Good call, I’ll link to it from the poll.
Suspended Reason: you may find this philosophy poll of LWers from 8 years ago interesting. The poll results no longer render (as of the 2.0 reboot of LW), but the raw data can be found in this git repo.
Ah, yes: their headline is very misleading then! It currently reads “The coronavirus did not escape from a lab. Here’s how we know.”
I’ll shoot the editor an email and see if they can correct it.
EDIT: Here’s me complaining about the headline on Twitter.
Not sure if you have seen this yet, but they conclude:
Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus...
Are they assuming a false premise or making an error in reasoning somewhere?
No, lying seems to have a short term cost as well, since in the places where mask wearing is encouraged people are creating homemade masks (and donating their N95s to hospitals).
flattenthecurve.com is an informational website about the coronavirus with (as of this comment) over one million visitors. It has since become open source and is hosted on GitHub here.
Consider contributing to the project.
See here for a successful interaction involving the removal of an anti-mask wearing section (partially inspired by information obtained here on LessWrong).
Whoops, I already created another “answer”. Thanks, did not know about that feature.
My co-worker and her husband, partially backed by my current employer, have modified the design of a device invented in Taiwan for reducing the exposure of ER doctors/nurses to COVID-19. If you have basic fabrication skills you can build your own using the instructions here or else donate here to help them manufacture more to ship to hospitals already on their waiting list.
EDIT: Signal boosted by @RealSexyCyborg here.
EDIT: I meant this to be a new answer, not a comment.
I’ve been trying to get flattenthecurve.com to remove their anti-mask section here, but it’s been stalled for 5 days now.
EDIT: They merged my anti-mask section removal. We are collaborating on a pro-mask section now.
EDIT2: There is now a pro-mask section.
I’ve been away for some time. Any idea what posts he’s talking about here?
The administration refutes the claim.
I think we should say “the administration denies the claim”.
I’ve been keeping notes on corona virus risk reduction tactics and turned some of them into a webpage to share with my family and friends. The idea to to make them as quickly actionable/understandable as possible. This is the pretty version, but you can contribute here.
I’m very interested in critical feedback, including if any of these tactics are likely to be harmful/ineffective or if I’m missing anything high-value/low-cost.
Unclear how to get something small enough to go through security. Perhaps it can be bought in the airport though?
Liquids that are in containers that are 100ml (3.4 ounces) or less are allowed past security checkpoints in Europe and North America, so look for a hand-sanitizer bottle that meets that criterion. Here is some evidence for this claim.
There is some indirect evidence that weightlifting improves productivity, assuming that cognition is an important determinate of productivity.
For example, a recent meta-study, Lifting cognition: a meta-analysis of effects of resistance exercise on cognition by Jon-Frederick Landrigan, Tyler Bell, Michael Crowe, Olivio J. Clay, Daniel Mirman, reports that:
Results revealed positive effects of resistance training on composite cognitive scores (SMD 0.71, 95% CI 0.30-1.12), screening measures of cognitive impairment (SMD 1.28, 95% CI 0.39-2.18), and executive functions (SMD 0.39, 95% CI 0.04-0.74), but no effect on measures of working memory (SMD 0.151, 95% CI - 0.21 to 0.51).
Saturday seems to be the canonical answer, but opinions vary.
Why Phoenix? (I live in Phoenix, BTW)
An Introduction to Decision Theory by Martin Peterson is a good first introduction to the fundamental principles of decision theory as well as the strengths and weaknesses of causal vs evidential decision theory (it doesn’t get into the more exotic theories, although it does contain a chapter on social choice).
It also contains exercises to ensure basic mastery of the concepts, but only assumes a background of algebra and probability.
Offing those with low wellbeing increases average wellbeing.