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"Are you passionate about something no one would ever be passionate about?"


I hate the word 'passionate' in job adverts. It's usually attached to the most inane nonsense.

I'm currently filling in an application that asks "Are you passionate about improving data quality?"

No I'm not! Who would be?
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I hate the word 'passionate' in job adverts. It's usually attached to the most inane nonsense.

I'm currently filling in an application that asks "Are you passionate about improving data quality?"

No I'm not! Who would be?
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No one is going to have passion for what I do. If they do then something is wrong with them. It doesn't save lives and it's not creative. At best, it's good for people who enjoy organization and classification.

But if you are really OCD, you won't like it since things keep changing and it's a moving target. Information is also often lacking to really be accurate. And I'm always correcting other people's errors, sometimes repetitive errors which drives me nuts. I often find my own idiotic errors. Sometimes soon after I made the error, sometimes a month later, sometimes several months later.
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I think sometimes people literally brainwash themselves into believing they're passionate about things they have to do. If you're going to be doing it for ages and you have no choice, you might as well believe you're enjoying it.

Imagine doing nothing but making french fries for 4 hours and hating every minute of it. You almost have to believe there's some greater purpose to it beyond earning pocket change.

Imagine people who work in factories overseas. If you ever get curious and take things apart you can see that some things are made mostly by machine but some things definitely have the human touch. Imagine doing nothing but putting hair dryers together all day every day and being required to act like you're happy about it. What kind of mentality would you need to stay sane if you did that for 10 years straight?

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No one is going to have passion for what I do. If they do then something is wrong with them. It doesn't save lives and it's not creative. At best, it's good for people who enjoy organization and classification.

But if you are really OCD, you won't like it since things keep changing and it's a moving target. Information is also often lacking to really be accurate. And I'm always correcting other people's errors, sometimes repetitive errors which drives me nuts. I often find my own idiotic errors. Sometimes soon after I made the error, sometimes a month later, sometimes several months later.

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"Are you passionate about something no one would ever be passionate about?"

Most of the things I'm passionate about seem to fall into this category. My hobbies include designing my own form of psychotherapy, inventing a new subgenre of fiction, and undermining the values of contemporary civilization. Of the three, only the last seems at all popular.

I think it's silly for companies to expect that kind of passion about their products or services. If someone told me they were passionate about customer service during an interview I'd assume they were lying and trying to manipulate me into giving them a job. Which, incidentally, means they'd probably be good at sales. No one is passionate about customer service because people are *******s. But the best way to sell wheelbarrows to *******s is to hire an ******* to sell them.

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Imagine doing nothing but making french fries for 4 hours and hating every minute of it. You almost have to believe there's some greater purpose to it beyond earning pocket change.
The person who makes french fries for 4 hours is literally feeding people, pretty much the most basic human need, and is contributing in direct easy to see ways to the happiness of countless faces that pass by the drive thru window. They have a purpose. It's bankers and middle managers and marketing people and bitcoin traders and the rest of the leeches who exist only to skim profit from others -- those are the ones who have no greater purpose.

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I hate the word 'passionate' in job adverts. It's usually attached to the most inane nonsense.

I'm currently filling in an application that asks "Are you passionate about improving data quality?"

No I'm not! Who would be?
lol seriously it says that on the application? *facepalm*

Hey similar subject, I used to be a manager at a lumber yard, and one time I was looking through applications people had sent in, I was hiring for a part time yard position, anyway this kid filled an application out and it was covered with ketchup and mustard. I was like "WTF?" I called him in for an interview just for the laughs, but he ended up working great out there. The ketchup and mustard ended up being because he was working at Mcdonalds when he was filling it out. guess he was passionate eh?

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I'm into sexology so I talk a lot about it in a few places online. One person I talk to is also in contact with professional sexologists (despite not being qualified really, such is his level of interest in certain understudied areas.) Some of the stuff we talk about is very controversial and I'm upset with some of the political agendas that some professional sexologists take on.

Most people I talk to are quite autistic and this is clearly a special interest for some of them. I wouldn't say this is a super uncommon area of interest, but to be into it to the extent I am might be hence why most people I talk to are diagnosed autistic or if not would probably fall into the broad autism phenotype if taking relevant tests. One person I talk to is actually currently studying a completely different subject at university level which must take up a lot of time, and yet is in this one chatroom daily for a considerable amount of time, and on reddit talking about stuff and creating surveys. Most of these are related to one particular topic that he's interested in which I am also interested in, but I'm also interested in most things related to sexology and psychology.

I talk to a bunch of self identified rationalists so I've started discovering more of that community's content too, but I wouldn't say I'm part of it (or trying to be, cultishness freaks me out at a point, having said that I don't read lesswrong atm I've mostly read a few other bloggers) and like... I'm not that intelligent lol. Some of these people are just.. Way above my level.

I'm not really sure how this happened tbh since I basically never talk to people but about a year ago I was researching some stuff and got invited to a chatroom via reddit and then ended up in more chatrooms.

