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Prac­tice & Philos­o­phy of Science

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Practice and Philosophy of Science is for posts that discuss how science is done or should be done; examples include Building Intuitions on Non-Empirical Arguments in Science and the Science and Rationality sequence. (It is not for posts that simply report on a new scientific result.)

Episte­molog­i­cal Fram­ing for AI Align­ment Research

adamShimi8 Mar 2021 22:05 UTC
50 points
6 comments9 min readLW link

Be­ware The Man Of One Study

Scott Alexander12 Dec 2014 9:04 UTC
39 points
1 comment8 min readLW link

Science Isn’t Strict Enough

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 May 2008 6:51 UTC
42 points
61 comments5 min readLW link

Is Science Slow­ing Down?

Scott Alexander27 Nov 2018 3:30 UTC
114 points
77 comments9 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

Ed Boy­den on the State of Science

Ben Pace13 May 2019 1:54 UTC
62 points
2 comments9 min readLW link

Science in a High-Di­men­sional World

johnswentworth8 Jan 2021 17:52 UTC
119 points
33 comments7 min readLW link

Build­ing In­tu­itions On Non-Em­piri­cal Ar­gu­ments In Science

Scott Alexander7 Nov 2019 6:50 UTC
53 points
28 comments11 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

Book Re­view: The Struc­ture Of Scien­tific Revolutions

Scott Alexander9 Jan 2019 7:10 UTC
95 points
30 comments19 min readLW link2 nominations1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

The Failures of Eld Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 May 2008 10:32 UTC
66 points
57 comments9 min readLW link

The Dilemma: Science or Bayes?

Eliezer Yudkowsky13 May 2008 8:16 UTC
38 points
188 comments5 min readLW link

Science Doesn’t Trust Your Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 May 2008 2:13 UTC
39 points
137 comments3 min readLW link

When Science Can’t Help

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 May 2008 7:24 UTC
36 points
70 comments4 min readLW link

Does blind re­view slow down sci­ence?

Kaj_Sotala6 Mar 2009 12:35 UTC
21 points
22 comments4 min readLW link

Do Scien­tists Already Know This Stuff?

Eliezer Yudkowsky17 May 2008 2:25 UTC
41 points
56 comments5 min readLW link

No Safe Defense, Not Even Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky18 May 2008 5:19 UTC
56 points
67 comments6 min readLW link

Chang­ing the Defi­ni­tion of Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky18 May 2008 18:07 UTC
27 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

Faster Than Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 May 2008 0:19 UTC
34 points
13 comments4 min readLW link

How to Fix Science

lukeprog7 Mar 2012 2:51 UTC
68 points
143 comments5 min readLW link

Fol­low-up on ESP study: “We don’t pub­lish repli­ca­tions”

CarlShulman12 Jul 2011 20:48 UTC
109 points
50 comments2 min readLW link

This is why we can’t have so­cial science

Costanza13 Jul 2014 21:04 UTC
50 points
83 comments1 min readLW link

13 Causes of Bad Science (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 69-92)

Francis Bacon4 Oct 2019 19:52 UTC
33 points
1 comment30 min readLW link

Shut­tling be­tween sci­ence and invention

jasoncrawford27 May 2020 21:25 UTC
35 points
0 comments6 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Study­ing Early Stage Science: Re­search Pro­gram Introduction

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

Fix­ing sci­ence via a ba­sic income

Kaj_Sotala2 Aug 2018 8:30 UTC
30 points
29 comments3 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

The promise of con­nected science

lukeprog12 Nov 2011 18:22 UTC
33 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Karnofsky on fore­cast­ing and what sci­ence does

Rob Bensinger28 Mar 2018 1:55 UTC
14 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(80000hours.org)

Is Molec­u­lar Nan­otech­nol­ogy “Scien­tific”?

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Aug 2007 4:11 UTC
35 points
60 comments2 min readLW link

Scien­tific Ev­i­dence, Le­gal Ev­i­dence, Ra­tional Evidence

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

A brief his­tory of eth­i­cally con­cerned scientists

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

[Book Re­view] The Trou­ble with Physics

lsusr5 Jan 2020 1:47 UTC
27 points
18 comments2 min readLW link

Prob­lems in evolu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy

Kaj_Sotala13 Aug 2010 18:57 UTC
78 points
102 comments8 min readLW link

Align­ment Re­search Field Guide

abramdemski8 Mar 2019 19:57 UTC
204 points
9 comments17 min readLW link2 nominations2 reviews

Out­side the Laboratory

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Jan 2007 3:46 UTC
100 points
349 comments7 min readLW link

The Dogma of Ev­i­dence-based Medicine

ChristianKl25 Jan 2018 21:15 UTC
11 points
39 comments4 min readLW link

Science like a chef

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

Non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble Evidence

adamzerner17 Nov 2015 3:46 UTC
17 points
49 comments2 min readLW link

Diseased dis­ci­plines: the strange case of the in­verted chart

Morendil7 Feb 2012 9:45 UTC
62 points
150 comments4 min readLW link

Hedge drift and ad­vanced motte-and-bailey

Stefan_Schubert1 May 2016 14:45 UTC
49 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Knowl­edge value = knowl­edge qual­ity × do­main importance

John_Maxwell16 Apr 2012 8:40 UTC
14 points
41 comments1 min readLW link

Where Philos­o­phy Meets Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Apr 2008 21:21 UTC
39 points
22 comments4 min readLW link

To Spread Science, Keep It Secret

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Mar 2008 5:47 UTC
60 points
48 comments4 min readLW link

Why no archive of re­futed re­search?

