Comment by erdrick on [LINK] Why I'm not on the Rationalist Masterlist · 2014-01-07T07:40:31.467Z · score: 6 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Or to math this up, our mission is unlikely to succeed if we make joining harder and less pleasant for ~54% of the population (51% female, ~2-3% non-hetero male)

So, while agreeing with the principle of favoring open and blunt discourse, I for one intend to make more of a concerted effort to square the circle of being honest and blunt while being more welcoming.

Comment by erdrick on [LINK] Why I'm not on the Rationalist Masterlist · 2014-01-07T07:33:04.694Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Possible, but I suspect the "Why our kind can't cooperate" both has a stronger effect and is more likely.

Comment by erdrick on [LINK] Why I'm not on the Rationalist Masterlist · 2014-01-07T07:29:10.977Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Upvoted for having my favorite rationality quote of the last month.

A Game for Probabilistic Thinking

2012-12-30T08:20:02.254Z · score: 7 (12 votes)
Comment by erdrick on Welcome to Less Wrong! (2012) · 2012-07-26T03:46:34.859Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Greetings fellow Ration-istas!

First of all, I'd like to mention how glad I am that this site and community exist. For many years I wondered if there were others like me, who cared about improving themselves and their capacity for reason. And now I know - now I just need to figure out how to drag you all down to sunny San Diego to join me...

My name is Brett, and I'm a 28 year old Computational Biologist in San Diego, California. I've thought of myself as a materialist and an atheist since my freshman year in college, but it wasn't until after I graduated that I truly began to care about rationality. I realized that though I was unhappy with my life, as a scientist I had access to the best tools around for turning that around - science and reason.

I was born with a de novo genomic translocation on my 1st chromosome that left me with a whole raft of medical problems through-out my childhood - funnel chest, cleft palate, mis-fused skull, you name it. As a result I was picked on and isolated for most of my childhood, and generally responded to stress by retreating into video games and SF novels. So I went to school to study genetics and biology, and I graduated from college with a love of science - but also mediocre grades, a crippling EverQuest/World of Warcraft addiction, and few friends.

I suffered alone through a few months of a job that I hated before realizing I could use reason to improve my lot. And life has been one long, slow improvement after another ever since. Now I've got friends, a Master's in an awesome since, and a job that I enjoy... the only thing I was lacking was a community to discuss further improvements to myself and my capacity for reason to.

Then one of my most rationally minded friends pointed me towards Less Wrong and the Methods of Rationality in May, and here I am.


P.S. Barring a mass exodus to SD, I've also been considering moving to SF/SJ to be closer to friends and the LW meetups, assuming I could find work there. Does anyone know of any openings for a Bioinformaticist or Computational Biologist in the Bay by chance?