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Tim Urban Sep 12
. is about as big a thinker as they get. Here's how we can use rationality to do the most effective possible philanthropy.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @jeff60618
This term is part of the currently-80,000-word monster I'm working on. Currently grooming its hair and painting its nails and taking it to the gym to work off some of its obesity.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @mdavidallen
Yeah - it's about whether your views are your views as a product of the evolution of your own deep thinking or whether they're your views because someone else installed them in you.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @JarrodTrigleth
An independent thinker.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @mdavidallen
That's like someone who grows up somewhere, does some traveling and living in other places, and then decides that home is where the heart is. Doesn't qualify. An Intellectual Townie never even considers departing from their childhood indoctrination.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @waitbutwhy
Apparently "townie," the way I'm using it, is a Boston term, not universal. Wikipedia explains: Townie, a term used in the Greater Boston area to denote anyone who is a lifelong resident of a specific town, city, or neighborhood.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
New term: People who are raised by their family/community to hold certain political or religious beliefs and just automatically hold those beliefs for life (instead of independently assessing things as they grow up and forming their own conclusions) = Intellectual Townies
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Greg Lukianoff Dec 14
I'm excited to announce that my book w/ is now available for preorder on . A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to support . Please consider ordering it using today.
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Tim Urban Sep 2
Two intense forms of clueyness I didn't mention in my post on it: throwing a healthy house plant in the trash (bc you're moving or something) and empty restaurants, esp when they're decorated w all this careful thought. I've suffered through both this week
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Tim Urban Sep 1
Yesterday: the exterminator comes by the apartment for a routine visit and puts down some little glue ant catchers. Today:
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Tim Urban Aug 24
Replying to @waitbutwhy
(as for the odd actual question I asked... I didn't understand how a gas grill creates the spark that ignites the gas stream without an energy source)
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Tim Urban Aug 24
Whoops yeah thanks
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Brad Sams Aug 10
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Liv Boeree Aug 19
what if our whole situation right now is the result of a bored future computer scientist wondering "what would've happened if [random famous person] had been president?" and then firing up a bunch of historical earth simulations & we're just experiencing the trump one
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Tim Urban Aug 18
No one is better at explaining habits than . Can't wait to check this out.
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Fermat's Library Aug 18
10 factorial (10!) seconds is exactly 6 weeks
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Tim Urban Aug 6
When I was 7, I drove with my grandparents from Richmond to Hilton Head. An 8-hour drive—and after cruising along the whole time, with literally 10 minutes to go my grandfather pulled over at a rest area to nap. I was appalled. Little did I know how often I'd have to relive this.
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Tim Urban Aug 5
Thrilled about this.
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Fermat's Library Aug 4
A simple visual proof that: 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n = (n^2 + n)/2 🤓
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Tim Urban Jul 24
I'm all about inane YouTube videos. But 883 million here seems a little over the top.
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