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TagLast edit: 9 Feb 2021 9:35 UTC by Yoav Ravid

History: “Why should I remember the Wright Brothers’ first flight? I was not there. But as a rationalist, could I dare to not remember, when the event actually happened? Is there so much difference between seeing an event through your eyes—which is actually a causal chain involving reflected photons, not a direct connection—and seeing an event through a history book? Photons and history books both descend by causal chains from the event itself.”—Eliezer Yudkowsky, Making History Available.

Related Pages: History of Rationality, History of Less Wrong

Dis­con­tin­u­ous progress in his­tory: an update

KatjaGrace14 Apr 2020 0:00 UTC
163 points
23 comments31 min readLW link
(aiimpacts.org)

A tale from Com­mu­nist China

Wei_Dai18 Oct 2020 17:37 UTC
218 points
64 comments2 min readLW link

Cortés, Pizarro, and Afonso as Prece­dents for Takeover

Daniel Kokotajlo1 Mar 2020 3:49 UTC
114 points
70 comments11 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ism be­fore the Sequences

Eric Raymond30 Mar 2021 14:04 UTC
422 points
75 comments10 min readLW link

On Build­ing The­o­ries of History

Samo Burja23 Feb 2018 23:40 UTC
29 points
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[An­swer] Why wasn’t sci­ence in­vented in China?

Ruby23 Apr 2019 21:47 UTC
84 points
43 comments21 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

The Coper­ni­can Revolu­tion from the Inside

jacobjacob1 Nov 2017 10:51 UTC
94 points
45 comments19 min readLW link

Why ev­ery­thing might have taken so long

KatjaGrace1 Jan 2018 1:00 UTC
94 points
16 comments3 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.wordpress.com)

The 300-year jour­ney to the covid vaccine

jasoncrawford9 Nov 2020 23:06 UTC
113 points
7 comments5 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

What is it good for? But ac­tu­ally?

KatjaGrace16 Dec 2020 9:20 UTC
41 points
17 comments2 min readLW link
(worldspiritsockpuppet.com)

Mak­ing His­tory Available

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 Aug 2007 19:52 UTC
96 points
82 comments3 min readLW link

Failing to Learn from History

Eliezer Yudkowsky30 Aug 2007 20:22 UTC
62 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Ages Of Discord

Scott Alexander3 Sep 2019 6:30 UTC
33 points
3 comments21 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

Book Re­view: Albion’s Seed

Scott Alexander27 Apr 2016 8:40 UTC
20 points
1 comment32 min readLW link

Les­sons on AI Takeover from the conquistadors

17 Jul 2020 22:35 UTC
56 points
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Why haven’t we cel­e­brated any ma­jor achieve­ments lately?

jasoncrawford17 Aug 2020 20:34 UTC
142 points
54 comments12 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Book re­view: WEIRDest People

PeterMcCluskey30 Nov 2020 3:33 UTC
88 points
54 comments9 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

[Question] What are the best prece­dents for in­dus­tries failing to in­vest in valuable AI re­search?

Daniel Kokotajlo14 Dec 2020 23:57 UTC
18 points
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Jean Mon­net: The Guerilla Bureaucrat

Martin Sustrik20 Mar 2021 10:37 UTC
153 points
19 comments18 min readLW link

[Question] Have epistemic con­di­tions always been this bad?

Wei_Dai25 Jan 2020 4:42 UTC
164 points
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Cross­ing the His­tory-Les­sons Threshold

lionhearted17 Oct 2014 0:17 UTC
50 points
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Study­ing Early Stage Science: Re­search Pro­gram Introduction

habryka17 Jan 2020 22:12 UTC
32 points
1 comment15 min readLW link
(medium.com)

The Cold War di­vided Science

Douglas_Knight5 Apr 2014 23:10 UTC
33 points
53 comments1 min readLW link

A brief his­tory of eth­i­cally con­cerned scientists

Kaj_Sotala9 Feb 2013 5:50 UTC
99 points
150 comments14 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Sleep­walk­ers by Arthur Koestler

Richard_Ngo23 Apr 2019 0:10 UTC
67 points
26 comments9 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Book Re­view: The Se­crets of Alchemy

namespace21 Jan 2018 19:01 UTC
17 points
7 comments14 min readLW link

Black Death at the Golden Gate (book re­view)

PeterMcCluskey26 Jun 2020 16:09 UTC
17 points
0 comments4 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

How min­i­mal is our in­tel­li­gence?

