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Public Discourse

TagLast edit: 21 Jul 2020 23:49 UTC by Ruby

Public discourse refers to our ability to have conversations in large groups, both as a society, and in smaller communities; as well as conversations between a few well-defined participants (such as presidential debates) that take place publicly.

This tag is for understanding the nature of public discourse (How good is it? What makes it succeed or fail?), and ways of improving it using technology or novel institutions.

See also: Conversation (topic)

[Question] Have epistemic con­di­tions always been this bad?

Wei_Dai25 Jan 2020 4:42 UTC
165 points
105 comments4 min readLW link

You Have About Five Words

Raemon12 Mar 2019 20:30 UTC
121 points
71 comments1 min readLW link2 nominations6 reviews

Rais­ing the San­ity Waterline

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Mar 2009 4:28 UTC
179 points
228 comments3 min readLW link

Ar­bital postmortem

alexei30 Jan 2018 13:48 UTC
185 points
109 comments19 min readLW link

There’s No Fire Alarm for Ar­tifi­cial Gen­eral Intelligence

Eliezer Yudkowsky13 Oct 2017 21:38 UTC
97 points
67 comments25 min readLW link

Well-Kept Gar­dens Die By Pacifism

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Apr 2009 2:44 UTC
169 points
316 comments5 min readLW link

The Forces of Bland­ness and the Disagree­able Majority

sarahconstantin28 Apr 2019 19:44 UTC
124 points
27 comments3 min readLW link2 nominations2 reviews
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Com­bin­ing Pre­dic­tion Tech­nolo­gies to Help Moder­ate Discussions

Wei_Dai8 Dec 2016 0:19 UTC
21 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

Crowd­sourc­ing mod­er­a­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing quality

paulfchristiano2 Dec 2016 21:47 UTC
18 points
26 comments1 min readLW link
(sideways-view.com)

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

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

A Re­turn to Discussion

sarahconstantin27 Nov 2016 13:59 UTC
56 points
32 comments6 min readLW link

Creat­ing bet­ter in­fras­truc­ture for con­tro­ver­sial dis­course

Rudi C16 Jun 2020 15:17 UTC
66 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

A re­ply to Agnes Callard

Vaniver28 Jun 2020 3:25 UTC
90 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

In the pres­ence of dis­in­for­ma­tion, col­lec­tive episte­mol­ogy re­quires lo­cal modeling

jessicata15 Dec 2017 9:54 UTC
75 points
39 comments5 min readLW link

Lo­cal Val­idity as a Key to San­ity and Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky7 Apr 2018 4:25 UTC
129 points
64 comments13 min readLW link

[Question] Has there been a “memetic col­lapse”?

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

Ex­pect­ing Short In­fer­en­tial Distances

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Oct 2007 23:42 UTC
216 points
106 comments3 min readLW link

Is Click­bait De­stroy­ing Our Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence?

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Nov 2018 23:06 UTC
150 points
58 comments5 min readLW link

Trust Me I’m Ly­ing: A Sum­mary and Review

quanticle13 Aug 2018 2:55 UTC
96 points
10 comments7 min readLW link
(quanticle.net)

New York Times, Please Do Not Threaten The Safety of Scott Alexan­der By Re­veal­ing His True Name

Zvi23 Jun 2020 12:20 UTC
152 points
2 comments2 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Par­tial sum­mary of de­bate with Ben­quo and Jes­si­cata [pt 1]

Raemon14 Aug 2019 20:02 UTC
87 points
66 comments22 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews

“Now here’s why I’m punch­ing you...”

philh16 Oct 2018 21:30 UTC
27 points
24 comments4 min readLW link
(reasonableapproximation.net)

Di­ag­no­sis: Rus­sell Aphasia

Zack_M_Davis6 Aug 2019 4:43 UTC
47 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(status451.com)

Defect­ing by Ac­ci­dent—A Flaw Com­mon to An­a­lyt­i­cal People

lionhearted1 Dec 2010 8:25 UTC
115 points
431 comments15 min readLW link

[Question] Why is so much dis­cus­sion hap­pen­ing in pri­vate Google Docs?

