Brief Cautionary Notes On Branded Combination Nootropics by Scott Alexander – Many ‘Xbrain’ pills contain ineffectively low doses of ingredients. Nootropics, like many drugs, effect people differently; you need to isolate which nootropics work for you. Drug interactions are very poorly understood, even for well studied drugs.
Questions Are Not Just For Asking by Malcom Ocean (ribbonfarm) – Hazards of asking questions. Hold your Questions. Reveal your questions. Un-ask your questions. Question your questions. Using Questions to Organize Attention. Letting the question ask you; becoming the answer.
Multiverse Wide Cooperation Via Correlated Decision Making by The Foundational Research Institute – “If we care about what happens in civilizations located elsewhere in the multiverse, we can superrationally cooperate with some of the their inhabitants. That is, if we take their values into account, this makes it more likely that they do the same for us. In this paper, I attempt to assess the practical implications of this idea”
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Contra Sadedin Varinsky: The Google Memo Is Still Right Again by Artir – Detailed refutation of two criticisms of the google memo. Lots of long quotations and citation of counter evidence.
Erisology Of Self And Will Closing Thoughts by Everything Studies – “Here in Part 7 I’ll end with a summary and some thoughts on how to deal with the problems described in the series.”