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Comment by phonypapercut on Less Wrong Lacks Representatives and Paths Forward · 2017-11-21T04:00:35.072Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Is English your first language?

Comment by phonypapercut on People don't have beliefs any more than they have goals: Beliefs As Body Language · 2017-07-26T06:55:28.655Z · score: -3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'd go further, and say it's grossly narcissistic and hypocritical. The framing of nerds vs. non-nerds is itself an example of the described mode of communication.

Comment by phonypapercut on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-24T19:21:19.102Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No. I assert that it would be (mildly) evil of you to give me white wine, given knowledge of my preference for red and equal availability.

Comment by phonypapercut on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-24T18:53:09.201Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Not wrongness as a property of the wine no. But given knowledge of my preference and all else being equal, would it not be wrong to give me white over red?

Comment by phonypapercut on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-24T06:22:35.506Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It's relevant because it determines whether the question matters.

Then it seems clear to me that the question shouldn't matter to you. Objectivists may be interventionists at a higher rate than relativists, but that bears no relation to which position is true.

No, not wrong. But having a different set of consequences.

That set of consequences being unpreferred, presumably. What is that if not an expression of (relative) wrongness?

Comment by phonypapercut on Can anyone refute these arguments that we live on the interior of a hollow Earth? · 2017-07-22T17:41:42.165Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No. Temperature is not heat.

Comment by phonypapercut on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-22T05:01:58.333Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't disagree in any regard. I still fail to see how this is relevant to the admitted point of contention;

whether calling moral ideas "true" or "false" is a category error.

As an aside, I infer that you think imposing one's morals on another would be wrong. Is that not a moral absolute itself?

Comment by phonypapercut on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-22T01:52:06.125Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Agreed. Hence "if any". So why start talking about imposing morals?

Comment by phonypapercut on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-21T22:23:28.071Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The issue is whether you should attempt to impose your morality, by force if necessary, on another human who doesn't agree with it.

The implication being moral absolutists think morality should be imposed by force? That seems far from being universally true, not least in rationalist circles.

Anyway, the point of contention isn't which moral ideas win or lose, but which, if any, are true.

Comment by phonypapercut on Open thread, June 26 - July 2, 2017 · 2017-06-30T04:31:40.134Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Now, I'm not addressing those that say morality is subjective and those that live solely for themselves.

I'd wager those not addressed are more numerous than you think, especially among lurkers.

I'm not confident that this better accounts for the disparity between your expectations and the survey numbers than confused altruists, but the thought occurs.

Comment by phonypapercut on Politics Discussion Thread September 2012 · 2012-09-06T00:52:33.686Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Wouldn't negative income tax be a fairly strong incentive to stay/become unemployed for those near the cut-off?

Comment by phonypapercut on Dealing with trolling and the signal to noise ratio · 2012-09-01T16:02:17.133Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That post wouldn't exist if the karma penalty hadn't been implemented.

Comment by phonypapercut on Biohacking in New York, Cybernetics and first Cyborg Hate Crime: theverge.com · 2012-08-09T01:31:14.943Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It seems likely to me that assault isn't involved in this at all, it's just illegal to buy or administer anesthetics without a medical license.

Comment by phonypapercut on Biohacking in New York, Cybernetics and first Cyborg Hate Crime: theverge.com · 2012-08-09T00:12:06.995Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Using surgical tools like a scalpel is a grey area for piercers. Operating with these instruments, or any kind of anestheia, could be classified as practicing medicine. Without a medical license, a piercer who does this is technically committing assault on the person getting the implant.

Comment by phonypapercut on Open Thread, August 1-15, 2012 · 2012-08-02T18:50:39.874Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Anybody had success in dealing with acne?

Comment by phonypapercut on Politics Discussion Thread August 2012 · 2012-08-01T23:43:53.580Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Many forms of contraceptives are already free from non-profits. And they're pretty cheap otherwise. I don't think mandating that insurance cover contraceptives would affect their use very much.

Comment by phonypapercut on Politics Discussion Thread August 2012 · 2012-08-01T23:06:30.774Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Why is a government more likely to cover preventative care? If the argument is it's cheaper, a private insurer or individual paying out of pocket has just as much, if not more, incentive to pay for it.

Comment by phonypapercut on Open Thread, July 16-31, 2012 · 2012-07-17T02:52:23.476Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW

I'd suggest not giving her a book overtly about atheism. Something more broadly about skepticism would be a better choice I think. The Demon-Haunted World gets a lot of recommendations, though I haven't actually read it myself.

Comment by phonypapercut on Should LW have a separate AI section? · 2012-07-10T01:57:44.544Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I think it might be better to have both options be vote up. Seems the first voter was confused. If I vote now it will look as if nobody has voted.

There's also the problem of the vote down option being hidden.

Comment by phonypapercut on Rationality Quotes June 2012 · 2012-07-05T23:02:01.245Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Wouldn't killing be better described in this context as coercion? Which feels distinct from persuasion, to me.

Comment by phonypapercut on Minimum Viable Workout Routine is Dangerously Misinformative · 2012-06-25T23:12:26.239Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think you're confusing high intensity with high impact. Taking weight with you on a jog shouldn't, I think, make it much more effective as a cardio workout. It's just going to be harder on the joints and muscles bearing the weight.

A stationary bike would be a good alternative if one is having joint issues.

Comment by phonypapercut on [Link] RSA Animate: extremely entertaining LW-relevant cartoons · 2012-06-23T20:58:40.348Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I had to laugh at the little caption.

"If they each behave rationally they end up doing worse."

Comment by phonypapercut on The Power of Reinforcement · 2012-06-21T02:06:30.377Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Would it? There would be greater contrast between the reinforcement and the ignoring of poor performance.

Comment by phonypapercut on Welcome to Less Wrong! · 2012-06-20T23:35:39.155Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Hello. I've been browsing articles that show up on the front page for about a year now. Just recently started going through the sequences and decided it would be a good time to create an account.