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I went to a LessWrong meetup once. Ask me questions about it.

literally anything.
Chocolate love of her life
  08/20/17
where was it, what sort of people did you see, anything inte...
Tan ticket booth gay wizard
  08/20/17
it was at some shitty house all the nerds lived in adjacent ...
Chocolate love of her life
  08/20/17
...
Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman
  08/20/17
what sort of jobs did they have?
Tan ticket booth gay wizard
  08/20/17
majority were STEM phd students or post docs, one MD flunkie...
Chocolate love of her life
  08/20/17
lol at the self awareness here
Cracking Bonkers Degenerate State
  08/21/17
some skinny nerdlet with long hair and a huge baldspot who w...
Green Hairraiser Azn
  09/29/17
...
trip flirting keepsake machete
  12/31/17
...
Underhanded private investor
  01/01/18
Why didn't you take a run at the Polish chick?
Racy Coiffed Newt Whorehouse
  09/29/17
Probably tried and failed.
gold library
  01/02/18
That's the obvious explanation for why he followed them to g...
Cowardly pervert native
  01/04/18
...
claret lay friendly grandma
  01/20/19
Correct.
Chocolate love of her life
  01/20/19
i've encountered groups of people like this and it seems acc...
Bat Shit Crazy Immigrant
  12/29/17
Lmao IRL LARPing as an unhinged pumo Well done
charcoal milk son of senegal
  12/31/17
...
Translucent mentally impaired national macaca
  12/31/17
Lmao
Bespoke temple quadroon
  01/01/18
...
brindle bipolar mexican goyim
  06/01/19
Yeah, they're nerds, but you come off pretty shitty in this ...
mewling mischievous institution genital piercing
  01/01/18
spin, ratfucks
French appetizing place of business
  01/01/18
think i'm pretty open-minded towards things.
Chocolate love of her life
  01/01/18
flaunting your career success is pure faggotry though
Cruel-hearted Toilet Seat
  06/06/19
...
gold library
  01/02/18
"I was a little too cool for them all (I am) " ...
embarrassed to the bone opaque lodge
  01/02/18
...
gold library
  01/03/18
and yet
Lavender Liquid Oxygen
  01/20/19
...
Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman
  03/18/18
how many ugly jews are you in a polypillowfight relationship...
Rambunctious submissive shrine coffee pot
  08/20/17
...
Geriatric hell
  08/20/17
...
Nighttime glassy station travel guidebook
  08/21/17
...
claret lay friendly grandma
  01/20/19
male to female ratio
bronze sickened pozpig point
  08/20/17
approx 15:2 or 15:3
Chocolate love of her life
  08/20/17
does the "two or three" depend on how you count th...
Motley volcanic crater
  09/24/17
...
Galvanic site
  12/31/17
...
brindle bipolar mexican goyim
  06/01/19
How big is your penis?
Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman
  08/20/17
a good "medium" sized cock, not too thin, just rig...
Chocolate love of her life
  08/20/17
"Manageable"?
Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman
  08/20/17
...
claret lay friendly grandma
  12/29/17
...
Chocolate love of her life
  08/20/17
was this in the era when Yudkowsky was the most prominent pu...
Tan ticket booth gay wizard
  08/20/17
reminder: Scott Alexander has compared these sad meetups to ...
Rambunctious submissive shrine coffee pot
  08/21/17
Lol
Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman
  08/21/17
...
Motley volcanic crater
  09/24/17
...
exhilarant yellow plaza philosopher-king
  09/24/17
...
claret lay friendly grandma
  12/29/17
canít stop laughing at this
Yapping unholy school rigpig
  12/31/17
...
trip flirting keepsake machete
  12/31/17
...
charcoal milk son of senegal
  12/31/17
lmfao
doobsian stag film
  12/31/17
...
Cowardly pervert native
  01/04/18
...
claret lay friendly grandma
  01/20/19
...
fishy circlehead
  03/04/19
lol
Spruce indecent home
  06/01/19
lol but think about how dumb some of the athenians and flore...
Cruel-hearted Toilet Seat
  06/06/19
DESCRIBE their thoughts on Mensa.
Galvanic site
  09/24/17
So it's shitlib nerds, not reddit alt-right incels?
Twisted community account
  09/24/17
yes, a very exotic breed of advanced lib nerd, more gentle a...
Chocolate love of her life
  09/29/17
...
Chocolate love of her life
  12/29/17
...
Tan ticket booth gay wizard
  12/29/17
on a scale of 1-10 rate the average attendee's fear of AI si...
Provocative Deer Antler Organic Girlfriend
  12/31/17
Them: 10 Me: 2
Chocolate love of her life
  01/01/18
spin, ratfucks
French appetizing place of business
  01/01/18
so you didn't stay for the cuddle pile?
Tan ticket booth gay wizard
  01/03/18
cuddle puddle*
Chocolate love of her life
  01/03/18
WTF is a cuddle puddle
charcoal milk son of senegal
  01/03/18
...
Chocolate love of her life
  12/01/18
...
Lavender Liquid Oxygen
  01/20/19
What is LessWrong? Never heard of it
Dark Telephone
  01/20/19
https://www.lesswrong.com/
olive laughsome corner
  01/20/19
Last year I spent an extended period in the Bay Area for job...
Motley volcanic crater
  03/04/19
...
Chocolate love of her life
  03/04/19
the comment thread is really something special. it's just a ...
Motley volcanic crater
  03/04/19
Except there is this other person I know, a long time local ...
territorial pisswyrm wagecucks
  06/01/19
"queer-as-fuck person" would be a great moniker, b...
territorial pisswyrm wagecucks
  06/01/19
lmao @ SneerClub shitlibs trying desparately to blame ration...
Very tactful pea-brained rehab
  06/01/19
...
claret lay friendly grandma
  06/01/19
To be clear, this is something I had to think about to come ...
Carmine pistol
  05/31/19
bro you should really link the reddit post you're copy/pasti...
Very tactful pea-brained rehab
  06/06/19