I'm also really into music but that's really common. (listening mostly though I have experimented a tiny bit with music creation/production and briefly self teaching certain instruments, also briefly took cello lessons and went to music school as a kid but learnt very little and these were only breif periods before the age of 10 since anxiety and other stuff got in the way at the time.)

I'm also quite into fantasy and mythology and stuff like that and gender related stuff (which overlaps with sexology.)

I've had many other interests over the years too though (they kind of wax/wane.) I tend to mash up my different stuff so I like reading about sexological stuff in past cultural contexts, and connecting it to mythology, also like reading about androgyny and representations of it in mythology, and I also have read a bunch of stuff about Japanese media and fanworks (a previous special interest of mine was Japanese language + culture,) in connection with sexology or gender. Like this sort of thing. And since I tend to be into fandom generally I also read people's takes on sexology topics related to Western fandom as well.

That's why a lot of my posts here are about these topics. I think people mistake enthusiastic interest for knowledge/intelligence sometimes though which is a bit awkward since there's a lot I don't know about all the topics I'm interested in.

I sort of learnt to not talk too much about stuff in real life, because it bugs people after a while when you make everything about your interests. I'm quite self conscious about how obsessed I seem about certain things, even here though I don't bother filtering here too much. As you can see from the fact that I wrote out this long post that isn't 100% connected to your OP. :P

But yeah, I can guarantee that someone probably is passionate about that topic and about any topic, and that a lot of them will probably be diagnosed autistic lol (autistic people can develop the most obscure interests at times and become completely obsessed with whatever they happen to be into.) But certain stuff is almost always going to be considered boring and interviewers know this but expect you to lie anyway and I really don't like that.

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If you're passionate about technology, you can make a lot of money being an expert in your field. That is, unless you suffer from SAD, in which case, you're screwed.

Actually, being passionate about some area of study is the secret to success in any field.

I watched a video last night by a professor who studies the use of propaganda and writes books about it. He lectures and goes on talk shows expounding on his theories. He's probably making a lot of money doing that.

Look at all these political pundits on TV. Some of them are making a fortune... 10s of millions of dollars a year. They're passionate about politics.

I've often wished I was passionate about something. I was going to become an "expert" on databases a while back but lost interest for some reason.

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I'm into sexology so I talk a lot about it in a few places online. One person I talk to is also in contact with professional sexologists (despite not being qualified really, such is his level of interest in certain understudied areas.) Some of the stuff we talk about is very controversial and I'm upset with some of the political agendas that some professional sexologists take on.

Most people I talk to are quite autistic and this is clearly a special interest for some of them. I wouldn't say this is a super uncommon area of interest, but to be into it to the extent I am might be hence why most people I talk to are diagnosed autistic or if not would probably fall into the broad autism phenotype if taking relevant tests. One person I talk to is actually currently studying a completely different subject at university level which must take up a lot of time, and yet is in this one chatroom daily for a considerable amount of time, and on reddit talking about stuff and creating surveys. Most of these are related to one particular topic that he's interested in which I am also interested in, but I'm also interested in most things related to sexology and psychology.

I talk to a bunch of self identified rationalists so I've started discovering more of that community's content too, but I wouldn't say I'm part of it (or trying to be, cultishness freaks me out at a point, having said that I don't read lesswrong atm I've mostly read a few other bloggers) and like... I'm not that intelligent lol. Some of these people are just.. Way above my level.

I'm not really sure how this happened tbh since I basically never talk to people but about a year ago I was researching some stuff and got invited to a chatroom via reddit and then ended up in more chatrooms.

I'm also really into music but that's really common. (listening mostly though I have experimented a tiny bit with music creation/production and briefly self teaching certain instruments, also briefly took cello lessons and went to music school as a kid but learnt very little and these were only breif periods before the age of 10 since anxiety and other stuff got in the way at the time.)

I'm also quite into fantasy and mythology and stuff like that and gender related stuff (which overlaps with sexology.)

I've had many other interests over the years too though (they kind of wax/wane.) I tend to mash up my different stuff so I like reading about sexological stuff in past cultural contexts, and connecting it to mythology, also like reading about androgyny and representations of it in mythology, and I also have read a bunch of stuff about Japanese media and fanworks (a previous special interest of mine was Japanese language + culture,) in connection with sexology or gender. Like this sort of thing. And since I tend to be into fandom generally I also read people's takes on sexology topics related to Western fandom as well.

That's why a lot of my posts here are about these topics. I think people mistake enthusiastic interest for knowledge/intelligence sometimes though which is a bit awkward since there's a lot I don't know about all the topics I'm interested in.

I sort of learnt to not talk too much about stuff in real life, because it bugs people after a while when you make everything about your interests. I'm quite self conscious about how obsessed I seem about certain things, even here though I don't bother filtering here too much. As you can see from the fact that I wrote out this long post that isn't 100% connected to your OP. :P

But yeah, I can guarantee that someone probably is passionate about that topic and about any topic, and that a lot of them will probably be diagnosed autistic lol (autistic people can develop the most obscure interests at times and become completely obsessed with whatever they happen to be into.) But certain stuff is almost always going to be considered boring and interviewers know this but expect you to lie anyway and I really don't like that.
Ironically, people with autism probably wouldn't get the job.

