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

literally anything.
greedy comical hall associate
  08/20/17
where was it, what sort of people did you see, anything inte...
aromatic wine milk
  08/20/17
it was at some shitty house all the nerds lived in adjacent ...
greedy comical hall associate
  08/20/17
...
Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe
  08/20/17
what sort of jobs did they have?
aromatic wine milk
  08/20/17
majority were STEM phd students or post docs, one MD flunkie...
greedy comical hall associate
  08/20/17
lol at the self awareness here
Frum adventurous brethren corner
  08/21/17
some skinny nerdlet with long hair and a huge baldspot who w...
passionate chestnut place of business parlour
  09/29/17
...
arousing twisted foreskin school
  12/31/17
...
mildly autistic elastic band
  01/01/18
Why didn't you take a run at the Polish chick?
Contagious Pontificating Market
  09/29/17
Probably tried and failed.
Lime Hairraiser Casino Laser Beams
  01/02/18
That's the obvious explanation for why he followed them to g...
Well-lubricated Tantric Prole
  01/04/18
...
cowardly transparent heaven patrolman
  01/20/19
Correct.
greedy comical hall associate
  01/20/19
i've encountered groups of people like this and it seems acc...
rusted goyim
  12/29/17
Lmao IRL LARPing as an unhinged pumo Well done
Bright apoplectic stage kitty cat
  12/31/17
...
ebony cracking senate chad
  12/31/17
Lmao
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  01/01/18
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glassy kitchen tattoo
  06/01/19
Yeah, they're nerds, but you come off pretty shitty in this ...
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  01/01/18
spin, ratfucks
Salmon Cuckold Location
  01/01/18
think i'm pretty open-minded towards things.
greedy comical hall associate
  01/01/18
flaunting your career success is pure faggotry though
Disgusting vivacious deer antler
  06/06/19
...
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  01/02/18
"I was a little too cool for them all (I am) " ...
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  01/02/18
...
Lime Hairraiser Casino Laser Beams
  01/03/18
and yet
Vibrant cuckoldry feces
  01/20/19
...
Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe
  03/18/18
how many ugly jews are you in a polypillowfight relationship...
histrionic indirect expression immigrant
  08/20/17
...
Fishy Seedy Haunted Graveyard Stage
  08/20/17
...
Canary high-end voyeur
  08/21/17
...
cowardly transparent heaven patrolman
  01/20/19
male to female ratio
tan appetizing site community account
  08/20/17
approx 15:2 or 15:3
greedy comical hall associate
  08/20/17
does the "two or three" depend on how you count th...
Jet Persian
  09/24/17
...
sienna galvanic ceo
  12/31/17
...
glassy kitchen tattoo
  06/01/19
How big is your penis?
Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe
  08/20/17
a good "medium" sized cock, not too thin, just rig...
greedy comical hall associate
  08/20/17
"Manageable"?
Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe
  08/20/17
...
cowardly transparent heaven patrolman
  12/29/17
...
greedy comical hall associate
  08/20/17
was this in the era when Yudkowsky was the most prominent pu...
aromatic wine milk
  08/20/17
reminder: Scott Alexander has compared these sad meetups to ...
histrionic indirect expression immigrant
  08/21/17
Lol
Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe
  08/21/17
...
Jet Persian
  09/24/17
...
medicated white chapel blood rage
  09/24/17
...
cowardly transparent heaven patrolman
  12/29/17
canít stop laughing at this
cerise public bath national security agency
  12/31/17
...
arousing twisted foreskin school
  12/31/17
...
Bright apoplectic stage kitty cat
  12/31/17
lmfao
Stirring field newt
  12/31/17
...
Well-lubricated Tantric Prole
  01/04/18
...
cowardly transparent heaven patrolman
  01/20/19
...
dark preventive strike
  03/04/19
lol
flirting alpha
  06/01/19
lol but think about how dumb some of the athenians and flore...
Disgusting vivacious deer antler
  06/06/19
...
domesticated lilac keepsake machete
  11/06/23
DESCRIBE their thoughts on Mensa.
sienna galvanic ceo
  09/24/17
So it's shitlib nerds, not reddit alt-right incels?
Crystalline halford
  09/24/17
yes, a very exotic breed of advanced lib nerd, more gentle a...
greedy comical hall associate
  09/29/17
...
greedy comical hall associate
  12/29/17
...
aromatic wine milk
  12/29/17
on a scale of 1-10 rate the average attendee's fear of AI si...
sick unholy hissy fit
  12/31/17
Them: 10 Me: 2
greedy comical hall associate
  01/01/18
spin, ratfucks
Salmon Cuckold Location
  01/01/18
...
Garnet Stead
  11/06/23
so you didn't stay for the cuddle pile?
aromatic wine milk
  01/03/18
cuddle puddle*
greedy comical hall associate
  01/03/18
WTF is a cuddle puddle
Bright apoplectic stage kitty cat
  01/03/18
...
greedy comical hall associate
  12/01/18
...
Vibrant cuckoldry feces
  01/20/19
What is LessWrong? Never heard of it
drunken aqua nursing home
  01/20/19
https://www.lesswrong.com/
Haunting hot garrison
  01/20/19
Last year I spent an extended period in the Bay Area for job...
Jet Persian
  03/04/19
...
greedy comical hall associate
  03/04/19
the comment thread is really something special. it's just a ...
Jet Persian
  03/04/19
Except there is this other person I know, a long time local ...
Saffron church new version
  06/01/19
"queer-as-fuck person" would be a great moniker, b...
Saffron church new version
  06/01/19
lmao @ SneerClub shitlibs trying desparately to blame ration...
Sticky selfie
  06/01/19
...
cowardly transparent heaven patrolman
  06/01/19
To be clear, this is something I had to think about to come ...
concupiscible double fault mad cow disease
  05/31/19
bro you should really link the reddit post you're copy/pasti...
Sticky selfie
  06/06/19


