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Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes December 2011 · 2011-12-05T11:39:24.949Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The point is that whether and how much one wants to die tends to fluctuate a lot, and the willingness to commit suicide depends a lot on the availiability of means to easily and painlessly do so. A large percentage of suicide attempts are opportunistic rather than planned. The planned ones probably succeed more often, but that does not necessarily mean that those people really wanted to die more - just that their will to die was over a certain threshold for a certain time.

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes November 2011 · 2011-11-03T00:23:38.206Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Or Terry Pratchett:

HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes October 2011 · 2011-10-03T10:33:23.366Z · score: 17 (17 votes) · LW · GW

Or a mathematician.

Comment by brazzy on Meetup : Munich Meetup, Saturday September 10th, 2PM · 2011-09-04T12:25:17.455Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Would like to attend, but probably can't at that time

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes September 2011 · 2011-09-03T22:47:19.693Z · score: 29 (29 votes) · LW · GW

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it)

-- Lewis Carrol, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Hard to believe that it hasn't show up here before...

Comment by brazzy on Rational Home Buying · 2011-08-29T16:35:35.109Z · score: 6 (8 votes) · LW · GW

If the your number one priority in finding a house is being able to easily sell it, you probably should rent rather than buy.

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes: June 2011 · 2011-06-03T10:17:55.722Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Criminal justice only if you tune out the rehabilitation aspect. Civil justice only if you tune out everything except punitive damages (which don't exist in many jurisdictions).

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes: June 2011 · 2011-06-03T09:34:26.159Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Read the (long) linked-to article from which the quote stems. Basically the point is that using violence to achieve a goal teaches the people involved that violence is an effective, legitimate way to achieve goals - and at some later point they will invariably have conflicting goals.

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes: June 2011 · 2011-06-03T09:18:14.947Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

The quote is from a fantasy book. There are dragons in it...

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes: June 2011 · 2011-06-03T09:09:01.455Z · score: 25 (35 votes) · LW · GW

A few points come to mind:

  • Presumably they also wanted a canal and there may well be an optimum point where you maximize some sort of combined utility
  • Jobs programs, even those that create nothing particularly useful, are about giving people a sense of worth and accomplishment, otherwise you could just hand out money. Obviously futile make-work activities like the one suggested achieve the opposite of that and are, indeed, often deliberately used to punish and humiliate people.
Comment by brazzy on Rationality quotes: September 2010 · 2010-09-01T08:05:25.301Z · score: 12 (12 votes) · LW · GW

The art of ignoring is one of the accomplishments of every well-bred girl, so carefully instilled that at last she can even ignore her own thoughts and her own knowledge.

-- H.G. Wells, Ann Veronica

Comment by brazzy on Rationality Quotes: July 2010 · 2010-07-02T09:37:53.577Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

The necessity for marking our classes has brought with it a bias for false and excessive contrast, and we never invent a term but we are at once cramming it with implications beyond its legitimate content. There is no feat of irrelevance that people will not perform quite easily in this way; there is no class, however accidental, to which they will not at once ascribe deeply distinctive qualities. The seventh sons of seventh sons have remarkable powers of insight; people with a certain sort of ear commit crimes of violence; people with red hair have souls of fire; all democratic socialists are trustworthy persons; all people born in Ireland have vivid imaginations and all Englishmen are clods; all Hindoos are cowardly liars; all curly-haired people are good-natured; all hunch-backs are energetic and wicked, and all Frenchmen eat frogs. Such stupid generalisations have been believed with the utmost readiness, and acted upon by great numbers of sane, respectable people. And when the class is one's own class, when it expresses one of the aggregations to which one refers one's own activities, then the disposition to divide all qualities between this class and its converse, and to cram one's own class with every desirable distinction, becomes overwhelming.

-- H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia