senarin feed - LessWrong 2.0 Reader senarin’s posts and comments on the Effective Altruism Forum en-us Rationality Dojo https://www.lesswrong.com/events/d5abAoaaRwZBD6NCB/rationality-dojo <p>A weekly meetup where we strive to better our lives through various techniques; to overcome biases and other cognitive errors. We are currently using the 'Hammertime' sequence as material. You need not be familiar with it; we will provide everything you need. Just bring pen, paper, and a desire to become stronger.</p> senarin d5abAoaaRwZBD6NCB 2019-04-22T03:26:21.599Z Visiting Cleveland https://www.lesswrong.com/events/kJxuwJz8Y4qSHgNgb/visiting-cleveland <p>I'm Alex, the coordinator for the Kansas City Rationalists. I'll be visiting Cleveland for Vegfest, beginning on May 17th, and would love to network with anyone who's available. My community is highly varied; we run a game night, a dojo, and an SSC meetup. I'd love to share my experiences if that would be valuable to you. Or we can just socialize. I'll be available for a late dinner on the 17th, then probably anytime on the 18th and 19th.</p> <p>Location is up to any interested parties.</p> senarin kJxuwJz8Y4qSHgNgb 2019-04-21T12:50:52.282Z Passing through St. Louis https://www.lesswrong.com/g/cARzfJ3u4gCAHsjJv/p/yvGrg4YxnapYPDYk3/ <p>I'm Alex, the coordinator for the Kansas City Rationalists. I'll be passing through St Louis for brunch/lunch on May 17th, and would love to network with anyone who's available. My community is highly varied; we run a game night, a dojo, and an SSC meetup. I'd love to share my experiences if that would be valuable to you. Or we can just socialize.</p> <p>Location is up to any interested parties.</p> senarin yvGrg4YxnapYPDYk3 2019-04-21T12:45:49.294Z Passing through St. Louis https://www.lesswrong.com/events/kSr2gHN7GNb7LwvXC/passing-through-st-louis <p>I'm Alex, the coordinator for the Kansas City Rationalists. I'll be passing through St Louis for brunch/lunch on May 17th, and would love to network with anyone who's available. My community is highly varied; we run a game night, a dojo, and an SSC meetup. I'd love to share my experiences if that would be valuable to you. Or we can just socialize.</p> <p>Location is up to any interested parties.</p> senarin kSr2gHN7GNb7LwvXC 2019-04-21T12:44:35.891Z Username change and event page editing https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/wyBWcDagyCGkZ3J3B/username-change-and-event-page-editing <p>I want to change my username, as making a new account would delete all my posting history, which I value.</p><p>I am also the new organizer for the Kansas City SSC meetup, and have things to edit on the page (starting with the fact that there appears to be a duplicate posting of the group).</p><p>Who do I contact about this?</p> senarin wyBWcDagyCGkZ3J3B 2019-04-19T04:43:03.359Z Comment by Senarin on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/zvXR7rRsibLkdASyv/episode-1-of-tsuyoku-naritai-the-becoming-stronger-podcast#gxK9Xwj9ziocNaZKj <p>I will be sure to include a transcript in all future episode descriptions/show notes.</p> senarin gxK9Xwj9ziocNaZKj 2019-04-19T03:05:26.544Z Comment by Senarin on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/zvXR7rRsibLkdASyv/episode-1-of-tsuyoku-naritai-the-becoming-stronger-podcast#37SfncKcvbRNfjccv <p>Done! Link to the transcript has been posted in the description, and also here: <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjTM4revF1upDvO00y0v8jF8G6HUbcABtFDxVYiLyPc/edit?usp=sharing">https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjTM4revF1upDvO00y0v8jF8G6HUbcABtFDxVYiLyPc/edit?usp=sharing</a></p><p>Is there a different venue/format for the notes you had in mind?</p> senarin 37SfncKcvbRNfjccv 2019-04-19T02:21:51.586Z Comment by Senarin on Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/zvXR7rRsibLkdASyv/episode-1-of-tsuyoku-naritai-the-becoming-stronger-podcast#h4LZvP59avQDWFqqb <p>I'll do that tonight!</p> senarin h4LZvP59avQDWFqqb 2019-04-19T00:49:14.383Z Episode 1 of "Tsuyoku Naritai!" (the 'becoming stronger' podcast/YT series). https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/zvXR7rRsibLkdASyv/episode-1-of-tsuyoku-naritai-the-becoming-stronger-podcast <p>The Kansas City Rationalists just had our first dojo meetup yesterday. It was a success as far as first meetings go; we had great attendance, including a couple non-rationalists. We are using the &#x27;Hammertime&#x27; sequence as our content.