Introductions

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Filly
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Re: Introductions

Post by Filly » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:24 am

Hello, I'm Filly. I mainly lurk on SCC, Lesswrong, and SCC Discord. Currently studying Computer Science, minor Philosophy.
I've a long list of halftrained skills and mastery of nothing in particular, making it sometimes awkward to talk in a community of intellectuals like this.
As a rather unique trait, I'm also familiar with a few niche communities of "insight-porn" appeal, like personality cafe, tulpamancy, a few magic systems, psychonauts, hypnosis, etc.
I struggle with motivation, goalsetting, and memory.
I hope to one day be useful to the rationality community in some way, but have yet to find a niche.

Raininginsanity
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Re: Introductions

Post by Raininginsanity » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:59 am

You sound like my type! I'm halfway competent in 10 things, and a master of none. My bet is that this is common in the rationalist community. Mostly because of what you mention afterwards
I struggle with motivation, goalsetting, and memory.
In general, were intelligent and that means we like diverse areas. But we probably often don't ever commit to one.

This is a problem I'm actively thinking about. An app whose primary goal is to gather data on how to motivate people and then leverages that data? A rationalist sub-community and/or method to help rationalists keep to their goals? Not sure. There seems to not be an optimal way to motivate people, and that strikes me as a failure in the field of psychology rather than an innate impossible to overcome bug of biology.

Filly
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Re: Introductions

Post by Filly » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:40 am

While it may be common (and I'd bet it is), I suspect that the rationality community has a large share of those who master one or many things while dabbling. Thus generalists, rather than being more likely to know /something/ on a given topic than average, are instead unable to contribute much to the many small discussions of masters. That's the impression I've gotten anyhow, and is why I haven't done more than lurk prior to now.

As for motivation, it seems pretty well established that there is no silver bullet for motivation, but rather a collection of techniques for solving various possible subproblems. I would love a write up that addresses the topic and connects said subproblems to solutions, but the best I've found so far is https://mindlevelup.wordpress.com/2017/ ... tionality/ , and that's really more of a "wouldn't it be nice if someone made this sort of post, but in its entirety" than it is a full write-up. TBH, that post covers a lot of my opinions on the subject, but doesn't provide a solution to my current sticking point of motivation, namely identifying and singling out a worthwhile career/life goal.

archon
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Re: Introductions

Post by archon » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:40 am

Filly wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:40 am
While it may be common (and I'd bet it is), I suspect that the rationality community has a large share of those who master one or many things while dabbling. Thus generalists, rather than being more likely to know /something/ on a given topic than average, are instead unable to contribute much to the many small discussions of masters. That's the impression I've gotten anyhow, and is why I haven't done more than lurk prior to now.
Yeah, it does seem like that somethings - Scott has actually mentioned that - I think he said it was hard to remember that the community is composed of many experts in specific domains, rather than being a single amorphous mass which is better than him at basically everything.

(Also Hi, I am yet another person who is kinda a generalist.)

It also occurs to me that all of the generalist-type computer science nerds (Me included) are probably more specialised than we notice - computer science is pretty obscure outside its own domains. These communities are just really biased towards it. Maybe that's a factor.

I think it might also be because rationalism is marked by a love of knowledge - its a very meta-study. So you get lots of people who learn a lot, rather than sit down and take ten years to master a skill.

I'm just throwing theories out there. (And derailing the intro thread. Sorry).

In reference to the original post - I think a smaller community makes it easier to find a niche. So welcome, and I look forward to hearing stuff from you.
"Don't be silly -- if we were meant to evolve naturally, why would God have given us subdermal implants?"

Regex
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Re: Introductions

Post by Regex » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:07 pm

Hey I'm Regex. Mechanical engineering major with a CS minor. Hopeful that I'll get a job in robotics after college.

Found Lesswrong through Friendship is Optimal in ~2015, and everything else through that. Used to hang out on the Lesswrong IRC, but have since been using the slack and various discord servers. I've neglected SSC except for a few articles and just read Unsong and The Northern Caves within the last two weeks.

I produce very little content, but I save and organize a lot of information that comes my way. Little tools and ideas. Unfortunately most of it is beyond my actual ability to implement, so I've thought a fair bit about how to obtain vast sums of money. The conclusion I've reached there is: it is a very hard problem.

Admittedly, I've never really been fond of forums. I'm not sure if this is just a weird aesthetic preference, or the lack of actual engagement with them. Strangely, reading the forum parts of The Northern Caves gave me a strange sense of longing for being a part of that forum, so... here I am.

I strongly suspect if we'd been using them as a community earlier we'd have had more productive discussions and deeper engagement with the ideas, and a repository to show new people. I'd love to see in depth discussion categorized by topic.

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