bayesian
61Berkeley, United States
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My self-summary
I'm married, and no longer very active here, but still interested in finding friends or secondary relationships here.

Interests: waterfalls, wildflowers, board/card games, cognitive science, economics, aspergers, positive psychology, futarchy, mind uploading, molecular nanotechnology, AI, schelling points, superrationality, evolutionary psychology, transhumanism, libertarian, cryonics, the singularity, prediction markets, seasteading/dynamic geography, being nude.

When the crowd in Life of Brian roars "We're all different!", I'm the one who responds "I'm not". Friends sometimes wonder what planet I'm from (I'm obviously part Vulcan).

I'm more interested in cuddling than in sex.

I avoid crowds (especially in noisy rooms - something about the way my attention works deters me from thinking well in these conditions), and prefer small group activities such as a hike with the SF Hiking Club (especially trips where I might see wildflower species that I haven't identified yet), or a card game or board game such as Kingdom Builder,Powergrid, Dominion, or the Great Dalmuti.

I typically do hikes in the 8-20 mile range. My favorite trails when the wildflowers are out have mixtures of meadows and trees, such as in Henry Coe or near Murietta Falls.

During the rainy season, I sometimes get obsessed with finding new waterfalls. Reading maps to find the unexplored creeks most likely to have a good waterfall is just the right amount of intellectual challenge to stimulate my mind. Even if I only find a few small ones, I get good scenery and exercise. When I find one that's twice as big as I'd hoped, I feel the kind of awe that I associate with first seeing the monolith in the movie 2001. But I sometimes find it hard to relate to people who complain that the bad weather has kept them indoors, when I'm wondering whether I have the energy to handle any more of this good weather.

I've spent a good deal of time researching how the human mind works both out of curiosity and a desire to improve myself. Two books that have helped me become a happier person are Authentic Happiness and Stumbling on Happiness.

If I retire, I hope to visit the far edge party, but I'll probably leave before it gets crowded enough to risk forming black holes.

I'm comfortable with poly relationships. I could probably be comfortable with monogamy as well, but the people I find interesting tend not to be monogamous.

If you like to hear white lies, I'm the wrong person for you.

If I haven't told you what you want to know about me, it's probably because I haven't figured out that you're interested in it rather than because I'm trying to hide anything. If in doubt, ask questions that are more specific (I'm less responsive to vague questions).

I am thoughtful, eccentric, and reliable
What I’m doing with my life
I've been trading stocks for most of my adult life, and I'm often unsure whether to consider it a hobby or a real job. I've been doing well enough recently that I don't have any plans to find a regular job. I was a programmer in two dot.com startups from 1995 through 1999. I enjoyed it initially when I was one of a small group of pioneers, but it got rather dull when it became a crowded mainstream occupation. I also was involved in a nanotech startup that was too ambitious to get funded.

My hobby/job leaves me with a good deal of time for reading (yet I'm so eager to buy more books that my stacks of unread books are on the verge of falling down).

I’m really good at
Cooking healthy food, thinking rationally and quantitatively, reading maps, finding obscure hiking trails, identifying wildflowers, resisting popular fads.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm shy.

That I often wear t-shirts with odd slogans.

Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Science fiction (Heinlein, Vinge, Bujold, Poul Anderson, Spider Robinson, Greg Egan, Earthweb), Watt-Evans, David Friedman, Stumbling on Happiness, The Nurture Assumption, The Mating Mind, Mind Children, Consciousness Explained, The Ascent of Mind, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, Engines of Creation, Causality, Baum's What is Thought?, Flynn's What is Intelligence, Lessig, Dying to Win, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR), The Institutional Revolution.

Blog: Overcoming Bias

Movies: Harvey, Rocketeer, Ruthless People, Life of Brian, Toys, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Gods Must Be Crazy, Kiss the Bride, Latter Days, Shortbus

Music: Vivaldi, Tom Lehrer.

Food: After many years of using willpower to avoid gaining weight, in April 2012 I switched to a diet that mostly resembles what hunter-gatherers ate, and now I eat what feels like large amounts of food without worrying about my weight (which is more stable than ever). My diet includes lots of sweet potatoes, onions, and moderate amounts of seafood and grass-fed beef.

I often experiment with unusual foods - recent examples include lobster mushrooms, salsify, and marula nuts. Some of my favorites are saskatoon berries, breadfruit stew, and durian jam.

I'm unwilling to give up sweet foods, so I've been experimenting with ways to cook with erythritol. I feel pride and satisfaction on the uncommon occasions when I serve food to people who appreciate both the taste and the health advantages of the food I cook.
Six things I could never do without
Oxygen, water, protein, fat, vitamins, and temperatures that stay within a fairly narrow range. It might also help if I could get a cure for aging, and a means of insuring that any AI that may be developed has goals which are compatible with my survival. It's a bit annoying that I'm so dependent on these needs. I hope technology will make me less fragile before too long.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to improve my mind. Where I want to go for my next hike. I probably spend too much time thinking about what I'll eat over the next few days.
On a typical Friday night I am
There's a 20% chance that I'm at a reading group, a 15% chance that I'm playing board games, a 2% chance that I'm camping in or near the sierras as part of a hiking trip, a 3% chance that I'm at a party, a 10% chance that I'm out somewhere else, and I guess that leaves a 50% chance that I'm home analyzing the day's stock market results or catching up on email.
You should message me if
You're interested in a hiking partner (especially if you're available for weekday hikes); or you want to play card or board games; or you enjoy cuddling; or we share many intellectual interests; or you see some other reason to think I would find you interesting (it's not like I'm in any danger of being overwhelmed by a large number of replies, and I'm not certain enough about what I want to establish any absolute litmus tests).

You should care enough about being healthy that you won't tempt me to eat more food with a high glycemic index.

I'd prefer that you live within driving distance of the bay area, and I'd prefer someone around my size, but I'm more flexible about those criteria than about my desire that you have an interesting mind.
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