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Writ­ing (com­mu­ni­ca­tion method)

TagLast edit: 31 May 2021 8:30 UTC by Jsevillamol

About the art and science of using writing to think and communicate.

Including posts on: the history of writing, how to write better, comparing and recommending writing tools, and more.

External Links:

Nonfiction Writing Advice by Scott Alexander

Related Pages: Communication Cultures, Philosophy of Language, Inferential Distance

How To Write Quickly While Main­tain­ing Epistemic Rigor

johnswentworth28 Aug 2021 17:52 UTC
426 points
38 comments4 min readLW link3 reviews

How to Write Like Kaj Sotala

Matt Goldenberg7 Jan 2021 19:33 UTC
76 points
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Epistemic Legibility

Elizabeth9 Feb 2022 18:10 UTC
301 points
30 comments20 min readLW link1 review
(acesounderglass.com)

Writ­ing to think

Adam Zerner17 Nov 2020 7:54 UTC
64 points
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Edit­ing Ad­vice for LessWrong Users

JustisMills11 Apr 2022 16:32 UTC
230 points
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Con­trar­ian Writ­ing Advice

lsusr7 Mar 2021 0:23 UTC
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Writ­ing On The Pareto Frontier

johnswentworth17 Sep 2021 0:05 UTC
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[Question] Are there good classes (or just ar­ti­cles) on blog writ­ing?

Brendan Long19 Apr 2021 1:10 UTC
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Ab­stracts should be ei­ther Ac­tu­ally Short™, or bro­ken into paragraphs

Raemon24 Mar 2023 0:51 UTC
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Dan Luu on “You can only com­mu­ni­cate one top pri­or­ity”

Raemon18 Mar 2023 18:55 UTC
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(twitter.com)

Origi­nal Seeing

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Oct 2007 4:38 UTC
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Ty­pol­ogy of blog posts that don’t always add any­thing clear and insightful

KatjaGrace13 Jul 2021 1:40 UTC
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(worldspiritsockpuppet.com)

How to Write Science Fic­tion and Fan­tasy—A Short Summary

Jsevillamol29 May 2021 11:47 UTC
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Why write more: im­prove your epistemics, self-care, & 28 other reasons

KatWoods17 Dec 2022 19:25 UTC
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Dun­can Sa­bien On Writing

lynettebye7 Apr 2022 16:09 UTC
35 points
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Ob­ser­va­tions about writ­ing and com­ment­ing on the internet

dynomight15 Feb 2022 0:02 UTC
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(dynomight.net)

Writ­ing chil­dren’s pic­ture books

jessicata25 Jun 2019 21:43 UTC
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(unstableontology.com)

Notes on writing

RP10 Jan 2023 4:01 UTC
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Don’t feed the void. She is fat enough!

Johannes C. Mayer29 Dec 2022 14:18 UTC
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On Sud­denly Not Be­ing Able to Work

Jacob Falkovich25 Aug 2020 22:14 UTC
35 points
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Sub­scripts for Probabilities

niplav13 Apr 2023 18:32 UTC
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RA Bounty: Look­ing for feed­back on screen­play about AI Risk

Writer26 Oct 2023 13:23 UTC
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[Question] What’s your fa­vorite note­tak­ing sys­tem?

Elizabeth30 Sep 2019 6:18 UTC
31 points
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Writ­ing That Pro­vokes Comments

Raemon4 Oct 2017 2:48 UTC
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Writ­ing Down Conversations

Raemon28 Dec 2017 22:08 UTC
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Write a Thou­sand Roads to Rome

Screwtape8 Feb 2018 18:09 UTC
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Only say ‘ra­tio­nal’ when you can’t elimi­nate the word

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 May 2012 6:56 UTC
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Rhetoric for the Good

lukeprog26 Oct 2011 18:52 UTC
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Hedge drift and ad­vanced motte-and-bailey

Stefan_Schubert1 May 2016 14:45 UTC
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Sim­ple but im­por­tant ideas

John_Maxwell21 Mar 2012 6:59 UTC
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Quan­tum Explanations

Eliezer Yudkowsky9 Apr 2008 8:15 UTC
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How webs of mean­ing grow and change

Hazard14 Aug 2020 13:58 UTC
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Writ­ing Style and the Typ­i­cal Mind Fallacy

lukeprog14 Jul 2013 4:47 UTC
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The ideas you’re not ready to post

JulianMorrison19 Apr 2009 21:23 UTC
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What top­ics would you like to see more of on LessWrong?

