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In Praise of Maximizing – With Some Caveats

Most of you are probably familiar with the two contrasting decision making strategies “maximizing” and “satisficing“, but a short recap won’t hurt (you can skip the first two paragraphs if you get bored): Satisficing means selecting the first option that … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 14 – 19

14. Amputation of Destiny Yudkowsky describes a book by Ian Banks that is about a society, called the Culture, that consists of happy, intelligent, long-living humans, low-grade transhumanists, so to speak. But everything is controlled by Minds, superintelligent AIs. Yudkowsky … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 11 – 13

11. Nonperson Predicates There is a subproblem of Friendly AI which is so scary that I usually don’t talk about it… …This is the problem that if you create an AI and tell it to model the world around it, … Continue reading

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581. BHTV: de Grey and Yudkowsky – 583. Visualizing Eutopia

581. BHTV: de Grey and Yudkowsky Just a Bloggingheads-Interview. 582. For the People Who Are Still Alive Ever since I realized that physics seems to tell us straight out that we live in a Big World, I’ve become much less … Continue reading

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516. Dark Side Epistemology – 520. Prices or Bindings?

516. Dark Side Epistemology If you want to hold on to one false cherished belief – be it socialism or the soul – you’re epistemically screwed because you now have to protect other false beliefs that protect this false belief. … Continue reading

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Summary of “Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics” by A. Miller

For the sake of epistemological hygiene I wanted to take a look at what academia has to say about metaethics. Miller’s textbook is widely recommended and fairly representative of the academic literature in general. Maybe he’ll enlighten us. The first … Continue reading

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