We will still be able to talk about unreferencable elements, but only by "referencing" them in a different sense than what we mean by "unreferencable". The key is that it might seem like we are only using the word in one sense until we really break down the definition, at which point it becomes clear we are using it in different senses. And it's not equivocating because we are only using the word referencable in a particular way. When we "reference" unreferencable elements we don't call it "referencing".
"One thing that I find is often disappointingly absent from LW discussions of epistemology is how much the appropriate epistemology depends on your goals and your intellectual abilities" - Never really thought of it that way, but makes a lot of sense.
"However if I say "there exists an un-referenceable entity, which has properties x, y, and z" then that really looks like a reference to a particular" - It's a class that may only contain one if we choose the properties correctly
I'm curious about the 3rd argument. I'm curious about why you think it is likely that significant players will notice the contribution of Less Wrong?
Is HEPA the highest standard or are there higher quality filters that could remove viruses?
Are there any plans to use this for anything else in the future?
The author makes some good points, but:
In any case, dogs as pets probably increase the empathy for animals significantly, so we should encourage more pets, not less.
I would be keen run a webinar on Logical Counterfactuals
Before it was even clear it'd be this big a threat, I wrote: EA Should Wargame Coronavirus. Now I think there's an even stronger argument for it.
I think that this offers us valuable experience in dealing with one plausible source of existential risk. We don't want AI Safety people distracted from AI Safety, but at the same time I think the community will learn a lot by embarking on this project together.
I guess I should have been more precise. Imagine a game where we can see all the information, but some characters inside only have access to limited info.
"The outside perspective is outside but it is not observer-independent"
Sure, but it's not subject to the world-internal observer effects