Anyone have thoughts on this tag [? · GW]? I'm skeptical, but might be more inclined if I saw more applications that were good. Also if it had a description that described it's naturalness as a category in the EA-sphere. (If this were a business forum it would obviously be good, and maybe it is in this Forum — I'm not sure.)jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags
A possibility would be to add the organization as a coauthor for all official posts.prabhat-soni on Are we neglecting education? Philosophy in schools as a longtermist area
Hi Jack, thanks for writing this. I read this post when it was published a few months ago, so I may not remember everything written in this post.
I have another related proposal: moral science (~ ethics) education for primary and middle school students. Moral science is often taught to students till 8th grade (atleast it was taught in my school). So, moral science education in schools is already tractable.
I would classify this under broadly promoting positive moral values. The current set of moral values are far from ideal, and EAs could have an impact by changing the curriculum used in moral science education in primary and middle school. In particular some moral values like concern for animals, consequentialism, caring for future generations, cosmopolitanism and liberalism seem particularly neglected and important (source: 33:33 of this video by Will MacASkill).
One of the biggest reasons to work on "broadly promoting positive moral values" would be that it isn't very tractable to influence society's moral values (the other being that it is undesirable [EA · GW]). But, as I've argued above, this intervention seems somewhat tractable.asaf-ifergan on Desperation Hamster Wheels
Thank you so much for sharing this with us and investing time in writing this.
I found this really insightful and helpful, and I can empathize with a lot of what you've felt throughout this journey.
"I’m sad that I’m not better or smarter than I grew up hoping I might be."
I feel like this is a thinking pattern that many people from our generation have, which is problematic because it's a fact that not everybody can be the most X person in the world, be it most impactful, most beautiful, most talented, or most wealthy. I feel it's also not true on an individual level; we tend to estimate our potential self while neglecting vital personal preferences - some of us just want to work less than others. and while for some people it feels good to work all the time, for others it's demotivating and depressing, and they are much happier when spending more time with friends and family, or watching Netflix on weekends instead of working and studying diligently.
One of the biggest struggles for me, and I would assume that's true for other people too, is that it can prevent us from noticing and celebrating our own progress because it always feels that we're still miles away from the finishing line - We're not fulfilling our potential. Then we're demotivated, and that surely doesn't help.
Hey Jack, thanks for the reply. Yeah, I agree that it's not obvious which among among the two is more promising.nathan on How much does a vote matter?
Thank you for writing this. The previous version was one of my most shared 80k links.
The post was long and detailed. That is what a certain audience wants (ie this forum).
I wonder if there is an audience for a trimmed down, lighter piece (eg style of vox's future perfect). I think the piece is good enough in content to share among people who prefer shorter and lighter articles.
Thanks a lot, I feel like this post could prove to be really usefuly for me, especially with giving this pattern a nice handle. I very much relate to stressing myself about having impact with my research. This led to me feeling averse towards trying to think about new "useful" research projects, which plausible decreases my research productivity quite a bit.
Relatedly, I'm currently reading "Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective" by Ken Stanley and Joel Lehman , where they argue that, among others, innovation and research is best achieved by aiming for what's interesting and not what makes progress on a more concrete objective. I don't yet have formed an opinion if I should avoid having impact at the forefront of my day-to-day thinking about research, but I found the idea refreshing that I might just focus on my interest and apply the impact-filter much more sparsely.
 a nice interview about the book can be found here: https://braininspired.co/podcast/86/jason-schukraft on Differences in the Intensity of Valenced Experience across Species
There are lots of potential points of contact. The most obvious is that to determine an individual's possible intensity range of valenced experience, we have to think about the most intense (in the sense of most positive and most negative) experiences available to that individual. I don't have a view about how long-tailed the distribution of pleasures and pains is in humans, but I agree that it's a question worth investigating. And if there are differences in how long-tailed the distribution of valenced experiences is across species, that would entail differences in possible (though not necessarily characteristic) intensity range across species.
Happy to speak to something more specific if you had a particular question in mind.jason-schukraft on Differences in the Intensity of Valenced Experience across Species
Thanks for the clarification, Brian!asaf-ifergan on Excited altruism