"... A typical estimate is that global free migration would double global production."
I organize and lead Effective Altruism meetups where we eat snacks, socialize and discuss the best ways to do good in the world. We've talked about: meta-charities, the arguments for focusing on different areas (like animal welfare, 3rd world poverty and existential risks), and the importance of evidence of impact (yay Randomized Controlled Trials!). I've met several of my close friends this way.
"By our powers combined!"
I really like listening to people talk about the things that are important to them: their family, their projects and what's going on for them. I like to help people feel 'heard'. My friends and I are in the process of starting an intentional community where everyone knows each other, we have common space and the herd of kids can freely roam the plains. I used to live with my family, but that was a bit too quiet for me, so now I live with several of my friends. We cook each other meals, have an Official Brainstorming Protocol and make jokes about being an atheist in a world with literal gods.
My roommates regularly have me rolling around on the couch laughing hysterically. My humor varies between total deadpan, making cat noises and acting like a the daintiest princess you've ever met.
"Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from SCIENCE!"
If you tell me you know lots about traffic control science, the lifecycle of vampire algae, or immigrant-law enforcement communication or some other niche but significant topic, I'll probably ask you lots of questions about it and enjoy the heck out of your answers. If you want to hear me explain something interesting, you can ask me about the economics of tacos, strategies for communicating with empathy or cognitive biases and rationality.
My hobbies often involve math, diagrams, and academic articles. I'm writing an academic book chapter about a statistical library I develop for fun.
"my MBTI type is `the type of person who did some looking into it years ago and knows that the MBTI is neither particularly scientific nor particularly consistently applied` or, as it’s also called, INTJ"
I love books and articles that teach me something I can use, and my book learning often becomes part of my life. For example, I:
- Take vitamin D because I've read the Cochrane meta-analysis on vitamin D and mortality.
- Went from dressing in Khakis and a Polo shirt to dark jeans and a fitted shirt because I learned people judge you based on how you look (who knew?) and took time to develop that skill.
- Use spaced repetition to learn things because its the most efficient way to remember things.
"Man, I'm amazing! I'm a machine that turns FOOD into IDEAS!"
I'm always working on getting better in some way: getting tutored in proofs, building rationality skills, building a regular exercise habit, taking an improv class with my brother, or practicing empathy skills with Nonviolent Communication.
Bouldering is like solving math problems with your body, which I find very satisfying. I also love to dance to electronic music in my room in my underwear, and at my desk at work or at a party.
I give Homework Help at the library once a week to interact with kids more. I alternately try to empathize with the kids and tease them a lightly, and I think its fun when they tease me for being a nerd.
Direct, honest and empathic communication make life lovely. I'm a Sex Positive Feminist.