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  1. Comment on What do you do about existential dread? in ~talk

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    I would highly recommend community involvement. Connection to others is universal among humans, even those who are introverted - you don't have to be the life of the party to have meaningful...

    I would highly recommend community involvement. Connection to others is universal among humans, even those who are introverted - you don't have to be the life of the party to have meaningful interactions with at least a couple people.
    A common problem is having lots of people around you but only superficial connections, a la the Facebook effect.
    Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet people with a sense of purpose, and to find opportunities to find your own purpose.

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  2. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    I finally read this. Man I love WIRED articles, so well written. Hmm, it looks like "real" democracy is still unattainable given such examples of social engineering. Kind of depressing. But I...

    I finally read this. Man I love WIRED articles, so well written.

    Hmm, it looks like "real" democracy is still unattainable given such examples of social engineering. Kind of depressing. But I wonder if there will be a way to mass-immunize the public against subtle BS in the future... maybe we will all have a much better handle on our critical thinking? Scientific literacy + mindfulness? That plus psychedelics may be the only way to battle social engineering...

  3. Comment on This Is What Peak Car Looks Like in ~news

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    This is interesting, where did you learn this?

    ... but in dense, mixed use areas it just puts more cars on the road and increases vehicle miles travelled per person.

    This is interesting, where did you learn this?

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  4. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    Hmm yea fair enough, the infrastructure does change the dynamic.

    Hmm yea fair enough, the infrastructure does change the dynamic.

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  5. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    Yea, I agree with you on all those points. Particularly on the irony of the "liberating" leftist/feminist strategies. I would challenge your point on natural speech, though. Yes, we have not...

    Yea, I agree with you on all those points. Particularly on the irony of the "liberating" leftist/feminist strategies.

    I would challenge your point on natural speech, though. Yes, we have not evolved with textual communication, but we are highly adaptive and the large majority of us learn to read and write from a young age. Moreover, some of us, such as myself and maybe many other Tilderts, find text as a preferred means of communication. Having thoughts on paper, out in the open, but also editable and re-readable by others allows more engagement than say a lecture. I, for one, become a bit more thoughtful when posting to a heavily-moderated or high-quality messaging site like this. Not that this is an argument against anything you said, maybe just a different perspective to support what you said.

    I'll definitely get around to reading that link of yours, though.

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  6. Comment on Beware of Using Young People's Blood to Halt Aging, FDA Says in ~health

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    Not that I'm defending it, but it's plausible that there may be many different treatable diseases by using blood just from the sheer complexity of blood. There's really too much in there to even...

    Not that I'm defending it, but it's plausible that there may be many different treatable diseases by using blood just from the sheer complexity of blood. There's really too much in there to even address with science, you would have to look at every single component.

    A good example would be stem cells, which you can extract from your own body and treat specific damaged parts. But even with that there is a lot of complexity still because cells are just complex bags of chemicals. For example, neurotrophic factors released by stem cells may be the mechanism behind it's efficacy to treat neurological disorders. This can be extended to any other -trophic factors.

    For those seriously interested in developing such therapies, this is the assumed mechanism of action - maintenance cells of the body start losing their ability to maintain.

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  7. Comment on Is anyone here taking online courses e.g. Udacity, Coursera, Udemy, EdX, etc.? What do you think of them? in ~tech

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    I think Andrew's ML course is also like a decade old...

    I think Andrew's ML course is also like a decade old...

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  8. Comment on What do you find cozy, comforting, or relaxing? in ~talk

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    Not a really a suggestion, but FYI the Danish and Norwegians have a specific work for this: hygge. It's a slightly supercharged version of mere coziness, though. Used in the context of dealing...

    Not a really a suggestion, but FYI the Danish and Norwegians have a specific work for this: hygge. It's a slightly supercharged version of mere coziness, though. Used in the context of dealing with e.g. the long winter.

    Though for me, I'd say a solid toke or two of some high CBD low THC cannabis, some bass music and a nice warm shower does it for me. Generally reserved for when I'm in a pissy mood and need to chill out.

    Actually I should also add that in the spirit of hygge, it's more of a long-term or lifestyle approach than a mere act or moment.

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  9. Comment on On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight in ~tech

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    There are tons of open source and privacy-orientated alternatives to Googles services. I implore you to check them out. Privacytools.io is a good resource.

    There are tons of open source and privacy-orientated alternatives to Googles services. I implore you to check them out. Privacytools.io is a good resource.

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  10. Comment on Complete consumption of content on various online forums in ~talk

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    I would argue against the assumption that everyone consumes all of the content and this is significant to Community cohesion or quality. Yes, common ground is necessary to a cohesive community,...

    I would argue against the assumption that everyone consumes all of the content and this is significant to Community cohesion or quality. Yes, common ground is necessary to a cohesive community, but I don't think the content itself is significant. My anecdote here is that, personally, I'm only interested in a few subgroups and I couldn't care less about consuming e.g. ~news on Tildes.

    I think that common values is the most important aspect. Concretely, I have the impression that the common value among Tilderinos here is quality of discussion. I would also make the comparison to the greater academic community I belong to. We (academics) may specialize in and consume content from different fields, but we share the common value of e.g. upholding the scientific method, and we can relate to each other's enthusiastic curiosity. (I think there is some of this in Tildes too.)

    Regarding growth, I therefore disagree that there is a critical limit to cohesion in community based on the volume of content. Instead, I think that we can maintain a large community if we maintain (or enforce) common values. I don't see a problem with having 100x as many users as long as we all uphold a high standard of communication. However, I think that implicitly, we start running out of such "quality" users. It may be elitism, but I certainly don't believe it should be to the exclusions of others - a strong base can serve as a role model for newer or less acquainted users. I think this is why having invites only and controlled early growth is a good idea.

