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In­tel­lec­tual Progress (So­ciety-Level)

TagLast edit: 8 Sep 2020 21:04 UTC by abramdemski

Intellectual Progress is the progressive accumulation of knowledge. Questions include How is intellectual progress made? and How do we make more? Intellectual Progress (Individual-Level) and the Scholarship & Learning tag is focused on the learning and research of individuals. In contrast, Intellectual Progress (Society-Level) is about how we, humanity, collectively make progress on important questions. What broader conditions, institutions, and technologies enable progress?

Also related to: Progress Studies, Practice & Philosophy of Science

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On Solv­ing Prob­lems Be­fore They Ap­pear: The Weird Episte­molo­gies of Alignment

adamShimi11 Oct 2021 8:20 UTC
97 points
11 comments15 min readLW link

[An­swer] Why wasn’t sci­ence in­vented in China?

Ruby23 Apr 2019 21:47 UTC
92 points
46 comments21 min readLW link1 review

Episte­molog­i­cal Fram­ing for AI Align­ment Research

adamShimi8 Mar 2021 22:05 UTC
53 points
7 comments9 min readLW link

In­tel­lec­tual Progress In­side and Out­side Academia

Ben Pace2 Sep 2017 23:08 UTC
40 points
5 comments14 min readLW link

The Coper­ni­can Revolu­tion from the Inside

jacobjacob1 Nov 2017 10:51 UTC
116 points
46 comments19 min readLW link

[Question] How do we iden­tify bot­tle­necks to sci­en­tific and tech­nolog­i­cal progress?

NaiveTortoise31 Dec 2018 20:21 UTC
31 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

How to an­a­lyze progress, stag­na­tion, and low-hang­ing fruit

jasoncrawford15 Jun 2020 21:02 UTC
42 points
9 comments4 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

[Question] Which sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery was most ahead of its time?

Richard_Ngo16 May 2019 12:58 UTC
38 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

Is the rate of sci­en­tific progress slow­ing down? (by Tyler Cowen and Ben South­wood)

Ben Pace2 Dec 2019 3:45 UTC
48 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(docs.google.com)

The Fu­ture of Science

Richard_Ngo28 Jul 2020 2:43 UTC
21 points
2 comments7 min readLW link

Study­ing Early Stage Science: Re­search Pro­gram Introduction

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

Why Aca­demic Papers Are A Ter­rible Dis­cus­sion Forum

alyssavance20 Jun 2012 18:15 UTC
45 points
53 comments6 min readLW link

For progress to be by ac­cu­mu­la­tion and not by ran­dom walk, read great books

MichaelVassar2 Mar 2010 8:11 UTC
69 points
115 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] How of­ten are new ideas dis­cov­ered in old pa­pers?

TurnTrout26 Jul 2019 1:00 UTC
23 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

What’s Wrong with So­cial Science and How to Fix It: Reflec­tions After Read­ing 2578 Papers

habryka12 Sep 2020 1:46 UTC
104 points
22 comments2 min readLW link
(fantasticanachronism.com)

How to Find the Fron­tiers of Knowledge

Samo Burja30 Oct 2020 10:50 UTC
60 points
1 comment9 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Pro­duc­tive Mis­takes, Not Perfect Answers

adamShimi7 Apr 2022 16:41 UTC
95 points
11 comments6 min readLW link

MATS Models

johnswentworth9 Jul 2022 0:14 UTC
84 points
5 comments16 min readLW link

Paper read­ing as a Cargo Cult

jem-mosig7 Aug 2022 7:50 UTC
66 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

Epistemic Arte­facts of (con­cep­tual) AI al­ign­ment research

19 Aug 2022 17:18 UTC
30 points
1 comment5 min readLW link

The Just World Hypothesis

michael_vassar29 Oct 2017 6:03 UTC
15 points
10 comments3 min readLW link

Start Un­der the Streetlight, then Push into the Shadows

lukeprog24 Jun 2013 0:49 UTC
51 points
29 comments8 min readLW link

Char­ac­ter­iz­ing Real-World Agents as a Re­search Meta-Strategy

johnswentworth8 Oct 2019 15:32 UTC
29 points
4 comments5 min readLW link

De­liber­ate and spon­ta­neous creativity

Kaj_Sotala29 Mar 2009 19:45 UTC
28 points
30 comments4 min readLW link

LW2.0: Tech­nol­ogy Plat­form for In­tel­lec­tual Progress

Ruby19 Jun 2019 20:25 UTC
31 points
5 comments7 min readLW link

LW2.0: Com­mu­nity, Cul­ture, and In­tel­lec­tual Progress

Ruby19 Jun 2019 20:25 UTC
27 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

