TagLast edit: 5 Aug 2020 13:22 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Slack is absence of binding constraints on behavior. The term is usually capitalized to distinguish it from the ordinary English meaning. Not to be confused with the communication app by the same name.

From the post which introduced this usage, Slack:

Poor is the person without Slack. Lack of Slack compounds and traps.

Slack means margin for error. You can relax.

Slack allows pursuing opportunities. You can explore. You can trade.

Slack prevents desperation. You can avoid bad trades and wait for better spots. You can be efficient.

Slack permits planning for the long term. You can invest.

Slack enables doing things for your own amusement. You can play games. You can have fun.

Slack enables doing the right thing. Stand by your friends. Reward the worthy. Punish the wicked. You can have a code.

Slack presents things as they are without concern for how things look or what others think. You can be honest.

You can do some of these things, and choose not to do others. Because you don’t have to.

Only with slack can one be a righteous dude.

Slack is life.

Related Sequence: Slack and the Sabbath


Zvi30 Sep 2017 11:10 UTC
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Stud­ies On Slack

Scott Alexander13 May 2020 5:00 UTC
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Slack gives you space to no­tice/​re­flect on sub­tle things

Raemon24 Apr 2022 2:30 UTC
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Chang­ing the world through slack & hobbies

Steven Byrnes21 Jul 2022 18:11 UTC
231 points
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Rest Days vs Re­cov­ery Days

Unreal19 Mar 2019 22:37 UTC
170 points
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Mazes Se­quence Summary

Zvi23 May 2020 16:40 UTC
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Mean­ingful Rest

Neel Nanda29 Aug 2020 15:50 UTC
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Slack for your be­lief system

Unreal26 Oct 2017 8:19 UTC
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On Slack—Hav­ing room to be excited

Neel Nanda10 Oct 2020 19:02 UTC
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The Real Standard

orthonormal30 Mar 2020 3:09 UTC
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Guard­ing Slack vs Substance

Raemon13 Dec 2017 20:58 UTC
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A Taijitu sym­bol for Moloch and Slack

Bob Jacobs25 May 2020 20:03 UTC
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My slack bud­get: 3 sur­prise prob­lems per week

Raemon25 Feb 2020 21:52 UTC
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In Search of Slack

Martin Sustrik23 May 2020 11:20 UTC
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Sab­bath Commentary

Zvi7 Oct 2017 12:10 UTC
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A Toy Model of Hingeyness

Bob Jacobs7 Sep 2020 17:38 UTC
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“Win First” vs “Chill First”

lionhearted28 Sep 2020 6:48 UTC
90 points
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Subagents, akra­sia, and co­her­ence in humans

Kaj_Sotala25 Mar 2019 14:24 UTC
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Rule of Equal and Op­po­site Ad­vice & Slack

tinyanon10 Oct 2020 21:22 UTC
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Sa­bien on “work-life” balance

Rob Bensinger20 May 2021 18:33 UTC
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Slack Has Pos­i­tive Ex­ter­nal­ities For Groups

johnswentworth29 Jul 2021 15:03 UTC
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Mak­ing a Crow­dac­tion platform

Bob Jacobs16 May 2020 16:08 UTC
24 points
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The Dark Mir­a­cle of Optics

Suspended Reason24 Jun 2020 3:09 UTC
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Out to Get You

Zvi23 Sep 2017 10:50 UTC
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Y Couchinator

Alicorn18 Aug 2018 3:41 UTC
111 points
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Sab­bath hard and go home

Benquo27 Sep 2017 7:49 UTC
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What is Life in an Im­moral Maze?

Zvi5 Jan 2020 13:40 UTC
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Bring Back the Sabbath

Zvi7 Oct 2017 12:10 UTC
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Sa­cred Cash

Zvi3 Mar 2018 13:20 UTC
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Con­fes­sions of a Slacker

Jacob Falkovich7 Nov 2017 14:20 UTC
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Jacob Falkovich19 Aug 2019 14:31 UTC
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Notes on Simplicity

David Gross2 Dec 2020 23:14 UTC
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God­shat­ter Ver­sus Leg­i­bil­ity: A Fun­da­men­tally Differ­ent Ap­proach To AI Alignment

LukeOnline9 Apr 2022 21:43 UTC
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[Question] Are you al­lo­cated op­ti­mally in your own es­ti­ma­tion?

Emrik20 Aug 2022 19:46 UTC
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