all the time whenever I moved, which, if I could do that, I'd have better posture.

Comment by alicorn on Nyoom · 2018-10-12T14:34:33.000Z · score: 17 (9 votes) · LW · GW

The catalyst was the Costco scooter and from there it was just a matter of hunting down something with the right specs, but what led me to trying it that day? I don't know, probably some combination of "they were right there and obviously free to try" and "I really really wanted to sit down right then" (maybe we parked far away).

I think it's not unrelated to https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9ZodFr54FtpLThHZh/experiential-pica as a concept. If you do something weird, that might just be you being weird, but there could also be an underlying problem you could fix.

Comment by alicorn on AI Reading Group Thoughts (2/?): Reconstructive Psychosurgery · 2018-09-26T21:28:58.613Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It seems unlikely that the memory can be reconstructed (although it could be recreated, if the AI happens to know who-all was at the gym that day). Your perspective makes sense to me but for my part I don't think that kind of detail is important to me; it's okay if I wake up missing a lot of minor episodic memories like that.

Comment by alicorn on Open Thread August 2018 · 2018-08-07T18:01:39.283Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · LW · GW

The more naive interpretation of the phrase is instead represented by "self-aware", if that's helpful.

Comment by alicorn on Expected Pain Parameters · 2018-07-16T23:47:11.241Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Hm, I guess that's a slightly stronger claim, but I do endorse it now that I think about the distinction; not to the point where every single such piece of advice should come bundled with an unsolicited painfulness model, but to the point where if you're giving painful advice you should have the model on hand.

Comment by alicorn on Expected Pain Parameters · 2018-07-15T04:53:51.820Z · score: 8 (5 votes) · LW · GW

What I mean is more like "if someone is suggesting that you do something painful, they should present you with a model of why and how that pain is okay". This doesn't rule out misappropriation - I'm sure cult leaders and certain brands of interpersonal abusers do it handily, especially if they're weaponizing guilt - but it's at least robust against generic, opaque commands to "suck it up", and if you go in with that expectation you'll have an opportunity to notice something is wrong if someone tells you that you shouldn't be in pain and your pain is invalid (they don't have a model that describes the thing you are in fact feeling, so they don't have a good model of the situation as a whole).

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-07-14T19:21:09.194Z · score: 11 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think those examples are fine in many possible contexts. You can make a blog post with either instance as content just fine. My objection would come up if someone said "incel" and you said it was a horrible word instead of responding to their statement about incels - make that suggestion at another time. You could, if genuinely puzzled, ask if they mean incels as in lonely or incels as in violent misogynists, but I think context will tend to make that clear. And where it doesn't they don't in fact mean one of those things - they mean the conflation, and the word communicated that!

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-29T16:16:13.684Z · score: 37 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I want to point out that there are lots of situations where English speakers fluently use words that don't have clear dividing lines between their applicability and their inapplicability - it depends on context and details. "The music is loud." What if I'm deaf or far away or like to be able to feel the bass line in my bones? That doesn't make the sentence impermissible or even hard to understand and I don't need the speaker to produce a decibel value. "If you go to high altitudes, the air is thinner and you might get dizzy." How high? If I'm dizzy in Denver and the speaker thinks you shouldn't need to adjust your behavior until there are Sherpas about and meanwhile Batman can breathe in space, that doesn't make the sentence false, let alone useless. "It's cold, bring a jacket." Oh you sweet summer child, I'm good in short sleeves, thanks, I just don't know what you meant by "cold" -

There are lots of conversational purposes for which you don't in fact have to know where someone draws the line. You don't even need to be able to agree on every point's ordering in the spectrum ("it's colder today" "that's just windchill"). The words gesture in a direction. I think "chemicals" does too, and you know what direction because you came up with "unprocessed" as a gloss on "low in chemicals". If someone doesn't buy that brand of dip because it's full of chemicals, in your innocent confusion I suggest you glance at the ingredients list for a guess at the threshold in question.

