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Exercises to do while alone 2011-08-07T03:29:47.748Z · score: 4 (5 votes)
Job Search Advice 2011-06-04T06:37:45.779Z · score: 2 (9 votes)
Skepticalcon 2011-05-28T07:22:20.911Z · score: 0 (3 votes)
Motivation quotes 2011-05-11T17:08:12.597Z · score: 3 (5 votes)

Comments

Comment by zntneo on How well defined is ADHD? · 2012-11-19T15:48:22.086Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Here is a study that says it predicts criminal recidivism. This study says its predicts substance abuse.

Comment by zntneo on How well defined is ADHD? · 2012-11-19T15:11:16.875Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

You might also get diagnosed with things out of the blue. I have dealt with depression MST of my life and one Dr tried to say I had psychosis. I am pretty sure he was wrong.

Comment by zntneo on Group rationality diary, 10/29/12 · 2012-11-05T16:08:55.990Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

So I recently found out I have ADHD inattentive type. I think that is a cause of my current unemployment. I have been trying to say about ways to compensate that are science-based but having a hard time finding good information (I am on a medication now). Any suggestions would help.

Comment by zntneo on [deleted post] 2012-08-22T22:35:39.500Z

I donated a small amount

Comment by zntneo on Group rationality diary, 8/20/12 · 2012-08-22T07:30:36.169Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I have been trying to find ways to compensate for some of the worse problems of my low conscientiousness. I tend to not be thorough when it comes to things I do (for instance checking spelling before posting comments,checking to see if I made a mistake in a project I am working on, making sure I pay attention to detail). I really haven't found anything worth noting so any help would be appreciated. (The seriousness of this is I am close to being fired for it and fear I wont be able to compensate well enough)

(I realize I cant change my conscientiousness score I am trying to compensate for having a severely low one)

I have also started rereading HPMOR so I can get caught up.

I have been thinking a lot about career choices and maybe long term goals lately and I feel like I am lost on both fronts. The goals/dreams I have had in the past are gone (due to me not being conscientious enough see above, being talked out of the other option , having medical problems that prevent me from doing them). So I feel kind of like I am a leaf being blown around by the winds of the situation I am in. Instead of an agent acting in the world (sorry for the rambling)

Comment by zntneo on Ekman Training - Reviews and/or Testing · 2012-06-21T04:23:52.745Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

"Emotions Revealed" has a test in the back and is recommends to read along with doing the training (I am currently reading it)

Comment by zntneo on Organic food, conventional food · 2012-06-16T05:49:43.077Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

i find that heuristic to be silly. Pesticides that are used in conventional farming are heavily regulated unlike ones used in organic foods.

Comment by zntneo on Organic food, conventional food · 2012-06-16T05:48:01.043Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Most of it is safe from my reading and it saves a ton of people

Comment by zntneo on How to brainstorm effectively · 2012-05-26T03:45:29.936Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am terrible at commingled up with ideas for goals I want(meaning I cant think of any goals) How might I use these techniques for that

Comment by zntneo on Group rationality diary, 5/21/12 · 2012-05-26T03:34:14.684Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Do you notice yourself ever wanting to scream at people to be specific? Also, screaming at people on the Tv to be more specifi happens a lot. I wont even mention listening to politicians......

Comment by zntneo on Group rationality diary, 5/14/12 · 2012-05-18T02:33:50.646Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Do you think an intro to CBT would be useful at a minicamp? It seems to me rationality applied to ones own thoughts about oneself (something that i am extremely irrational about)

Comment by zntneo on Group rationality diary, 5/14/12 · 2012-05-18T02:31:07.922Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I have seen a lot of people suggest remember the milk. Can someone explain why that one compared to others like Toodledoo?

Comment by zntneo on Group rationality diary, 5/14/12 · 2012-05-15T22:11:33.519Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Hey I'm Zach, So today, using Critich's idea for associative memory. I went to the cupboard 5 times pulled out my phone and did a little dance. This is to help get me in the habit of calorie counting.

Oh and i told a few people about this but i'll share this too. I have always hated fashion with a passion (i did not mean the rhyme). I found out what i actually hate is "mainstream fashion." For those at the fashion session watching luke's part of the presentation left me with a "well crap i have to look like that in order to be "fashionable" " feeling, it was a dreadful feeling. Reflecting on it and talking to Rick more i found out that i actually like more around what Colin was wearing.

Comment by zntneo on Less Wrong mentoring thread · 2012-03-13T02:12:52.709Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

got a degree in psychology and a couple credits short of a minor in philosophy. I had a poor gpa due mostly to the fact that i started as a computer engineer and have some learning disabilities that i didn't realize then. I want to be able do something with my psych degree such as go to grad school to do research in psych but have no idea if i can make it. Also, currently i am a cashier who is looking for a tech job (i have an associates in information technology and 6 years of part time experience) but i can't seem to get one. Any help would be appreciated, I could use help both in figuring out what i want to do, how to conduct a job search and many other things.

