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What does the reaction to NFTs tell us about how people evaluate ecological damage?

You're right that a negative affect to NFTs in particular / blockchain stuff in general is part of the reaction, but I don't see the reasoning error in

  • "<X> causes greater electricity consumption;
  • on the margin, greater electricity consumption currently causes <more pollution / finite resources to be consumed faster / more birds to die due to windmills / ...>, which is bad;
  • this is a downside to <X>."

It's probably the case that NFTs do not directly cause greater electricity consumption, but NFTs do plausibly indirectly cause greater electricity consumption, e.g. via making Ethereum more valuable, thus increasing mining rewards, thus increasing competition.

Saving for the long term

Although I've heard the advice to leave after a year, my experience has been different - after three years, I'm still learning a lot and I'm beginning to tackle the really hard problems. Basically, I find myself agreeing with Yossi Kreinin's reply to Patrick McKenzie's advice, at least so far. (Both links are very much worth reading.)

Of course, you do need to push for interesting assignments and space to learn. Also, be sure to pick a company that actually does something interesting in the first place - I work on embedded crypto devices for the government market, in a company that's young enough that there's still plenty of flexibility.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, January 2015, chapter 103
  • Batman is a murderer no less than the Joker, for all the lives the Joker took that Batman could've saved by killing him. ch. 85
  • "It's not fair to the innocent bystanders to play at being Batman if you can't actually protect everyone under that code." ch. 91
  • Harry had no intention of saying it out loud, of course, but now that he'd failed decisively to prevent any deaths during his quest, he had no further intention of being restrained by the law or even the code of 97.
[meta] New LW moderator: NancyLebovitz

Thanks, Nancy, for putting in this effort.

The Importance of Sidekicks

Some people do need to see that link, but note that it, too, is rather dangerous.

Unemployment explanations

And, of course, encouraging homeownership makes this worse. Good thing that most of the Western world hasn't made that an explicit policy goal for the past decade...

2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

I was pretty happy about that, actually.

2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

I assume that TheAncientGeek has actually submitted the survey; in that case, their comment is "proof" that they deserve karma.

2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

I, too, took the survey. (And promptly forgot to claim my karma; oh well.)

Power and difficulty

I didn't exactly disagree with the content, right?

Part of the problem is just that writing something good about epistemic rationality is really hard, even if you stick to the 101 level - and, well, I don't really care about 101 anymore. But I have plenty of sympathy for those writing more practical posts.

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