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-26T22:39:29.950Z · score: 5 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Suggesting search engine terms might be helpful. I don't think I'd ever find "you're going to confuse people" helpful - either I already know that I'm not being very precisely expressive and these are all the words I have, or, if that's not the case, "could you elaborate/rephrase that" would be better. I didn't feel exasperated by this comment but might by a long chain of them on this branch.

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-26T16:30:37.161Z · score: 19 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Some people are in fact responsive to "that's a slur; the preferred term is X", especially if X isn't a barbarous use of language, if they were using the slur to encompass the whole group and got caught by a euphemism treadmill or just pick up their vocabulary from sources unsympathetic to Xes. And you don't have to reject an offered word for being a syllable longer if you want to make that tradeoff. I think this is a case of Postel's law, or should be.

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-24T20:36:55.231Z · score: 30 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I wish to clarify that I'm not asserting that everyone knows exactly what things are "chemicals" and what things are not. There's room for disagreement, for one thing, and the disagreements might turn on all kinds of little points about where a substance came from and even why it was added to the food. But I do think that given two lists of ingredients for different brands of, say, packaged guacamole, you could distinguish "few to no chemicals" from "lots of chemicals". That there isn't a strict, look-up-able boundary of necessary and sufficient conditions that fits in a "coherent model" doesn't mean it's not useful to gesture at for some purposes, sort of like music genres. I don't have a coherent model of music genres and I couldn't elaborate much on what I mean if I call a song "poppy" or "jazzy" but that doesn't mean it's not a statement I might reasonably utter.

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-24T16:49:57.688Z · score: 16 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I don't fully endorse the linked Tumblr post; in particular there's certainly ways to resolve these conflicts that aren't "abdicate the terminology yourself". But some of it is highly relevant and well said.

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-24T16:48:40.834Z · score: 30 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Extensionally, "chemicals" is food coloring that doesn't come straight out of a whole food, disodium edta, ammonia, peroxide, acetone, sulfur dioxide, aspartame, sodium aluminosilicate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, sodium sorbate, methylchloroisothiazolinone....

And not: apple juice, water, table salt, vodka, flour, sugar, milk...

A thing doesn't have to be a natural category for people to want to talk about it and have a legitimate interest in talking about it.

I disagree with your second point and think you're missing mine. If you don't want to talk to someone, don't talk to them. You don't have to be cruel, and your desire to be cruel doesn't make it reasonable.

Comment by alicorn on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-05-24T07:00:29.106Z · score: 14 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Relevant Tumblr post (not mine)

Comment by alicorn on Explicit and Implicit Communication · 2018-04-06T17:49:30.404Z · score: 52 (13 votes) · LW · GW

I spent a lot of this post interested in the content, mostly the rich examples, but confused about where the entire post was pointing because I didn't realize until toward the end that you meant something totally different than me by "explicit communication" - you seem to mean something like "communication with a lot of moving parts and techniques and cringey NVC goop specifically addressing certain subtopics", and I would have expected the phrase to mean "communication that is clear, not sarcastic, and not very reliant on context, tone, or other neurotypical stuff". Some of your examples fit this definition well enough and you wrote as though your categorization didn't need to be... uh, explicit... for me to persist in my misunderstanding for a long while.

Comment by alicorn on Misery Pits · 2018-03-11T22:59:46.981Z · score: 31 (7 votes) · LW · GW

I do think there are intermediate stages of misery-pit-ness.

The target audience was "people like the people I've talked to about this before who find this model/framing helpful to them in their efforts to set and enforce boundaries before, not after, they are harmed by taking on too much responsibility for other people". I don't have any really useful advice for misery pits themselves that isn't implicitly in the post. The second conversation doesn't come free with the first because it requires more content which I don't happen to have.

I've added a content warning but I noticed as I was composing it I wasn't really sure what to say, so I'm low-confidence that it's anything like what you had in mind.

The second suggestion seems to me inapplicable - it's a definition post, not a strategy post. I don't think you need to be in any specific state to potentially want vocabulary.