Wei_Dai12 Jan 2019 2:19 UTC
93 points
21 comments1 min readLW link

Dis­in­cen­tives for par­ti­ci­pat­ing on LW/​AF

Wei_Dai10 May 2019 19:46 UTC
80 points
42 comments2 min readLW link

Models of moderation

habryka2 Feb 2018 23:29 UTC
25 points
35 comments7 min readLW link

Modesty and di­ver­sity: a con­crete suggestion

[deleted]8 Nov 2017 20:42 UTC
30 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

LW Up­date 2018-12-06 – Table of Con­tents and Q&A

Raemon8 Dec 2018 0:47 UTC
55 points
28 comments4 min readLW link

Iso­lat­ing Con­tent can Create Affordances

Davis_Kingsley23 Aug 2018 8:28 UTC
51 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

Moder­a­tor’s Dilemma: The Risks of Par­tial Intervention

Chris_Leong29 Sep 2017 1:47 UTC
29 points
17 comments4 min readLW link

You’re Cal­ling *Who* A Cult Leader?

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Mar 2009 6:57 UTC
59 points
121 comments5 min readLW link

“Poli­tics is the mind-kil­ler” is the mind-killer

thomblake26 Jan 2012 15:55 UTC
46 points
99 comments1 min readLW link

Poli­tics is hard mode

Rob Bensinger21 Jul 2014 22:14 UTC
48 points
107 comments6 min readLW link

When None Dare Urge Res­traint, pt. 2

Jay_Schweikert30 May 2012 15:28 UTC
82 points
92 comments3 min readLW link

Break­ing the vi­cious cycle

XiXiDu23 Nov 2014 18:25 UTC
67 points
131 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Why Don’t Creators Switch to their Own Plat­forms?

Jacob Falkovich23 Dec 2018 4:46 UTC
42 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

Tak­ing “cor­re­la­tion does not im­ply cau­sa­tion” back from the internet

sixes_and_sevens3 Oct 2012 12:18 UTC
62 points
70 comments1 min readLW link

Poli­ti­cal top­ics at­tract par­ti­ci­pants in­clined to use the norms of main­stream poli­ti­cal de­bate, risk­ing a tip­ping point to lower qual­ity discussion

emr26 Mar 2015 0:14 UTC
63 points
71 comments1 min readLW link

Don’t Be Afraid of Ask­ing Per­son­ally Im­por­tant Ques­tions of Less Wrong

Evan_Gaensbauer17 Mar 2015 6:54 UTC
77 points
47 comments3 min readLW link

Only You Can Prevent Your Mind From Get­ting Killed By Politics

ChrisHallquist26 Oct 2013 13:59 UTC
58 points
144 comments5 min readLW link

Lit­tle­wood’s Law and the Global Media

gwern12 Jan 2019 17:46 UTC
36 points
3 comments1 min readLW link
(www.gwern.net)

Defense against discourse

Benquo17 Oct 2017 9:10 UTC
36 points
15 comments6 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Offense ver­sus harm minimization

Scott Alexander16 Apr 2011 1:06 UTC
82 points
429 comments9 min readLW link

False Friends and Tone Policing

palladias18 Jun 2014 18:20 UTC
71 points
49 comments3 min readLW link

On memetic weapons

ioannes1 Sep 2018 3:25 UTC
42 points
28 comments5 min readLW link

Free Speech as Le­gal Right vs. Eth­i­cal Value

ozymandias28 Nov 2017 16:49 UTC
9 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

Speak­ing up pub­li­cly is heroic

jefftk2 Nov 2019 12:00 UTC
42 points
2 comments1 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Nice­ness Stealth-Bombing

things_which_are_not_on_fire8 Jan 2018 22:16 UTC
23 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

The Case for a Big­ger Audience

John_Maxwell9 Feb 2019 7:22 UTC
68 points
58 comments2 min readLW link

Dialogue on Ap­peals to Consequences

jessicata18 Jul 2019 2:34 UTC
33 points
82 comments7 min readLW link
(unstableontology.com)

Ap­peal to Con­se­quence, Value Ten­sions, And Ro­bust Organizations

Matt Goldenberg19 Jul 2019 22:09 UTC
45 points
90 comments5 min readLW link

Easy wins aren’t news

PhilGoetz19 Feb 2015 19:38 UTC
59 points
19 comments1 min readLW link

Wikipe­dia pageviews: still in decline

VipulNaik26 Sep 2017 23:03 UTC
23 points
21 comments3 min readLW link

Don’t Ap­ply the Prin­ci­ple of Char­ity to Yourself

UnclGhost19 Nov 2011 19:26 UTC
73 points
24 comments2 min readLW link

Drive-By Low-Effort Criticism

lionhearted31 Jul 2019 11:51 UTC
31 points
61 comments2 min readLW link

Mak­ing Fun of Things is Easy

katydee27 Sep 2013 3:10 UTC
46 points
76 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tion­ally End­ing Discussions

curi12 Aug 2020 20:34 UTC
−7 points
27 comments14 min readLW link

Strength­en­ing the foun­da­tions un­der the Over­ton Win­dow with­out mov­ing it

