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Comment by matt5 on Cynical About Cynicism · 2009-02-17T07:39:36.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am considered a cynical person, but I also understand that some ignoble intentions might be transparent if I am too cynical. So even having that in mind, I still feel the need to be cynical. I feel the need to burst peoples' bubbles when they are overly optimistic about an idea, or that it looks like they didn't put much thought in what they believe. I don't know why I have such an urge to force people to be more rigorous with their belief-forming processes. Maybe it is just a pet peeve of mine.

Comment by matt5 on The Fun Theory Sequence · 2009-01-25T21:21:25.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Apparently having 72 virgins at your disposal is a utopia for many. EY should look into this...

Comment by matt5 on Lawful Uncertainty · 2008-11-11T04:57:33.000Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

A Pickup Artist,

(kind of off topic)

I am also a PUA and have thought about this debate for a while. I think that successful routines can expire after some point. If a girl has heard your routine before, she is likely to turn you down. The best routines are ones that abide by the LOAs and where the target doesn't know the routine. This unpredictable factor in your routine demonstrates romance, intelligence, spontaneity and other alpha male qualities.

Buying a potential female a drink at the bar is a perfect example of an expired method. The Buy You a Drink routine theoretically makes sense (shows economic status), as it abides by the LOAs. The problem is that this method is too widely used and exposes the PA or AFC as predictable, unoriginal, unromantic, and bad intentioned. This failure should emphasis the importance of using personalized and original methods.

Comment by matt5 on BHTV: Jaron Lanier and Yudkowsky · 2008-11-01T19:43:20.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why are these blogging head interviews Eliezer has always end up more funny than informative?

Comment by matt5 on Shut up and do the impossible! · 2008-10-09T08:06:20.000Z · score: -3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Anyone considered that Eliezer might have used NLP for his AI box experiment? Maybe that's why he needed two hours, to have his strategy be effective.