Kaj_Sotala26 Aug 2011 8:14 UTC
37 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

Prob­lems with Academia and the Ris­ing Sea

JonahS23 May 2013 19:17 UTC
46 points
39 comments4 min readLW link

Idols of the Mind Pt. 2 (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 53-68)

Francis Bacon26 Sep 2019 22:24 UTC
27 points
3 comments17 min readLW link

Dis­solv­ing the Prob­lem of Induction

Liron27 Dec 2020 17:58 UTC
34 points
32 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] How good are our mouse mod­els (psy­chol­ogy, biol­ogy, medicine, etc.), ig­nor­ing trans­la­tion into hu­mans, just in terms of un­der­stand­ing mice? (Same ques­tion for drosophila.)

Ruby22 Jan 2021 20:45 UTC
60 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

Episte­mol­ogy of HCH

adamShimi9 Feb 2021 11:46 UTC
15 points
2 comments10 min readLW link

[Question] If my pre­vi­ous re­search is wrong, what are my op­tions ?

BB67 Apr 2021 16:44 UTC
50 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

In­ter­mit­tent Distil­la­tions #4: Semi­con­duc­tors, Eco­nomics, In­tel­li­gence, and Tech­nolog­i­cal Progress.

Mark Xu8 Jul 2021 22:14 UTC
73 points
9 comments10 min readLW link

On ex­act math­e­mat­i­cal formulae

daozaich22 Apr 2018 19:41 UTC
62 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

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

Ben Pace29 Dec 2018 23:37 UTC
99 points
17 comments2 min readLW link

Even if you have a nail, not all ham­mers are the same

PhilGoetz29 Mar 2010 18:09 UTC
130 points
126 comments6 min readLW link

Tal Yarkoni: No, it’s not The In­cen­tives—it’s you

Zack_M_Davis11 Jun 2019 7:09 UTC
89 points
120 comments1 min readLW link2 nominations4 reviews
(www.talyarkoni.org)

Rule Thinkers In, Not Out

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

Science as Attire

Eliezer Yudkowsky23 Aug 2007 5:10 UTC
106 points
88 comments2 min readLW link

The Skep­tic’s Trilemma

Scott Alexander15 Mar 2009 0:12 UTC
80 points
15 comments5 min readLW link

Some Heuris­tics for Eval­u­at­ing the Sound­ness of the Aca­demic Main­stream in Un­fa­mil­iar Fields

Vladimir_M15 Feb 2011 9:17 UTC
98 points
278 comments9 min readLW link

Para­psy­chol­ogy: the con­trol group for science

AllanCrossman5 Dec 2009 22:50 UTC
80 points
188 comments2 min readLW link

Priv­ileg­ing the Hypothesis

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Sep 2009 0:40 UTC
78 points
131 comments5 min readLW link

Were atoms real?

AnnaSalamon8 Dec 2010 17:30 UTC
90 points
156 comments4 min readLW link

Science: Do It Yourself

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

Gears vs Behavior

johnswentworth19 Sep 2019 6:50 UTC
65 points
11 comments7 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

Ein­stein’s Arrogance

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Sep 2007 1:29 UTC
98 points
89 comments3 min readLW link

I Defy the Data!

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 Aug 2007 21:33 UTC
76 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

Why epi­demiol­ogy will not cor­rect itself

gwern11 Aug 2011 0:54 UTC
68 points
13 comments1 min readLW link

The Scent of Bad Psychology

Jacob Falkovich10 Sep 2018 18:42 UTC
42 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(putanumonit.com)

No One Knows What Science Doesn’t Know

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Oct 2007 23:47 UTC
62 points
107 comments3 min readLW link

Scien­tific mis­con­duct mis­di­ag­nosed be­cause of sci­en­tific misconduct

GLaDOS10 Jun 2011 14:49 UTC
60 points
55 comments2 min readLW link

The Gal­ileo af­fair: who was on the side of ra­tio­nal­ity?

Val15 Feb 2015 20:52 UTC
48 points
71 comments7 min readLW link

Novum Or­ganum: Preface

Francis Bacon19 Sep 2019 22:51 UTC
53 points
5 comments7 min readLW link

[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)

Kevin Sim­ler’s “Go­ing Crit­i­cal”

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

The Inad­e­quacy of Cur­rent Science (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 1-37)

Francis Bacon23 Sep 2019 2:53 UTC
36 points
3 comments9 min readLW link

Fix­ing sci­ence via a ba­sic income

Kaj_Sotala8 Dec 2017 14:20 UTC
14 points
2 comments3 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

Con­junc­tion Con­tro­versy (Or, How They Nail It Down)

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

Feed the spinoff heuris­tic!

