Philosophy Vs Duck Tests by Robin Hanson – Focusing on deep structure vs adding up weak cues. If it looks like an x… More discussion of whether most people will consider ems people and/or conscious.
Erisology Of Self And Will: The Gulf by Everything Studies – “Part 4 will discuss some scientific disciplines with bearing on the self, and how their results are interpreted differently by the traditional paradigm vs. the scientific.”
More Giving Vs Doing by Jeff Kaufman – EA is moving far more money than it used to and the ramp up will continue. This means direct work has become relatively more valuable. Nonetheless giving money is still useful, capacity isn’t being filled. Jeff plans on earning to give based on his personal constraints.
Autonomy: A Search For A Measure Will Pearson (EA forum) – “I shall introduce a relatively formal measure of autonomy, based on the intuition that it is the ability to do things by yourself with what you have. The measure introduced allows you to move from less to more autonomy, without being black and white about it. Then I shall talk about how increasing autonomy fits in with the values of movements such as poverty reduction, ai risk reduction and the reduction of suffering.”
Uncertainty Smoothes Out Differences In Impact by The Foundational Research Institute – Many inside view evaluations conclude that one intervention is orders of magnitude more effective than another. Uncertainty significantly reduces these ratios.
Politics and Economics:
The Dark Arts Examples From The Harris Adams Debate by Stabilizer (lesswrong) – The author accuses Scott Adams of using various dark Arts: Changing the subject, Motte-and-bailey, Euphemisation, Diagnosis, Excusing, Cherry-picking evidence.
Cultural Studies Ironically Is Something Of A Colonizer by Freddie deBoer – An origin story for Writing Studies. The fields initial methodological diversity. Cultural studies took over the field, empirical work has been pushed out. Evidence that some cultural studies professors really do believe its fundamentally bigoted to do science and empirical research endangers marginalized students. The field has become insular.
Pretend Ask Answer by Ben Hoffman (Compass Rose) – A short dialogue about Patriarchy and the meaning of oppression. Defensive actions are often a response to bad faith from the other side. Its not ok to explicitly say you think your partner is arguing in bad faith.
Book Review Working Effectively With Legacy Code By Michael C Feathers by Eli Bendersky – To improve code we must refactor, to refactor we have to test, making code testable may take heroic efforts. “The techniques described by the author are as terrible as the code they’re up against.”
?p=3327 by Scott Aaronson – Is information physical a contentful expression? Why ‘physics is information’ is tautological. A proposed definition. Double slit experiment. Observation in Quantum Mechanics. Information takes up a minimum amount of space. Entropy. Information has nowhere to go.
88 Must We Accept A Nuclear North Korea by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “Mark Bowden and the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea.”
Podcast The World Needs Ai Researchers Heres How To Become One by 80,000 Hours – “OpenAI’s latest plans and research progress. Concrete Papers in AI Safety, which outlines five specific ways machine learning algorithms can act in dangerous ways their designers don’t intend – something OpenAI has to work to avoid. How listeners can best go about pursuing a career in machine learning and AI development themselves.”