Comment by zntneo on Less Wrong mentoring thread · 2012-03-13T02:10:53.480Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What about a 3 way partnership for the anti-akrasia. I suffer from a massive amount of akrasia. And need desparently to get a better job (i have a BS in psychology and an associates in information technology with 6 years experience in the field yet i work as a cashier which is driving me insane)

Comment by zntneo on Less Wrong mentoring thread · 2012-03-13T02:09:00.561Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I got a degree in psychology and a couple credits short of a minor in philosophy. I had a poor gpa due mostly to the fact that i started as a computer engineer and have some learning disabilities that i didn't realize then. I want to be able do something with my psych degree such as go to grad school to do research in psych but have no idea if i can make it. Also, currently i am a cashier who is looking for a tech job (i have an associates in information technology and 6 years of part time experience) but i can't seem to get one. Any help would be appricated

Comment by zntneo on Less Wrong mentoring thread · 2012-03-13T02:07:35.443Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

So are you a professor? I got a degree in psychology and a couple credits short of a minor in philosophy. I had a poor gpa due mostly to the fact that i started as a computer engineer and have some learning disabilities that i didn't realize then. I want to be able do something with my psych degree such as go to grad school to do research in psych but have no idea if i can make it. Also, currently i am a cashier who is looking for a tech job (i have an associates in information technology and 6 years of part time experience) but i can't seem to get one. Any help would be appreciated

Comment by zntneo on Quantification of eyewitness reliability? · 2012-03-13T01:46:36.506Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

After reading and taking classes in judgement i really am curious why we put any stock in eyewitness testimony. The only thing i can thing of is that it might be the only type of evidence in a trial but should that be suffienct to convict someone?

Comment by zntneo on Productivity tips for those low on motivation · 2012-03-12T19:01:33.528Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am curious is there any RCTs on the effectiveness of these enzymes?

Comment by zntneo on Productivity tips for those low on motivation · 2012-03-12T18:55:15.910Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Have you tried using implementation intentions they seem like they have good research backing. See this , and this

Comment by zntneo on Rationality quotes January 2012 · 2012-01-03T01:08:43.430Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I totally agree if its not your cup of tea fine. What pisses me off is the line about " if you don't believe it exists it seems like a good reason to not be concerned with it"

Comment by zntneo on Random Flu Thoughts, including vaccination and base rates · 2012-01-02T04:16:10.821Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This is why we do population studies and don't rely on anecdotes because we cant be sure otherwise if the cause is due to a vaccine or randomness.

Comment by zntneo on Random Flu Thoughts, including vaccination and base rates · 2012-01-02T04:10:57.368Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Well yes that context matters which is why I wondered how he new the reaction was due to the vaccine

Comment by zntneo on Rationality quotes January 2012 · 2012-01-02T04:08:18.959Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I would say that for instance I don't believe that most alt med stuff works but this is exactly the reason I care that others know this and how we know this. This attitude infuriates me.

Comment by zntneo on Random Flu Thoughts, including vaccination and base rates · 2011-11-14T00:08:17.474Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I have had the flu vaccine regulary for the past 5 years and have never had an adverse reaction. Further how are you sure the "reactions" you are having are from the vaccine?

Comment by zntneo on Myers-Briggs / MLPTI personality-type conversion chart · 2011-11-08T05:21:17.169Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I still can't get over how much MBTI seems to work on the foyer effect.

Comment by zntneo on Religion, happiness, and Bayes · 2011-10-09T02:33:09.748Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Holy crap i'll edit hold on

Comment by zntneo on Religion, happiness, and Bayes · 2011-10-09T02:13:50.181Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think the experimental evidence for religion making people happier is horribly flawed (i might be a bit biased given i worked in a lab who was doing work on the subject). Here are some reasons:

Generally the researchers in the field assume that you can just do a linear analysis of religiosity and happiness, meaning using a scale of not religious to very religious and then making not religious=atheist, which is clearly not a good assumption. In fact studies have shown in the past a curvilinear relationship where the "more certain" positions of atheist and theist are as happy as each other . Also, even making sure that the people in the atheist pool are atheists is hard. If i remember correctly the pew research that showed a certain number of atheists in the country also found 40% of those atheists believed in god.

Second reason is : generally the studies use church attendance as its operational definition of religion which does not control for the social support that being in a church provides and when studies control for that generally they find no difference.

Now if this post is about if its true that it makes people happier what does that mean then please ignore.

Edit: i hope thats better

Comment by zntneo on Apply your knowledge: pick half a number · 2011-10-09T02:00:54.168Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ok i've read all the comments and have no idea what everyone is talking about and how to rationally go about making a guess. Could someone post a link or something that might explain?

Comment by zntneo on Book trades with open-minded theists - recommendations? · 2011-08-29T19:52:16.537Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Well he does have other arguments such as the evolutionary argument against naturalism but generally he is considered one of the more rigorous of christian philosophers.

oh and btw yea the basic belief argument seems absolutely horrible to me.

Comment by zntneo on Book trades with open-minded theists - recommendations? · 2011-08-29T05:59:53.203Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I would have picked something by william lane craig,richard swinburne or alvin plantinga. I mean mere christanity if i remember right is the book where he brings up the triliema argument for the jesus being god.