Talking about making everything about our interests; I've realised that when I talk to the one person in the last 5 years I consider a friend, we mostly seem to talk about Star Trek and Star Wars. I worry that she gets bored with it, but maybe that's why we get along so well. That and I think we are both the kind of person who tends to focus on one person to get to know well, to the exclusion of other people.

You should play some Bioware games if you haven't already. Someone could write a thesis about sex in those games.

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If you're passionate about technology, you can make a lot of money being an expert in your field. That is, unless you suffer from SAD, in which case, you're screwed.

Actually, being passionate about some area of study is the secret to success in any field.

I watched a video last night by a professor who studies the use of propaganda and writes books about it. He lectures and goes on talk shows expounding on his theories. He's probably making a lot of money doing that.

Look at all these political pundits on TV. Some of them are making a fortune... 10s of millions of dollars a year. They're passionate about politics.

I've often wished I was passionate about something. I was going to become an "expert" on databases a while back but lost interest for some reason.
Being passionate about a subject is one thing. Having the personality to engage other people is another. I've sometimes toyed with the idea of doing Let's Play videos on YouTube. But I know I don't have the personailty for it.
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I think sometimes people literally brainwash themselves into believing they're passionate about things they have to do. If you're going to be doing it for ages and you have no choice, you might as well believe you're enjoying it.

Imagine doing nothing but making french fries for 4 hours and hating every minute of it. You almost have to believe there's some greater purpose to it beyond earning pocket change.

Imagine people who work in factories overseas. If you ever get curious and take things apart you can see that some things are made mostly by machine but some things definitely have the human touch. Imagine doing nothing but putting hair dryers together all day every day and being required to act like you're happy about it. What kind of mentality would you need to stay sane if you did that for 10 years straight?
making french fries has a purpose though, you are offering people a customer service experience and offering them food. You can smile to yourself at how many people's day you brigthened

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I am passionate about exploring the nature of consciousness, and how physical experience morphs into emotional experience.
ahh me too but it is very unfortunate that there isnt really any work related to that area. Except psychology, but i dont think i could bite my tongue through so many years of hearing people's problems lol. But yeah exploration of consciosuness is a great thing to do in your free time, and it is very rewarding and carries great importance. Because after all, what is more important in our realm of existence then our very sentience itself?

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ahh me too but it is very unfortunate that there isnt really any work related to that area. Except psychology, but i dont think i could bite my tongue through so many years of hearing people's problems lol. But yeah exploration of consciosuness is a great thing to do in your free time, and it is very rewarding and carries great importance. Because after all, what is more important in our realm of existence then our very sentience itself?

You're right that virtually nothing is known about the inner workings of consciousness. Theories and philosophical thought abound though.



One theory that I find interesting is that consciousness is the result of a phase change, like water turning into ice or vapor, depending on the temperature. I feel that electrical signals originating in millions of sensors throughout the body become information when they are associated with memories stored in a person's brain.



When information reaches a certain density, via numerous associations with remembered events, it undergoes a phase change into conscious information.



I think that a great experiment (not feasible with current technology)would be to set up a large Markhov neural network, and feed this neural net a recording of the electrical signals of all of the sensory experience that an X year old person has had, and the resulting outgoing electrical signals from the brain to the body. That way the deep net could learn what an X year old experiences and how they react. If the neural net reacts to new input signals the same way that the X year old might have reacted, we might have recreated the X year old's consciousness.

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You're right that virtually nothing is known about the inner workings of consciousness. Theories and philosophical thought abound though.



One theory that I find interesting is that consciousness is the result of a phase change, like water turning into ice or vapor, depending on the temperature. I feel that electrical signals originating in millions of sensors throughout the body become information when they are associated with memories stored in a person's brain.



When information reaches a certain density, via numerous associations with remembered events, it undergoes a phase change into conscious information.



I think that a great experiment (not feasible with current technology)would be to set up a large Markhov neural network, and feed this neural net a recording of the electrical signals of all of the sensory experience that an X year old person has had, and the resulting outgoing electrical signals from the brain to the body. That way the deep net could learn what an X year old experiences and how they react. If the neural net reacts to new input signals the same way that the X year old might have reacted, we might have recreated the X year old's consciousness.
Thats an interesting theory, i havent thought about that. I am more of a believer in consciousness originating from all matter or from certain networks of matter, especially from neural networks of matter. But i guess what you mean is that consciousness sort of originates from a home so to speak or from a headquarters, although i don't know of much information to back that. It would be great if some kind of study carried out would point to how it all worked or something.



Yeah maybe everything is subconscious or something, and undergoes a phase change into consciousness when it reaches a certain level of information association.



Yeah that would be interesting huh, to recreate a form of neural network and to test for any similarities in its behaviour to a sentient biologically brain. I think if they had some huge funds and technological advances along with some brilliant minds then they probably could find some suitable/substantial theory for the origins of consciousness. Too bad the damn governemnts wasting their money on global domination and the lockheed martin project and all this bull**** instead of things that actually matter.
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