</p><p>I am making a series of vlog posts/podcast episodes detailing my personal journey through the sequence, also for the benefit of others. I plan to expand it as I learn and experience more.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmRr7Op6sfQ&feature=youtu.be">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmRr7Op6sfQ&amp;feature=youtu.be</a></p><p><a href="https://pca.st/26cQ">https://pca.st/26cQ</a></p><p></p> senarin zvXR7rRsibLkdASyv 2019-04-17T21:58:30.591Z Comment by Senarin on Rationality Dojo https://www.lesswrong.com/events/8Xa9XJTJZixnnkRTy/rationality-dojo#p2tpbrZ5NJMxWM6ea <p>Due to the nature of assembling a bug list, there might not be a whole lot to discuss and do. If we are finished significantly early, we might simply move on to Day 2: 'Yoda Timers'</p> senarin p2tpbrZ5NJMxWM6ea 2019-04-10T17:38:28.376Z Comment by Senarin on Rationality Dojo https://www.lesswrong.com/events/8Xa9XJTJZixnnkRTy/rationality-dojo#tCA5bk4BePZzXNwbG <p>The Kansas City Rationalists are putting together a dojo, for the purpose of improving our cognitive abilities, happiness, and efficiency. For content, we will be using the 'Hammertime' sequence. Attendees are expected to read the introduction ('Hammers and Nails') and Day 1 ('Bug Hunt'), as well as put together their bug list. The meeting will consist of meta-discussion about the content, and discussion about our experience putting together our bug lists. Bonus points if you are willing to share the bugs you found!</p> <p>We will be meeting weekly, at the same time and location.</p> senarin tCA5bk4BePZzXNwbG 2019-04-03T21:48:17.866Z Rationality Dojo https://www.lesswrong.com/events/8Xa9XJTJZixnnkRTy/rationality-dojo senarin 8Xa9XJTJZixnnkRTy 2019-04-03T21:43:54.944Z Starting a rationality dojo; any tips? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/bxFZu7NeCwHAPDGwB/starting-a-rationality-dojo-any-tips <p>I have a small (4 core members) existing group of SSC/LW readers who meet up for lunch once a week, which gives us the raw materials to start such a group. We plan to meet at least once a month, if not once a week. We'll probably start with the Hammertime sequence for content.</p> <p>I want to optimize for introducing non-Rationalists to Rationality; I have several friends who might get involved just because they trust me.</p> <p>I most desire feedback from people who have experience with such a project; what are the common failure modes, what can I do to make this as easy as possible, what are the best meeting environments, what can I do to make this helpful for people not already in our community?</p> senarin bxFZu7NeCwHAPDGwB 2019-02-25T23:56:24.923Z Comment by Senarin on Can someone design this Google Sheets bug list template for me? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/G7tAWhq8swnactSQG/can-someone-design-this-google-sheets-bug-list-template-for#BjXJE5ut3J3JthAHZ <p>It works perfectly. Thanks again!</p> senarin BjXJE5ut3J3JthAHZ 2019-02-13T07:06:33.384Z Meetup schedule https://www.lesswrong.com/g/pQCaarLxsWJ2pufjg/p/29ek7gATDrSj7k6Ww/ <p>The KC SSC group has evolved into a 'Rationalists' group, allowing us to continue the SSC meetup while also expanding our scope to anything rationality-related.</p> <p>Our SSC meetup is every Sunday, 12:30pm, at Panera Bread for lunch/coffee. 10606 Shawnee Mission Pkwy</p> <p>We also have a monthly game night on the first Wednesday of each month, 6pm, at Pawn and Pint (a board game pub, anyone younger than 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Cover fee is waived if you say you're with the Kansas City Rationalists). 613 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106</p> <p>We also just began a Rationality Dojo. Every Tuesday, 6pm, Central Resource Library.</p> senarin 29ek7gATDrSj7k6Ww 2019-02-11T18:47:07.641Z Kansas City Rationalists game night https://www.lesswrong.com/events/Whx4p53etjvauzHS8/kansas-city-rationalists-game-night <p>The first Wednesday of each month is a casual game night for the Kansas City Rationalists. If you like games, rationality, or both, you are welcome to join!</p> <p>In lieue of any game requests, I will usually pick a game that teaches rationality skills. However, we can play anything, up to and including tabletop RPG's like DnD.</p> <p>Pawn and Pint will waive the cover charge (normally $5) if you say you're with the KC Rationalists. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian due to alcohol laws.