Comment by zntneo on Book trades with open-minded theists - recommendations? · 2011-08-29T05:57:16.492Z · score: 0 (6 votes) · LW · GW

hmm... god delusion generally wouldn't be at the top for "best arguments" for atheism. I'd go with something like the Atheism: the case against god or if he'll read a tome you have Atheism:a philosophical justification, the impossibility of god, the improbability of god. These are all pretty high level philosophy books but they are the best and strongest books out there. Did your friend really recommend mere Christianity for best argument on his side?

Comment by zntneo on "Meetup" proposal: Google+ · 2011-08-28T05:25:02.133Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Dang i missed the meeting if anyone wants to add me i'm here https://plus.google.com/101382871104606212529/posts

Comment by zntneo on What are you working on? · 2011-08-28T05:08:27.628Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW
  • Well i'm still trying to find a better job. I am thinking i need a better job search method. Any suggestions on a good method of job search would be great
  • Working on getting my self to actually do things instead of sleep as much as i do.
  • Reading a book by susan blackmore about consciousness *Just finished a book called "Philosophy Toolbox"
Comment by zntneo on Exercises to do while alone · 2011-08-07T05:46:20.391Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

close its a gas station unfortunately makes it even slower

Comment by zntneo on Exercises to do while alone · 2011-08-07T04:57:47.658Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Not assuming that i should work on exercises its that i want to.

Comment by zntneo on Exercises to do while alone · 2011-08-07T04:26:33.841Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Yes when nobody is at the register. I know its a great opportunity for improvement in social skills and in fact have noticed an improvement (though i have also noticed some things i find very annoying about some social conventions)

Comment by zntneo on Human Biases (Ab)used by commerce [link] · 2011-07-01T17:42:55.834Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

His definition of rationality is still quite annoying.

Comment by zntneo on Reasons for being rational · 2011-07-01T16:26:49.096Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

As someone who is both into the skeptics movement and the atheist movement i'm not sure what skeptics "wouldn't dare mutter" about. It seems to me that skeptics and atheists just have and interest in those things and want to stop the harm caused by them.

Also, i must be ignorant about all these other horrible delusions you are talking about.

Further you must be talking about instrumental rationality because i'm not sure how this is evidence against epistemic rationality.

Comment by zntneo on I'm becoming intolerant. Help. · 2011-06-30T17:59:16.255Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think I can relate quite a bit. It is absolutely infuriating when someone does anyone care to try to be rational. I am always having to explain to people why I care about what is true. The question to me has become like nails on a chalkboard. the thing that has helped me mildly is that most people do not have any education on what it means to be rational. they they have not even been introduced to the concept ( other than Hollywood rationality which is almost as irritating). I also remember that at one time I was kind of like them which makes it so that I tend to educate them about it (although I think I am as a teacher/mentor).

Comment by zntneo on The True Rejection Challenge · 2011-06-30T17:43:10.873Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No these are bus drivers and random people on the bus.

Comment by zntneo on Designing Rationalist Projects · 2011-06-30T17:37:02.482Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Seems close. I don't see why it couldn't be just one person randomly selected.

Comment by zntneo on The Four-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss - any LWers tried it? · 2011-06-29T03:17:57.648Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't lurk there but my wife spends lots of time at BB. Almost everyone at bb.com think 4HB is a joke. I also agree with the playing with things but there needs to be boundaries and imho 4HB falls outside of what i would consider scientifically reasonable.

Comment by zntneo on Mostly silly alternatives to the word 'rationalist' · 2011-06-28T18:35:55.784Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I must say that given that i choose to have my last name be aletheia i so prefer the aletheia based ones :)

Comment by zntneo on Rationality Minicamp report and photos [link] · 2011-06-28T18:33:51.116Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yea make me even more jealous i wasn't chosen to go :P

Comment by zntneo on The True Rejection Challenge · 2011-06-28T18:32:58.797Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am someone who generally throws a pair of whatever seems will be appropriate for the weather (pants or shorts) and a random t-shirt on. I am not even sure if i match most of the time. I have a beard which is quite uncommon for men in our society(which to me is mildly sad)

Comment by zntneo on The True Rejection Challenge · 2011-06-28T18:24:15.138Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am someone who generally throws a pair of whatever seems will be appropriate for the weather (pants or shorts) and a random t-shirt on. I am not even sure if i match most of the time. I have a beard which is quite umcommon for men in our society(which to me is mildly sad)

Comment by zntneo on Review of Doris, 'The Moral Psychology Handbook' (2010) · 2011-06-28T18:08:57.536Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I am pretty sure it is clearly a recommendation.

Comment by zntneo on Review of Doris, 'The Moral Psychology Handbook' (2010) · 2011-06-28T18:08:11.008Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I've been looking for a book that had to do with moral psychology. I read Moral Minds a while ago but much of that is now suspect in my mind because of the controversy surrounding the author. I'll have to add it to much collection at some point.

Comment by zntneo on [SEQ RERUN] Religion's Claim to be Non-Disprovable · 2011-06-28T18:03:51.090Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

This is one of the posts that i wish everyone in the skeptical community would read.