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2014 Survey of Effective Altruists

Also, what the heck are you talking about?

Wireheading. The term is not a metaphor, and it's not a hypothetical. You can literally stick a wire into someone's pleasure centers and activate them, using only non-groundbreaking neuroscience.

It's been tested on humans, but AFAIK no-one has ever felt compelled to go any further.

(Yeah, seems like it might be evidence. But then, maybe akrasia...)

Truth: It's Not That Great

So if we have a heresy, then exposing it as actually true would be good, because we want to know the truth - hang on.

2014 Survey of Effective Altruists

... can't we rewire brains right now? We just ... don't.

Rationality Quotes May 2014

I think he meant "jesus myth" proponents, who IIRC are ... dubious.

Self-serving meta: Whoever keeps block-downvoting me, is there some way to negotiate peace?

I asked about this a while ago, and apparently the software doesn't support it :/

Shut up and do the impossible!

You're supposed to roleplay a Gatekeeper. There is more than money on the line.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 22, chapter 93

Historical Flammel also has an official grave site in France (Paris, if I remember correctly); I want to think he lived to his eighties, but it's been a few months since I last read about him.

I recall hearing that "grave" does not contain a body, although I'm not sure how the person who told me that knew. (They were suggesting using him in fiction, much as HPMOR did.)

Dark Side Epistemology

Isn't "Dark Side" approximately "effective, but dangerous"?

Open Thread for January 8 - 16 2014

Well ... isn't it? What others are you thinking of? None spring to my mind.

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