Rational Feed


http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/p5n/instrumental_rationality_1_starting_advice/ – “This is the first post in the Instrumental Rationality Sequence. This is a collection of four concepts that I think are central to instrumental rationality-caring about the obvious, looking for practical things, practicing in pieces, and realistic expectations.” – Instrumental Rationality 1 Starting Advice by lifelonglerner (lesswrong)

https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/6hu8l8/the_fallacy_fork_why_its_time_to_get_rid_of/ – “The main thesis of our paper is that each and every fallacy in the traditional list runs afoul of the Fallacy Fork. Either you construe the fallacy in a clear-cut and deductive fashion, which means that your definition has normative bite, but also that you hardly find any instances in real life; or you relax your formal definition, making it defeasible and adding contextual qualifications, but then your definition loses its teeth. Your “fallacy” is no longer a fallacy.” – The Fallacy Fork Why Its Time To Get Rid Of by theFriendlyDoomer (r/SSC)


http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1bm/what_is_valuable_about_effective_altruism/ – Why should people join EA? The impersonal and personal perspectives. Tensions and synergies between the two perspectives. Bullet point conclusions for researchers, community leaders and normal members. – What Is Valuable About Effective Altruism by Owen_Cotton-Barratt (EA forum)

https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/update-on-sepsis-donations-probably-unnecessary/ – Sarah C had asked people to crowdfund a sepsis RCT. The trial will probably get funded by charitable foundations. Diminishing returns. Finding good giving opportunities is hard and talking to people in the know is a good way to find things out. – Update On Sepsis Donations Probably Unnecessary by Sarah Constantin (Otium)

Politics and Economics:

http://lettucebecereal.com/2017/06/14/greecegdpforecasting/ – Transforming the Data. Evaluating the Model with Exponential Smoothing, Bagged ETS and ARIMA. The regression results and forecast. – Greece Gdp Forecasting by João Eira (Lettuce be Cereal)


https://ai-alignment.com/approval-maximizing-representations-56ee6a6a1fe6 – Representing images. Manipulation representations. Iterative and compound encodings. Compressed representations. Putting it all together and bootstrapping reinforcement learning. – Approval Maximizing Representations by Paul Christiano

https://qualiacomputing.com/2017/06/18/connectome-specific-harmonic-waves-on-lsd/ – Transcript and video of a talk on neuroimaging the brain on LSD. “Today thanks to the recent developments in structural neuroimaging techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging, we can trace the long-distance white matter connections in the brain. These long-distance white matter fibers (as you see in the image) connect distant parts of the brain, distant parts of the cortex.” – Connectome Specific Harmonic Waves On Lsd by Qualia Computing


Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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