Eight Short Stud­ies On Excuses

Scott Alexander20 Apr 2010 23:01 UTC
459 points
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Preface

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
382 points
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Ar­bital postmortem

alexei30 Jan 2018 13:48 UTC
348 points
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The Best Text­books on Every Subject

lukeprog16 Jan 2011 8:30 UTC
345 points
365 comments7 min readLW link

Diseased think­ing: dis­solv­ing ques­tions about disease

Scott Alexander30 May 2010 21:16 UTC
335 points
353 comments9 min readLW link

Gen­er­al­iz­ing From One Example

Scott Alexander28 Apr 2009 22:00 UTC
318 points
412 comments6 min readLW link

My at­tempt to ex­plain Look­ing, in­sight med­i­ta­tion, and en­light­en­ment in non-mys­te­ri­ous terms

Kaj_Sotala8 Mar 2018 7:37 UTC
310 points
131 comments17 min readLW link3 nominations2 reviews

Schel­ling fences on slip­pery slopes

Scott Alexander16 Mar 2012 23:44 UTC
308 points
203 comments6 min readLW link

A LessWrong Crypto Autopsy

Scott Alexander28 Jan 2018 9:01 UTC
306 points
127 comments4 min readLW link3 nominations4 reviews

Rea­son as memetic im­mune disorder

PhilGoetz19 Sep 2009 21:05 UTC
293 points
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Thoughts on the Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute (SI)

HoldenKarnofsky11 May 2012 4:31 UTC
276 points
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An Un­trol­lable Math­e­mat­i­cian Illustrated

abramdemski20 Mar 2018 0:00 UTC
275 points
38 comments1 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

“Cheat to Win”: Eng­ineer­ing Pos­i­tive So­cial Feedback

sarahconstantin5 Feb 2018 23:16 UTC
270 points
35 comments2 min readLW link

A vot­ing the­ory primer for rationalists

Jameson Quinn12 Apr 2018 15:15 UTC
268 points
82 comments17 min readLW link3 nominations2 reviews

Notic­ing the Taste of Lotus

Valentine27 Apr 2018 20:05 UTC
260 points
80 comments3 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews

Hu­mans are not au­to­mat­i­cally strategic

AnnaSalamon8 Sep 2010 7:02 UTC
253 points
273 comments4 min readLW link

Real­ity-Re­veal­ing and Real­ity-Mask­ing Puzzles

AnnaSalamon16 Jan 2020 16:15 UTC
252 points
54 comments13 min readLW link

Hero Licensing

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Nov 2017 21:13 UTC
251 points
83 comments52 min readLW link

Dy­ing Outside

HalFinney5 Oct 2009 2:45 UTC
242 points
88 comments2 min readLW link

In­dus­trial literacy

jasoncrawford30 Sep 2020 16:39 UTC
237 points
125 comments3 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

What failure looks like

paulfchristiano17 Mar 2019 20:18 UTC
233 points
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[Question] Coron­avirus: Jus­tified Prac­ti­cal Ad­vice Thread

28 Feb 2020 6:43 UTC
230 points
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Heads I Win, Tails?—Never Heard of Her; Or, Selec­tive Re­port­ing and the Tragedy of the Green Rationalists

Zack_M_Davis24 Sep 2019 4:12 UTC
227 points
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What Do We Mean By “Ra­tion­al­ity”?

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Mar 2009 22:33 UTC
224 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

In­tel­lec­tual Hip­sters and Meta-Contrarianism

Scott Alexander13 Sep 2010 21:36 UTC
224 points
359 comments8 min readLW link

Are we in an AI over­hang?

Andy Jones27 Jul 2020 12:48 UTC
224 points
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The In­tel­li­gent So­cial Web

Valentine22 Feb 2018 18:55 UTC
223 points
113 comments12 min readLW link3 nominations2 reviews

The non­cen­tral fal­lacy—the worst ar­gu­ment in the world?

Scott Alexander27 Aug 2012 3:36 UTC
222 points
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The Blue-Min­i­miz­ing Robot

Scott Alexander4 Jul 2011 22:26 UTC
221 points
162 comments4 min readLW link

The Costly Co­or­di­na­tion Mechanism of Com­mon Knowledge

Ben Pace15 Mar 2018 20:20 UTC
221 points
30 comments19 min readLW link4 nominations2 reviews

Hiring en­g­ineers and re­searchers to help al­ign GPT-3

paulfchristiano1 Oct 2020 18:54 UTC
221 points
13 comments3 min readLW link

Mak­ing your­self small

Helen8 Mar 2018 14:26 UTC
217 points
53 comments11 min readLW link1 nomination

Ex­pres­sive Vocabulary

Alicorn24 May 2018 6:59 UTC
217 points
70 comments5 min readLW link3 nominations1 review

Cred­i­bil­ity of the CDC on SARS-CoV-2

7 Mar 2020 2:00 UTC
217 points
117 comments6 min readLW link

Critch on ca­reer ad­vice for ju­nior AI-x-risk-con­cerned researchers

Rob Bensinger12 May 2018 2:13 UTC
216 points
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Good­hart Taxonomy

Scott Garrabrant30 Dec 2017 16:38 UTC
215 points
33 comments10 min readLW link

CFAR Par­ti­ci­pant Hand­book now available to all

Duncan_Sabien3 Jan 2020 15:43 UTC
215 points
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The Ne­glected Virtue of Scholarship

lukeprog5 Jan 2011 7:22 UTC
210 points
153 comments3 min readLW link

Ugh fields

Roko12 Apr 2010 17:06 UTC
209 points
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What Money Can­not Buy

johnswentworth1 Feb 2020 20:11 UTC
209 points
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Align­ment Re­search Field Guide

abramdemski8 Mar 2019 19:57 UTC
208 points
5 comments17 min readLW link

A Fable of Science and Politics

Eliezer Yudkowsky23 Dec 2006 4:50 UTC
206 points
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At­ten­tion con­trol is crit­i­cal for chang­ing/​in­creas­ing/​al­ter­ing motivation

kalla72411 Apr 2012 0:48 UTC
206 points
99 comments7 min readLW link

Toolbox-think­ing and Law-thinking

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 May 2018 21:28 UTC
206 points
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The Pavlov Strategy

sarahconstantin20 Dec 2018 16:20 UTC
206 points
13 comments4 min readLW link3 nominations
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Lo­cal Val­idity as a Key to San­ity and Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky7 Apr 2018 4:25 UTC
205 points
63 comments13 min readLW link3 nominations5 reviews

Per­son­al­ized Medicine For Real

sarahconstantin4 Mar 2019 22:40 UTC
205 points
16 comments5 min readLW link
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Sun­set at Noon

Raemon29 Nov 2017 14:52 UTC
203 points
21 comments17 min readLW link

The Least Con­ve­nient Pos­si­ble World

Scott Alexander14 Mar 2009 2:11 UTC
202 points
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Anti-so­cial Punishment

Martin Sustrik27 Sep 2018 7:08 UTC
201 points
64 comments6 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews