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

literally anything.
Spruce Forum
  08/20/17
where was it, what sort of people did you see, anything inte...
Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship
  08/20/17
it was at some shitty house all the nerds lived in adjacent ...
Spruce Forum
  08/20/17
...
Domesticated canary national black woman
  08/20/17
what sort of jobs did they have?
Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship
  08/20/17
majority were STEM phd students or post docs, one MD flunkie...
Spruce Forum
  08/20/17
lol at the self awareness here
Stirring Hell
  08/21/17
some skinny nerdlet with long hair and a huge baldspot who w...
Bronze dashing market
  09/29/17
...
self-centered whorehouse
  12/31/17
...
vivacious olive library
  01/01/18
Why didn't you take a run at the Polish chick?
Histrionic Locus
  09/29/17
Probably tried and failed.
Honey-headed private investor
  01/02/18
That's the obvious explanation for why he followed them to g...
chest-beating shaky dragon
  01/04/18
...
wild garrison preventive strike
  01/20/19
Correct.
Spruce Forum
  01/20/19
i've encountered groups of people like this and it seems acc...
razzmatazz pisswyrm lettuce
  12/29/17
Lmao IRL LARPing as an unhinged pumo Well done
Motley Quadroon Piazza
  12/31/17
...
puce greedy death wish pervert
  12/31/17
Lmao
Electric area giraffe
  01/01/18
...
federal public bath
  06/01/19
Yeah, they're nerds, but you come off pretty shitty in this ...
mind-boggling insecure hunting ground
  01/01/18
spin, ratfucks
Well-lubricated People Who Are Hurt Temple
  01/01/18
think i'm pretty open-minded towards things.
Spruce Forum
  01/01/18
flaunting your career success is pure faggotry though
Rambunctious Anal Native Famous Landscape Painting
  06/06/19
...
Honey-headed private investor
  01/02/18
"I was a little too cool for them all (I am) " ...
Self-absorbed state
  01/02/18
...
Honey-headed private investor
  01/03/18
and yet
twinkling old irish cottage lay
  01/20/19
...
Domesticated canary national black woman
  03/18/18
how many ugly jews are you in a polypillowfight relationship...
Black fluffy filthpig mad cow disease
  08/20/17
...
comical stage scourge upon the earth
  08/20/17
...
Milky excitant roommate
  08/21/17
...
wild garrison preventive strike
  01/20/19
male to female ratio
multi-colored meetinghouse antidepressant drug
  08/20/17
approx 15:2 or 15:3
Spruce Forum
  08/20/17
does the "two or three" depend on how you count th...
territorial juggernaut theater
  09/24/17
...
Free-loading Candlestick Maker
  12/31/17
...
federal public bath
  06/01/19
How big is your penis?
Domesticated canary national black woman
  08/20/17
a good "medium" sized cock, not too thin, just rig...
Spruce Forum
  08/20/17
"Manageable"?
Domesticated canary national black woman
  08/20/17
...
wild garrison preventive strike
  12/29/17
...
Spruce Forum
  08/20/17
was this in the era when Yudkowsky was the most prominent pu...
Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship
  08/20/17
reminder: Scott Alexander has compared these sad meetups to ...
Black fluffy filthpig mad cow disease
  08/21/17
Lol
Domesticated canary national black woman
  08/21/17
...
territorial juggernaut theater
  09/24/17
...
Dun lascivious senate
  09/24/17
...
wild garrison preventive strike
  12/29/17
canít stop laughing at this
Cocky indian lodge
  12/31/17
...
self-centered whorehouse
  12/31/17
...
Motley Quadroon Piazza
  12/31/17
lmfao
razzle-dazzle step-uncle's house coldplay fan
  12/31/17
...
chest-beating shaky dragon
  01/04/18
...
wild garrison preventive strike
  01/20/19
...
Glassy provocative potus
  03/04/19
lol
nofapping brethren stock car
  06/01/19
lol but think about how dumb some of the athenians and flore...
Rambunctious Anal Native Famous Landscape Painting
  06/06/19
DESCRIBE their thoughts on Mensa.
Free-loading Candlestick Maker
  09/24/17
So it's shitlib nerds, not reddit alt-right incels?
thirsty boiling water principal's office
  09/24/17
yes, a very exotic breed of advanced lib nerd, more gentle a...
Spruce Forum
  09/29/17
...
Spruce Forum
  12/29/17
...
Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship
  12/29/17
on a scale of 1-10 rate the average attendee's fear of AI si...
Opaque Voyeur
  12/31/17
Them: 10 Me: 2
Spruce Forum
  01/01/18
spin, ratfucks
Well-lubricated People Who Are Hurt Temple
  01/01/18
so you didn't stay for the cuddle pile?
Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship
  01/03/18
cuddle puddle*
Spruce Forum
  01/03/18
WTF is a cuddle puddle
Motley Quadroon Piazza
  01/03/18
...
Spruce Forum
  12/01/18
...
twinkling old irish cottage lay
  01/20/19
What is LessWrong? Never heard of it
overrated walnut police squad corner
  01/20/19
https://www.lesswrong.com/
flatulent 180 sneaky criminal school
  01/20/19
Last year I spent an extended period in the Bay Area for job...
territorial juggernaut theater
  03/04/19
...
Spruce Forum
  03/04/19
the comment thread is really something special. it's just a ...
territorial juggernaut theater
  03/04/19
Except there is this other person I know, a long time local ...
Demanding Iridescent Menage
  06/01/19
"queer-as-fuck person" would be a great moniker, b...
Demanding Iridescent Menage
  06/01/19
lmao @ SneerClub shitlibs trying desparately to blame ration...
arousing brunch background story
  06/01/19
...
wild garrison preventive strike
  06/01/19
To be clear, this is something I had to think about to come ...
charismatic know-it-all love of her life
  05/31/19
bro you should really link the reddit post you're copy/pasti...
arousing brunch background story
  06/06/19


