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Being effective vs. feeling good. EA is a big topic, this is really just an intro for the uninitiated.
Money: The Unit of Caring, by Eliezer Yudkowsky
Nobody is Perfect, Everything is Commensurate, by Scott Alexander
What Is The Greatest Good? – an EA profile in The Atlantic, wherein they refer to EA as “generosity for nerds” (Which is one of the ways you can tell it’s better than pleb generosity. 😉 – Eneasz)
GiveWell.org, probably the best-known site for evaluating charity effectiveness. They are the source of the oft-cited ~$3000 = one life saved statistic (based on the effectiveness of their top-rated charity, the Against Malaria Foundation)
Giving What We Can – where you can make the 10% pledge, in addition to getting more info
80,000 Hours – making a difference via your career by putting your comparative advantage to the best use.
2017 AI Risk Literature Review and Charity Comparison – We briefly discussed the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and it’s possible relationship to Effective Altruism. This article is an in-depth analysis of some aspects of that topic.
The Salvation Army – :/ at best
When is it OK to punch Nazis?
Ken White of Popehat On Punching Nazis (he’s against it, for good legal reasons)
A pro-punching piece a friend sent to Eneasz
The Alternative Right piece discussing black genocide that is quoted
Who is this “Black Bloc?”
The shooting of a (not really) Nazi at University of Washington
Derek Black, the white supremacist who was invited to dinner by Jewish classmates and decided he wouldn’t be a supremacist anymore.
Superman vs The KKK, on This American Life, where Eneasz first heard of it, although it looks to have first appeared in Freakonomics and so has probably shown up all over the place.
Non-Violent options for change at Indivisible Guide
Change My View at reddit
The very worthwhile analysis on holiday gift giving reddit comment.
Google’s deep learning utilizes these sorts of networks. “The Great AI Awakening” discusses this at some length, and is Eneasz’s source for visual recognition software finding cats in youtube videos and The Hidden Watchers.
This Alien Shore is what inspired Eneasz’s face-tattoos, it contains a society where every morning people apply very elaborate face make-up to signal their interests, social status, careers, education, etc. Those who are very confident they won’t have personality shifts over time get them tattooed on.
TED talk by David Epstein regarding extreme body-types of the most elite athletes. Link starts at 6:00, but the first six minutes of the talk is about how new technology has led to record-breaking improvements in performance, which is also very interesting.
The Conspirators meander through various topics, using a Tinder encounter as a framing story:
Steven’s OKCupid stats come from Rationally Speaking episode 89
Katrina’s OKCupid stats (and pic) come from Big Lies People Tell
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Fun on Tinder!
Ho hum, I’ll just flip through this person’s images…
I didn’t get the sad Kermit memo
Robin Hanson’s “What is Signaling?”
Scott Alexander’s definition of signaling: a method of conveying information among not-necessarily-trustworthy parties by performing an action which is more likely or less costly if the information is true than if it is not true.
A list of some blog posts about signaling courtesy of Less Wrong.
Hanson on sitting in on classes at Stanford.
*You usually need a degree for a job in academia 😛
Brian Caplan on illegal IQ tests
Venomous. We mean that the snakes are venomous, not poisonous.
Batesian mimicry is parasitic in that one species (the most edible one) benefits to the detriment of the model species. It can only be maintained if the harm caused to the predator by eating the model outweighs the benefit of eating the mimic. –Sterns & Hoekstra. Evolution: An Introduction (5th ed.). p. 464.
Katrina: To clarify, it’s hard for me to tell where the truth lies on the cost/benefit analysis of making a child. It isn’t hard to predict a child’s impact on carbon emissions. That’s clearly a cost.