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What things do you wish you discovered earlier? 2019-09-18T03:43:20.080Z · score: 14 (8 votes)
Do you recommend getting a standing desk? 2019-09-18T03:41:14.872Z · score: 0 (4 votes)
[Solved] Was my post about things you'd be reluctant to express in front of other EAs manually removed from the front page, and if so, why? 2019-09-12T18:52:23.538Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
[Link] Research as a Stochastic Decision Process 2019-09-10T22:25:24.651Z · score: 29 (11 votes)
[Link] What opinions do you hold that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of effective altruists? Anonymous form. 2019-09-10T19:38:09.975Z · score: 81 (46 votes)
What opinions that you hold would you be reluctant to express publicly to other EAs? 2019-09-07T01:49:10.118Z · score: 4 (6 votes)
[Links] Serendipity and discovery, and a tool for making progress on hard questions/problems 2019-08-14T21:43:09.705Z · score: 0 (4 votes)
[Link] Articles about using incentives to improve safety and reduce criminal justice system costs 2019-07-28T03:20:14.858Z · score: 2 (1 votes)
[Link] Ideas on how to improve scientific research 2019-06-20T23:14:58.442Z · score: 12 (5 votes)
What books or bodies of work, not about EA or EA cause areas, might be beneficial to EAs? 2019-06-11T22:22:06.045Z · score: 7 (5 votes)
[Link] Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success | Slate Star Codex 2019-06-05T21:29:13.360Z · score: 32 (12 votes)
[Link] Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World 2019-06-05T01:25:03.380Z · score: 22 (10 votes)
[Link] A great set of free book summaries and notes 2019-05-31T01:08:04.246Z · score: 4 (2 votes)
[Link] A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email 2019-03-18T00:26:28.178Z · score: 8 (4 votes)

Comments

Comment by arikr on [Link] Research as a Stochastic Decision Process · 2019-09-17T05:25:33.462Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Could you please elaborate on how I could apply this? Or where can I learn more?

Comment by arikr on [Solved] Was my post about things you'd be reluctant to express in front of other EAs manually removed from the front page, and if so, why? · 2019-09-12T22:28:08.230Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Oh, I was totally wrong. I was on https://forum.effectivealtruism.org and had "include community posts" on which was why I saw it. Sorry!

Comment by arikr on [Solved] Was my post about things you'd be reluctant to express in front of other EAs manually removed from the front page, and if so, why? · 2019-09-12T19:57:50.432Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks! I think it's very unlikely that I was viewing the all posts category but I don't have a screenshot. And I don't think I was viewing the community page either, because I distinctly remember showing my partner that it was neat that my two posts were both on the front page one after the other at positions #2 and #3. is it possible it was re-classified as community as mentioned below by larks?

But it's mostly a moot point anyway as sounds like if it was ever on the frontpage, that was either an error or I'm mis-remembering, so it mostly clears up my question anyway :)

And makes sense that this post should be in the personal blog category, thanks!

Comment by arikr on What to know before talking with journalists about EA · 2019-09-10T20:11:25.591Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I highly recommend the book "The Media Training Bible" – I found it to be surprisingly insightful and broadly useful.

Specific to this thread, it teaches you how you can maximize the odds of being represented in a way you're happy with, rather than feeling disappointed when you see how you're quoted / the final article.

Comment by arikr on What opinions that you hold would you be reluctant to express publicly to other EAs? · 2019-09-10T19:32:08.166Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks. Your comment helped me realize that I didn't accurately describe my position. My position is more accurately: I think that most people who think it's terrible that Trump is President are heavily biased by tribal ideology, and that this makes it hard for them to see clearly, and hard for them to realize that they're not seeing clearly.

Comment by arikr on What opinions that you hold would you be reluctant to express publicly to other EAs? · 2019-09-07T01:50:49.701Z · score: 17 (7 votes) · EA · GW

That I've wondered if reducing abortions might be a suitable focus area for EA (more abortions per year in the US than people dying of smoking related illnesses in the US).

Comment by arikr on What opinions that you hold would you be reluctant to express publicly to other EAs? · 2019-09-07T01:49:42.096Z · score: 3 (4 votes) · EA · GW

That I don't think it's terrible that Trump is President.