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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:29 AM
Author: Spruce Forum

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: Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship

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: Spruce Forum

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: Domesticated canary national 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: Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship

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: Spruce Forum

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: Stirring Hell

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: Bronze dashing market

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: self-centered whorehouse



(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: vivacious olive library



(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: Histrionic Locus

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: Honey-headed private investor

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: chest-beating shaky dragon

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: wild garrison preventive strike



(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: Spruce Forum

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: razzmatazz pisswyrm lettuce

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: Motley Quadroon Piazza

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: puce greedy death wish pervert



(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: Electric area giraffe

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: federal public bath



(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: mind-boggling insecure hunting ground

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: Well-lubricated People Who Are Hurt Temple

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: Spruce Forum

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: Rambunctious Anal Native Famous Landscape Painting

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: Honey-headed private investor



(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: Self-absorbed state

"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: Honey-headed private investor



(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: twinkling old irish cottage lay

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: Domesticated canary national 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: Black fluffy filthpig mad cow disease

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: comical stage scourge upon the earth



(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: Milky excitant roommate



(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: wild garrison preventive strike



(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: multi-colored meetinghouse antidepressant drug

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: Spruce Forum

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: territorial juggernaut theater

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: Free-loading Candlestick Maker



(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: federal public bath



(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: Domesticated canary national 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: Spruce Forum

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: Domesticated canary national 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: wild garrison preventive strike



(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: Spruce Forum



(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: Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship

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: Black fluffy filthpig mad cow disease

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: Domesticated canary national 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: territorial juggernaut theater



(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: Dun lascivious senate



(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: wild garrison preventive strike



(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: Cocky indian lodge

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: self-centered whorehouse



(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: Motley Quadroon Piazza



(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: razzle-dazzle step-uncle's house coldplay fan

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: chest-beating shaky dragon



(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: wild garrison preventive strike



(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: Glassy provocative potus



(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: nofapping brethren stock car

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: Rambunctious Anal Native Famous Landscape Painting

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: Free-loading Candlestick Maker

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: thirsty boiling water principal's office

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: Spruce Forum

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: Spruce Forum



(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: Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship



(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: Opaque Voyeur

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: Spruce Forum

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: Well-lubricated People Who Are Hurt Temple

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: Onyx Bateful Cruise Ship

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: Spruce Forum

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: Motley Quadroon Piazza

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: Spruce Forum



(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: twinkling old irish cottage lay



(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: overrated walnut police squad corner

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: flatulent 180 sneaky criminal school

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: territorial juggernaut theater

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: Spruce Forum



(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: territorial juggernaut theater

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: Demanding Iridescent Menage

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: Demanding Iridescent Menage

"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: arousing brunch background story

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: wild garrison preventive strike



(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: charismatic know-it-all love of her life

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: arousing brunch background story

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)