I'm trying to save the world. Problem is, the world is really hard to save. So we've got to get clever.
I built an Effective Altruism community 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 many of my close friends this way. Then I trained my friends to expand the community and moved on to figuring out how to save the world.
"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 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 the economics of Medieval cooking, I'll sit in rapt attention and ask you a thousand questions. If you want to hear me explain something interesting, you can ask me about advanced communication protocols for humans.
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 and discussions 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.
"Even if you only whisper it to yourself, whisper it still: Tsuyoku naritai! I want to become stronger!"
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, practicing empathy skills with Nonviolent Communication, or analyzing my own communication patterns so I can teach them to others.
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. While helping them, I try to empathize with whatever's going on in their lives and also lightly tease them sometimes. 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.
Books: I really enjoy books that can teach me a new skill or give me a new perspective. My favorite recent book is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. I finished The Ethical Slut, so I'm moving on to the sequel, The Slutty Ethicist; they have an interesting take on population ethics.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Snow Crash, A Fire Upon the Deep, At the Mountains of Madness, The Last of the Mohicans, Le Petit Prince, War of the Worlds, The World According to Garp, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
Music: Do Make Say Think, Daft Punk, Fleetwood Mac, Girl Talk, Phoenix, Dave Brubeck, Modern Jazz Quartet, Iron and Wine, Iron Maiden, Jose Gonzales, Zoe Keating, Talking Heads, The Killers.
Tell me about that topic that you're itching to talk to people about. Whatever it is, I am very likely to be riveted.
Slate Star Codex, LessWrong, Effective Altruism, statistics, rationality, charity, economics, The Life You Can Save, Giving What We Can, econoblogosphere, Nonviolent Communication, Quantified Self, improv, Thinking Fast and Slow, Harry Potter and the Methods Of Rationality (HPMOR).