Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014)
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I'm Xavier, a 20 year old student from France. I've known about this site for a while. A week ago, I finally decided to start digging into the sequences for some useful insights. I'm interested in various topics such as philosophy, futurology, history and science. However, I'm almost certain my understanding of the world is seriously lacking compared to the average poster here. For example, I have no STEM background at all aside from the most basic knowledge, which is likely to become a problem in the future.
I've been obsessed with the idea of living a rational life for years. I've failed spectacularly to achieve this lofty goal, instead falling prey to what some of the sequences have described as akrasia. I've also been "dunning-krugered" many times due to a tendency to overestimate my abilities. I hope that by reading more Less Wrong and following the discussions here I will be able to eventually correct some of these issues and become a bit less amateurish in the process! Who knows?
Looking forward to meeting you guys.