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The Craft and the Community: Post 28 – 30

28. Practical Advice Backed By Deep Theories If Yudkowsky had merely written that “we overestimate the degree to which other people understand our thoughts and folks in general overestimate how much they understand what the other person is saying” I wouldn’t have been very impressed. But he elaborated on this advice with several posts (such

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The Craft and the Community: Post 23 – 24

23. Bayesians vs. Barbarians Yudkowsky thinks that a country full of rationalists could win in a war against barbaric, um, barbarians that believe in an afterlife and God and stuff. He mentions several things, I’m too lazy to elaborate on, because we’ve talked about them already too much like iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, one-boxing in Newcomb,

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The Craft and the Community: Post 20 – 22

20. Beware of Other-Optimizing ‘ve noticed a serious problem in which aspiring rationalists vastly overestimate their ability to optimize other people’s lives.  And I think I have some idea of how the problem arises. You read nineteen different webpages advising you about personal improvement—productivity, dieting, saving money.  And the writers all sound bright and enthusiastic

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The Craft and the Community: Post 16 – 19

16. Selecting Rationalist Groups Many rationality techniques are individualistic. And Yudkowsky also admits that his whole writing is skewed towards individualism. But “group rationality” is also important. If you are only effective and rational when you’re alone you probably won’t achieve much in life. And there is rationality stuff that deals with more than one

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The Craft and the Community: Post 11 – 15

11. Church vs. Taskforce Yudkowsky elaborates on the last post and advocates the establishment of rationalist task-forces and communities. (With task-forces he means small and maybe only short-lived communities that were created for a specific reason.) Yeah, a genuine rational community would be awesome, no doubt. The first problem is of course, that there aren’t

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The Craft and the Community: Post 7 – 10

7. You’re Calling *Who* A Cult Leader? Yudkowsky doesn’t worry anymore when people accuse him of being a “cult leader” since he learnt that even fairly normal folks like Paul Graham were accused of leading a cult. Yeah, it is true that some accusations (e.g. the ones of those Rational-Wiki guys) are over-blown. Furthermore, every

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3. Epistemic Viciousness – 6. Tolerate Tolerance

3. Epistemic Viciousness Many martial arts gurus would totally lose in real fights. Some of the reasons why this can happen: The art, the dojo, and the sensei are seen as sacred.  “Having red toe-nails in the dojo is like going to church in a mini-skirt and halter-top…  The students of other martial arts are

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The Craft and the Community: Post 1 – 2

1. Raising the Sanity Waterline Even if we eliminated harmful and insane practices and beliefs like e.g. drug-criminalization or the Blank Slate Dogma (Yudkowsky bashes religion, I however really love to bash those two, as you may have noticed by now), there still would be a lot of other problems left. Those beliefs are merely

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Evolutionary Psychology Posts

Three posts about evo-psych. You probably noticed that I don’t care about those ridiculous numbers anymore.) Informers and Persuaders Writing abstract and using polysyllabic words is a good way to signal authority, severity and intelligence. It’s also easy. Writing colorful, passionate and concrete is hard. The style of most science papers is therefore pretty horrible.

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