Douglas_Reay25 Nov 2012 23:34 UTC
78 points
214 comments6 min readLW link

A His­tory of Bayes’ Theorem

lukeprog29 Aug 2011 7:04 UTC
73 points
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[Question] Has there been a “memetic col­lapse”?

Eli Tyre28 Dec 2019 5:36 UTC
32 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Epistemic Spot Checks: The Fall of Rome

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

Mini-re­view: ‘Prov­ing His­tory: Bayes’ The­o­rem and the Quest for the His­tor­i­cal Je­sus’

lukeprog1 Feb 2012 19:20 UTC
27 points
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Tra­di­tion is Smarter Than You Are

Kaj_Sotala19 Sep 2018 17:54 UTC
64 points
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(scholars-stage.blogspot.com)

Jan Bloch’s Im­pos­si­ble War

Hivewired17 Feb 2020 16:14 UTC
98 points
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(hivewired.wordpress.com)

Les­sons from the Cold War on In­for­ma­tion Hazards: Why In­ter­nal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is Critical

Gentzel24 Feb 2018 23:34 UTC
47 points
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[Question] How has the cost of cloth­ing in­su­la­tion changed since 1970 in the USA?

DanielFilan12 Jan 2020 23:31 UTC
14 points
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De­bate Rules In Ben­jamin Fran­klin’s Junto

namespace30 Oct 2018 23:42 UTC
76 points
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The Oil Cri­sis of 1973

Elizabeth22 May 2020 15:50 UTC
65 points
9 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Indig­na­tion in re­sponse to the 1890 census

jasoncrawford8 Sep 2020 20:14 UTC
24 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Philos­o­phy of Therapy

DaystarEld10 Oct 2020 20:12 UTC
105 points
28 comments16 min readLW link
(daystareld.com)

The Flynn Effect Clarified

PeterMcCluskey12 Dec 2020 5:18 UTC
33 points
2 comments4 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

When life was liter­ally full of crap

jasoncrawford21 Dec 2020 21:16 UTC
57 points
4 comments5 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Turn­ing air into bread

jasoncrawford21 Oct 2019 17:50 UTC
92 points
12 comments6 min readLW link2 nominations1 review
(rootsofprogress.org)

Birds, Brains, Planes, and AI: Against Ap­peals to the Com­plex­ity/​Mys­te­ri­ous­ness/​Effi­ciency of the Brain

Daniel Kokotajlo18 Jan 2021 12:08 UTC
166 points
74 comments14 min readLW link

Po­ten­tial fac­tors in Bell Labs’ in­tel­lec­tual progress, Pt. 1

Ruby12 Feb 2021 19:26 UTC
49 points
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[Book Re­view] Destiny Disrupted

lsusr21 Mar 2021 7:09 UTC
54 points
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Les­sons from “The Book of My Life”

bmgarfinkel6 Jan 2021 22:40 UTC
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(benmgarfinkel.wordpress.com)

The abrupt­ness of nu­clear weapons

paulfchristiano25 Feb 2018 17:40 UTC
46 points
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Re­search: Res­cuers dur­ing the Holocaust

Martin Sustrik30 Apr 2018 6:15 UTC
74 points
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Can the Chain Still Hold You?

lukeprog13 Jan 2012 1:28 UTC
176 points
360 comments4 min readLW link

Drain­ing the swamp

jasoncrawford28 Jan 2020 21:37 UTC
89 points
0 comments11 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

[Question] How did academia en­sure pa­pers were cor­rect in the early 20th Cen­tury?

Ben Pace29 Dec 2018 23:37 UTC
99 points
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Rule Thinkers In, Not Out

Scott Alexander27 Feb 2019 2:40 UTC
142 points
59 comments4 min readLW link3 nominations4 reviews
(slatestarcodex.com)

And the AI would have got away with it too, if...

