Irrelevant for most people on lesswrong.com. You see, people here are male, heterosexual, fat, and autistic—unable to get into a romantic situation unless extremely rich.
Is there a particular reason you linked to a blog instead of the actual story? How much money did you net from that decision?
What about the gamma function is bad? Is it the offset relation to the factorial?
Uh, how is e^(pi*i) = 1 lame?
I don’t see myself with ten fingers as a posthuman anyway.
Has anybody else wished that the value of the symbol, pi, was doubled? It becomes far more intuitive this way—this may even affect uptake of trigonometry in school. This rates up with declaring the electron’s charge as negative rather than positive.
Yes, I’m aware of that template of jokes. That doesn’t take away the confusion with multiple women, or the connection to slavery. I don’t think steven0461 meant it literally—I assume this person is likely the typical overweight nerd without much luck with woman. It was clever, though.
Well, yes, it is meant to mean “elite”. There are several variations of it, though.
Good point. I admit to being confused by the use of “suck” and singularity. But certainly—a dystopian singularity will leave perhaps nothing to laugh at.
Perhaps it is wrong to use the same digit to refer to separate letters. 133+ is OK, 1337 is OK, but 7337 seems to break that criteria. Point noted.
I’m not sure, here. Notice I didn’t go for the group-think label (even though apparently I got downvoted much as the original reply got upvoted). Humor will be more relevant post-singularity, but it seems somewhat orthogonal to rationality. Pedantry would be indicating grammar issues—it’s entirely possible steven0461 has multiple female human animals as slaves.
Voted down. Rationally, your statement indicates you presently have multiple women—I’m doubting the truth of that. Your name indicates (with reasonable probability) that you are male—which increases the misogynistic nature of the comment. It’s disappointing that this comment reached so high.
It looks like you say:
“To that end, I want to start off by considering some comfortable examples, where someone else is the butt of the joke, and then consider examples which might make you more uneasy.”
This is before you mention software development. Software developers are over-represented in general on the internet, and I sort of glazed over and wondered if I was back on Reddit/digg/slashdot/… .
I’m curious—I was under the impression that lesswrong.com was a community dedicated to rationality. Some may be like your father—good at math, but bad at navigating computers. Why did you assume that people on this site are computer oriented?
How was it? Did you manage to extend your talk with some questions?
Would love to see the video. It would be great to see what can be done.
With regards to Karma, it could be equal up and down. This is less likely if you were checking it. Digg allows you to view plus and minus karma counts separately, for one.