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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:29 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

literally anything.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030014)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:30 AM
Author: Tan ticket booth gay wizard

where was it, what sort of people did you see, anything interesting happen, etc

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030015)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:38 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

it was at some shitty house all the nerds lived in adjacent to an ivy league campus.

there were around 15 people, all white except maybe one person, very nebbish and unkempt and nerdy looking, one or two girls, one of which was very fuckable if you're into the crazy eyed polish nerd look (I am).

when I first got there, I introduced myself to the polish chick, acted like I was a little too cool for them all (I am) and leaned chil-ly against a wall observing mostly. some skinny nerdlet with long hair and a huge baldspot who was something of a leader there was welcoming people and said to me "what makes YOU interesting?" in an aggressive way. thought about punching him in the face and breaking his glasses but didn't, so i just ignored him and walked away.

they talked about science and artificial intelligence stuff, lots of Elon Musk cock-sucking going on, and how we need to buy malaria nets for africans for some reason. Every single one of them believes that robots are going to take over the planet and kill humans (with no evidence to back it up) and they need to figure out how to protect people or something. extremely autistic.

we then went down into the basement where they had lots of beanbag chairs and listened to some armenian jewwy looking guy explain some computer science algorithms and talk about formulas. another dude talked about the possibility of long distance space travel and rocket/antimatter engine design, which was genuinely interesting for about 3 minutes.

one really awkward fat blonde faggot wanted to talk about cuddle puddles and initiating social contact and how it was hard for "us", i was cringing internally and felt like running, but no one else was obviously weirded out.

did i mention there was some small dude wearing a skirt and everyone acted like it was completely normal? clown world.

