Hmm, could be useful. My biggest concern is that my degree is in geology, so it is obviously not directly applicable. How much opportunity is there to get involved given that my training is fairly irrelevant? I have something of a philosophy background, and math through calculus II, but my formal education isn't going to help.

How you spent your time in formal education isn't that relevant if you have done really awesome things outside of formal training.

Most of skills that are most important for CFAR don't get taught in formal education.

Let's take the first question in the CFAR article:

What traditions (e.g., self-experimentation) do you have to draw on, in helping us invent an art of rationality? We aim to invent a new art of rationality -- something that incorporates Bayesian reasoning, the heuristics and biases literature, etc., but that is more usable, more thorough, and j

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Stupid Questions July 2015

by Gondolinian 1 min read1st Jul 2015123 comments


This thread is for asking any questions that might seem obvious, tangential, silly or what-have-you. Don't be shy, everyone has holes in their knowledge, though the fewer and the smaller we can make them, the better.

Please be respectful of other people's admitting ignorance and don't mock them for it, as they're doing a noble thing.

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