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Decoupling vs Contextualising Norms

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Critch on career advice for junior AI-x-risk-concerned researchers

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Open question: are minimal circuits daemon-free?

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Noticing the Taste of Lotus

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[Link] Tech economics pattern: "Commoditize Your Complement"

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Varieties Of Argumentative Experience

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On exact mathematical formulae

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Some Simple Observations Five Years After Starting Mindfulness Meditation

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Local Validity as a Key to Sanity and Civilization

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[Event] EA Global SF 2018

06/08/2018 Bespoke Events, Market Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
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[Event] Munich LW/SSC Meetup

Saturday at 3:00 PM Guddenstraße 7, Munich, Germany
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[Event] Bay Summer Solstice

06/23/2018 Berkeley, CA, USA
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At the ... (Read More)

This would benefit from a diagram or a table.

I don't like use of "proof" to talk about evidence, especially when it's often weak evidence. Why not go with "absence of counterevidence is counterevidence of absence"? Ok, confusing multiple negatives. "Absence of negative evidence makes positive evidence more plausable"? Not great either.

Maybe ...(read more)

Presumably the result of a coproof is a cotheorem. Which I mention only because, as everybody knows, a comathematician is a device for turning cotheorems into ffee.

Open thread, July 16-22, 2013
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If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.

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Early example: "The Creative Personality and the Ideal Pupil", Torrance 1969.

The Berkeley Community & The Rest Of Us: A Response to Zvi & Benquo
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Background Context, And How to Read This Post

_This post is inspired by and a continuation of comments I made on the post 'What is the Rationalist Berkeley Community's Culture?' by Zvi on his blog ... (Read More)

The winter solstice last year used the same venue it had used the previous year, but the venue imposed a new, lower restriction on the maximum number of attendees, due to some new interpretation of the fire code or something. As a result, tickets did sell out. (I wasn't close enough to organization ...(read more)

Or you could start a new branch.

I think a lot of folks in the community are already at capacity for how many social connections they can keep up and so don't end up wanting to get to know new people.

That's basically the dynamic I was referring to. You don't have that to the same extend with less people in a community.

Visions of Summer Solstice
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Yikes, ok. "Party-hopping" makes it sound like they didn't actually buy tickets or know what the event was, but just came in off the street. Perhaps this is a case for ticket enforcement / bouncers? I'm reluctant to suggest a remedy based on a single example, since it sounds like the people you're t...(read more)

I don't know their names or anything else about who they were. One of them just seemed really remarkably clueless (I'm honestly just confused, he looked 25 or something but talked like he was maybe 15?), but he had a friend who said he was party-hopping or something and hit on a woman I knew in a wa...(read more)

I'm not sure if "nobody is being creepy" is sufficient for a good vibe, but it's probably necessary (where "being creepy" means basically "making more than one person uncomfortable in ways that could be avoided and that those people feel should be"). So how do you make sure nobody is being creepy? I...(read more)

[Link] Duncan Sabien: "In Defense of Punch Bug"
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Cool new post from Duncan Sabien (formerly active here under that name and Conor_Moreton).... (Read More)

It might help if you pointed at the groups you think the asymmetry is between, as I suspect you and SilentCal are imagining different lines here.

I think you see the asymmetry as being between "people who want to punch others" and "people who don't want to punch others," as only the first group see...(read more)

Probably best to taboo 'asymmetric' at this point. Based on your example I thought it meant "explicitly discriminatory" and not just "disparately impactful".

Ah, cool. I only read the immediate comment you were replying to in detail, and when I used CTRL+F I had a space after "all", which didn't catch the original.

Second-Order Logic: The Controversy
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If anyone wants a go, here's a Turing machine to try on. Does it halt?

.mjx-chtml {display: inline-block; line-height: 0; text-indent: 0; text-align: left; text-transform: none; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; font-size-adjust: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-wrap: norm...(read more)