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Cards Against Rationality

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> I might make the move of saying: "Let's pretend for a moment, that people really conspire. Would that be really that problematic?"

We *do* really conspire! Conspiring is *at best* a handy social and economic coordination activity. At worst it is a big bunch of no fun, where people have to pretend...(read more)

Are you claiming that a being must be a moral agent in order to be a moral patient?

I was on an Android tablet, which I use in a laptop-like fashion (landscape mode, with keyboard) but which usually gets the mobile version of sites that try to be mobile-friendly.

The section presumes that the audience agrees wrt veganism. To an audience who isn't on board with EA veganism, that line comes across as the "arson, murder, and jaywalking" trope.

> Advanced rationality techniques, at least when applied to one's self-conception and life choices, are basically therapy. "Failures of basic rationality" are often better described as "mental health issues". Therapy is how you deal with mental health issues. People with mental health issues need mo...(read more)

> I'm curious if there's much record of intentional communities that aren't farming communes.

Oneida comes to mind. They had *some* farming (it was upstate New York in the 1850s, after all) but also a lot of manufacturing — most famously silverware. The community is long gone, but the silverware co...(read more)

> We should increase awareness of old fairy tales with a jinn who misinterprets wishes.

The most popular UFAI story I'm aware of is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".

Sticking with European folktales that were made into classic Disney cartoons, maybe the analogy to be made is "AI isn't Pinocchio. It's M...(read more)

Why do you care if you're running in a simulation? Well, if you're a piece of malware, like a computer virus or Internet worm, you care whether you're being analyzed by an anti-malware researcher. If you're running in a researcher's lab instead of actually infecting target systems, you'd want to shu...(read more)

Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit" introduced the distinction between *lies* and *bullshit*. The liar wants to deceive you about the world (to get you to believe false statements), whereas the bullshitter wants to deceive you about his intentions (to get you to take his statements as good-faith efforts...(read more)