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Steelmanning Marxism/Communism

Could you elaborate on ways it could be/was better?

Is the Nordic model closer to Capitalism 2.0 ?

I also keep hearing China mentioned as the current paradigmatic Communist state ( or at least that it's on the way, if you disregard censorship, mass surveillance etc)

Steelmanning Marxism/Communism

Interesting, I never made the connection to Moloch. I think the claim would be that it works better than capitalism at reducing inequality, not that it would work better than FAI (like Debunking Every Anti-Communist Argument Ever - YouTube this video).

Steelmanning Marxism/Communism

Sure. I just want a rationalist take on Marxism/Communism (preferably for the layperson, as I am not an economist or anything, just curious). 

Machine Learning Analogy for Meditation (illustrated)

An analogy I've heard is to compare mental training to physical training. It is generally useful, but if you have injuries or limitations of some sort (say, a busted knee), you should find ways to work around those.

What are the thoughts on safety?

I'm hoping someone who is experienced in both rationality and meditation can weigh in here, and also resolve any possible contradictions (especially around Insights gained).

Could you tell me why?

Has this post been deleted? I'm getting an error message.

Machine Learning Analogy for Meditation (illustrated)

Could you (or anyone interested) elaborate on why practices like Self Inquiry might be maladaptive?

Is it a Chesterton Fence around the fragility of values in general, or some specific value, as indicated here?

If so, it could be useful in moderation, or to some agents in specific situations. Examples: 1) Someone serving a life sentence in prison or solitary confinement in a way that their ability to create value both for themselves and others is limited could benefit from weakening the DMN.

2)A Google Design Ethicist might want to hold off on this kind of mental training at least until s/he has a strong moral framework already in place.

Machine Learning Analogy for Meditation (illustrated)

| "I have no indication that directly trying to dissolve ego is a safe or fruitful goal"

Does Dzogchen practice (described in Sam Harris' book "Waking Up") contradict this? The sense of self is presented as a primary cause of suffering, and directly dissolving it (or noticing that it is already an illusion) as the antidote.

Instrumental Rationality 6: Attractor Theory

Oh, that's right, thanks!

I think I misremembered/misunderstood Lotus and the concepts got jumbled together.

Instrumental Rationality 6: Attractor Theory

This triggered Valentine's Lotus for me. Are the concepts similar on a deeper level?

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