Mee­tups as In­sti­tu­tions for In­tel­lec­tual Progress

mingyuan17 Sep 2019 5:23 UTC
90 points
26 comments7 min readLW link

Mus­ings on LessWrong Peer Review

Raemon18 Mar 2018 21:47 UTC
47 points
23 comments5 min readLW link

On the im­por­tance of Less Wrong, or an­other sin­gle con­ver­sa­tional locus

AnnaSalamon27 Nov 2016 17:13 UTC
172 points
365 comments4 min readLW link

Learn­ing To Love Scien­tific Consensus

Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 8:44 UTC
26 points
1 comment19 min readLW link

The Ba­co­nian Method (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 93-107)

Francis Bacon10 Oct 2019 18:54 UTC
28 points
1 comment11 min readLW link

[Question] What makes peo­ple in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive?

abramdemski29 Dec 2018 22:29 UTC
101 points
65 comments1 min readLW link

The effi­ciency of prizes

lukeprog3 Apr 2012 21:45 UTC
37 points
18 comments2 min readLW link

Pas­teur’s quadrant

jasoncrawford5 Jun 2020 17:47 UTC
34 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Shut­tling be­tween sci­ence and invention

jasoncrawford27 May 2020 21:25 UTC
59 points
1 comment6 min readLW link1 review
(rootsofprogress.org)

The YouTube Revolu­tion in Knowl­edge Transfer

Samo Burja17 Sep 2019 20:10 UTC
61 points
7 comments4 min readLW link
(medium.com)

On the Loss and Preser­va­tion of Knowledge

Samo Burja8 Mar 2018 18:40 UTC
55 points
20 comments10 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Why ev­ery­thing might have taken so long

KatjaGrace1 Jan 2018 1:00 UTC
103 points
16 comments3 min readLW link1 review
(meteuphoric.wordpress.com)

Is Science Slow­ing Down?

Scott Alexander27 Nov 2018 3:30 UTC
121 points
77 comments9 min readLW link1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

Some ex­am­ples of tech­nol­ogy timelines

NunoSempere27 Mar 2020 18:13 UTC
24 points
0 comments16 min readLW link

Epistemic stan­dards for “Why did it take so long to in­vent X?”

jasoncrawford2 Mar 2020 18:58 UTC
90 points
16 comments6 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Why did ev­ery­thing take so long?

KatjaGrace29 Dec 2017 1:00 UTC
29 points
17 comments1 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.wordpress.com)

Blog posts as epistemic trust builders

Adam Zerner27 Sep 2020 1:47 UTC
18 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Open Prob­lems Create Paradigms

johnswentworth9 Nov 2020 20:04 UTC
49 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

1960: The Year The Sin­gu­lar­ity Was Cancelled

Scott Alexander23 Apr 2019 1:30 UTC
96 points
15 comments11 min readLW link1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

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

Ruby12 Feb 2021 19:26 UTC
50 points
6 comments8 min readLW link

[Question] Sugges­tions of posts on the AF to review

adamShimi16 Feb 2021 12:40 UTC
56 points
20 comments1 min readLW link

Re­view of “Fun with +12 OOMs of Com­pute”

28 Mar 2021 14:55 UTC
59 points
20 comments8 min readLW link

Les­sons from “The Book of My Life”

bmgarfinkel6 Jan 2021 22:40 UTC
104 points
3 comments16 min readLW link
(benmgarfinkel.wordpress.com)

Look­ing Deeper at Deconfusion

adamShimi13 Jun 2021 21:29 UTC
57 points
13 comments15 min readLW link

[Question] Why not more small, in­tense re­search teams?

eg5 Aug 2021 11:57 UTC
19 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

Com­bin­ing two posts: Blank­face (Scott Aa) and Is Science Slow­ing Down? (Scott Al)

William Gasarch9 Aug 2021 17:37 UTC
10 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

How can we in­crease the fre­quency of rare in­sights?

