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Rationality Quotes Thread August 2015 2015-08-03T09:50:08.880Z


Comment by bbleeker on A new option for building lumenators · 2021-07-17T20:32:35.668Z · LW · GW

Please don't 'twist some wires together', connect them with connector strips like these. Much safer!

Comment by bbleeker on How can there be a godless moral world ? · 2021-06-22T09:04:51.344Z · LW · GW

I understand why there is niceness. I don't understand why I should be nice if God doesn't exist.

Because being nice feels nice. Humans are a social species. We can't survive alone, and so we evolved gut feelings that make us behave nicely to each other (at least inside the in-group).

Comment by bbleeker on How do you reconcile the lack of choice that children have in being born? · 2021-04-08T08:48:52.679Z · LW · GW

Many, I bet! Me, for one. I'm actually quite happy now, but if someone offered me the chance to live my life over the same way again, I'd refuse. And I haven't even had a bad life, objectively.

Comment by bbleeker on Second Citizenships, Residencies, and/or Temporary Relocation · 2021-02-19T11:15:46.639Z · LW · GW

No, I have no idea about how/whether it's enforced.

Comment by bbleeker on Second Citizenships, Residencies, and/or Temporary Relocation · 2021-02-17T12:06:11.031Z · LW · GW

The Netherlands allows dual nationality only for people from countries that don't allow one to give up their nationality. If your country allows you to give up your nationality, you have to do that in order to become Dutch.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2021-02-17T11:35:09.516Z · LW · GW

Yes, I think it was where he explained that you don't really feel better when you smoke. What happens is that a smoker feels worse in the times they don't smoke, and then a cigarette brings them up to normal again for a short while; so while you're smoking you feel as good as a non-smoker feels all the time. But I don't know if just reading that would have done the trick without the rest of the book.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2021-02-13T12:43:29.320Z · LW · GW

I'm actually not quite sure. It's not a whole program; you just read the book, and (if you're anything like me) you're sober, just like that. I'm not a 'recovering alcoholic' the way I see some people writing who have been sober for even longer than I have; I'm done with alcohol, for good, and I knew it right away. He basically talks about the negatives of drinking and the positives of sobriety, with stories and examples, in a way that just 'clicked' for me.

Comment by bbleeker on Book review: The Geography of Thought · 2021-02-10T13:55:01.580Z · LW · GW

I'm Dutch, and not into homesteading or anything like that at all, but I also chose the cow going with the grass. Maybe it's because I'm not a native speaker of English? Do you interpret 'goes with' as 'is more like'? I'd have thought it means 'belongs together'. (Of course the cow and the chicken also belong together, in the sense that both live on a farm, but 'one eats the other' seems like a more direct relationship.)

Comment by bbleeker on Senior quote ideas · 2021-01-27T15:31:53.652Z · LW · GW

High intelligence has the same problem as four-wheel-drive. It lets you get stuck much farther away from help. –Karl Gallagher

Comment by bbleeker on How do you celebrate your birthday? · 2020-09-17T13:03:44.919Z · LW · GW

I'll probably just go out for dinner with my husband. Usually I have a party with friends and family as well, but this year that isn't a good idea. Just when I'm turning 65, too... :(

Comment by bbleeker on Memory is not about the past · 2020-06-19T10:47:32.916Z · LW · GW

Thank you!

Comment by bbleeker on Memory is not about the past · 2020-06-18T13:46:14.419Z · LW · GW

Very interesting! I'd like to read the rest, too.

Comment by bbleeker on [deleted post] 2020-06-02T11:03:31.549Z

I'm not sure that sites like that look that way because they just don't know any better. I think they may be signaling they're not an 'establishment' site, and so *increase* their trustworthiness in the eyes of their target audience.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-22T11:06:47.333Z · LW · GW

I took 10 lessons, and I think I could probably have done it with 8. I still feel myself sagging now and again, and then I have to correct myself (and then I wonder why I sagged to begin with, because the correct posture is actually more comfortable). I have also bought a new chair (, only mine has a different color) and removed the backrest. I have found that chairs with a backrest and armrests tempt you to lean on them, and then you can end up sitting in a wrong posture for a long time without noticing. Without them, I soon notice and can correct myself.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-22T10:57:46.847Z · LW · GW

Yes, and I had tried several times before, without success. The difference is that earlier I just wanted to stop smoking for health reasons, but I still loved smoking. After reading the book, I don't want to smoke because I just don't like it anymore.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-17T09:52:20.476Z · LW · GW

Taking Alexander technique classes improved my posture a lot, and cured the tendinitis I used to get in my shoulders.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-17T09:50:52.858Z · LW · GW

Reading enabled me to quit drinking alcohol very easily. It was almost like it just turned off my desire to drink for good. ~3.5 years alcohol-free now.