Comment by alicorn on Misery Pits · 2018-03-11T20:41:20.251Z · score: 17 (5 votes) · LW · GW

What disclaimers exactly? I can't diagnose misery-pit-hood of article readers as a group, so I can't say "if you're reading this you aren't a misery pit". I suppose I could... say that I'm not trying to get anyone to commit suicide...? I just don't understand how this problem could be solved by disclaimers.

Comment by alicorn on Misery Pits · 2018-03-11T01:33:39.764Z · score: 21 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Being gripped by destructive rage when your friends succeed sounds like not a central case of the thing I was trying to describe.

Comment by alicorn on Social Technology · 2018-03-03T01:12:39.738Z · score: 23 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I'm interested in this topic but this post strikes me as vague and meandering, which I guess might be an artifact of it being originally intended for Medium (maybe Medium audiences don't know what social technology is at all?) I'd like to see more detailed and example-heavy posts about social technology on LW.

Comment by alicorn on Inconvenience Is Qualitatively Bad · 2018-02-28T18:55:21.148Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I freeze butter; cutting it up from frozen is hard.

Comment by alicorn on Inconvenience Is Qualitatively Bad · 2018-02-27T04:26:55.569Z · score: 16 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Which approach makes sense depends on the extent to which it will come up again and how much that's your problem. (And potentially, in the case of Googling things, how good your retention is.)

Comment by alicorn on An Apology is a Surrender · 2018-01-19T22:40:53.530Z · score: 21 (6 votes) · LW · GW

So, the Love Languages guy has a book about "Apology Languages", which I thought of while reading this post because all of your apology scripts sounded awful to me and I would much rather hear something other than that. Since he wants people to buy his books he doesn't seem to have a summary all on one page of all five but there are various blog posts condensing the idea and some official-website excerpts/blurbs if you Google it. Like with love languages, there's some supposed backing to the model but it's a convenient shorthand for usable concepts even if the backing turns out to be dodgy.

Comment by alicorn on Have you felt exiert yet? · 2018-01-06T04:36:36.604Z · score: 13 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I feel like there's a persistent assumption that not even a well aligned AI will include human choices as a step in decisions like these. Maybe it will just be a checkbox in the overall puppeteering of circumstances that the AI carries out, so keen its prediction, but for it to go completely unmentioned in any of the hypotheticals seems like a glaring omission to me.

Comment by alicorn on Bay Solstice 2017: Thoughts · 2017-12-20T02:02:14.951Z · score: 21 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I agree that we could do more things. I think we could even do four songs if there were enough repeats.

Comment by alicorn on Cash transfers are not necessarily wealth transfers · 2017-12-03T20:22:07.584Z · score: 23 (11 votes) · LW · GW

I just want to point out that it's not that weird to have irregular eating habits while pregnant. Being pregnant is a lot like being sick; it's unpleasant, it fucks with appetite, and it is not at all surprising to me that someone who is in any way not rigidly accustomed to eating every single day would skip it voluntarily, let alone while under any relevant monetary constraint. I don't think you can conclude that Jacklin is expressly foregoing prenatal nutrition to pay for school.

Comment by alicorn on Moloch's Toolbox (1/2) · 2017-11-04T23:30:08.623Z · score: 34 (13 votes) · LW · GW

So on the object level, if I ever happen to have a baby who needs parenteral nutrition, is there some nutty religious belief I can claim to have that will let me put fish oil in it or a way to demand transfer to Boston Children's Hospital or something?

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-21T22:42:53.065Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Now that I'm looking at it more closely: Quoted text in comments does not seem sufficiently set off. It's slightly bigger and indented but it would be easy on casual inspection to mistake it for part of the same comment.

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Open Beta starts 9/20 · 2017-09-21T22:40:26.562Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That worked!

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Open Beta starts 9/20 · 2017-09-21T20:20:01.929Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I did that yesterday and again today. PMing.

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Open Beta starts 9/20 · 2017-09-21T05:31:32.242Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't seem to have received the password reset email either. (Also, you might want to have this information on the website itself somewhere accessible from the login box.)