KatjaGrace14 Mar 2018 2:20 UTC
12 points
7 comments3 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.wordpress.com)

Avoid­ing Selec­tion Bias

lahwran4 Oct 2017 19:10 UTC
20 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

Up­dat­ing My LW Com­ment­ing Policy

curi18 Aug 2020 16:48 UTC
7 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

Com­ment, Don’t Message

jefftk18 Nov 2019 16:00 UTC
30 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Why I’m Stay­ing On Blog­ging­heads.tv

Eliezer Yudkowsky7 Sep 2009 20:15 UTC
30 points
101 comments2 min readLW link

Find your­self a Wor­thy Op­po­nent: a Chavruta

Raw_Power6 Jul 2011 10:59 UTC
48 points
74 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] What’s the best ap­proach to cu­rat­ing a news­feed to max­i­mize use­ful con­trast­ing POV?

bgold26 Apr 2019 17:29 UTC
25 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

What the Haters Hate

Jacob Falkovich1 Oct 2018 20:29 UTC
29 points
36 comments8 min readLW link

One Web­site To Rule Them All?

anna_macdonald11 Jan 2019 19:14 UTC
30 points
23 comments10 min readLW link

...And Say No More Of It

Eliezer Yudkowsky9 Feb 2009 0:15 UTC
32 points
25 comments5 min readLW link

Col­lec­tive Apa­thy and the Internet

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Apr 2009 0:02 UTC
38 points
34 comments2 min readLW link

Click­bait might not be de­stroy­ing our gen­eral Intelligence

Donald Hobson19 Nov 2018 0:13 UTC
25 points
13 comments2 min readLW link

[LINK] Why I’m not on the Ra­tion­al­ist Masterlist

Apprentice6 Jan 2014 0:16 UTC
38 points
883 comments1 min readLW link

Why Aca­demic Papers Are A Ter­rible Dis­cus­sion Forum

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

Un­pop­u­lar ideas at­tract poor ad­vo­cates: Be charitable

[deleted]15 Sep 2014 19:30 UTC
43 points
61 comments2 min readLW link

The Paucity of Elites Online

JonahS31 May 2013 1:35 UTC
40 points
42 comments3 min readLW link

Change Con­texts to Im­prove Arguments

palladias8 Jul 2014 15:51 UTC
46 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

Has “poli­tics is the mind-kil­ler” been a mind-kil­ler?

SonnieBailey17 Mar 2019 3:05 UTC
23 points
26 comments3 min readLW link

Less Wrong Should Con­front Wrong­ness Wher­ever it Appears

jimrandomh21 Sep 2010 1:40 UTC
32 points
163 comments3 min readLW link

Do­ing dis­course bet­ter: Stuff I wish I knew

dynomight29 Sep 2020 14:34 UTC
27 points
11 comments7 min readLW link
(dyno-might.github.io)

In Defense of Tone Arguments

OrphanWilde19 Jul 2012 19:48 UTC
32 points
175 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Which head­lines and nar­ra­tives are mostly click­bait?

Pontor25 Oct 2020 1:19 UTC
5 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Poli­tics is work and work needs breaks

KatjaGrace4 Nov 2019 17:10 UTC
19 points
1 comment2 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.com)

Cat­e­gory Qual­ifi­ca­tions (w/​ ex­er­cises)

elriggs15 Sep 2019 16:28 UTC
23 points
22 comments5 min readLW link

On De­bates with Trolls

prase12 Apr 2011 8:46 UTC
31 points
251 comments3 min readLW link

A so­cial norm against un­jus­tified opinions?

Kaj_Sotala29 May 2009 11:25 UTC
16 points
161 comments1 min readLW link

Rea­sons for some­one to “ig­nore” you

Wei_Dai8 Oct 2012 19:50 UTC
37 points
57 comments3 min readLW link

Three thoughts on Deplatforming

betulaster14 Jan 2021 12:40 UTC
13 points
9 comments6 min readLW link

How Strong is Our Con­nec­tion to Truth?

anorangic17 Feb 2021 0:10 UTC
1 point
5 comments3 min readLW link

Idea selection

krbouchard1 Mar 2021 14:07 UTC
1 point
0 comments2 min readLW link

Redis­cov­ery, the Mind’s Curare

Erich_Grunewald10 Apr 2021 7:42 UTC
3 points
1 comment3 min readLW link
(www.erichgrunewald.com)
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