Emile13 Dec 2010 16:20 UTC
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Pop­u­lariz­ing vibes vs. models

DirectedEvolution12 Jul 2023 5:44 UTC
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Write

alkjash29 Jan 2018 2:11 UTC
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(radimentary.wordpress.com)

The Haters Gonna Hate Fallacy

Kaj_Sotala22 Sep 2020 12:20 UTC
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(kajsotala.fi)

My check­list for pub­lish­ing a blog post

Steven Byrnes15 Aug 2023 15:04 UTC
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Some rea­sons why I fre­quently pre­fer com­mu­ni­cat­ing via text

Adam Zerner18 Sep 2023 21:50 UTC
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How to Get Ra­tion­al­ist Feedback

NicholasKross5 Oct 2023 2:03 UTC
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Five examples

Adam Zerner14 Feb 2021 2:47 UTC
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Open loops in fiction

Kaj_Sotala14 Mar 2021 8:50 UTC
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(kajsotala.fi)

You Can Now Embed Flash­card Quizzes in Your LessWrong posts!

spencerg19 Apr 2021 13:44 UTC
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When writ­ing trig­gers mem­ory reconsolidation

Adam Zerner25 Jul 2021 22:10 UTC
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Au­tore­gres­sive Propaganda

lsusr22 Aug 2021 2:18 UTC
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Three Prin­ci­ples to Writ­ing Origi­nal Nonfiction

lsusr6 Sep 2021 20:08 UTC
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De­bug­ging Writer’s Block

matto9 Oct 2021 19:04 UTC
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Book Anal­y­sis: New Thrawn Trilogy

ozymandias14 Oct 2021 17:49 UTC
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Write Sur­pris­ingly About Reality

lsusr16 Oct 2021 7:30 UTC
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Start with a Title

lsusr30 Oct 2021 8:59 UTC
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Tell the Truth

lsusr30 Oct 2021 10:27 UTC
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Sub­stack Ho?

Zvi6 Nov 2021 16:50 UTC
27 points
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(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Blog Respectably

lsusr17 Dec 2021 1:23 UTC
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Busi­ness Writ­ing Ex­am­ple #1

lsusr20 Dec 2021 5:02 UTC
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Busi­ness Writ­ing Ex­am­ple #2

lsusr20 Dec 2021 5:06 UTC
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Ran­dom facts can come back to bite you

tailcalled22 Dec 2021 17:33 UTC
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Per­sonal blog­ging as self-im­posed oppression

xarkn15 Jan 2022 14:51 UTC
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Iter­at­ing fast: voice dic­ta­tion as a form of babble

Gytis Daujotas25 Jan 2022 0:21 UTC
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Twit­ter thread on postrationalists

Eli Tyre17 Feb 2022 9:02 UTC
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Learn­ing By Writing

HoldenKarnofsky22 Feb 2022 15:50 UTC
130 points
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(www.cold-takes.com)

Treat Ex­am­ples as World-Building

adamShimi10 Mar 2022 15:09 UTC
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Con­trol the Den­sity of Novelty in Your Writing

En Kepeig6 Apr 2022 21:33 UTC
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A method of writ­ing con­tent eas­ily with lit­tle anxiety

jessicata8 Apr 2022 22:11 UTC
64 points
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(unstableontology.com)

In praise of con­tribut­ing ex­am­ples, analo­gies and lingo

Adam Zerner13 Jul 2020 6:43 UTC
37 points
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Write posts busi­ness-like, not story-like

shminux5 May 2022 20:13 UTC
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Here’s a List of Some of My Ideas for Blog Posts

lsusr26 May 2022 5:35 UTC
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[Question] Should you write un­der a blog or your own name?

Dalton Mabery6 Jul 2022 15:26 UTC
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Re­view: Amus­ing Our­selves to Death

L Rudolf L20 Aug 2022 21:13 UTC
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(www.strataoftheworld.com)

Short story spec­u­lat­ing on pos­si­ble ram­ifi­ca­tions of AI on the art world

Yitz1 Sep 2022 21:15 UTC
30 points
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(archiveofourown.org)

A blog post is a very long and com­plex search query to find fas­ci­nat­ing peo­ple and make them route in­ter­est­ing stuff to your inbox

Henrik Karlsson5 Oct 2022 19:07 UTC
89 points
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(escapingflatland.substack.com)

Refine: what helped me write more?

Alexander Gietelink Oldenziel25 Oct 2022 14:44 UTC
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The many types of blog posts

Adam Zerner26 Nov 2022 3:57 UTC
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Look­ing Back on Posts From 2022

Zvi26 Dec 2022 13:20 UTC
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(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Why and how to write things on the Internet

benkuhn29 Dec 2022 22:40 UTC
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(www.benkuhn.net)

Exquisite Or­a­cle: A Dadaist-In­spired Liter­ary Game for Many Friends (or 1 AI)

Yitz26 Jan 2023 18:26 UTC
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Say­ing things be­cause they sound good

Adam Zerner31 Jan 2023 0:17 UTC
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Write It Like A Poem

Strange716 Feb 2011 15:11 UTC
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“Pub­lish or Per­ish” (a quick note on why you should try to make your work leg­ible to ex­ist­ing aca­demic com­mu­ni­ties)

David Scott Krueger (formerly: capybaralet)18 Mar 2023 19:01 UTC
98 points
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[Question] How to write bet­ter?