we then went out for bubble tea and gook food where i aggressively flaunted my career success relative to the loserish nerds there, and I spent some time talking to a guy who used to be in my field, who seemed kind of chill despite his clear asperger syndrome, and he told me to come back next time, I said I would, but I never did.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030022)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:40 AM
Author: Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030023)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 6:21 AM
Author: Tan ticket booth gay wizard

what sort of jobs did they have?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030081)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 6:35 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

majority were STEM phd students or post docs, one MD flunkie working on a PhD, a couple unemployed NEETs, a computer programmer or two

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030087)



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Date: August 21st, 2017 12:26 PM
Author: Cracking Bonkers Degenerate State

lol at the self awareness here

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34037455)



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Date: September 29th, 2017 12:59 PM
Author: Green Hairraiser Azn

some skinny nerdlet with long hair and a huge baldspot who was something of a leader there was welcoming people and said to me "what makes YOU interesting?"

thought of this today out of nowhere and lolled

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34325343)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:18 PM
Author: trip flirting keepsake machete



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049397)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:50 AM
Author: Underhanded private investor



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055328)



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Date: September 29th, 2017 2:37 PM
Author: Racy Coiffed Newt Whorehouse

Why didn't you take a run at the Polish chick?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34326035)



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Date: January 2nd, 2018 11:12 AM
Author: gold library

Probably tried and failed.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35062573)



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Date: January 4th, 2018 9:00 AM
Author: Cowardly pervert native

That's the obvious explanation for why he followed them to get bubble tea.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35078288)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 1:13 AM
Author: claret lay friendly grandma



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37624552)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 8:50 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

Correct.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37625252)



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Date: December 29th, 2017 3:34 AM
Author: Bat Shit Crazy Immigrant

i've encountered groups of people like this and it seems accurate. no offense but you seem like a gigantic faggot though

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35032424)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:21 PM
Author: charcoal milk son of senegal

Lmao IRL LARPing as an unhinged pumo

Well done

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049414)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:22 PM
Author: Translucent mentally impaired national macaca



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049418)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:52 AM
Author: Bespoke temple quadroon

Lmao

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055349)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 5:43 AM
Author: brindle bipolar mexican goyim



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38323256)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:44 AM
Author: mewling mischievous institution genital piercing

Yeah, they're nerds, but you come off pretty shitty in this story. You're gonna miss out on a lot of experiences with that closed mindedness.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055295)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:46 AM
Author: French appetizing place of business

spin, ratfucks

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055304)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:46 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

think i'm pretty open-minded towards things.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055309)



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Date: June 6th, 2019 9:04 AM
Author: Cruel-hearted Toilet Seat

flaunting your career success is pure faggotry though

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38348028)



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Date: January 2nd, 2018 9:06 AM
Author: gold library



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35061995)



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Date: January 2nd, 2018 11:15 AM
Author: embarrassed to the bone opaque lodge

"I was a little too cool for them all (I am) "

you're an XO poaster

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35062593)



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Date: January 3rd, 2018 5:04 PM
Author: gold library



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35073600)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 1:12 AM
Author: Lavender Liquid Oxygen

and yet

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37624543)



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Date: March 18th, 2018 10:08 PM
Author: Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35634650)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:32 AM
Author: Rambunctious submissive shrine coffee pot

how many ugly jews are you in a polypillowfight relationship with

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030016)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:33 AM
Author: Geriatric hell



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030019)



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Date: August 21st, 2017 6:30 AM
Author: Nighttime glassy station travel guidebook



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34035914)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 1:14 AM
Author: claret lay friendly grandma



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37624556)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:33 AM
Author: bronze sickened pozpig point

male to female ratio

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030018)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:40 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

approx 15:2 or 15:3

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030024)



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Date: September 24th, 2017 5:06 AM
Author: Motley volcanic crater

does the "two or three" depend on how you count the small dude wearing a skirt?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34282724)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 11:34 AM
Author: Galvanic site



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35048996)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 5:44 AM
Author: brindle bipolar mexican goyim



