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Is the Star Trek Federation really incapable of building AI?

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Some conceptual highlights from “Disjunctive Scenarios of Catastrophic AI Risk”

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On not getting swept away by mental content

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Papers for 2017

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Fixing science via a basic income

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Meditation and mental space

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* Having a clear explanation of what I feel is a core skill for collective rationality: actually integrating the evidence and models that others have. * Including the sentence "Don't practice coming to agreement; practice exchanging models" which succinctly summed up the ...(read more)

In principle, I agree with your point that the concept of wasted votes seems pretty incoherent.

In practice, I have frequently felt somewhat bad over having voted for someone in a way which feels like it "wasted" my vote. Despite knowing that this makes no sense.

I'm guessing something-something-t...(read more)

> Note that proportional representation is just as good at killing this Moloch as the single-winner methods discussed below!

At least partially: my country uses the [D'Hondt method](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%27Hondt_method), which is a proportional representation system, but the lesser evil M...(read more)

Defining "expected number of parties" (ENP) as the reciprocal of the fraction of voters in the party of the average voter

I keep running out of working memory trying to parse this sentence. :)

Now I'm imagining the unparalleled amount of readers I will get once I start my new blog, SuperPersuasiveSoliloquies.

Apparently there have been [a few studies](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2859822/) on something like this: "\[Long-Term Meditators\], compared to novices, had a significant reduction of self-reported unpleasantness, but not intensity, of painful stimuli, while practicing Open Monitori...(read more)

While this is a brilliant idea in the sense of being a novel way to test a hypothesis, trying to reprogram people's brains so as to make them experience more suffering strikes me as an ethically dubious way of doing the test. :)

I wouldn't expect just a one-off meditation session where they experie...(read more)

Thanks!

> not all the options I chose have deep philosophical justifications.

Just to be clear, when I said that each section would be served by having a philosophical justification, I don't mean that it would necessarily need to be super-deep; just something like "this seems to make sense because...(read more)

For a few weeks or so, I've been feeling somewhat amazed at how much less suffering there seems to be associated with different kinds of pain (emotional, physical, etc.), seemingly as a consequence of doing meditation and related practices. The strength of pain, as measured by something like the int...(read more)