Comment by bbleeker on What are your greatest one-shot life improvements? · 2020-05-17T09:47:12.713Z · LW · GW

Reading enabled me to stop smoking very easily, and I've not wanted a smoke in 25+ years now.

Comment by bbleeker on Resource on alcohol problems · 2020-02-28T12:18:52.512Z · LW · GW

I'm missing Allen Carr's book ( ) in the list of books. I quit drinking after reading that book over 3 years ago, and it was almost like flipping a switch, so fast did it turn off my desire to drink.

Comment by bbleeker on What spiritual experiences have you had? · 2019-12-27T19:35:42.666Z · LW · GW

Almost half a century ago, when I was 16 or 17 and still believed in God, I went to a synagogue with some people of my church for some kind of exchange thing. The service was quite boring though, as everything was in Hebrew and I didn't understand a thing. But there was nothing to be done except sitting still trying to be respectful. So I guess I fell into some kind of meditative state, and I don't remember anything about that, but just afterwards I felt that I had been in the presence of God, and a sense of great gratitude. I'm still surprised I didn't convert to Judaism on the spot; maybe I would have if I weren't so shy...

Comment by bbleeker on If giving unsolicited feedback was a social norm, what feedback would you often give? · 2019-12-04T15:15:49.926Z · LW · GW

OK, I'll go first. I'd correct people's grammar and spelling a lot, and I'd tell overweight people how to lose weight.

Comment by bbleeker on "Mild Hallucination" Test · 2019-11-11T11:57:44.161Z · LW · GW

Oh wait, I misunderstood the afterimage thing. No, I usually don't see them while I'm looking at something, only when I close my eyes or look away. I do sometimes get the effect you describe, but not often. I tried to see the 'snow' again just now, but I didn't see any.

Comment by bbleeker on Deleted · 2019-10-23T11:14:53.051Z · LW · GW

Carnivore diets

Comment by bbleeker on [deleted post] 2019-10-15T11:52:17.665Z

My behavior is a compromise between different parts of me, and I'm good enough. “Doing good the best things rather than bad good/neutral things is generally supererogatory”. I was very relieved to learn that word and concept!

Comment by bbleeker on "Mild Hallucination" Test · 2019-10-11T12:23:32.367Z · LW · GW

I definitely see afterimages, and I thought everyone did. I get movement in textured surfaces, but it doesn't look like 'breathing' at all. I get visual snow, but *not* with my eyes closed, only when I'm trying to see if it's raining outside, which can be hard to tell sometimes.

Comment by bbleeker on Lydian song · 2019-02-26T17:11:59.400Z · LW · GW

I made a midi file of it, because I wanted to hear what it sounded like. Let's see if I can share it.

Comment by bbleeker on What self-help has helped you? · 2018-12-20T14:08:45.502Z · LW · GW

Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking and Allen Carr's Easy Way to Control Alcohol have helped me stop smoking (20+ years ago) and drinking (2+ years ago). Can't recommend those enough!

Comment by bbleeker on Solstice Album Crowdfunding · 2018-12-19T13:27:29.529Z · LW · GW

Will the lyrics be included with the digital download?

Comment by bbleeker on Berkeley: being other people · 2018-10-22T08:58:48.968Z · LW · GW

Grocery line: I'd think about why I am waiting in it, wishing the supermarket had a self-checkout system like my usual one, which is so much faster and more convenient.

Youtube: background music for work, like music from World of Warcraft, 'world music', classical music.

Experience: compared to most people, I'm probably hyper-conscious of dogs. I like dogs, but only if they're friendly and well-behaved, and until I'm sure a dog is in that category I'm very wary of it (and even if I know a dog is friendly, I still don't want to startle it).

Comment by bbleeker on Expected Pain Parameters · 2018-07-16T07:46:36.252Z · LW · GW

A better pain scale:

Comment by bbleeker on [Humor] In honor of our new overlord decision theory acronym FDT... · 2017-03-25T10:01:50.485Z · LW · GW

I'll go with XKCDT.

Comment by bbleeker on Against willpower as a scientific or otherwise useful concept (Nautilus Magazine) · 2017-02-07T10:16:20.927Z · LW · GW

Please go ahead en write it, I want to read it.

Comment by bbleeker on How often do you check this forum? · 2017-01-31T10:07:01.140Z · LW · GW

Used the poll

Comment by bbleeker on Metrics to evaluate a Presidency · 2017-01-25T10:26:03.690Z · LW · GW

"Less equal" is a reference to "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" from Animal Farm.

