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Comment by wesmaster160 on Irrationalism on Campus? · 2014-11-20T20:40:28.980Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I'm a math major, and taking pretty much only math classes, which basically don't deal with any of these topics. I did take an online Intro to Macroeconomics course, and it did seem pretty pro-Capitalist, not overtly, but it in subtle ways made claims about socialism not being effective and such.

Comment by wesmaster160 on Google vs Wikipedia, for-profit vs not-for-profit · 2014-04-08T17:21:21.745Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This post reminds me a lot about the different models in the Video Game industry; One-time purchase, Periodic subscription payments, and Free-to-play. I think the "Free-to-play" model would work in a sense for your idea of combining the best of both worlds. Say for instance, as you did, that Google worked on a not-for-profit platform. And let's say that to keep down on any monopolization, they released all of their data to the public. Just as the "Free-to-play" games offer cosmetic items and such for monetary purchases, perhaps this not-for-profit Google could offer analysis on the data for a cost. Since the analysis could be shared to as many companies as request it, it could be done much more cost-effectively than each company hiring their own analyst, and as such, could be offered at a price which could draw companies in.

Comment by wesmaster160 on Brainstorming: children's stories · 2014-02-11T21:27:53.027Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Playing the Devil's Advocate is a great way to teach wariness to just taking idea's at face value, and will also develop your child's ability to work out why the statements are wrong. Another practice that me and my mother would do is have a conversation, and let it flow to where it may. At some point, we would then stop the conversation and try to follow the flow backwards to the original point of the conversation. While it sounds mundane, I now look back on it as great practice in following my train of though, and seeing why I think what I think.

Comment by wesmaster160 on Rationality Quotes January 2014 · 2014-01-06T22:41:02.873Z · score: 19 (21 votes) · LW · GW

There are lots of mysteries in the world. But the truth is that maybe... those things aren't all that mysterious at all... Maybe they're just things I don't know about yet. And that's why they seem mysterious.

--Your partner in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Comment by wesmaster160 on Fake Justification · 2010-12-31T05:18:00.459Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Since the post starts with "Many Christians who've stopped really believing', let's consider a Christian who does believe. If I was looking at a religious text, I'm pretty sure an artistic work would not inspire me to believe in any diety. But, a text that attributes the creation of existence to a diety while also giving me historical facts that at the time I may be able to verify, such as lineage, armies defeated by the Isreal tribes, and the such, then I would be more likely to follow this diety. As a Christian, and proud of it, maybe I am just providing justification for my all ready decided bottom line, but I believe that this arguement is logical.

Comment by wesmaster160 on Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points · 2010-12-30T05:02:14.464Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Im not taking a side on this little arguement, but Jacob posted an arguement against atheists, and the two examples of counter-evidence given were about agnostics. Did I miss something?