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Epistemic Spot Check

TagLast edit: 5 Jul 2023 1:08 UTC by Jonas Vollmer

Epistemic Spot Checks is a technique for figuring out the value of a learning resource (usually a book). You can’t fact check every single claim in a book, that takes too long. There’s a certain amount of trust the reader has to give the author. But how does one know whether an author deserves that trust? Using the Epistemic Spot Checks technique, which Elizabeth created, you read the very beginning of the book (usually a few pages to chapter), take a few claims, and fact check them. If there are too many mistakes in the first pages, you can expect the rest to be the same, if the there are little to no mistakes (especially on something you expected to turn out false), then that author at least gained a few points.

See also: Epistemic Review, Scholarship & Learning

Why Yud­kowsky is wrong about “co­va­lently bonded equiv­a­lents of biol­ogy”

titotal6 Dec 2023 14:09 UTC
34 points
40 comments1 min readLW link
(open.substack.com)

How’s that Epistemic Spot Check Pro­ject Com­ing?

Elizabeth16 Dec 2019 22:50 UTC
39 points
16 comments4 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

What Comes After Epistemic Spot Checks?

Elizabeth22 Oct 2019 17:00 UTC
121 points
9 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

The Ur­gency of Nor­mal: An Ex­er­cise in Bounded Distrust

Zvi3 Feb 2022 18:10 UTC
46 points
3 comments11 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Epistemic Legibility

Elizabeth9 Feb 2022 18:10 UTC
301 points
30 comments20 min readLW link1 review
(acesounderglass.com)

A ques­tion about Eliezer

perpetualpeace119 Apr 2012 17:27 UTC
53 points
160 comments1 min readLW link

Re­view: Mar­tyr Made Podcast

Elizabeth23 Sep 2021 20:10 UTC
20 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

“Eat­ing Dirt Benefits Kids” is Ba­si­cally Made Up

Elizabeth8 Oct 2021 8:30 UTC
64 points
13 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Can we hold in­tel­lec­tu­als to similar pub­lic stan­dards as ath­letes?

ozziegooen7 Oct 2020 4:22 UTC
84 points
48 comments3 min readLW link1 review

Epistemic spot check­ing one claim in The Precipice

Isaac King27 Jun 2023 1:03 UTC
32 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Con­tra StatNews: How Long to Herd Im­mu­nity?

AppliedDivinityStudies20 Jan 2021 22:06 UTC
24 points
0 comments11 min readLW link

How ac­cu­rate is the quan­tum physics se­quence?

Paul Crowley17 Apr 2012 6:54 UTC
72 points
68 comments1 min readLW link

Epistemic Spot Check: The De­mon Un­der the Micro­scope (Thomas Hager)

Elizabeth21 Jun 2017 16:00 UTC
6 points
0 comments4 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: The Role of De­liber­ate Prac­tice in the Ac­qui­si­tion of Ex­pert Performance

Elizabeth25 Jun 2019 23:00 UTC
80 points
9 comments4 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: Full Catas­tro­phe Liv­ing (Jon Ka­bat-Zinn)

Elizabeth29 Dec 2017 6:10 UTC
17 points
10 comments5 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: The Dorito Effect (Mark Schatzker)

Elizabeth3 Oct 2018 17:10 UTC
43 points
8 comments1 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: The Fate of Rome (Kyle Harper)

Elizabeth24 Aug 2019 21:40 UTC
39 points
3 comments5 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Checks: The Fall of Rome

Elizabeth16 Oct 2019 18:40 UTC
38 points
2 comments8 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: Fa­tigue and the Cen­tral Gover­nor Module

Elizabeth1 Dec 2019 0:10 UTC
19 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: Un­con­di­tional Parenting

Elizabeth10 Nov 2019 20:10 UTC
22 points
6 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: Ex­er­cise for Mood and Anx­iety (Michael W. Otto, Jasper A.J. Smits)

Elizabeth9 Sep 2017 23:50 UTC
1 point
0 comments7 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: A Guide To Bet­ter Move­ment (Todd Har­grove)

Elizabeth1 Jul 2017 5:20 UTC
16 points
7 comments5 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Doubt Certainty

RationalDino2 Nov 2023 17:43 UTC
4 points
13 comments3 min readLW link
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