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Date: August 20th, 2017 5:29 AM
Author: greedy comical hall associate

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: aromatic wine milk

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe



(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: aromatic wine milk

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Frum adventurous brethren corner

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: passionate chestnut place of business parlour

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: arousing twisted foreskin school



(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: mildly autistic elastic band



(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: Contagious Pontificating Market

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: Lime Hairraiser Casino Laser Beams

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: Well-lubricated Tantric Prole

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: cowardly transparent heaven patrolman



(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: greedy comical hall associate

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: rusted goyim

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: Bright apoplectic stage kitty cat

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: ebony cracking senate chad



(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: maroon theater stage pervert

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: glassy kitchen tattoo



(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: fantasy-prone drab potus

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: Salmon Cuckold Location

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Disgusting vivacious deer antler

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: Lime Hairraiser Casino Laser Beams



(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: Razzle-dazzle smoky dilemma pocket flask

"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: Lime Hairraiser Casino Laser Beams



(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: Vibrant cuckoldry feces

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: Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe



(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: histrionic indirect expression immigrant

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: Fishy Seedy Haunted Graveyard Stage



(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: Canary high-end voyeur



(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: cowardly transparent heaven patrolman



(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: tan appetizing site community account

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Jet Persian

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: sienna galvanic ceo



(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: glassy kitchen tattoo



(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: Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe

"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: cowardly transparent heaven patrolman



(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: greedy comical hall associate



(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: aromatic wine milk

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: histrionic indirect expression immigrant

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: Blathering puce meetinghouse sweet tailpipe

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: Jet Persian



(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: medicated white chapel blood rage



(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: cowardly transparent heaven patrolman



(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: cerise public bath national security agency

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: arousing twisted foreskin school



(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: Bright apoplectic stage kitty cat



(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: Stirring field newt

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: Well-lubricated Tantric Prole



(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: cowardly transparent heaven patrolman



(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: dark preventive strike



(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: flirting alpha

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: Disgusting vivacious deer antler

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: November 6th, 2023 7:32 AM
Author: domesticated lilac keepsake machete



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#47024352)



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Date: September 24th, 2017 5:18 AM
Author: sienna galvanic ceo

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: Crystalline halford

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: greedy comical hall associate



(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: aromatic wine milk



(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: sick unholy hissy fit

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Salmon Cuckold Location

spin, ratfucks

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



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Date: November 6th, 2023 7:34 AM
Author: Garnet Stead



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3706564&forum_id=2#47024360)



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Date: January 3rd, 2018 7:15 PM
Author: aromatic wine milk

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: greedy comical hall associate

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: Bright apoplectic stage kitty cat

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: greedy comical hall associate



(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: Vibrant cuckoldry feces



(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: drunken aqua nursing home

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: Haunting hot garrison

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: Jet Persian

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: greedy comical hall associate



(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: Jet Persian

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: Saffron church new version

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: Saffron church new version

"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: Sticky selfie

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: cowardly transparent heaven patrolman



(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: concupiscible double fault mad cow disease

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: Sticky selfie

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)