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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)

Break your habits: be more empirical

Academian2 Oct 2010 21:04 UTC
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Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Jul 2007 22:59 UTC
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[Question] What is re­quired to run a psy­chol­ogy study?

Raemon29 May 2019 6:38 UTC
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[Question] How can we mea­sure cre­ativity?

Elizabeth29 Jun 2019 22:30 UTC
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Bo­gus Pipeline, Bona Fide Pipeline

Scott Alexander24 Mar 2009 0:10 UTC
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How about test­ing our ideas?

[deleted]14 Sep 2012 10:28 UTC
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Ve­gan Nutri­tion Test­ing Pro­ject: In­terim Report

Elizabeth20 Jan 2023 5:50 UTC
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(acesounderglass.com)

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

Raemon12 Jan 2020 20:23 UTC
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The Good Try Rule

DirectedEvolution27 Dec 2020 2:38 UTC
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De­tach­ment vs at­tach­ment [AI risk and men­tal health]

Neil 15 Jan 2024 0:41 UTC
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What Makes A Good Mea­sure­ment De­vice?

johnswentworth24 Aug 2022 22:45 UTC
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Doubt, Science, and Mag­i­cal Crea­tures—a Child’s Perspective

Benquo28 Dec 2013 15:26 UTC
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Notes on Attention

David Gross3 Jan 2021 21:52 UTC
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New­ton’s law of cool­ing from first principles

Nisan16 Jan 2024 4:21 UTC
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[Question] What ex­per­i­ments would demon­strate “up­per limits of aug­mented work­ing mem­ory?”

Raemon15 Aug 2019 22:09 UTC
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Prob­lem of In­duc­tion: What if In­stants Were Independent

Epirito3 Apr 2022 0:54 UTC
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The Ex­plana­tory Gap of AI

David Valdman7 Apr 2022 18:28 UTC
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This Ter­ri­tory Does Not Exist

ike13 Aug 2020 0:30 UTC
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Se­cond-Level Em­piri­cism: Refram­ing the Two-Child Puzzle

Richard Henage27 Apr 2023 15:04 UTC
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In­fer­ence & Empiricism

SatvikBeri20 Mar 2018 15:47 UTC
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Blind Empiricism

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Nov 2017 22:07 UTC
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Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 2: Empiricism

alkjash4 Mar 2018 4:50 UTC
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(radimentary.wordpress.com)

CoZE 3: Empiricism

alkjash17 Mar 2018 4:10 UTC
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(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Author­i­tar­ian Empiricism

Benquo3 May 2019 19:34 UTC
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(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Scien­tific Ev­i­dence, Le­gal Ev­i­dence, Ra­tional Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky19 Aug 2007 5:36 UTC
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3 Levels of Ra­tion­al­ity Verification

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Mar 2009 17:19 UTC
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Science like a chef

Adam Zerner8 Feb 2018 21:23 UTC
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Science: Do It Yourself

alyssavance13 Feb 2011 4:47 UTC
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Test Your Rationality

RobinHanson1 Mar 2009 13:21 UTC
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The Science of Cut­ting Peppers

Apprentice12 Sep 2010 13:14 UTC
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Con­junc­tion Con­tro­versy (Or, How They Nail It Down)

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Sep 2007 2:41 UTC
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[Question] Has any­one here in­ves­ti­gated the oc­cult com­mu­nity? It is cu­ri­ous to me that many ma­gi­ci­ans con­sider them­selves em­piri­cists.

SpectrumDT13 Dec 2023 11:09 UTC
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The Short Case for Verificationism

ike11 Sep 2020 18:48 UTC
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