❀ the cult of: ➥motivational speakers ➥life coaches ➥personal growth gurus ➥new-age charlatans ➥AWESOMENESS FEST

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Rationality: You'll practice many specific techniques (e.g. Fermi calculations, applying Bayes' theorem and cognitive biases to daily life, seeing how using fungibility can boost your goal achievement); develop a map of your rationality strengths and gaps; and learn how to continue learning rationality after the program.

Meanwhile, on some cars... (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

would really like to know how to apply Bayes' theorem to daily life. Would need a big lookup table for prior and conditional probabilities of real-life events.

raw feel vegan (silby), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

using fungibility can boost your goal achievement, cant wait

lag∞n, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i do want to say that the rationality people, while a little eccentric, have 100000x more actual stuff to offer than the awesomeness vendors featured in the main body of this thread

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

everyone has a cult that they're favorably inclined towards

Mordy, Monday, 30 April 2012 21:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

if you were forced to make a decision based SOLELY on the people, and NOT take in to consideration the accommodations, parties, or drugs, who would you rather spend a weekend with:

  • Burning Man people
  • Awesomeness Fest people

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Burning Man, without question

raw feel vegan (silby), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if those are separable

mh, Monday, 30 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, the people and the accommodations/location/parties/drugs

mh, Monday, 30 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

was going to say Burning Man immediately, but the ladies of Awesomeness Fest are pretty hot

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i dunno... i kicked it w/ a grip of burners last nite and i might have to pick awesomeness fest ppl

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure which group is more homogenous, though... your burner posse might not be indicative of the thing as a whole

mh, Monday, 30 April 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh that's a good point, burning man is literally 100's of times bigger than awesomeness fest

however there is def a type of person who you know who i'm talking about when i say "burners"

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

piscesx, Monday, 30 April 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel like awesomenessfest has a lot of people in hotel convention areas in chair watching awesome stuff on stage, whereas if you get tired of interacting or listening to burners you can ride your bike around the desert or w/e

mh, Monday, 30 April 2012 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

based SOLELY on the people, and NOT take in to consideration the accommodations, parties, or drugs

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Burning Man stereotypes are funny

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol shakey is a secret burner

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

idk if you can separate them, though! like, are we talking about the people they would be at these events, or the same random people just like, standing around in my living room?

mh, Monday, 30 April 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i'm talking about spending a weekend with either in a neutral setting

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

if it were burning man vs. awesomeness fest i'd prob pick burning man

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

everyone has a cult that they're favorably inclined towards

am hearing this to the tune of "everybody wants a rock to wind a piece of string around" jsyk

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hung out w/some Burning Man people and learned that they can stoke a wood-burning stove, roast some amazing chicken, and drink whiskey. Some of them had awesome stories and were hilarious and some of them were socially retarded. Just like ilx! I have another aquaintance who when asked about burning man told me about her lovers. So there's a down side, obv.

Meanwhile, on some cars... (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

if it were burning man vs. awesomeness fest i'd prob pick burning man

i am planning on going to both this year

J0rdan, Diddy (tpp), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

If there was any remaining uncertainty about the scumminess of Internet marketing

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/10/2984893/scamworld-get-rich-quick-schemes-mutate-into-an-online-monster

raw feel vegan (silby), Friday, 11 May 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Werner Erhard's first interview in two decades

The conversation drifts back to integrity and I want to know if seeing it as a factual rather than moral matter makes people behave worse. Surely, I suggest, most people act better when they are following inherited or religious values.
“I don’t buy that for one second. Godammit, Susie, do your research!”
He brings his fist down on to the table and I start to wonder who this Susie is, who makes him so cross.

(the writer's name is Lucy)

dell (del), Friday, 11 May 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.wernererhard.com/integrity.html

The mastery of life includes integrity. Integrity is the process of cleaning up the mess you made. We made a whole bunch of agreements and didn’t keep them. I said I wanted to be a chemist and never kept that agreement. I only made that agreement with myself, but I am very important in my life. So I have to get my agreement that it is alright to let that agreement go. Once I do that, the agreement ceases to exist. I start to look at the things that I agreed that I wanted to be, do and have, and find out that it’s all right not to be, do and have those now, and the agreements go.