</p> senarin Whx4p53etjvauzHS8 2019-02-11T18:34:30.110Z Comment by Senarin on Can someone design this Google Sheets bug list template for me? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/G7tAWhq8swnactSQG/can-someone-design-this-google-sheets-bug-list-template-for#3Pgmc8a9vJp3neZfo <p>That looks perfect! I'll test it out later.</p> senarin 3Pgmc8a9vJp3neZfo 2019-02-09T15:30:13.003Z Can someone design this Google Sheets bug list template for me? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/G7tAWhq8swnactSQG/can-someone-design-this-google-sheets-bug-list-template-for <p><strong>Project: </strong></p><p>My local rationality group is going to perform a structured test of the &#x27;Hammertime&#x27; sequence. We are making a &quot;bug list&quot; of various problems in our lives for this sequence. (For those familiar, this variant of the bug list is loosely inspired by the FMEA) We assign, on a scale of 1-5, three different values to each bug: &quot;Impact&quot; (on our life), &quot;Frequency&quot; (of occurrence, or need of occurrence for things we need to do), and &quot;How cheap is the cost&quot; (in time/effort/money, where 1 is most expensive, and 5 is cheapest). The products of &quot;Impact&quot; and &quot;Frequency&quot; will all be totaled together, resulting in our &quot;RPN&quot; (&quot;Risk Priority Number&quot;), and this is the number we will be testing before and after performing the sequence, to measure its success.</p><p><strong>Goal: </strong></p><p>As I adjust the assigned values of each bug, eliminate bugs, and add new ones, I want the spreadsheet to calculate the product of the first two values, and auto-sort the list by this number, giving me a live priority list for addressing the bugs. I also want the ability to sort the list by the product of all three numbers, allowing me to optionally factor in the difficulty. This will result in 6 columns: </p><p>1-Name of Bug </p><p>2-Impact </p><p>3-Frequency </p><p>4-&quot;Cheap Cost?&quot; </p><p>5-Product of 2 and 3 (default auto-sorting) </p><p>6-Product of 2, 3, and 4 (optional sorting)</p><p>As well as a final row (or column, or whatever) with the total sum of Column 5&#x27;s values (the &quot;RPN&quot;).</p><p><strong>Problem: </strong></p><p>I suck at spreadsheets, having never learned them. I already made an attempt, but failed. I could put the time and effort into learning this, but I don&#x27;t foresee using this skill again, so it seems more optimal to use someone else&#x27;s skills for this.</p> senarin G7tAWhq8swnactSQG 2019-02-09T06:55:51.652Z Comment by Senarin on If Rationality can be likened to a 'Martial Art', what would be the Forms? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/xs4j9xSDbEntQKTNy/if-rationality-can-be-likened-to-a-martial-art-what-would-be#Ekco8knqid25iJc6A <p>My IRL rationality group is preparing to test that sequence. It looks promising, although we do have some quibbles with it. If we successfully finish testing, we'll publish the details.</p> senarin Ekco8knqid25iJc6A 2019-02-06T23:48:32.897Z Comment by Senarin on If Rationality can be likened to a 'Martial Art', what would be the Forms? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/xs4j9xSDbEntQKTNy/if-rationality-can-be-likened-to-a-martial-art-what-would-be#G77R2dXY9CAsssuaf <p>This may seem stupid, but I didn&#x27;t even think about doing odds calibration on such a small scale. That&#x27;s a great idea. Making a pinned Google Keep note now.</p> senarin G77R2dXY9CAsssuaf 2019-02-06T16:39:58.147Z If Rationality can be likened to a 'Martial Art', what would be the Forms? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/xs4j9xSDbEntQKTNy/if-rationality-can-be-likened-to-a-martial-art-what-would-be <p>In Martial Arts, we have 'forms' that allow us to practice our skills when not with a partner or in adversity. In Rationality, I imagine that this would take the form of "brain teasers", but specifically regarding decision theory, overcoming biases, and calculating probabilities.</p> <p>What are some things one can do to practice Applied Rationality? These can take the form of thought experiments, websites, apps, pen-and-paper tools, etc.</p> <p>These would ideally range from "easy to do within a couple minutes" to "you need to dedicate a day to this".</p> senarin xs4j9xSDbEntQKTNy 2019-02-06T05:48:33.589Z Comment by Senarin on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/izjgvZzo9DCCzb3fH/applied-rationality-podcast-feedback#2MKekKhfcoCPBmvbq <p>Good point.