El­dritch Analogies

TagLast edit: 19 Sep 2023 17:15 UTC by gilch

Eldritch Analogies are the association of impersonal social or physical dynamics with the names of deities from mythology or fiction.

The best-known is Moloch, who is associated with coordination problems and competition, from Scott Alexander’s Meditations on Moloch, which contrasted Him with Elua, the ally of humanity.

Also notable is Azathoth, the blind idiot god of evolution, from Yudkowsky’s An Alien God, which far predates Meditations on Moloch.

See also: Egregores

Med­i­ta­tions On Moloch

Scott Alexander30 Jul 2014 4:00 UTC
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The God­dess of Every­thing Else

Scott Alexander17 Aug 2015 20:59 UTC
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An Alien God

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Nov 2007 6:57 UTC
204 points
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In Fa­vor of Nice­ness, Com­mu­nity, and Civilization

Scott Alexander23 Feb 2014 22:24 UTC
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Med­i­ta­tions on Mot

Richard_Ngo4 Dec 2023 0:19 UTC
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The ‘ pe­ter­todd’ phenomenon

mwatkins15 Apr 2023 0:59 UTC
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Mythic Mode

Valentine23 Feb 2018 22:45 UTC
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[Question] What is Ra?

Chris_Leong6 Jun 2020 4:29 UTC
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′ pe­ter­todd’’s last stand: The fi­nal days of open GPT-3 research

mwatkins22 Jan 2024 18:47 UTC
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De­mon Threads

Raemon7 Jan 2018 3:48 UTC
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Con­jur­ing An Evolu­tion To Serve You

Eliezer Yudkowsky19 Nov 2007 5:55 UTC
74 points
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A parable in the style of In­visi­ble Cities

Daniel Kokotajlo16 Dec 2019 15:55 UTC
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Eu­gen­ics Performed By A Blind, Idiot God

omnizoid17 Sep 2023 20:37 UTC
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Thou Art Godshatter

Eliezer Yudkowsky13 Nov 2007 19:38 UTC
219 points
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Luck based medicine: an­gry el­dritch sugar gods edition

Elizabeth19 Sep 2023 4:40 UTC
74 points
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You’re in New­comb’s Box

HonoreDB5 Feb 2011 20:46 UTC
59 points
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Let’s Read: an es­say on AI Theology

Yuxi_Liu4 Jul 2019 7:50 UTC
23 points
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Franken­stein De­lenda Est

eapache10 Jul 2020 14:38 UTC
11 points
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