    But hey, maybe this will all go to shit and we just catch the next wave of magic over and over while continuously aging and inevitably dying alone.

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  11. Comment on Beware of Using Young People's Blood to Halt Aging, FDA Says in ~health

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    From what I understand, the blood transfusions have some evidence (preliminary studies in rodents) for the prevention or treatment of age-related diseases, which is what most of those are (except...

    From what I understand, the blood transfusions have some evidence (preliminary studies in rodents) for the prevention or treatment of age-related diseases, which is what most of those are (except PTSD). The recent trend of NAD supplementation is also based on this, except with much more evidence (mechanistic) and less controversy.

    Apologies for no academic sources, I don't have access atm.

  12. Comment on Is is possible to mourn someone you didn't even know? in ~life

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    Oh yes for sure, I still to this day mourn the loss of my great heros like Carl Sagan, Alexander Shulgin and so on. I don't know if it's for them as a person, maybe at least partially because...

    Oh yes for sure, I still to this day mourn the loss of my great heros like Carl Sagan, Alexander Shulgin and so on. I don't know if it's for them as a person, maybe at least partially because these people also seemed like beautiful humans, but definitely for their absence of existence.

    On the flip side, my grandmother died last summer. I live on a different continent and have only spent about 8 months of my entire life with her, mainly before the age of 14 (I'm in my late 20's now), so I didn't really know who she was and to be honest, I felt nothing when she died, beyond what I felt for my mother who lost her mother.

    Mourning is context-dependent but always valid.

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  13. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    Ooh yes, you're filling in the gaps where I was struggling to articulate my thoughts. I used the word "environment" to generalize these social spaces and "social engineering" to generalize urban...

    Ooh yes, you're filling in the gaps where I was struggling to articulate my thoughts. I used the word "environment" to generalize these social spaces and "social engineering" to generalize urban development (since the latter does have such an effect on how we form communities and interact with others and the environment).

    I do hope Tildes is designed in a way where it won't go to shit in 10 years. I think we have plenty of counterexamples to learn from, though.

    Thanks for your well-articulated thoughts.

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  14. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    Idk if I agree with that, that sounds more along the lines of crude "hacking" and targeted manipulation. Social engineering can function on communities and societies, too.

    Idk if I agree with that, that sounds more along the lines of crude "hacking" and targeted manipulation. Social engineering can function on communities and societies, too.

  15. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    I'm referring to top-heaviness being bad in the same context as what hereticalgorithm said about Facebook. I think bottom-up organization is always best. But it only works of there is active...

    I'm referring to top-heaviness being bad in the same context as what hereticalgorithm said about Facebook. I think bottom-up organization is always best. But it only works of there is active engagement by everyone. It's unfortunate that the extremes are always the loudest. I think this is also what happens with large groups - the mainstream today is generally extremism/reactionaries. on both ends

    I'm in full support of free markets of ideas. If fucked up niches want to exist, so be it. Thay is the shadow side of humanity. There is a lot worse out there then groups dedicated to fat haters. Furthermore, it can be contained and avoided, instead of having no outlets and infecting other groups. Assuming that these groups don't grow out of hand, which I don't think is likely if we accept most people are good. For Tildes, I've seen quite a bit of user-lead moderation (just people calling out each other on shitty replies) which is exactly the kind of engagement we need to promote.

    In the words of my friend, this is the "collective sanity".

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  16. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    So basically we're in a cult of cognitive manipulation lead/engineered by @Deimos ;) But hey, I'm all down for reasonable people making decisions for everyone else in the interest of efficiency...

    So basically we're in a cult of cognitive manipulation lead/engineered by @Deimos ;)

    But hey, I'm all down for reasonable people making decisions for everyone else in the interest of efficiency and maximum benefit to all. I'm not really a fan of democracy anyways, let alone moderator oligarchies (unless I'm one of them, of course).

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  17. Comment on Are certain message boards like Tildes, Reddit etc. social engineering? in ~talk

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    Yea, I'm with you in your conclusions. There's a nature-nurture balance that ought not to be disturbed by third parties (e.g. shareholders) if we our objective is to benefit the users. And I've...

    Yea, I'm with you in your conclusions. There's a nature-nurture balance that ought not to be disturbed by third parties (e.g. shareholders) if we our objective is to benefit the users. And I've been impressed with the quality of Tildes so far (though admittedly, it's still a clos d group). I'm probably going to start donating, since money is still a necessity.

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  18. The active development of Tildes and the feedback/discussions about features and mechanisms had me thinking. Is the conscious design and moderation of forums for public discourse a manner of...

    The active development of Tildes and the feedback/discussions about features and mechanisms had me thinking. Is the conscious design and moderation of forums for public discourse a manner of social engineering?

    I know the connotation of social engineering is usually negative, as in manipulating people for politics. But it's a double edged sword.

    Most recently I was reading this feedback on removing usernames from link topics and while reading the comments I was thinking of how meta this all is. It's meta-meta-cognition in that we (well, by far the actual developers) are designing the space within which we execute our discourse and thinking. To paraphrase the above example: user identification can bias one's own impulse reaction to content, either to a beneficial or detrimental end, so how do we want this?

    The moderation-influenced scenario is a bit more tricky because it can become too top-heavy, as in one prominent example many of us came from recently... But I think with a balance of direction from the overlords (jk, there is also public input as mentioned) and the chaos of natural public discourse, you could obtain an efficient environment for the exchange of ideas.

    I'm not sure what my stimulating question would be for you all, so just tell me what you think.

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  19. Comment on Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 in ~news

  20. Comment on What is your first-hand experience with the "Dunning–Kruger effect"? in ~talk

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    Oh man I love that book, such a creative work!

    Oh man I love that book, such a creative work!