</p> senarin 2MKekKhfcoCPBmvbq 2019-02-03T14:20:08.411Z Comment by Senarin on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/izjgvZzo9DCCzb3fH/applied-rationality-podcast-feedback#A8eDToHPEQR9dbfXt <p>I was thinking "Tsuyoku Naritai". 😊</p> senarin A8eDToHPEQR9dbfXt 2019-02-02T00:21:55.218Z Comment by Senarin on What is Wrong? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/zfgBRN7NBd6HFFESc/what-is-wrong#m5PhjFYHfawoMvYxJ <p>If I understand you correctly, I wholeheartedly agree that "Less Wrong" is not just referring to a dichotomy of "what is true" and "what is wrong" (although that is part of it, ala 'Map and Territory').</p> <p>There's a reason rationality is often called "systemized winning"; while the goals that you are trying to win are entirely subjective, rationality can help you decide what is <em>most optimal</em> in your pursuit of goal Y.</p> senarin m5PhjFYHfawoMvYxJ 2019-02-01T21:10:45.398Z Comment by Senarin on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/izjgvZzo9DCCzb3fH/applied-rationality-podcast-feedback#RExkih7wzCDd8u7Pv <p>Thank you for the encouragement! I hope I didn't sound like I was fishing for that. I just wanted to emphasize my desire to seek any other more optimal paths.</p> senarin RExkih7wzCDd8u7Pv 2019-02-01T00:24:20.467Z Comment by Senarin on Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/izjgvZzo9DCCzb3fH/applied-rationality-podcast-feedback#Xc94d7qscQH4prGtc <p>Good idea! Get comfortable with my own journey before using someone else's. Makes sense.</p> senarin Xc94d7qscQH4prGtc 2019-02-01T00:23:24.382Z Applied Rationality podcast - feedback? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/izjgvZzo9DCCzb3fH/applied-rationality-podcast-feedback <p>My goal is to help non-rationalists become rationalists, and provide exercises for existing rationalists to hone their skills, in the form of audio/video episodes.</p> <p>'Rationally Speaking' and 'The Bayesian Conspiracy' are lovely, but they don't serve the function I have in mind.</p> <p>Since I am an amature rationalist, and possibly the least intelligent person in this community, it would be ideal for someone else to run this (preferrably CFAR themselves, or at least someone who has attended). If there is an existing project like this, please point me to it so I can support it. If not, I at least have the drive to get the ball rolling.</p> <p>I would probably start by using the 'Hammertime' sequence as material, and breaking it down a bit so the average layperson can understand it easier. This would require very little knowledge on my part, and give me time to maybe find a replacement host, cohost, or a queue of interviewees to assist in future episodes.</p> <p>My question: is there any feedback you can give on this idea?</p> senarin izjgvZzo9DCCzb3fH 2019-01-31T01:46:36.703Z Comment by Senarin on LW/SSC Mixer https://www.lesswrong.com/events/zgCh8FxTG3TZ3hRxR/lw-ssc-mixer#v9zZBMHfdaZywtojC <p>Yes! The facebook event page links to our Facebook group.</p> senarin v9zZBMHfdaZywtojC 2019-01-14T05:56:43.527Z LW/SSC Mixer https://www.lesswrong.com/events/zgCh8FxTG3TZ3hRxR/lw-ssc-mixer <p>The Kansas City Rationalists group is having a pizza party to welcome any new or interested members. It will be just a fun time for us to socialize, get to know each other, and explain what we are all about.</p> senarin zgCh8FxTG3TZ3hRxR 2019-01-10T17:28:57.024Z Meetup Schedule https://www.lesswrong.com/g/eZ4bbiNX34JwabR2D/p/iLA7z4hynEfJxSmJs/ <p>The KC SSC group has evolved into a &#x27;Rationalists&#x27; group, allowing us to continue the SSC meetup while also expanding our scope to anything rationality-related.</p><p>Our SSC meetup is every Sunday, 12pm, at Panera Bread for lunch/coffee.</p><p><a href="https://maps.google.com/?q=10606+Shawnee+Mission+Pkwy,+Shawnee,+KS+66203,+USA&ftid=0x87c0ecde4b15ceb9:0x6055cbce9fb000db">10606 Shawnee Mission Pkwy</a> </p><p>We also have a monthly game night on the first Wednesday of each month, 6pm, at Pawn and Pint (a board game pub, anyone younger than 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Cover fee is waived if you say you&#x27;re with the Kansas City Rationalists).</p><p>613 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106</p> senarin iLA7z4hynEfJxSmJs 2018-12-28T22:43:35.761Z Comment by Senarin on What does it mean to "believe" a thing to be true? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/D62GoptY4uX9e2iwM/what-does-it-mean-to-believe-a-thing-to-be-true#3EPNRJxWkFhFXQ77u <p>Just listened to that about 10 minutes ago. Good sequence. When you say "assumption", I hear "a thing that is accepted to be true".</p> <p>What changes in cognition when something is accepted as true?</p> senarin 3EPNRJxWkFhFXQ77u 2018-12-27T14:44:19.906Z What does it mean to "believe" a thing to be true? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/D62GoptY4uX9e2iwM/what-does-it-mean-to-believe-a-thing-to-be-true senarin D62GoptY4uX9e2iwM 2018-12-27T13:28:15.498Z Comment by Senarin on New edition of "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/NjFgqv8bzjhXFaELP/new-edition-of-rationality-from-ai-to-zombies#8biTBFW9DHgQSk6g8 <p>Please have a non-leather hardcover option for us vegans. :)</p> senarin 8biTBFW9DHgQSk6g8 2018-12-17T05:44:43.324Z Comment by Senarin on New edition of "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/NjFgqv8bzjhXFaELP/new-edition-of-rationality-from-ai-to-zombies#d44RpTHnzBZR3q89t <p>Please no real leather for us vegans. :)</p> senarin d44RpTHnzBZR3q89t 2018-12-17T05:43:21.605Z Comment by Senarin on New edition of "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/NjFgqv8bzjhXFaELP/new-edition-of-rationality-from-ai-to-zombies#bHqeenQykZWa9aXs4 <p>No hardcover option?</p> senarin bHqeenQykZWa9aXs4 2018-12-16T06:19:43.201Z Comment by Senarin on Can I use Less Wrong branding in youtube videos? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/a7PmA7NX3zdAuhnoK/can-i-use-less-wrong-branding-in-youtube-videos#4n36JrMTM6EcTZ8P2 <p>Thanks for the feedback!</p> senarin 4n36JrMTM6EcTZ8P2 2018-12-14T15:17:18.103Z Comment by Senarin on Can I use Less Wrong branding in youtube videos? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/a7PmA7NX3zdAuhnoK/can-i-use-less-wrong-branding-in-youtube-videos#crBWoYuGCbkoYh4ka <p>The most indiscrete example I have in mind would be to include it in the channel name; a clunky example would be 'Less Wrong Street Epistemology'. I had no intention of using the official logo, merely make direct references.</p> senarin crBWoYuGCbkoYh4ka 2018-12-14T07:24:16.003Z Comment by Senarin on [deleted post] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ETufSXp6QbyPvqNS7/open-question-less-wrong-and-street-epistemology#5im5GZWmRGSJmeEBp <p>Thank you!</p> senarin 5im5GZWmRGSJmeEBp 2018-12-14T07:10:42.615Z Can I use Less Wrong branding in youtube videos? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/a7PmA7NX3zdAuhnoK/can-i-use-less-wrong-branding-in-youtube-videos <p>I will be starting a youtube channel where I record my Street Epistemology encounters. I want to heavily plug our community, for the benefit of growing it, and also because it's just so darn appropriate (I am literally asking people what they think they know, and how they think they know it).</p> <p>I will not be claiming ownership of the branding (I'll be diverting people to the website, of course), but I would probably go so far as to use it in the name of the channel (for lack of a better pithy name, 'Less Wrong' is excellent). Are there any legal problems with this?</p> senarin a7PmA7NX3zdAuhnoK 2018-12-14T07:10:16.072Z A culture of exploitation? https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ocKK5SgjqF5Xjvwuy/a-culture-of-exploitation <p>Thoughts in the car:</p> <p>I just had a discussion with a coworker who bemoans the lack of respect and responsibility of the newer generations. While I do think these concerns are typically overstated due to availability bias, there could be some truth to them.</p> <p>I hypothesize that a significant contributing factor is our ever-expanding population; our increasing ability to discard one social group and easily form a new one. One of our primary motivations for being kind to others is the hope that others will be kind to us. (see the thought experiment 'Prisoner's Dilemma') Yes, most of us have empathy as well, but this can vary by degree and situation; the most reliable motivations are usually the selfish ones. If we are able to exploit one social group, then move on to a new group, thereby avoiding the consequences of our actions, this encourages exploitation ("exploitation" is defined here as reaping the benefits of a social group while not respecting others or taking responsibility for your part in the group). Side note: A lack of consequences for our actions is also an explanation for why internet communications can so easily turn toxic.