What are LessWrong’s thoughts on Venkatesh Rao, Gregory Rader, and Daniel Lemire?

Venkatesh Rao (who is amaz­ing be­cause he liter­ally con­stantly challenges our defi­ni­tions of ev­ery­thing):

http://​​www.quora.com/​​Venkatesh-Rao/​​Quora-Port­fo­lio-Year-1

http://​​www.quora.com/​​Venkatesh-Rao

http://​​www.rib­bon­farm.com/​​be-slightly-evil/​​

http://​​www.rib­bon­farm.com

Gre­gory Rader:

http://​​www.quora.com/​​Gre­gory-Rader

http://​​on­thes­pi­ral.com/​​

Daniel Lemire:

http://​​www.quora.com/​​Daniel-Lemire and http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​ are also su­per-su­per-su­per interesting

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I tried do­ing google searches of site:less­wrong.com + their names (or web­sites), but ended up with lit­tle. I’d like to see what LessWrong thinks of Rao in par­tic­u­lar. I have NEVER seen posts that were as amaz­ingly in­sight­ful as his. It’s worth it just to sac­ri­fice a day just to see all his amaz­ing posts. The oth­ers were also amaz­ing and re­ally make you think about ev­ery­thing.

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E.g. with Rao, you have

My fa­vorites:

http://​​www.quora.com/​​What-are-the-benefits-to-ob­tain­ing-a-PhD-in-the-field-of-Ed­u­ca­tion/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao?srid=0WH

http://​​www.rib­bon­farm.com/​​2010/​​05/​​19/​​in­tel­lec­tual-glut­tony/​​

http://​​www.rib­bon­farm.com/​​2011/​​04/​​07/​​ex­tro­verts-in­tro­verts-as­pies-and-codies

http://​​www.quora.com/​​What-ca­reers-or-in­dus­tries-are-the-most-mer­i­to­cratic/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao?srid=0WH

http://​​www.rib­bon­farm.com/​​2008/​​09/​​11/​​how-to-mea­sure-in­for­ma­tion-work

http://​​www.quora.com/​​What-are-some-tips-for-ad­vanced-writ­ers/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao

http://​​www.quora.com/​​Chil­dren/​​Why-do-some-hu­mans-not-want-chil­dren/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao

http://​​www.quora.com/​​What-is-the-best-way-to-mo­ti­vate-one­self-to-finish-a-PhD/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao

http://​​www.quora.com/​​His­tory/​​What-is-the-most-im­por­tant-hu­man-de­ci­sion-ever-made/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao

http://​​www.quora.com/​​Is-the-fol­low­ing-fol­lower-model-the-new-stan­dard-of-so­cial-con­nec­tion/​​an­swer/​​Venkatesh-Rao

http://​​www.quora.com/​​What-dis­ci­pline-spe­cific-prin­ci­ples-help-re­frame-ac­tivi­ties-so-as-to-provide-use­ful-in­sights-and-or-improvement

  1. “Pre­ma­ture op­ti­miza­tion is the root of all evil”—Knuth, com­puter science

  2. Never de­sign a law with the worst case in mind—law/​legislation

Rader:

http://​​on­thes­pi­ral.com/​​stop-wast­ing-time-and-effort-de­vel­op­ing-frag­ile-capabilities

http://​​on­thes­pi­ral.com/​​unify­ing-value-universe

http://​​on­thes­pi­ral.com/​​prin­ci­ples-dis­rup­tive-learn­ing-environments

Lemire:

http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​archives/​​2010/​​08/​​16/​​work­ing-long-hours-is-stupid

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2010/​​02/​​08/​​trad­ing-la­tency-for-qual­ity-in-research

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2009/​​09/​​14/​​how-things-change-cheaters-are-innovators

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2008/​​08/​​19/​​the-se­cret-to-in­tel­lec­tual-pro­duc­tivity/​​

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2010/​​01/​​13/​​the-fun­da­men­tal-prop­er­ties-of-com­put­ing/​​

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2007/​​12/​​05/​​for­mal-defi­ni­tions-are-less-use­ful-than-you-think/​​

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2007/​​11/​​19/​​di­rected-re­search-is-use­less/​​

http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​archives/​​2006/​​08/​​09/​​big-schools-are-not-longer-giv­ing-re­searchers-an-edge/​​

http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​archives/​​2011/​​06/​​23/​​prob­a­bil­ities-are-un­nec­es­sary-math­e­mat­i­cal-artifacts

http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​archives/​​2011/​​06/​​14/​​the-lan­guage-in­ter­preters-are-the-new-machines

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2009/​​08/​​01/​​why-i-hardly-ever-blog-about-my-on­go­ing-re­search/​​

http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​archives/​​2011/​​06/​​08/​​is-wikipe­dia-anti-intellectual

http://​​www.daniel-lemire.com/​​blog/​​archives/​​2008/​​06/​​05/​​why-pure-the­ory-is-wasteful

http://​​lemire.me/​​blog/​​archives/​​2011/​​06/​​06/​​why-i-still-program