CarlShulman9 Feb 2012 7:41 UTC
79 points
91 comments2 min readLW link

On alien science

Richard_Ngo2 Jun 2019 14:50 UTC
44 points
8 comments5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

My IRB Nightmare

Scott Alexander28 Sep 2017 16:47 UTC
33 points
1 comment19 min readLW link

Er­ror de­tec­tion bias in research

neq122 Sep 2010 3:00 UTC
71 points
37 comments2 min readLW link

How Should We Cri­tique Re­search? A De­ci­sion Perspective

gwern14 Jul 2019 22:51 UTC
46 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(www.gwern.net)

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

Hazard9 Dec 2019 0:17 UTC
30 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

What sci­ence needs

PhilGoetz2 Dec 2012 22:31 UTC
58 points
84 comments7 min readLW link

Sex, Lies, and Dexamethasone

Jacob Falkovich20 Feb 2018 19:56 UTC
14 points
1 comment9 min readLW link

Coun­ter­fac­tual out­come state tran­si­tion parameters

Anders_H27 Jul 2018 21:13 UTC
36 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

[Link] The Greek He­lio­cen­tric Theory

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

What’s wrong with psy­chol­ogy, any­way?

Anatoly_Vorobey28 Apr 2012 23:36 UTC
43 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Hard to find fac­tors mess­ing up ex­per­i­ments: Ex­am­ples?

Hazard15 Nov 2019 17:46 UTC
32 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

Lone Ge­nius Bias and Re­turns on Ad­di­tional Researchers

ChrisHallquist1 Nov 2013 0:38 UTC
37 points
64 comments6 min readLW link

A hun­dred Shakespeares

Stuart_Armstrong11 Dec 2018 23:11 UTC
29 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Mov­ing to a World Beyond “p < 0.05”

lifelonglearner19 Apr 2019 23:09 UTC
23 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(www.tandfonline.com)

Why Aca­demic Papers Are A Ter­rible Dis­cus­sion Forum

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

Nat­u­ral Laws Are De­scrip­tions, not Rules

pragmatist8 Aug 2012 4:27 UTC
39 points
236 comments9 min readLW link

Fru­gal­ity and work­ing from finite data

Snowyowl3 Sep 2010 9:37 UTC
35 points
47 comments4 min readLW link

Ex­per­i­ments and Consent

jefftk10 Nov 2019 14:50 UTC
28 points
45 comments1 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Time Binders

Hivewired24 Feb 2020 9:55 UTC
23 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
(hivewired.wordpress.com)

Separat­ing the roles of the­ory and di­rect em­piri­cal ev­i­dence in be­lief for­ma­tion: the ex­am­ples of min­i­mum wage and an­thro­pogenic global warming

VipulNaik25 Jun 2014 21:47 UTC
38 points
66 comments4 min readLW link

Con­tam­i­nated by Optimism

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Aug 2008 0:26 UTC
17 points
78 comments7 min readLW link

Fried­man’s “Pre­dic­tion vs. Ex­pla­na­tion”

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Sep 2008 6:15 UTC
9 points
79 comments1 min readLW link

If Van der Waals was a neu­ral network

George28 Jan 2020 18:38 UTC
18 points
3 comments11 min readLW link
(blog.cerebralab.com)

A Cor­re­spon­dence Theorem

johnswentworth26 Oct 2020 23:28 UTC
27 points
2 comments9 min readLW link

Science vs. art

PhilGoetz16 Mar 2009 15:48 UTC
7 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

Are the so­cial sci­ences challeng­ing be­cause of fun­da­men­tal difficul­ties or be­cause of im­posed ones?

ozziegooen10 Nov 2020 4:56 UTC
53 points
13 comments11 min readLW link

Over-encapsulation

PhilGoetz25 Mar 2010 17:58 UTC
29 points
56 comments3 min readLW link

Ein­stein’s Speed

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 May 2008 2:48 UTC
44 points
35 comments8 min readLW link

Ob­jec­tive truth?

pchvykov15 Feb 2021 21:47 UTC
1 point
0 comments2 min readLW link

Hard vs Soft in fields as at­ti­tudes to­wards model collision

Jemist20 Apr 2021 18:57 UTC
13 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Re­search Mo­ti­va­tions and “The Divi­sion of Cog­ni­tive La­bor”

Aidan_Kierans16 May 2021 0:00 UTC
3 points
3 comments5 min readLW link

On “Epistemic Tres­pass­ing” and In­tel­lec­tual Modesty

Aidan_Kierans16 May 2021 0:40 UTC
9 points
4 comments9 min readLW link

One Study, Many Re­sults (Matt Clancy)

aarongertler18 Jul 2021 23:10 UTC
81 points
18 comments9 min readLW link
(mattsclancy.substack.com)
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