@Linch: My observations (based on an admittedly limited set of observations and my lack of psychological training) agree with your "I'm personally pretty convinced that psychological issues in the rationalist community is substantially above baseline.I'm surprised, given the claimed truth-seeking and evidentiary rigor values of 'the rationalist community', that there is not a magiteral data-laden LessWrong essay that addresses "psychological issues in the rationalist community" that is cited when discussion turns to this topic. Can anyone point to such an essay?
@JBlack: Your request for evidence substantiating my claim is well taken. That evidence is visible at the Berkeley (CA) area 'rationalist community' Discord channel called "The Forum". If you cannot find "The Forum" on Discord then please DM me and I'll attempt to supply you with other information whereby you can access it (I apologize as I'm a none-too-deft Discord user).You can find dialog, at "The Forum", substantiating my "[c]ertain recent events have shown that to not be the case" if you search for dialog from c. 5 Oct.-13 Oct. that ... (read more)
@Dagon: Please note that in the example, above, A asserts: "X is an empirical claim and X is true!" I concur with A's assertion that ""X is an empirical claim". This is not a matter of normative "social or religious statements". Your observation that normative claims are often "framed as truth" is well taken. The use of "truth" to describe both empirical and normative claims is the source of much confusion and facilitates the use of the Fallacy of Equivocation. I find your advice to "let it go" in this matter, of refuting an evidence-free empirical claim, to be unacceptable and inconsistent with truth-seeking.
@Shouperfluous — You don't understand the meaning of "direct refutation". An actual direct refutation of THE CLAIM would be a quote from Yudkowsky to the effect that "my decision to censor mention/discussion of Roko's basilisk was in no way motivated by emotional reactions from members of 'the rationalist community' including but not limited to nervous breakdowns and nightmares.'You might infer a refutation to the THE CLAIM from the above-linked post but your inference is not a "direct refutation".
@Shouperflous — Indeed. You "must be misunderstanding".1) My goal is not to " get [my] opponents to shut up". My goal is to cause persons making evidence-free claims to support those claims with evidence. This is the opposite of causing someone to "shut up"; it is prompting someone to keep talking and provide evidence.2) You appear to also misunderstand the "argument from authority". The argument from authority refers to an appeal to false authority on the topic at hand or a putatively authoritative person... (read more)
@ Shouperfluous: Would you please reread the post to which you are responding? If you can in fact provide suitable evidence then would you please quote and cite it?Please note my prior: "No one could provide evidence that THE CLAIM [ Yudkowsky censored mention of Roko's basilisk because it "caused some readers to have nervous breakdowns"] is false and sufficient to meet Wikipedia's evidentiary standards so as [to allow editing Wikipedia so as] to rebut or remove the THE CLAIM"."No one could provide a citation to a specific denial from&... (read more)
As a former Wikipedia admin, I don't think the current basilisk content on Wikipedia meets Wikipedia's evidential standards (or general site standards):
Addressing ...... "The tradeoffs between the two cultures" and the advantages of one or the other and ...... examining these takeoffs is for purposes of evaluating Combat vs. Caring as truth-seeking tools —We must bear in mind that when applying Caring norms, the claims made by a sufficiently emotionally brittle and/or exquisitely sensitive interlocutor can become unquestionable and unassailable by the truth-seeking process.Any any attempt to invoke Caring norms needs to remain clearly cognizant that reality does not care about your feelings.
I propose these amendment to the essay at top:1) "Nurture Culture makes a lot of sense in a world where criticism and disagreement are often [or are perceived to be] an attack or threat."2) I question the reasonability of describing intellectual "criticism and disagreement" as "an attack or threat". I propose that this change "an attack or threat" -> "a threat to the ego of the target of the criticism or rebuttal".My waving a knife can be reasonably inferred to be "an attack or threat" My statement that "your logic is faulty beca... (read more)
The link, at top, to "Stephen Bond's ... definitive word on ad hominem in 'the ad hominem fallacy fallacy' " is broken. That excellent essay can be found at https://laurencetennant.com/bonds/adhominem.htmlI suggest that the post, at top, be fixed. Is it the LessWrong practice to fix broken links in 13 year old posts?