TeaTieAndHat29 Jan 2024 17:02 UTC
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More Hyphenation

Arjun Panickssery7 Feb 2024 19:43 UTC
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(arjunpanickssery.substack.com)

Notes on effec­tive-al­tru­ism-re­lated re­search, writ­ing, test­ing fit, learn­ing, and the EA Forum

MichaelA28 Mar 2021 23:43 UTC
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Redis­cov­ery, the Mind’s Curare

Erich_Grunewald10 Apr 2021 7:42 UTC
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(www.erichgrunewald.com)

Mazes Se­quence Roundup: Fi­nal Thoughts and Paths Forward

Zvi6 Feb 2020 16:10 UTC
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(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Writ­ing this post as ra­tio­nal­ity case study

Ben Amitay8 Jul 2023 12:24 UTC
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Short­form Beta Launch

Raemon27 Jul 2019 20:09 UTC
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Voic­ing Voice

Willa28 Jun 2021 4:29 UTC
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The Monthly Newslet­ter as Think­ing Tool

moridinamael2 Feb 2018 16:42 UTC
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Read­ing writ­ing ad­vice doesn’t make writ­ing easier

Henry Sleight7 Feb 2024 19:14 UTC
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(open.substack.com)

Sum­mary: “How to Write Quickly...” by John Wentworth

Pablo Repetto11 Apr 2022 23:26 UTC
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(pabloernesto.github.io)

Mo­ti­vat­ing Align­ment of LLM-Pow­ered Agents: Easy for AGI, Hard for ASI?

RogerDearnaley11 Jan 2024 12:56 UTC
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Pre­fer the Bri­tish Style of Quo­ta­tion Mark Punc­tu­a­tion over the American

Erich_Grunewald11 Sep 2021 13:37 UTC
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(www.erichgrunewald.com)

[SEE NEW EDITS] No, *You* Need to Write Clearer

NicholasKross29 Apr 2023 5:04 UTC
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(www.thinkingmuchbetter.com)

Write to Think

Michael Samoilov12 Jan 2023 0:33 UTC
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Con­sider pay­ing for liter­a­ture or book re­views us­ing boun­ties and dom­i­nant as­surance contracts

Arjun Panickssery15 Jan 2023 3:56 UTC
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Preface

iy3d20 Jan 2023 12:38 UTC
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Rul­ing Out Every­thing Else

[DEACTIVATED] Duncan Sabien27 Oct 2021 21:50 UTC
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An­nounc­ing the Distil­la­tion for Align­ment Practicum (DAP)

18 Aug 2022 19:50 UTC
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Bioin­for­mat­ics 101

iy3d22 Jan 2023 2:36 UTC
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Bite Sized Tasks

Johannes C. Mayer4 Mar 2023 3:31 UTC
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Blog Post Day (Unoffi­cial)

Daniel Kokotajlo18 Feb 2020 19:05 UTC
49 points
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How to Write Deep Characters

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Jun 2013 2:10 UTC
69 points
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[Question] What are the re­quire­ments for be­ing “citable?”

Raemon28 Nov 2019 21:24 UTC
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Blog Post Day II

Daniel Kokotajlo21 Mar 2020 16:39 UTC
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[Question] Why Don’t Creators Switch to their Own Plat­forms?

Jacob Falkovich23 Dec 2018 4:46 UTC
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Please give your links speak­ing names!

rmoehn11 Jul 2019 7:47 UTC
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Epistemic Effort

Raemon29 Nov 2016 16:08 UTC
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Sub­script­ing Ty­po­graphic Con­ven­tion For Ci­ta­tions/​Dates/​Sources/​Ev­i­den­tials: A Proposal

gwern8 Jan 2020 22:20 UTC
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LessWrong is pro­vid­ing feed­back and proofread­ing on drafts as a service

Ruby7 Sep 2021 1:33 UTC
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[Question] How do you write origi­nal ra­tio­nal­ist es­says?

lumenwrites1 Dec 2021 8:08 UTC
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Is com­mu­nity-col­lab­o­ra­tive ar­ti­cle pro­duc­tion pos­si­ble?

lukeprog21 Mar 2012 20:10 UTC
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Ra­tion­al­ity and the English Language

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Sep 2007 22:55 UTC
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More write­ups!

