Against Lone Wolf Selfimprovement by cousin_it (lesswrong) – Lone wolf improvement is hard. Too many rationalists attempt it for cultural and historical reasons. Its often better to take a class or find a group.
Epistemic Laws Of Motion by SquirrelInHell – Newton’s three laws re-interpreted in terms of psychology and people’s strategies. A worked example using ‘physics’ to determine if someone will change their mind. Short and clever.
The Abyss Of Want by AellaGirl – The infinite regress of ‘Asking why’. Taking acid and ego death. You can’t imagine the experience of death. Coming back to life. Wanting to want things. Humility and fake enlightenment.
Irrationalityisintheeyeofthebeholder by João Eira (Lettuce be Cereal) – Is eating a chocolate croissant on a diet always irrational? Context, hidden motivations and the curse of knowledge.
The Power Of Pettiness by Sarah Perry (ribbonfarm) – “These emotions – pettiness and shame – are the engines driving epistemic progress” Four virtues: Loneliness, ignorance, pettiness and overconfidence.
How Can We Best Coordinate As A Community by Benn Todd (EA forum) – ‘Replaceability’ is a bad reason not to do direct work, lots of positions are very hard to fill. Comparative Advantage and division of labor. Concrete ways to boost productivity: 5 minute favours, Operations roles, Community infrastructure, Sharing knowledge and Specialization. EA Global Video is included.
My Current Thoughts On Miris Highly Reliable by Daniel Dewey (EA forum) – Report by the Open Phil AI safety lead. A basic description of and case for the MIRI program. Conclusion: 10% credence in MIRI’s work being highly useful. Reasons: Hard to apply to early agents, few researchers are excited, other approaches seem more promising.
Politics and Economics:
Scraps 3 Hoffer And Performance Art by Lou (samzdat) – Growing out of radicalism. Either economic and family instability can cause mass movements. why the left has adopted Freud. The Left’s economic platform is popular, its cultural platform is not. Performance art: Marina Abramović’s’ ‘Rhythm 0’. Recognizing and denying your own power.
Erisology Of Self And Will Representative Campbell Speaks by Everything Studies – An exposition of the “mainstream” view of the self and free will.
85 Is This The End Of Europe by Waking Up with Sam Harris – Douglas Murray and his book ‘The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam’.