Stuart_Armstrong22 May 2019 21:35 UTC
75 points
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Farewell Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

Kawoomba12 Jan 2013 10:09 UTC
115 points
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The Skep­tic’s Trilemma

Scott Alexander15 Mar 2009 0:12 UTC
80 points
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Stranger Than History

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Sep 2007 18:57 UTC
89 points
335 comments1 min readLW link

Guardians of Ayn Rand

Eliezer Yudkowsky18 Dec 2007 6:24 UTC
84 points
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When None Dare Urge Restraint

Eliezer Yudkowsky8 Dec 2007 23:09 UTC
74 points
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Eight Books To Read

Samo Burja14 May 2019 17:40 UTC
63 points
11 comments6 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Why I am not a Quaker (even though it of­ten seems as though I should be)

Benquo26 Sep 2017 7:00 UTC
45 points
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Ein­stein’s Arrogance

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Sep 2007 1:29 UTC
86 points
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USA v Pro­gres­sive 1979 excerpt

RyanCarey27 Nov 2017 17:32 UTC
22 points
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The Zom­bie Preacher of Somerset

Scott Alexander28 Mar 2009 22:29 UTC
50 points
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The Era Of Un­limited Every­thing: Un­limited Ma­te­ri­als & Un­limited Money

jdampolargo1 Aug 2020 3:01 UTC
4 points
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A map of Bay Area memespace

Julia_Galef23 Sep 2013 17:34 UTC
68 points
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Fight the Power

Jacob Falkovich22 Jun 2020 2:19 UTC
23 points
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Life as metaphor for ev­ery­thing else.

Charlie Steiner5 Apr 2020 7:21 UTC
36 points
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Sapiens

Vaniver8 Apr 2015 2:56 UTC
64 points
12 comments13 min readLW link

Epistemic Spot Check: The Dorito Effect (Mark Schatzker)

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

What Botswana Can Teach Us About Poli­ti­cal Stability

Samo Burja9 May 2019 18:30 UTC
40 points
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(medium.com)

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

Elizabeth24 Aug 2019 21:40 UTC
39 points
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(acesounderglass.com)

A sim­ple sketch of how re­al­ism be­came unpopular

Rob Bensinger11 Oct 2019 22:25 UTC
60 points
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[Question] How Old is Smal­lpox?

Raemon10 Dec 2018 10:50 UTC
40 points
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The Gal­ileo af­fair: who was on the side of ra­tio­nal­ity?

Val15 Feb 2015 20:52 UTC
47 points
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Con­cepts Don’t Work That Way

lukeprog28 Sep 2011 2:01 UTC
82 points
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For progress to be by ac­cu­mu­la­tion and not by ran­dom walk, read great books

MichaelVassar2 Mar 2010 8:11 UTC
63 points
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We Agree: Speeches All Around!

JohnBuridan14 Jun 2018 17:53 UTC
37 points
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[Question] Which sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery was most ahead of its time?

Richard_Ngo16 May 2019 12:58 UTC
38 points
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Be­hav­iorism: Be­ware An­thro­po­mor­phiz­ing Humans

Scott Alexander4 Jul 2011 20:40 UTC
78 points
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How would you take over Rome?

Scott Alexander14 Mar 2012 16:24 UTC
48 points
203 comments1 min readLW link

Are You a So­lar De­ity?

Scott Alexander15 Mar 2009 19:30 UTC
45 points
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[Question] His­tor­i­cal fore­cast­ing: Are there ways I can get lots of data, but only up to a cer­tain date?

Eli Tyre21 Nov 2019 17:16 UTC
38 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What is a rea­son­able out­side view for the fate of so­cial move­ments?

jacobjacob4 Jan 2019 0:21 UTC
33 points
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Tech­nol­ogy Changes Constraints

johnswentworth25 Jan 2020 23:13 UTC
85 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

On first look­ing into Rus­sell’s History

Richard_Ngo8 Nov 2018 11:20 UTC
23 points
6 comments5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

[Question] Books on the zeit­geist of sci­ence dur­ing Lord Kelvin’s time.

