Comment by covaithe on 2014 Survey Results · 2015-01-06T17:36:34.810Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I quite like this formulation, and if I had thought of it at survey time I might well have answered 'atheist(spiritual)' instead of 'atheist(nonspiritual)'.

Regarding emotional benefits: I sing in moderately serious classical choirs, where inevitably much of the music is set to religious texts. I get some but not all of the emotional benefits from this that I used to get from religious worship, back when I was a committed theist. I think I would get more benefits if the texts were not religious, and still more if the texts were humanist / rationalist / expressed beliefs that I actively profess.

Comment by covaithe on 2013 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2013-11-22T19:10:18.885Z · score: 28 (28 votes) · LW · GW

Survey taken. I defected, because I am normally a staunch advocate of cooperation and the stakes were low enough that it seemed like a fun opportunity to go against my usual inclinations. If I had read the comments first, I would likely have been convinced by some of the cooperation arguments advanced here.

Comment by covaithe on 2012 Less Wrong Census/Survey · 2012-11-15T21:09:53.373Z · score: 12 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Done. I, too, took the bait to come out of long-time-lurker status and post after this. :)