</p> <p>Before we can falsify this, we would have to first establish quantifiable data to represent our culture of exploitation. Then we could demonstrate a similar environment (large choice of social groups) where such a culture of exploitation (among relatively equal members) doesn't occur. Or, we could find a culture where there ISN'T a large choice of social groups, where exploitation (among relatively equal members) occurs regularly. Finally, we could identify a different factor that better explains the data.</p> senarin ocKK5SgjqF5Xjvwuy 2018-11-24T22:00:09.189Z Comment by Senarin on [Insert clever intro here] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s/insert-clever-intro-here#ro9pNXRnB5hFPmprf <p>Hi, Motasaurus. I certainly hope you stick around! Don't let our disagreements drive you off.</p> <p>However, on that note, I'm afraid I would have to disagree. While I think you can have "better than average" epistemology and still be a Christian, perhaps even be in the top 25% percentile, I don't believe you can aspire to be a perfect Bayesian and still be a Christian.</p> <p>I would respectfully point out that the Apostle John is hardly a neutral spectator in determining whether one can be both Christian and Rational. Additionally, he certainly didn't have access to anywhere near the same level of understanding of human cognition, science, and probability theory as we do; to use an Eliezer illustration, the greatest physicists of his age couldn't have calculated the path of a falling apple.</p> senarin ro9pNXRnB5hFPmprf 2018-11-23T06:47:15.000Z Comment by Senarin on [Insert clever intro here] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s/insert-clever-intro-here#7gJudMWXBoaDx4zSd <p>Also, how would one go about acquiring these CFAR techniques? Is attending a workshop mandatory? I don't quite have the discretionary funds for that. :P</p> senarin 7gJudMWXBoaDx4zSd 2018-11-20T17:56:33.567Z Comment by Senarin on [Insert clever intro here] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s/insert-clever-intro-here#vDvfZaZiCdPE7KH22 <p>One of the hallmarks of a typical dojo is that the Sensei will demonstrate techniques, and show how they are supposed to look once you have mastered them.</p> <p>Is it possible that this is an optional feature, if only for a rationality dojo?</p> senarin vDvfZaZiCdPE7KH22 2018-11-20T17:22:40.136Z Comment by Senarin on [Insert clever intro here] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s/insert-clever-intro-here#eGfCDYEoAZywjixNz <p>That's very kind of you, thank you. It means a lot.</p> senarin eGfCDYEoAZywjixNz 2018-11-20T17:21:02.593Z Comment by Senarin on [Insert clever intro here] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s/insert-clever-intro-here#YaS55RsNrZrKjW4jv <p>Yes, that is the correct sequence of events. I was raised in a Christian household, but the first belief I truly held for myself was atheism. I am no longer a Christian or theist in any way.</p> senarin YaS55RsNrZrKjW4jv 2018-11-20T17:19:48.907Z [Insert clever intro here] https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s/insert-clever-intro-here <p>Hello, everyone. I&#x27;m not entirely sure where to start, or exactly how to say it, but here goes.</p><p>I only stumbled across Less Wrong this year, after reading HPMOR (I&#x27;m sure you get this all the time). Since then, I have gone from an evangelical Christian to a passionate rationalist with an insatiable hunger for challenging what I think I know. It helps that I already had a rationalist foundation, having originally started my adulthood as an atheist. </p><p>My training is in IT, but nowhere near enough to help with AI research. I am also quite intelligent, but not enough to open my own rationality dojo. Instead, I am channeling my extroverted nature to help spread the influence of rationality as far and passionately as I can. I am currently spearheading the Kansas City LW/SSC group, and plan to also begin practicing Street Epistemology.</p><p>At the risk of sounding like I am trying to garner empathy, I feel rather intimidated by the conversations that are had here; so my posting and commenting will be limited if not entirely non-existent. Please don&#x27;t ever be discouraged by my silence. You may count yourselves among my friends.</p> senarin rad4gei5EYgXhHo5s 2018-11-20T03:26:32.420Z