Breaking the vicious cycle

You may know me as the guy who posts a lot of con­tro­ver­sial stuff about LW and MIRI. I don’t en­joy do­ing this and do not want to con­tinue with it. One rea­son be­ing that the de­bate is turn­ing into a flame war. Another rea­son is that I no­ticed that it does af­fect my health nega­tively (e.g. my high blood pres­sure (I ac­tu­ally had a sin­gle-sided hear­ing loss over this xkcd comic on Fri­day)).

This all started in 2010 when I en­coun­tered some­thing I per­ceived to be wrong. But the speci­fics are ir­rele­vant for this post. The prob­lem is that ever since that time there have been var­i­ous rea­sons that made me feel forced to con­tinue the con­tro­versy. Some­times it was the urge to clar­ify what I wrote, other times I thought it was nec­es­sary to re­spond to a re­ply I got. What mat­ters is that I couldn’t stop. But I be­lieve that this is now pos­si­ble, given my health con­cerns.

One prob­lem is that I don’t want to leave pos­si­ble mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions be­hind. And there very likely ex­ist mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions. There are many rea­sons for this, but I can as­sure you that I never de­liber­ately lied and that I never de­liber­ately tried to mis­rep­re­sent any­one. The main rea­son might be that I feel very eas­ily over­whelmed and never had the abil­ity to force my­self to in­vest the time that is nec­es­sary to do some­thing cor­rectly if I don’t re­ally en­joy do­ing it (for the same rea­son I prob­a­bly failed school). Which means that most com­ments and posts are writ­ten in a tear­ing hurry, akin to a re­flex­ive re­trac­tion from the painful stim­u­lus.


I hate this fight and want to end it once and for all. I don’t ex­pect you to take my word for it. So in­stead, here is an offer:

I am will­ing to post coun­ter­state­ments, en­dorsed by MIRI, of any length and con­tent[1] at the top of any of my blog posts. You can ei­ther post them in the com­ments be­low or send me an email (da [at]


I have no idea if MIRI be­lieves this to be worth­while. But I couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to solve this dilemma in a way that ev­ery­one can live with hap­pily. But I am open to sug­ges­tions that don’t stress me too much (also about how to prove that I am try­ing to be hon­est).

You ob­vi­ously don’t need to read all my posts. It can also be a gen­eral state­ment.

I am also aware that LW and MIRI are both­ered by Ra­tion­alWiki. As you can eas­ily check from the fos­sil record, I have at points tried to cor­rect spe­cific prob­lems. But, for the rea­sons given above, I have prob­lems in­vest­ing the time to go through ev­ery sen­tence to find pos­si­ble er­rors and at­tempt to cor­rect it in such a way that the edit is not re­verted and that peo­ple who feel offended are satis­fied.

[1] There are ob­vi­ously some caveats re­gard­ing the con­tent, such as no nude pho­tos of Yud­kowsky ;-)