Hazard9 Dec 2019 0:17 UTC
30 points
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Guardians of the Gene Pool

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Dec 2007 20:08 UTC
40 points
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Hiroshima Day

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Aug 2008 23:15 UTC
4 points
63 comments1 min readLW link

Con­cep­tual is­sues in AI safety: the paradig­matic gap

vedevazz24 Jun 2018 15:09 UTC
33 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(www.foldl.me)

[Link] The Greek He­lio­cen­tric Theory

[deleted]12 Jun 2012 17:18 UTC
52 points
11 comments3 min readLW link

LA-602 vs. RHIC Review

Eliezer Yudkowsky19 Jun 2008 10:00 UTC
45 points
62 comments6 min readLW link

A Med­i­cal Mys­tery: Thy­roid Hor­mones, Chronic Fa­tigue and Fibromyalgia

johnlawrenceaspden14 Feb 2016 13:14 UTC
36 points
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Mach’s Prin­ci­ple: Anti-Epiphe­nom­e­nal Physics

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 May 2008 5:01 UTC
34 points
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Liv­ing By Your Own Strength

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Dec 2008 0:37 UTC
35 points
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[Question] Has gov­ern­ment or in­dus­try had greater past suc­cess in main­tain­ing re­ally pow­er­ful tech­nolog­i­cal se­crets?

habryka1 May 2019 2:24 UTC
27 points
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The In­sti­tute For Pro­pa­ganda Anal­y­sis, A Pre­cur­sor and a Warning

[deleted]29 Mar 2012 18:23 UTC
37 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

A Brief His­tory of LessWrong

Ruby1 Jun 2019 0:43 UTC
27 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

AI Risk and Op­por­tu­nity: Hu­man­ity’s Efforts So Far

lukeprog21 Mar 2012 2:49 UTC
42 points
49 comments23 min readLW link

Poets are in­tel­li­gence assets

Benquo25 Oct 2017 3:30 UTC
10 points
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(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Diver­gence on Ev­i­dence Due to Differ­ing Pri­ors—A Poli­ti­cal Case Study

Davidmanheim16 Sep 2019 11:01 UTC
27 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

Log­i­cal or Con­nec­tion­ist AI?

Eliezer Yudkowsky17 Nov 2008 8:03 UTC
26 points
26 comments9 min readLW link

A Parable of Elites and Takeoffs

gwern30 Jun 2014 23:04 UTC
39 points
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Sleep­walk­ing Toward Armageddon

Hivewired9 Mar 2020 7:28 UTC
14 points
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(hivewired.wordpress.com)

Land war in Asia

Apprentice7 Dec 2016 19:31 UTC
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Were vac­cines rele­vant to 20th cen­tury US mor­tal­ity im­prove­ments?

jasoncrawford10 Dec 2019 0:13 UTC
12 points
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(rootsofprogress.org)

We are the Athe­ni­ans, not the Spartans

wubbles11 Jun 2017 5:53 UTC
30 points
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WMDs in Iraq and Syria

ChristianKl10 May 2017 21:03 UTC
15 points
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[Link] The Hy­bo­rian Age

GLaDOS21 Jan 2012 19:00 UTC
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In the be­gin­ning, Dart­mouth cre­ated the AI and the hype

Stuart_Armstrong24 Jan 2013 16:49 UTC
33 points
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Re­play­ing History

G Gordon Worley III8 May 2009 5:35 UTC
7 points
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[Question] Why did the Ming trea­sure voy­ages end in 1433?

ChristianKl30 Nov 2020 13:30 UTC
15 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

An­cient So­cial Pat­terns: Comitatus

ryan_b5 Mar 2018 18:28 UTC
8 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

The Story of the Reichstag

Martin Sustrik5 Feb 2021 5:51 UTC
87 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

He­lio­cen­trism in the an­cient era

ForensicOceanography16 Feb 2021 8:34 UTC
15 points
4 comments6 min readLW link
(forensicoceanography.wordpress.com)

Oliver Sipple

KatjaGrace19 Feb 2021 7:00 UTC
101 points
12 comments2 min readLW link
(worldspiritsockpuppet.com)

Book Re­view: Sec­u­lar Cycles

Scott Alexander13 Aug 2019 4:10 UTC
60 points
11 comments16 min readLW link2 nominations1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

High­lights from The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of An­drew Carnegie

jasoncrawford8 Apr 2021 22:03 UTC
87 points
7 comments19 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)
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