What (standalone) LessWrong posts would you recommend to most EA community members?
post by Vaidehi Agarwalla (vaidehi_agarwalla)
This is a question post.
Edit 11 Feb 2022: Jeremy made a post about starting a low-commitment LW Article club [EA · GW] where he'd be linkposting articles on a weekly basis from this list for people to engage with!
Context / Motivation:
- I am interested in thinking a lot recently about how we could share ideas from the rationalist community to EA and related subcommunities (perhaps communicating the same ideas in different ways).
- I've been diving into LessWrong recently and remembered why I hadn't for a while - it's really overwhelming. Even with the sequences and curation, it's a lot of content, and it's not always obvious to me which posts I'd find most valuable.
- I think it's better to read fewer posts in more depth to properly understand them.
- I think it's likely that some posts or ideas will be much more relevant to EAs than others, but I'm not sure which ones
- I'd be interested in recommendations for standlone posts (e.g. All debates are bravery debates [? · GW]), specific concepts (e.g. schelling fence or doublecrux) , or specific sequences (e.g. [? · GW])
- If you have time, I'd love to know why it's valuable to you
answer by Pablo
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I'm a big fan of some of the early LessWrong content, e.g.
More generally, I'd recommend much of the content by Scott Alexander ("Yvain"), Paul Christiano, Wei Dai, Gwern, Greg Lewis ("Thrasymachus"), Anna Salamon and Carl Shulman (I'm probably forgetting other names).
answer by Aaron Gertler
) · GW
Privileging the Question [LW · GW] changed my life in college. I don't know how useful it would be for the average person already involved in EA, but it played a huge role in my not getting distracted by random issues and controversies, and instead focusing on big-picture problems that weren't as inherently interesting. I'd at least recommend it to new members of university EA groups, if not "most community members".
answer by AllAmericanBreakfast
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My take is that LessWrong is best understood as a mix of individual voices, each with their own style and concerns. The approach I'd recommend is to select one writer whose voice you find compelling, and spend some time digesting their ideas. A common refrain is "read the sequences," but that's not where I started. I like John Wentworth's [LW · GW] writing.
Alternatively, you might find yourself interested in a particular topic. LessWrong's tags can help you both find an interesting topic and locate relevant posts, though it's not super fine grained or comprehensive.
One of the key sources of value on LessWrong is that it provides a common language for some complex ideas, presented in a relatively fun and accessible format. The combination of all those ideas can elevate thinking, although it's no panacaea. My intuition is that it's best to slowly follow your curiosity over a period of a few years, rather than trying to digest the whole thing all at once, or pick a couple highlights.
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