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-17T01:19:57.280Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I do not like the readthesequences font. It feels like I'm back in grad school and also reading is suddenly harder.

I'm on a Mac 'fox.

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-17T01:18:39.157Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The Medium font is much less bad but still not great.

Comment by alicorn on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview · 2017-09-15T20:23:41.072Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

I feel more optimistic about this project after reading this! I like the idea of curation being a separate action and user-created sequence collections that can be voted on. I'm... surprised to learn that we had view tracking that can figure out how much Sequence I have read? I didn't know about that at all. The thing that pushed me from "I hope this works out for them" to "I will bother with this myself" is the Medium-style individual blog page; that strikes a balance between desiderata in a good place for me, and I occasionally idly wish for a place for thoughts of the kind I would tweet and the size I would tumbl but wrongly themed for my tumblr.

I don't like the font. Serifs on a screen are bad. I can probably fix this client side or get used to it but it stood out to me a surprising amount. But I'm excited overall.

Comment by alicorn on Open thread, June 26 - July 2, 2017 · 2017-07-03T23:51:09.855Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think if you want to have this conversation you should not start a thread by asking for "perspectives on veganism" from people who are not vegans. It would be more honest to announce "I'm a vegan and invite you to squabble with me!"

Comment by alicorn on Open thread, June 26 - July 2, 2017 · 2017-07-03T04:32:18.779Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm aware that you disagree, that being the premise of the thread, but your argument does not engage with my reasoning, to a degree that makes me concerned that you were not looking for perspectives but targets. Consider:

Trees are not zero important, but people are more important. (I think most people would agree with this?)

While I would not go around gratuitously killing trees for trivial reasons, as long as no qualitative negative effect on the ecosystem or somebody's property or something like that were on the line I would not hesitate to sacrifice arbitrary numbers of trees' lives for even one human's even non-mortal convenience. The trees don't matter in the right way. I still think it would be bad to kill sixty billion trees, but not that bad.

I said "hopefully" because I agree that most people are not consciously or even implicitly finding a place on the QoL/animal suffering tradeoff curve, but just using defaults. I agree that they should not mindlessly use defaults in this way and that most people should probably use fewer animal products than they do. I disagree with the rest of your position as I understand it.

Comment by alicorn on Open thread, June 26 - July 2, 2017 · 2017-06-28T02:14:24.061Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Animals are not zero important, but people are more important. I am a pescetarian because that is the threshold at which I can still enjoy an excellent quality of life, but I don't need to eat chicken fingers and salami to reach that point. Vegans are (hopefully) at a different point on this tradeoff curve than I am and meat-eaters (also hopefully) are at a different point in the other direction.

Comment by Alicorn on [deleted post] 2017-05-31T06:40:24.963Z

I don't really see the situations as symmetrical or calling for identical norms.

Comment by Alicorn on [deleted post] 2017-05-31T05:37:03.002Z

Evaluated at the end of six months how?

Comment by Alicorn on [deleted post] 2017-05-31T05:32:43.539Z

I know her and she has earned some charity from me. You're a stranger soliciting a line of credit. Also, her task is "opine on Tumblr" and yours is "benevolent dictatorship". If you want me to convey to her that your feelings were hurt I could do that for you, I suppose.

Comment by Alicorn on [deleted post] 2017-05-31T04:44:16.610Z

I was tentatively willing to give you some benefit of the doubt even though I don't know you but I'm really disappointed that you feel the need to score points against a rationalist-adjacent posting to her Tumblr about how your post looks to her from her outside vantage point. I brought a similar-amount-of-adjacent friend to the seder and it freaked her out. Rationalist shit looks bizarre from a couple steps away. You do not have to slam my friend for not being impressed with you.

Comment by Alicorn on [deleted post] 2017-05-30T20:52:13.557Z

Throwing in with Malcolm as interested in being an outside sanity check.

Comment by alicorn on I Want To Live In A Baugruppe · 2017-04-28T06:10:51.666Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

There is now a Google group organized around attempting a Bay baugruppe.