Comment by arikr on [Links] Serendipity and discovery, and a tool for making progress on hard questions/problems · 2019-08-16T16:23:20.966Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I think the "how" is roughly:

If you do not know the steps to your goal with high confidence, then do the following:

You can imagine that you're looking at a map, and your distant goal is somewhere on the map, but the map is blurry / not yet revealed all the way to your distant goal

So then identify what options you *do* know the steps to (the ones that _are_ visible on the map), and then pick the option from those that is most novel

This is because the more novel it is, the more likely it is to reveal large and unexpected portions of the map, potentially including the part that gives you a visible path to your distant goal

So when uncertain, identify the most novel thing you know how to do/achieve, and repeat that, and that's likely the best (albeit very roundabout!) route for getting to your distant not-yet-visible-path goal.


If the above is intriguing, I'd highly recommend watching the video – I think it's a very well spent 15 minutes if watching on 2x speed.

Comment by arikr on [Link] Ideas on how to improve scientific research · 2019-06-21T19:28:26.109Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks, fixed.

@AaronGertler it seems there's a bug when pasting a link in between braces ().

Comment by arikr on What books or bodies of work, not about EA or EA cause areas, might be beneficial to EAs? · 2019-06-11T22:29:58.129Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · EA · GW

My suggestions so far:

  • “The Secret of Our Success” https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ZpuYSQaLd5uMEoSxK/link-book-review-the-secret-of-our-success-or-slate-star
  • “Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/FuztztEKAAfWqpYTY/link-why-generalists-triumph-in-a-specialized-world

Other suggestions and brief summary of what you'll get out of them:

  • “SPIN Selling” and “To Sell is Human.” Sales seems to be an often undervalued but important skill, these are good "how" and "why" books, respectively.
  • “Feeling Good Together” about why marriage counseling generally doesn’t work and how to have good relationships
  • “Why We Sleep” about the benefits of sleep
  • “Trust Surrender Receive” about MDMA and how many of our challenges come via trauma
  • “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team” about how to enable a team to be productive and collaborate well
  • “Don’t Shoot The Dog” about reinforcement learning and animal training (you'll see positive and negative reinforcement everywhere after you read this book)
  • “How To Get Lucky” about how to be luckier and have more good things happen for you
Comment by arikr on [Link] Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World · 2019-06-05T18:36:28.977Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Ah, sorry. That's my mistake! I've fixed that now by adding it to the OP.

Aaron what would you recommend so that this post has a fresh chance to get visibility? Deleting and re-posting it, leaving it as is, or something else? Thanks!

Comment by arikr on [Link] A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email · 2019-03-18T22:46:58.358Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I like this!

Bonus points if the org used software to encourage this, e.g. making the inbox not visible without a second "yes, I'm sure" click unless it was during the email checking hours.

Comment by arikr on [Link] A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email · 2019-03-18T17:03:55.516Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, I hear your thoughts that if the culture was a certain way, then it wouldn't be an issue.

I resonate with the author's point though too, that because the marginal cost of email is now so low, it requires an explicit cultural intervention to improve the harm-benefit tradeoff of email.

The cultures didn't have the problem, then email came around, now they do have the problem, so in some ways the problem is both the culture and the tool, and could be solved by modifying either.

Comment by arikr on [Link] A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email · 2019-03-18T17:01:25.371Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Could you explain how Slack is better on these fronts than email? My intuition is that Slack would be worse on these fronts than email (I think in part because I've seen one or two medium posts that talk about the always on IM culture and how it makes it harder to do focused work).

Comment by arikr on EA Forum 2.0 Initial Announcement · 2018-08-10T00:51:19.056Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I'd like to echo a strong concern that karma based voting will lead to groupthink etc.

I'd feel substantially better if it was karma based upvotes only, and no karma based downvotes. Karma based downvotes allow community insiders to effectively kill posts.

Comment by arikr on Upcoming AMA with Holden Karnofsky on job openings at the Open Philanthropy Project (Monday March 26, starting 9:30 am Pacific) · 2018-03-24T18:57:30.565Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Possible suggestion (for Julia): Posting the thread a day or two in advance will allow people to submit questions early (and vote on which questions they want to see answered), so that Holden's time can be maximized by giving him more questions to answer on Monday. So that he's not waiting on Mon, ready to answer questions but with no unanswered questions available.

(This only applies if you think that otherwise there might not be enough questions posted to fully utilize the 3 hours)

Comment by arikr on Where I am donating this year and meta projects that need funding · 2018-03-02T18:10:34.314Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

You note that CEA and 80K don't seem to be struggling for funds.

What makes you say that? (Not saying I don't agree, just am unsure)

Comment by arikr on 2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Evaluation & Strategic Conclusions · 2018-03-02T18:08:49.358Z · score: 5 (9 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks very much for posting this series. Thorough!