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38323258)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:34 AM
Author: Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman

How big is your penis?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030020)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:41 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

a good "medium" sized cock, not too thin, just right, not in your face and aggressive, but definitely not a dainty little pissclit

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030025)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:43 AM
Author: Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman

"Manageable"?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34030027)



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Date: December 29th, 2017 3:21 AM
Author: claret lay friendly grandma



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35032390)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 3:05 PM
Author: Chocolate love of her life



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34031769)



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Date: August 20th, 2017 3:14 PM
Author: Tan ticket booth gay wizard

was this in the era when Yudkowsky was the most prominent public face of rationalism, or was this in the current Scott Alexander era?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34031802)



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Date: August 21st, 2017 1:42 AM
Author: Rambunctious submissive shrine coffee pot

reminder: Scott Alexander has compared these sad meetups to being part of Athens at its apex, renaissance Florence, etc.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34035486)



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Date: August 21st, 2017 6:31 AM
Author: Arrogant Chestnut Black Woman

Lol

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34035917)



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Date: September 24th, 2017 5:07 AM
Author: Motley volcanic crater



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34282725)



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Date: September 24th, 2017 5:43 AM
Author: exhilarant yellow plaza philosopher-king



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34282740)



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Date: December 29th, 2017 3:21 AM
Author: claret lay friendly grandma



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35032391)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:12 PM
Author: Yapping unholy school rigpig

canít stop laughing at this

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049351)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:19 PM
Author: trip flirting keepsake machete



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049399)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:21 PM
Author: charcoal milk son of senegal



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049417)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 1:55 PM
Author: doobsian stag film

lmfao

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049971)



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Date: January 4th, 2018 9:06 AM
Author: Cowardly pervert native



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35078311)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 1:14 AM
Author: claret lay friendly grandma



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37624559)



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Date: March 4th, 2019 8:31 PM
Author: fishy circlehead



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37879174)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 1:37 AM
Author: Spruce indecent home

lol

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38323033)



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Date: June 6th, 2019 9:06 AM
Author: Cruel-hearted Toilet Seat

lol but think about how dumb some of the athenians and floren-whatevers must have been though.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38348039)



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Date: September 24th, 2017 5:18 AM
Author: Galvanic site

DESCRIBE their thoughts on Mensa.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34282731)



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Date: September 24th, 2017 5:35 AM
Author: Twisted community account

So it's shitlib nerds, not reddit alt-right incels?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34282737)



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Date: September 29th, 2017 1:16 PM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

yes, a very exotic breed of advanced lib nerd, more gentle and unintimidating compared to your average lib- these ones know they have no social cachet to pressure you into doing anything

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#34325458)



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Date: December 29th, 2017 3:13 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35032368)



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Date: December 29th, 2017 3:23 AM
Author: Tan ticket booth gay wizard



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35032397)



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Date: December 31st, 2017 12:39 PM
Author: Provocative Deer Antler Organic Girlfriend

on a scale of 1-10 rate the average attendee's fear of AI singularity apocalypse. then, rate your own

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35049560)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:15 AM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

Them: 10

Me: 2

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055153)



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Date: January 1st, 2018 11:48 AM
Author: French appetizing place of business

spin, ratfucks

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35055321)



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Date: January 3rd, 2018 7:15 PM
Author: Tan ticket booth gay wizard

so you didn't stay for the cuddle pile?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35074529)



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Date: January 3rd, 2018 7:36 PM
Author: Chocolate love of her life

cuddle puddle*

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35074699)



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Date: January 3rd, 2018 9:21 PM
Author: charcoal milk son of senegal

WTF is a cuddle puddle

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#35075579)



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Date: December 1st, 2018 9:15 PM
Author: Chocolate love of her life



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37334265)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 1:06 AM
Author: Lavender Liquid Oxygen



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37624500)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 1:09 AM
Author: Dark Telephone

What is LessWrong? Never heard of it

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37624526)



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Date: January 20th, 2019 9:03 AM
Author: olive laughsome corner

https://www.lesswrong.com/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37625280)



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Date: March 4th, 2019 5:48 PM
Author: Motley volcanic crater

Last year I spent an extended period in the Bay Area for job interviews. Since I am a long time lesswrong reader I decided I would take an opportunity to visit with rationalist events while I was in town.

