Comment by boilingsambar on Secrets of the eliminati · 2011-07-25T09:00:50.208Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I was just pointing to the opinion that, not everyone who tries to escape from death are actually afraid of death per se. They might have other reasons.

Comment by boilingsambar on The Martial Art of Rationality · 2011-07-24T11:23:11.796Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Why aren't there dojos that teach rationality?

There is. Buddhist temples in the Himalayas (Bhutan and the neighbouring countries) and remote china. I lived in Bhutan as a child. All buddhist monks lived their lifes' in monasteries; meditating, contemplating, doing the daily chores, in introspection and following the teachings of Buddha. Isn't that a "dojo of rationality"?

How to communicate procedural skills of rationality, or measure them, is probably the single largest open issue that stands between humanity and rationality dojos - at least it's the part of the problem that most baffles me.

Discussion; as is with every other field.

Comment by boilingsambar on Secrets of the eliminati · 2011-07-24T07:19:52.215Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

quoted text if you were in a burning building, you would try pretty hard to get out. Therefore, you must strongly dislike death and want to avoid it. But if you strongly dislike death and want to avoid it, you must be lying when you say you accept death as a natural part of life and think it's crass and selfish to try to cheat the Reaper.

Won't it be the case that someone who tries to escape from a burning building, does so, just to avoid the pain and suffering it inflicts? It would be such a drag to be burned alive rather than a peaceful painless poison death.