Rational Feed

EA:

Triple Counting Impact In Ea by Joey – In the 90s the World Health Organization estimated the death total caused by major diseases. However these estimates were done by different research groups and the estimates were systematically way too high and added up to over 100% of total deaths. EA suffers from similar problems to the ones that plagued the WHO.

Misc:

Biodiversity For Heretics by Eukaryote – “Biodiversity research is popular, but interpretations of it are probably flawed, in that they’re liable to confuse causation and correlation. Biodiversity can be associated with lots of variables that are rarely studied themselves, and one of these, not “biodiversity” in general, might cause an effect. (For example, more biodiverse ecosystems are more likely to include a particular species that has significant effects on its own.) I think “biodiversity” is likely overstudied compared to abundance, biomass, etc., because it’s A) easier to measure and B) holds special and perhaps undue moral consideration.”

Author: deluks917

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

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