TagLast edit: 26 Jan 2021 14:04 UTC by Yoav Ravid

A Consensus is a general or full agreement between members of a group. A consensus can be useful in deciding what’s true (e.g, a scientific consensus), or as a criteria in decision making. A False Consensus can happen when someone thinks a position is in consensus when it isn’t. one can also claim a consensus falsely to advance their position and make it difficult for others to oppose it. a False Controversy can happen when one mistakes something to not be in consensus when in fact it is. Claiming false controversies is a common way of creating uncertainty and doubt.

There are many things that are considered a consensus on LessWrong, even though they’re are not considered a consensus in the scientific community, such as: One-Boxing, cooperating on the Prisoner’s Dilemma, Bayesianism over frequentist probability (and more to be added)

Notable things that aren’t in consensus on LessWrong include Blackmail /​ Extortion, the benefits of rationality, AI Timelines and AI Takeoff, as well as AI alignment strategies,

Related Pages: Common Knowledge, Disagreement, Modesty, Modesty argument, Aumann agreement, Government (in the context of democracies), Contrarianism

See also: consensus on wikipedia

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Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 8:44 UTC
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[Question] Is there an aca­demic con­sen­sus around Rent Con­trol?

edoarad22 Jan 2021 16:18 UTC
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In­di­vi­d­ual Ra­tion­al­ity Needn’t Gen­er­al­ize to Ra­tional Consensus

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Every­body Knows

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How Com­mon Are Science Failures?

Scott Alexander3 Jul 2014 1:36 UTC
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How defer­en­tial should we be to the fore­casts of sub­ject mat­ter ex­perts?

VipulNaik14 Jul 2014 23:41 UTC
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Why Democ­racy?

sxae14 May 2021 11:02 UTC
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Afri­can Wild Dogs Vote By Sneez­ing—Can AI Help Us Do Bet­ter?

Augmented Assembly6 Feb 2023 21:09 UTC
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