Comment by deskglass on Link: Rob Bensinger on Less Wrong and vegetarianism · 2014-11-15T01:33:02.752Z · score: 16 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Certainly eggs are not likely to suffer at all.

It's typically the chickens laying the eggs that people are concerned about. And maybe to a lesser extent the male chickens of the chicken breed used for egg production. (Maybe you're already clear on that, but I have spoken to people who were confused by veganism's prohibition on eating animal products in addition to animals.)

They likely do not suffer in the same way people do.

It doesn't seem safe to assume that their suffering is subjectively less bad than our suffering. Maybe it's worse - maybe the experience of pain and fear is worse when you can only feel it and can't think about it. Either way, I don't see why you'd err on the side of 'It's an uncertain thing so lets keep doing what we're doing and diminish the potential harms when we can' rather than 'It's not that unlikely that we're torturing these things, we should stop in all ways that don't cost us much.'

But yes, creating vat-grown meat and/or pain-free animals should be a priority.

Comment by deskglass on Link: Rob Bensinger on Less Wrong and vegetarianism · 2014-11-15T01:22:43.828Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Exactly. I suspect a disproportionate share of people on LW agree that their eating habits are immoral, but eat the way they do anyway and are willing to indirectly be a part of "torturing puppies behind closed doors." That is, they are more likely to be honest to themselves about what they are doing, but aren't that much more likely to care enough to stop (which is different from being "morally indifferent").

Comment by deskglass on Open thread, 14-20 July 2014 · 2014-07-14T23:34:46.504Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Peanuts are not 'protein powerhouses' unless you are trying to measure protein/volume instead of protein/calorie. They give 7g protein per 164 calories. Compare that to tofu which provides 20g protein per 176 calories or salmon which provides about 20g for 183 calories.

Comment by deskglass on Open thread, 3-8 June 2014 · 2014-06-05T23:38:26.696Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

If you had four months to dedicate to working on a project, what would you work on?

Comment by deskglass on Optimal Exercise · 2014-03-12T19:24:12.877Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Still, I've had my own injury issues. Do you think body weight exercises are less likely to led to injury?

Comment by deskglass on Optimal Exercise · 2014-03-12T18:50:46.074Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What do you think is a good exercise routine for maximizing health and not getting injured? Ideally, there's some sort of weight-lifting in which you can't easily injure yourself with poor form that won't result in muscular imbalance and that still allow for incremental improvement.

As for cardio, maybe rowing and ellipticaling are ideal?

Comment by deskglass on Optimal Exercise · 2014-03-12T18:37:04.344Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I low bar squat barefoot. Would I still benefit from getting weightlifting shoes?

Comment by deskglass on Open Thread for February 11 - 17 · 2014-02-12T19:18:51.599Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I used to think I thought that way, but then I had some opportunities to casually steal from people I didn't know (and easily get away with it), but I didn't. With that said, I pirate things all the time despite believing that doing so frequently harms the content owners a little.

Comment by deskglass on How big of an impact would cleaner political debates have on society? · 2014-02-07T03:55:12.524Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the recommendation. I've watched a couple Hardtalk interviews and they were great. Hardtalk definitely suffers the limitations of oral discussion that people talk about elsewhere in this thread, but, for what it is, it's great.

Comment by deskglass on A Workflow with Spaced Repetition · 2013-11-03T20:32:46.879Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Is that not what SRS like Anki does already? Granted they force you to pick one of 5 categories of difficulty rather than one of 100, but it's basically the same.

Comment by deskglass on [LINK] Larry = Harry sans magic? Google vs. Death · 2013-09-20T23:18:49.185Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

You're making predictions about something you could just observe. This is the comment thread. In it, the primary critic of Catico, bowlofpetunias, considers themself among the elite it benefits. That is, what you believed to have happened did not happen.

Comment by deskglass on "Can we know what to do about AI?": An Introduction · 2013-07-13T03:11:56.769Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't know. They were anti-communist, so I guess it was an immediate impulse. At the same time, they also probably knew they wouldn't get along with a communist country in the future. Either way, I don't think Cold War actions in the 1950s count as prescient since the relationship had soured long ago.

If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances. Neither of them thinks anything of their pledged word.


Comment by deskglass on "Can we know what to do about AI?": An Introduction · 2013-07-12T01:48:37.571Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

1950-1980: Efforts to win the Cold War decades later, such as increasing education for gifted children.

US support for the White Army against the Bolsheviks predates those measures. Still, I'd be hesitant to consider that prescient since it was a self-fulfilling prediction to some extent.