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Empiricism

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“The sixth virtue is empiricism. The roots of knowledge are in observation and its fruit is prediction. What tree grows without roots? What tree nourishes us without fruit? If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? One says, “Yes it does, for it makes vibrations in the air.” Another says, “No it does not, for there is no auditory processing in any brain.” Though they argue, one saying “Yes”, and one saying “No”, the two do not anticipate any different experience of the forest. Do not ask which beliefs to profess, but which experiences to anticipate. Always know which difference of experience you argue about. Do not let the argument wander and become about something else, such as someone’s virtue as a rationalist. Jerry Cleaver said: “What does you in is not failure to apply some high-level, intricate, complicated technique. It’s overlooking the basics. Not keeping your eye on the ball.” Do not be blinded by words. When words are subtracted, anticipation remains.” - (Twelve Virtues of Rationality)

Ra­tion­al­ity, Levels of In­ter­ven­tion, and Empiricism

Geoff_Anders25 Sep 2019 16:59 UTC
62 points
35 comments9 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews

Doubt, Science, and Mag­i­cal Crea­tures—a Child’s Perspective

Benquo28 Dec 2013 15:26 UTC
56 points
54 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How would we check if “Math­e­mat­i­ci­ans are gen­er­ally more Law Abid­ing?”

Raemon12 Jan 2020 20:23 UTC
26 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What ex­per­i­ments would demon­strate “up­per limits of aug­mented work­ing mem­ory?”

Raemon15 Aug 2019 22:09 UTC
28 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] What is re­quired to run a psy­chol­ogy study?

Raemon29 May 2019 6:38 UTC
30 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] How can we mea­sure cre­ativity?

Elizabeth29 Jun 2019 22:30 UTC
32 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Bo­gus Pipeline, Bona Fide Pipeline

Scott Alexander24 Mar 2009 0:10 UTC
27 points
16 comments3 min readLW link

How about test­ing our ideas?

[deleted]14 Sep 2012 10:28 UTC
41 points
113 comments3 min readLW link

The Good Try Rule

AllAmericanBreakfast27 Dec 2020 2:38 UTC
54 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

In­fer­ence & Empiricism

SatvikBeri20 Mar 2018 15:47 UTC
38 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

Blind Empiricism

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Nov 2017 22:07 UTC
47 points
16 comments14 min readLW link

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 2: Empiricism

alkjash4 Mar 2018 4:50 UTC
22 points
4 comments5 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

CoZE 3: Empiricism

alkjash17 Mar 2018 4:10 UTC
20 points
4 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Author­i­tar­ian Empiricism

Benquo3 May 2019 19:34 UTC
38 points
10 comments10 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Jul 2007 22:59 UTC
224 points
256 comments4 min readLW link

Scien­tific Ev­i­dence, Le­gal Ev­i­dence, Ra­tional Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky19 Aug 2007 5:36 UTC
72 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

3 Levels of Ra­tion­al­ity Verification

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Mar 2009 17:19 UTC
57 points
238 comments3 min readLW link

Science like a chef

adamzerner8 Feb 2018 21:23 UTC
32 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

Science: Do It Yourself

alyssavance13 Feb 2011 4:47 UTC
82 points
207 comments6 min readLW link

Test Your Rationality

RobinHanson1 Mar 2009 13:21 UTC
42 points
87 comments1 min readLW link

The Science of Cut­ting Peppers

Apprentice12 Sep 2010 13:14 UTC
53 points
68 comments4 min readLW link

Con­junc­tion Con­tro­versy (Or, How They Nail It Down)

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Sep 2007 2:41 UTC
52 points
25 comments8 min readLW link

This Ter­ri­tory Does Not Exist

ike13 Aug 2020 0:30 UTC
7 points
199 comments7 min readLW link

The Short Case for Verificationism

ike11 Sep 2020 18:48 UTC
5 points
58 comments1 min readLW link

Notes on Attention

David_Gross3 Jan 2021 21:52 UTC
21 points
2 comments17 min readLW link
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