MichaelDickens19 Apr 2021 22:54 UTC
19 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

Grav­ity Turn

alkjash16 Aug 2021 19:20 UTC
209 points
20 comments5 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Blind Spots in Science and Culture

rogersbacon2 Sep 2021 0:02 UTC
7 points
3 comments15 min readLW link

Pri­ori­ti­za­tion Re­search for Ad­vanc­ing Wis­dom and Intelligence

ozziegooen18 Oct 2021 22:28 UTC
48 points
8 comments5 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

An anal­ogy as the mid­wife of thermodynamics

adamShimi16 Feb 2022 21:34 UTC
29 points
10 comments7 min readLW link

Be­com­ing Stronger as Episte­mol­o­gist: Introduction

adamShimi15 Feb 2022 6:15 UTC
29 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

What The Foucault

adamShimi19 Feb 2022 22:48 UTC
37 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

The Art and Science of In­tu­ition Pumping

adamShimi22 Feb 2022 0:18 UTC
23 points
1 comment9 min readLW link

Re­plac­ing Nat­u­ral Interpretations

adamShimi16 Mar 2022 13:05 UTC
13 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

What do paradigm shifts look like?

leogao16 Mar 2022 19:17 UTC
15 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

On Con­text And People

Jan19 Mar 2022 23:38 UTC
7 points
0 comments10 min readLW link
(universalprior.substack.com)

Distributed blind re­view site for papers

Jonas Kgomo21 Apr 2022 22:51 UTC
2 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

In­tu­itions about solv­ing hard problems

Richard_Ngo25 Apr 2022 15:29 UTC
92 points
23 comments6 min readLW link

An aca­demic jour­nal is just a Twit­ter feed

David Hugh-Jones27 May 2022 11:14 UTC
13 points
3 comments2 min readLW link
(wyclif.substack.com)

Episte­molog­i­cal Vigilance for Alignment

adamShimi6 Jun 2022 0:27 UTC
52 points
11 comments10 min readLW link
(epistemologicalvigilance.substack.com)

How to Diver­sify Con­cep­tual Align­ment: the Model Be­hind Refine

adamShimi20 Jul 2022 10:44 UTC
76 points
11 comments8 min readLW link
(epistemologicalvigilance.substack.com)

Levels of Pluralism

adamShimi27 Jul 2022 9:35 UTC
30 points
0 comments14 min readLW link
(epistemologicalvigilance.substack.com)

[Question] What are some Works that might be use­ful but are difficult, so for­got­ten?

TekhneMakre9 Aug 2022 2:22 UTC
10 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

Please (re)ex­plain your per­sonal jargon

Nathan Helm-Burger22 Aug 2022 14:30 UTC
19 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Method­olog­i­cal Ther­apy: An Agenda For Tack­ling Re­search Bottlenecks

22 Sep 2022 18:41 UTC
54 points
6 comments9 min readLW link

When An­thro­po­mor­phism Be­came Stupid

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Aug 2008 23:43 UTC
47 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Is LW mak­ing progress?

zulupineapple24 Aug 2019 0:32 UTC
21 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Peter Thiel warns of up­com­ing (and cur­rent) stagnation

SilasBarta4 Oct 2011 17:30 UTC
36 points
121 comments2 min readLW link

Build­ing Some­thing Smarter

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Nov 2008 17:00 UTC
22 points
57 comments4 min readLW link

If Van der Waals was a neu­ral network

George3d628 Jan 2020 18:38 UTC
18 points
3 comments11 min readLW link
(blog.cerebralab.com)

That You’d Tell All Your Friends

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Mar 2009 12:04 UTC
8 points
53 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] The tech left behind

Leafcraft12 Mar 2019 14:47 UTC
25 points
22 comments1 min readLW link

Kevin Sim­ler’s “Go­ing Crit­i­cal”

habryka16 May 2019 4:36 UTC
56 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(www.meltingasphalt.com)

Cul­tural accumulation

KatjaGrace6 Dec 2020 6:20 UTC
91 points
53 comments3 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.com)

[Question] What do you think should be in­cluded in a se­ries about con­cep­tual me­dia?

Polytopos31 Dec 2020 1:40 UTC
2 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

Where Utopias Go Wrong, or: The Four Lit­tle Planets

ExCeph27 May 2022 1:24 UTC
15 points
0 comments11 min readLW link
(ginnungagapfoundation.wordpress.com)

Align­ment’s phlo­gis­ton

Eleni Angelou18 Aug 2022 22:27 UTC
10 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Your posts should be on arXiv

JanBrauner25 Aug 2022 10:35 UTC
135 points
39 comments3 min readLW link

Why Weren’t Hot Air Bal­loons In­vented Sooner?

Lost Futures18 Oct 2022 0:41 UTC
107 points
52 comments6 min readLW link
(lostfutures.substack.com)