jefftk7 Feb 2020 3:10 UTC
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(www.jefftk.com)

Helping the kids post

jefftk17 Apr 2020 21:40 UTC
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(www.jefftk.com)

Med­i­ta­tions on the Medium

lifelonglearner29 Apr 2018 2:21 UTC
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Ra­tion­al­ist Sto­ry­books: A Challenge

MBlume18 Mar 2009 2:25 UTC
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How to write an aca­demic pa­per, ac­cord­ing to me

Stuart_Armstrong15 Oct 2014 12:29 UTC
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Beta Read­ers are Great

HoldenKarnofsky5 Sep 2022 19:10 UTC
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(www.cold-takes.com)

The Virtue of Num­ber­ing ALL your Equations

Linda Linsefors28 Sep 2017 18:41 UTC
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90% of any­thing should be bad (& the pre­ci­sion-re­call trade­off)

cartografie8 Sep 2022 1:20 UTC
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Con­tem­po­rary Lin­guis­tics: A Per­spec­tive on Re­search and In­for­ma­tion Sharing

Miniman12 Sep 2022 19:02 UTC
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Me­dia bias

PhilGoetz5 Jul 2009 16:54 UTC
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PSA: Please list your refer­ences, don’t just link them

Benya4 Jan 2013 1:57 UTC
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Good­bye, Shog­goth: The Stage, its An­i­ma­tron­ics, & the Pup­peteer – a New Metaphor

RogerDearnaley9 Jan 2024 20:42 UTC
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Reader-gen­er­ated Essays

Henrik Karlsson3 Jan 2022 8:56 UTC
25 points
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(escapingflatland.substack.com)

Have an idea? Come to Oxford to dis­cuss and write (20 – 24 March)

5 Feb 2023 15:05 UTC
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A more effec­tive Ele­va­tor Pitch for AI risk

Iknownothing15 Jun 2023 12:39 UTC
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Rewrit­ing the se­quences?

Student_UK13 Jun 2011 14:14 UTC
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Iter­a­tive Ar­gu­ments: Alter­na­tive to Ad­ver­sar­ial Collaboration

matsn12 Sep 2018 15:56 UTC
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Dom­i­nant As­surance Con­tract Ex­per­i­ment #2: Berkeley House Dinners

Arjun Panickssery5 Jul 2023 0:13 UTC
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(arjunpanickssery.substack.com)

Dense Math Notation

JK_Ravenclaw1 Apr 2011 3:37 UTC
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[Question] What is some un­nec­es­sar­ily ob­scure jar­gon that peo­ple here tend to use?

jchan12 Jul 2023 13:52 UTC
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Too right to write

Solenoid_Entity20 Jan 2022 13:21 UTC
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Against “Clas­sic Style”

Cleo Nardo23 Nov 2022 22:10 UTC
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I hate TL;DR

MarkusRamikin20 Sep 2011 9:23 UTC
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Seek­ing In­put to AI Safety Book for non-tech­ni­cal audience

Darren McKee10 Aug 2023 17:58 UTC
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My case for start­ing blogging

Neel Nanda22 Oct 2020 17:43 UTC
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(www.neelnanda.io)

Blog Post Day II Retrospective

Daniel Kokotajlo31 Mar 2020 15:03 UTC
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DIY De­liber­ate Practice

lynettebye21 Aug 2023 12:22 UTC
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(lynettebye.com)

Prac­tic­ing my Hand­writ­ing in 1439

Maxwell Tabarrok3 Feb 2024 13:21 UTC
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(www.maximum-progress.com)

Moved from Moloch’s Toolbox: Dis­cus­sion re style of lat­est Eliezer sequence

habryka5 Nov 2017 2:22 UTC
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Why I’m Writ­ing A Book

Samo Burja10 Nov 2020 16:50 UTC
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(medium.com)

SubOnlyStackFans

Jacob Falkovich3 Nov 2020 2:33 UTC
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Do you like bul­let points?

Raemon26 Mar 2019 4:30 UTC
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Poll: Any in­ter­est in an edit­ing buddy sys­tem?

dynomight2 Dec 2020 2:18 UTC
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How I Write

Jacob Falkovich2 Dec 2020 23:17 UTC
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[Question] Writ­ing tools for taboo­ing?

abramdemski13 Dec 2020 19:50 UTC
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How to Make Your Ar­ti­cle Change Peo­ple’s Minds or Ac­tions? (Spoiler: Do User Test­ing Like a Startup Would)

Yonatan Cale30 Mar 2022 17:39 UTC
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Avoid Con­tentious Terms

jefftk24 Feb 2021 3:10 UTC
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(www.jefftk.com)

Pa­ter­nal Formats

abramdemski9 Jun 2019 1:26 UTC
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