I’ve also made some agreements with other people and I will have to handle those agreements. I’ll have to say to whomever I made the agreement, "Look, I made an agreement with you and what I’d like to do now is not to keep that agreement. I’d like to know what you need in order to be willing to accept that."

^^^this is from what is supposed to be the cutting edge of business ethics, according to Werner Erhard and Michael Jensen, and their acolytes

He's sick of the Swiss. He don't like em. (Austerity Ponies), Friday, 11 May 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love Werner. He's such an engaging lunatic.

Mordy, Friday, 11 May 2012 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is probably the best bit form the interview:

And then he says: “Look, I’m going to do something with you we do in the training. I’m going to ask you where you are, and you are going to say, ‘Here.’ ”

So we do this, and then he asks: “And you are always here, right?”

No, I say, I’ve never been here before. He looks annoyed.

“But you are here. Where you are, Lucy, this object you call Lucy, is here.”

I nod.

“And where Werner is, is there.”

I agree.

“You do see me, do you not? Where is Lucy-seeing-Werner happening?”

On the back of my retina, I say. He shakes his head.

“What you told me is your theory about seeing. I want to know where you seeing Werner is happening. Point.”

I duly point to my brain.

“You have no idea what’s in there, woman!” Erhard jabs an angry finger in my direction. “Godammit, Susie, your seeing Werner is happening where Werner is.”

He's sick of the Swiss. He don't like em. (Austerity Ponies), Friday, 11 May 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

amazing link, silby!!! still getting through it and the embedded videos but:

♆ (gr8080), Friday, 11 May 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

KLurker can you please start posting this on your fbook every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

♆ (gr8080), Friday, 11 May 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

fuck that verge article is amazing. really explains everything tbh

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Friday, 11 May 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

that fucken guy

am0n, Friday, 11 May 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

"It’s really critical," Keuilian says, "that you either go to these seminars or somehow find a way to penetrate their knowledge base because each of them are good at one thing. This is a pretty small community, Internet Marketing, a pretty weird subculture. Everybody knows each other, they all lean on each other’s strength to better their business, and we found that the common denominator amongst all these guys is they’re unemployable.”

[...]

“It’s the same learning disability," he continues. "They lose interest in things quickly. It was interesting to interview them and talk to them and say... you all have the same profile here. And as I see new, up-and-coming internet marketers coming into the industry, no matter what their niche is, they kind of fit into that.”

♆ (gr8080), Friday, 11 May 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

the whole article is just o_O
i liked this quote that comes before the "learning disability" part too:
"This is a pretty small community, Internet Marketing, a pretty weird subculture. Everybody knows each other, they all lean on each other’s strength to better their business, and we found that the common denominator amongst all these guys is they’re unemployable.”

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like this thread should be xposted to the current thread about psychopaths tbh

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

some of them for sure, but some seem delusional, stupid or possibly in some cases schizophrenic

Mordy, Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha true enough...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like this thread should be xposted to the current thread about psychopaths tbh

― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, May 11, 2012 3:03 PM (3 minutes ago)

solitary posts that etc

♆ (gr8080), Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

hahaa

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

“Are you ready to learn how to build massive lists and bullet-proof launches?” he bellows at the crowd. Not interested? How about “super-targeted, geo-local pay-per-click?”

I hope they aren't charging by the hyphen.

lol

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

found this while looking for bohannon songs

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

When I was in high school I thought it would be cool to start a cult and rake in suckers' money, but the huge flaw in the plan was always that I'd have to be able to keep a straight face while shoveling all the pulled-from-my-ass dogma. Plus, I'd have to spend all my time in the company of people who genuinely believed what I knew to be utter bullshit. So I have a weird kind of respect for these people, because they're much better at that stuff than I could ever be. Either that or they believe their own bullshit, in which case...I guess I pity them while envying them the money they've made?

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

i always have a brief pavlovian buckle-my-mental-saftey-belt reaction when i see this thread get bumped

♆ (gr8080), Sunday, 24 June 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Her "passion" looks to me like a highly uncomfortable itch.

Aimless, Sunday, 24 June 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

mindvalley changed my life

hardhouse banter (tpp), Sunday, 24 June 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.authenticbusinessrevolution.com/

Odd Spice (Eazy), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Learn from the World’s Top Leading Authentic Experts

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.rebeccamatias.com/

pvmic bellvm (goole), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink


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