What did I think I would find at rationalist events?

I might have guessed discussions about using monte carlo methods for estimating probabilities in complex situations. Maybe discussions about adjusting policy to behave in more logically consistent ways. Perhaps reviews of neat research in behavioral economics and even gossip about dangerous machine intelligence ‚óĒ_‚óĒ.

But, in my experience, this is not what these meetups were for. These things presumably get discussed sometimes but only off in corners with those few who were really interested.

A sampling of headlines from regular rationalist events includes:

Group cooking

Meditation

Singing and supper

Board games

Movie night

My experience is that out there 'rationalist' appears to be primarily a social identity for (aspiring) wealthy young sexually-liberal intellectuals.

There is little discussion about Rationality seemingly because there is not much for community participants to do and say that advances a coherent cause in a way that an 'environmental' group might. But if some participants had substantial experience in statistics, game theory, or formal decision making I did not see it.

REACH is a meeting space for rationalists in Berkeley (lovely except it smells like a well used college dorm). The only seating available there is a set of sad couches which can only take five or so without stacking. We were forced to stack.

Other events were crammed into tiny bay area homes and apartments.

Because of this it is impossible to participate in these venues without being forced into awkward physical contact with others and without overhearing highly personal gossip.

Public displays of affection were common at events I attended, so were all manner of other highly intimate and unprofessional behavior including passing people around to sit on each others laps, massages, frequent hugging, dress adjusting, hand-holding, "head scratching", lewd comments, and touching my hair. At one get together it appeared that some guests left to go have sex elsewhere in the house during the event. At least they did not ask me to come with :-P but I did not feel like it would have been scandalous if they had.

I doubt it is an accident these meetup activities feel like recommended activities for casual dates. Reading, needlepoint, gardening, and couponing would be just fun as off-topic 'church events', but would not work so well for dates. One event had a intro section of intensely personal questions which probably came from some speed-dating site.

These meetups seem to largely act as a hookup scouting venue for the majority polyamorious intellectuals and their friends. "Rat adjacent", wonderful dog-whistle. What I thought was just an odd fringe of online rationality turns out to be central to in-person rationality.

(Polyamorious mostly appeared to be code for polygynous because the predominant power relationship appeared to be a tech employed male and multiple much younger economically dependent women.) [CALLING BULLSHIT ON THAT PART -ed.]

At these meetups "polyamorious by default" seems to have undermined the normal social structures which separate sexual relationships from professional and hobby interest. Letting it be known I was married did not seem to discourage them from (politely) hitting on me, embarking on an unwanted monologue about the advantages of polyamory, or inviting me to live with them while my partner looked for employment remotely (wow!). These advances, which also included unsolicited physical contact were flattering (but unwelcome) and I was not traumatized by them or afraid for my safety. But they resulted in an awkward conversation with my spouse which I would have rather not had. Nor was this behavior confined to a few "bad apples" (nor 'autism') but was highly normalized, witnessed by others and not remarked on. People I met universally seemed friendly and interesting (if somewhat amusingly naive). But they also seemed to have no personal boundaries, awareness, and odd expectations about acceptable conduct. Although everyone (?) in attendance was technically an adult (ignoring some participants' young kids) yet there appeared to be no "adult supervision". I assume everyone uninterested in these activities has quickly run away unless they were completely oblivious.

I would not have been surprised and made to feel so uncomfortable by the conduct if my visit was to a group for "rationalist singles".

