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Here are the links to the articles from the books. Let me know if there are any mistakes.

A Sketch of Good CommunicationBen Pace
Local Validity as a Key to Sanity and CivilizationEliezer Yudkowsky
The Loudest Alarm is Probably FalsePatrick LaVictoire
Varieties of Argumentative ExperienceScott Alexander
More BabbleAlkjash
Naming the NamelessSarah Constantin
Toolbox-thinking and Law-thinkingEliezer Yudkowsky
Toward a New Technical Explanation of Technical ExplanationAbram Demski
Noticing the Taste of LotusMichael 'Valentine' Smith
The Tails Coming Apart As Metaphor For LifeScott Alexander
Meta-Honesty: Firming up Honesty Around its Edge-CasesEliezer Yudkowsky
Explaining Insight Meditation and Enlightenment in Non-Mysterious TermsKaj Sotala
Being a Robust AgentRaymond Arnold
Anti-social PunishmentMartin Sustrik
The Costly Coordination Mechanism of Common KnowledgeBen Pace
Unrolling Social Metacognition: Three Levels of Meta are not EnoughAndrew Critch
The Intelligent Social WebMichael 'Valentine' Smith
Prediction Markets: When Do They Work?Zvi Mowshowitz
Spaghetti TowersGeorgia Ray
On the Loss and Preservation of KnowledgeSamo Burja
A Voting Theory PrimerJameson Quinn
The Pavlov StrategySarah Constantin
Inadequate Equilibria vs Governance of the CommonsMartin Sustrik
Is Science Slowing Down?Scott Alexander
What Motivated Rescuers during the Holocaust?Martin Sustrik
Is There an Untrollable Mathematician?Abram Demski
Why Did Everything Take So Long?Katja Grace
Is Clickbait Destroying Our General Intelligence?Eliezer Yudkowsky
What Makes People Intellectually Active?Abram Demski
Are Minimal Circuits Daemon-Free?Paul Christiano
Is There Something Beyond Astronomical Waste?Wei Dai
Do Birth Order Effects Exist?Eli Tyre, Bucky, Raymond Arnold
Hyperbolic GrowthPaul Christiano
Specification Gaming Examples in AIVictoria Krakovna
Takeoff SpeedsPaul Christiano
The Rocket Alignment ProblemEliezer Yudkowsky
Embedded AgentsAbram Demski, Scott Garrabrant
FAQ about Iterated AmplificationAlex Zhu
Challenges to Christiano's Iterated Amplification ProposalEliezer Yudkowsky
Response to FAQ on Iterated AmplificationEliezer Yudkowsky
Robustness to ScaleScott Garrabrant
Coherence Arguments Do Not Imply Goal-Directed BehaviorRohin Shah


I didn't find "Do Birth Order Effects Exist?", "Challenges to Christiano's Iterated Amplification Proposal" seems to be only on and "Response to FAQ on Iterated Amplification" seems to be a comment and not a post of it's own.

ChatGPT is using Whisper for speech to text, which is open source and available through OpenAIs APIs.

I personally tried to use more text to speech on my phone, but was annoyed by it and went back to typing.

I've heard Whisper is a definite step-up, especially when mixing English and German.

€: This used to say text to speech.

Hey everyone, I'm amazed with how many people showed up and the atmosphere. I hope you had fun and interesting conversations as well. If you want to be connected to the Berlin Rationality or EA communities, just contact me! Contact:, or @Milli | Martin.

PS.: "My" monthly workshop is happening tomorrow evening, happy to have you: The Art of Difficult Conversations - Workshop.

EA Germany has an "Employer of Record" program. Your funding gets put into their account, and they pay your salary from it, formally becoming your employer.

This is probably what you want to google or mention to an organization in the UK. :)

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PSA: If you're like me, you want to subscribe to the Open Threads Tag, to not miss these:

Useful to keep in mind, especially the point of getting an introduction to the next person.

But I want to point out that it's also easy to undershoot. Many people hesitate to ask questions or contact new people. It makes me sad when people waste hours on something that I can answer / fix in minutes.

Another thing is to keep time spent / saved in mind. A well crafted message, that's easy to understand and only requires a short answer, is much harder to write than going back and forth a few times.

If you spend 100x the time you save the other person, it's probably not worth it in most non-Paul-Christiano-cases.

Thanks for the post, it's useful to be reminded of every now and then. The first time I thought about it was when thinking about the statement by doctors that "somebodies life expectancy is 6 months". This also actually means that there is a high chance to die very soon, but if that doesn't happen they'll probably live on for many years.

Planning as if they would live for +/- 6 months is useless in that case.

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