Comment by closeness on March 2016 Media Thread · 2016-03-04T00:01:36.083Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I gave you a thumbs up in agreement but didn't give one to Gwern for his links. Pointing-something-out bias?

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, January 4-10, 2016 · 2016-01-05T17:07:42.222Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Is it 5000IU per day?

Comment by closeness on What are "the really good ideas" that Peter Thiel says are too dangerous to mention? · 2015-04-13T09:14:32.152Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

http://www.xenosystems.net/abstract-thought-crime/

Comment by closeness on Who are your favourite rationalist bloggers? · 2015-04-12T19:04:11.174Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

How one person can write so much, of such quality, with such consistency is beyond me.

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, Apr. 06 - Apr. 12, 2015 · 2015-04-06T20:20:35.326Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, who's going to go through hundreds of comments to find the good ones. And based on the content they're replying to, there's probably some really good stuff in the comment section that's relatively unseen because of this.

Comment by closeness on How has lesswrong changed your life? · 2015-04-03T20:54:49.662Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm referring to the great filter theory which I first learned about on Less Wrong: http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/greatfilter.html

Comment by closeness on How has lesswrong changed your life? · 2015-04-02T18:16:23.062Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I've gone from hoping we find life in the solar system to really hoping we don't.

I notice I am confused a lot.

I can use Bayes theorem well enough to calculate that the probability of me fully understanding Bayes theorem is 0%.

My thoughts about my future have changed from wondering aimlessly about how I can change my life and the world for the better and not being able to do anything about it to knowing quite well how I can change my life and the world for the better and still not doing anything about it

Comment by closeness on [link] If anyone wants to discuss Gödel, Escher, Bach, we have a read-through of it going in /r/rational. Join us! · 2015-03-16T21:15:19.375Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Never mind: http://www.yudkowsky.net/obsolete/bookshelf.html

Comment by closeness on [link] If anyone wants to discuss Gödel, Escher, Bach, we have a read-through of it going in /r/rational. Join us! · 2015-03-16T21:13:10.346Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What are Eliezers other favourite books?

Comment by closeness on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 109 · 2015-02-24T10:42:50.497Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe the AI was asked to make the world safe for wizards and figured it was easier to make an entire new world for them than make safe a Muggle dominated one.

Comment by closeness on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 108 · 2015-02-21T10:18:59.654Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The door handles of the ministry of magic would be my own choice.

Comment by closeness on Open thread, Dec. 22 - Dec. 28, 2014 · 2014-12-23T11:44:00.361Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Not a book but: http://sqapo.com/

Comment by closeness on Open thread, Dec. 15 - Dec. 21, 2014 · 2014-12-16T20:37:19.552Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

As soon as I close my eyes to sleep I silently say to myself "I will wake up early in the morning" 100 times. If I do this I will wake up before my alarm without fail, if not I will hit snooze as many times as I can get away with it.

Comment by closeness on Open thread, Nov. 10 - Nov. 16, 2014 · 2014-11-11T09:11:25.393Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Cybersyn

Comment by closeness on Open thread, Oct. 20 - Oct. 26, 2014 · 2014-10-20T19:13:49.701Z · score: 1 (9 votes) · LW · GW

It makes me feel good.

Comment by closeness on Open thread, Oct. 20 - Oct. 26, 2014 · 2014-10-20T12:36:46.345Z · score: 8 (10 votes) · LW · GW

People who look for ways to become more rational are probably far more rational than average already.

Comment by closeness on Open thread, Oct. 20 - Oct. 26, 2014 · 2014-10-20T11:08:38.343Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think this is very important, I myself noticed that when I was younger, the longer I was unemployed, the more I started reading about socialist ideas and getting into politics. Then when I started working again it went out the window and I moved on to learning about other things.

Similarly, maybe I'm here because I just happened to be in the mood to read some fan fiction that day?

Comment by closeness on LINK: Blood from youth keeps you young · 2014-07-16T19:53:53.083Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

I foresee rationalist Dracula fan-fiction in our future.

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, May 26 - June 1, 2014 · 2014-05-27T20:34:50.251Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It would be more about informing than enforcing. There are already rules here which make registered charities show where their money goes, so a mechanism for comparing effectiveness wouldn't be a big leap.

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, May 26 - June 1, 2014 · 2014-05-27T20:24:24.226Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think the easiest way would be to show smallest number of euros per live saved, and charities which have minimal to do with saving lives wouldn't be considered useful at all. Givewell.orgs' charity list seems like the best one to promote, as for charities which work within Ireland, that would be more difficult.

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, May 26 - June 1, 2014 · 2014-05-27T20:10:31.969Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Changing where international aid goes. Regulating charities so they have to apply a criteria showing how effective they spend money. This is in Ireland btw.

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, May 26 - June 1, 2014 · 2014-05-27T17:12:40.357Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm thinking of ways to promote effective altruism, such as speaking at colleges and political lobbying. Any thoughts/recommendations?

Comment by closeness on May Monthly Bragging Thread · 2014-05-04T12:31:36.548Z · score: 24 (24 votes) · LW · GW

Passed my first programming course (Java). Came up with two arduino products for a farm that could be very profitable if successful. Learned something new every day. Went a whole month without feeling depressed.

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, October 27 - 31, 2013 · 2013-10-29T11:20:31.608Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Why isn't there a pill that makes a broken heart go away?

Comment by closeness on Open Thread, September 23-29, 2013 · 2013-09-27T15:52:50.301Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky.

Comment by closeness on Open thread, August 19-25, 2013 · 2013-08-23T13:50:13.507Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

How can I apply rationality to business?