After reflection I do not believe this is focus dilution from community growth. The few names in the rationalist community I recognized also participated in/lead the same activities. I think if they want to discuss rationality the best place to do it is online. At physical meetups their main interest is finding interesting persons to physically contact (ahem).

This prevalence of nominal polyamory creates an environment were everyone is assumed to be available and where I found it challenging to deflect interest without constant effort and risk of insult. I also felt an undertone of "anyone in a committed relationship is in need of 'help' to improve their rationality". It felt gross, not cute.

In my experience their events were largely a relationship-finding group substantially populated by a very sexually progressive (to state it politely) population, but they were operated under a banner of meeting for purposes unrelated to relationships and sex.

This mismatch of expectations generates drama.

I can not imagine this community becoming more about either instrumental or epistemological rationality because few participants seemed to have much interest in either, except rather shallowly ("Gosh wasn't that an interesting article?" "You betcha"). Nor can I imagine it changing to adopt more honest labeling since even in the open minded Bay Area thinking we are spending our evenings with "our singles/swinging group" will not make us feel very high status compared to "our rationality meetup".

https://www.reddit.com/r/SneerClub/comments/avu24t/the_bay_area_rationalist_community_can_not_escape/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37878096)



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Date: March 4th, 2019 8:25 PM
Author: Chocolate love of her life



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37879145)



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Date: March 4th, 2019 9:29 PM
Author: Motley volcanic crater

the comment thread is really something special. it's just a shitlib zoo in there:

https://www.reddit.com/r/SneerClub/comments/avu24t/the_bay_area_rationalist_community_can_not_escape/ehk8ra1/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#37879463)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 1:54 PM
Author: territorial pisswyrm wagecucks

Except there is this other person I know, a long time local kinkster -- they're non-binary, a bit of a fixture in our local queer kink community. They are -- well, I've always pick up some pretty bad vibes from them. Plus, it's not just me. They have a bit of a "broken staircase" reputation, but they never quite cross the line.

They really don't. As much as I'd love to see them called out, they never quite cross the line. People warn about them, but no one can really justify doing anything that sticks.

But they're gross. There is something there, and it has nothing to do with heteropatriarchy (or whatever). They're a queer, enby AFAB, who preys on scene newbs, mostly baby-transes.

Short version: I know a couple who embodies het-normative kink behavior, and who both seem like solid folks. I know a queer-as-fuck person, who is an expert on kink/feminist/queer lingo, but who is an almost-abuser. Accusing the latter of being "heteropatriarchal" would be laughable. It's something else.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38324370)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 1:55 PM
Author: territorial pisswyrm wagecucks

"queer-as-fuck person" would be a great moniker, btw

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38324377)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 2:06 PM
Author: Very tactful pea-brained rehab

lmao @ SneerClub shitlibs trying desparately to blame rationalists for textbook LGBT predatory behavior. i mean they're not wrong in that there appears to a great deal of creepy sex shit in IRL rationalist communities, but it appears to have much more to do with the sex-positive and LGBT friendly part of rationalism rather than the part that is willing to hear out right wingers if they are willing to present arguments for their views with some amount of decorum

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38324410)



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Date: June 1st, 2019 1:43 AM
Author: claret lay friendly grandma



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38323041)



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Date: May 31st, 2019 11:00 PM
Author: Carmine pistol

To be clear, this is something I had to think about to come up with. I generally find the rat community to be friendly, welcoming, interesting, and safe.

I’ve had exactly one mildly weird incident a couple years ago (guy put his finger in my mouth in a cuddle party without asking), and nothing since. Last year, I accidentally ended up sharing a bunkbed in a private room with a male stranger in a group house for a few nights. I wasn’t apprehensive about it, and the dude was totally cool. I know other people can’t say this and that’s also real and important, but I gotta insist that this has been a really nice community for me.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38322584)



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Date: June 6th, 2019 8:28 PM
Author: Very tactful pea-brained rehab

bro you should really link the reddit post you're copy/pasting here

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#38351308)