Comment by bbleeker on Boring Advice Repository · 2017-01-21T14:28:34.167Z · LW · GW

Just happened to see this old comment. Sure enough, the cycling got skipped more and more often, until I just forgot about it completely. I really need to find something fun to do to get myself moving again.

Comment by bbleeker on Be someone – be recognized by the system and promoted – or do something · 2017-01-16T10:22:18.535Z · LW · GW

It also made me think of the inner ring by C.S. Lewis, especially this part:

“If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments.

EDIT: fixed typo.

Comment by bbleeker on If Atheists Had Faith · 2016-11-30T10:50:45.822Z · LW · GW

I thought it was meant to be a parody, and I didn't find it very funny.

Comment by bbleeker on Old urine samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics show massive cheating · 2016-11-25T10:36:33.386Z · LW · GW

Yes, but some young people would fuck themselves up for life, possibly under pressure from their families. That happens now too, of course, and at least when it's legal they could get earlier and better help; but I still don't see any politician voting for it.

Comment by bbleeker on Open thread, Nov. 14 - Nov. 20, 2016 · 2016-11-17T10:28:11.473Z · LW · GW

I guess that would depend on how likely your dentist thinks they're going to cause problems. Personal anecdata: I had to have a back molar extracted one time, and a wisdom tooth started growing right into the vacant spot, giving me a brand-new tooth. :-) I still have a wisdom tooth on the other side; I can feel the point under my gums, but it's not causing any problems so far (I'm 61).

Comment by bbleeker on Inverse cryonics: one weird trick to persuade anyone to sign up for cryonics today! · 2016-08-14T10:36:48.855Z · LW · GW

I'm afraid the preservation techniques are still so bad that you can't be revived correctly even with improved future techniques.

Comment by bbleeker on Inverse cryonics: one weird trick to persuade anyone to sign up for cryonics today! · 2016-08-12T18:45:59.170Z · LW · GW

More like 1/100000, and then when they thaw you you'll be brain damaged and have to live in an institution forever. They don't really know how to do this yet. How far along are they now? Have they frozen and thawed a mouse yet, and did it behave the same as before? I won't let them freeze me earlier than that, because there's essentially no chance I'll be even able to walk and talk, let alone be someone present me would recognize as 'me'.

Comment by bbleeker on Open Thread May 30 - June 5, 2016 · 2016-06-04T16:52:36.444Z · LW · GW

...a reflexive, aversive reaction to ruminating. I'm almost more scared of ruminating, and the places that leads, than I am scared of pain. I don't know if this is a psychologically healthy stance...

I think it is. My own life is pretty good, actually, but I could easily talk myself into a depression if I didn't try and avoid ruminating as much as possible. "Don't believe everything you think"—I learned that here on LW, and that alone is easily worth all the time I've spent on this site.

Comment by bbleeker on Hedge drift and advanced motte-and-bailey · 2016-05-02T12:07:46.644Z · LW · GW

This made me think of this cartoon:

Comment by bbleeker on Gratitude Thread :-) · 2016-04-21T07:04:21.888Z · LW · GW

Right now, I'm grateful for coffee.

Comment by bbleeker on Open Thread April 11 - April 17, 2016 · 2016-04-14T10:37:17.559Z · LW · GW

Are there any games which encourage a you/thou distinction?

I hope there are not, people would use the wrong cases and verb forms all the time.

Comment by bbleeker on Positivity Thread :) · 2016-04-11T12:51:52.634Z · LW · GW

He asked her to conjugate, but she declined.

Comment by bbleeker on Rationality Quotes April 2016 · 2016-04-11T10:52:58.819Z · LW · GW

So it helps them to be less wrong, as it were.

Comment by bbleeker on Abuse of Productivity Systems · 2016-03-28T07:03:20.964Z · LW · GW

I would love to know more about how to create motivation!

Comment by bbleeker on Lesswrong 2016 Survey · 2016-03-26T12:15:56.595Z · LW · GW

I have taken the survey. I left a lot of questions blank though, because I really have no opinion about many of them.

Comment by bbleeker on Open thread, Mar. 14 - Mar. 20, 2016 · 2016-03-16T11:24:28.568Z · LW · GW

It makes a lot of sense that the nature of questions regarding the "beginning" of the universe is nonsensical and anthropocentric, but it still feels like a cheap response that misses the crux of the issue. It feels like "science will fill in that gap eventually" and we ought to trust that will be so.

I think that's one question that science probably won't be able to answer. But that's no reason to just make something up! Maybe we can't rule out a 'powerful, intelligent creative entity' – but why would you even think of that? And of course it just shifts the question to the next level, because where would that entity come from?