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'Trivial Inconvenience Day' Retrospective

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LessWrong Diaspora Jargon Survey

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Book Review: The Secrets of Alchemy

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The First Fundamental

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Guided Mental Change Requires High Trust

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[Link] Alan Kay - Programming and Scaling

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Excellent question. The short answer is when I'm not swamped and running on razor-thin margins of slack, hopefully soon.

This is actually a fairly powerful intuition that I hadn't considered before. In case it might help others: Keep in mind that a Dunbar-sized tribe of 300 people or so is going to have more than 1 'leader' (and 300 is the *upper limit* on tribe size). Generally you're looking at a small suite of l...(read more)

As a note, when you make a discussion in the abstract about yourself [that exposes your identity](http://www.paulgraham.com/identity.html) to more of the fallout from it. It also forces other people to consider *you personally* in their response, which also sets you up as being a proxy target for th...(read more)

I notice this is a fairly consistent problem with the ratsphere in general. The problems which are most important to discuss, are those which touch on socially controversial issues that are difficult to prove a position on. They end up dominated by discussions of one persons experience against someo...(read more)

We need to get more skilled at our rationality first.

The fact that I'm not entirely sure what you mean when you say this is quite damning. What would it even mean for people to become 'more skilled at rationality'? Like, concretely. How would you measure it?

> I specifically experience this when doing conscious, deliberate thought. In particular if it strains the bounds of my current skills, or my working memory. This most often involves thinking strategically in a careful way (i.e. I get this when playing Chess). Yes. >When I’m writing characters...(read more)

I actually organize my RSS feed by signal:noise ratio. So I do basically this process with each feed, or perhaps just rough-estimate it from the first 10 items or so. Once I have the rough signal:noise I put it in the appropriate folder. I found that this pretty much corrected the "giant wall of cra...(read more)

EY read more than 'a couple of fictional stories'. But I think his pointing toward the general degradation of discourse on the Internet is reasonable. Certainly some segments of Tumblr would seem to be a new low acting as a harbinger of the end times. :P The problem with this sort of hypothesis, ...(read more)

Oh weird, Google Forms clearly glitched on me. I fixed both the Cato Institute and PETA issues on earlier versions of the survey. I will go through and fix them again, thanks for pointing them out. EDIT: I think I see what happened, I fixed it on one part of the survey but not the other. Thanks a...(read more)

CFAR changed its mission to AI risk in the last handful of years. Their original mission was raising the sanity waterline, hence why that line comes with a date marker.