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Truth: It's Not That Great

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Effective Effective Altruism Fundraising and Movement-Building

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Self-Congratulatory Rationalism

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Steelmanning Young Earth Creationism

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White Lies

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Things I Wish They'd Taught Me When I Was Younger: Why Money Is Awesome

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Critiquing Gary Taubes, Final: The Truth About Diets and Weight Loss

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Critiquing Gary Taubes, Part 4: What Causes Obesity?

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On philosophy, I think it's important to realize that most university philosophy classes don't assign textbooks in the traditional sense. They assign *anthologies.* So rather than read Russell's History of Western Philosophy or The Great Conversation (both of which I've read), I'd recommend somethin...(read more)

OH MY GOD. THAT WAS IT. THAT WAS VOLDEMORT'S PLAN. RATIONAL!VOLDEMORT DIDN'T TRY TO KILL HARRY IN GODRIC'S HOLLOW. HE WAITED ELEVEN YEARS TO GIVE HARRY A GRADE IN SCHOOL SO THAT ANY ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT WOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROPHECY.

Duplicate comment, probably should be deleted.

Agreed. I actually looked up tax & spending for UK vs. Scandinavian countries, and they aren't that different. It may not be a good distinction.

I thought of this last year after I completed the survey, and rated anti-agathics less probable than cryonics. This year I decided cryonics counted, and rated anti-agathics 5% higher than cryonics. But it would be nice for the question to be clearer.

Done, except for the digit ratio, because I do not have access to a photocopier or scanner.

Liberal here, I think my major heresy is being pro-free trade.

Also, I'm not sure if there's *actually* a standard liberal view of zoning policy, but it often *feels* like the standard view is that we need to keep restrictive zoning laws in place to keep out those evil gentrifiers, in which case my...(read more)

>and anyone smart has already left the business since it's not a good way of making money.

Can you elaborate? The impression I've gotten from multiple converging lines of evidence is that there are basically two kinds of VC firms: (1) a minority that actually know what they're doing, make money, an...(read more)

Hi! Welcome to LessWrong! A lot of people on LessWrong *are* worried about the problem you describe, which is why the [Machine Intelligence Research Institute](http://intelligence.org) exists. In practice, the problem of getting an AI to share human values looks very hard. But, given that human valu...(read more)