About Me

“If we cannot take joy in things that are merely real, our lives will always be empty.”
Eliezer Yudkowsky

My name is Chana Messinger. I care a lot about rationality and thinking well, and also effective altruism and doing well. I’m always happy to hear about new ideas, new arguments and new evidence. Current top interests: effective education, cognitive and emotional habits, levels of conversation and argumentative nuance.

I was also the president of the University of Chicago’s Secular Alliance from Fall 2011 to Spring 2013, I spoke at the 2011 and 2013 Secular Student Alliance National Conferences, interned for the Foundation Beyond Belief in the summer of 2012, was an invited panelist at Skepticon V and spoke at the 2013 Chicago Skepticamp Conference. I’m happy to speak more, so get in touch with me!

I graduated in 2013 from the University of Chicago with a degree in mathematics. I am currently a high school mathematics teacher in Pittsburgh.

You can contact me at themerelyreal@gmail.com.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Julian R. says:

    Hi Chana!
    Just wanted to let you know that your lesswrong link is broken. I think you accidentally added your own domain.

  2. Anonymous says:


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