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Comment by ateabug on Public Opinion about Existential Risk · 2018-08-27T19:26:13.008Z · EA · GW

Obligatory There is no such thing as “public opinion” link.

Comment by ateabug on Why I prioritize moral circle expansion over artificial intelligence alignment · 2018-02-22T23:03:10.503Z · EA · GW

Random thought: (factory farm) animal welfare issues will likely eventually be solved by cultured (lab grown) meat when it becomes cheaper than growing actual animals. This may take a few decades, but social change might take even longer. The article even suggests technical issues may be easier to solve, so why not focus more on that (rather than on MCE)?

Comment by ateabug on Mental Health Shallow Review · 2017-11-27T20:56:45.983Z · EA · GW

Could you provide any links to clinical trials that show coherence therapy to be effective compared to other therapies?

Comment by ateabug on Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA · 2017-11-18T22:22:25.860Z · EA · GW

'I will try to notice, feel bad/ disapproving, and do something about an EA meeting with over 80% white, male, tech, etc.'

This will only work if you get the 80% to have a preference for more diversity first (as explained in the Parable of the Polygons), otherwise it will be ineffective even if you are pushing for more diversity from the top.

Comment by ateabug on An Exploration of Sexual Violence Reduction for Effective Altruism Potential · 2017-11-15T20:13:51.153Z · EA · GW

Found the anti-natalist!

Comment by ateabug on Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA · 2017-11-02T21:19:21.091Z · EA · GW

Is there any personality research on this?

Doesn't personality psychology use the BIg Five instead of Myers Briggs? AFAIK there isn't enough research to determine the validity and usefulness of the 'thinking' / 'feeling' categories (and Myers Briggs in general).

Comment by ateabug on Introducing Canada’s first political advocacy group on AI Safety and Technological Unemployment · 2017-10-31T23:48:22.769Z · EA · GW

I'm a Canadian currently studying public policy in London. I'm planning to write my dissertation on AI policy and gender, so naturally I'm fascinated by your organization.

Out of curiosity, what is the connection between AI policy and gender you're looking at?

Comment by ateabug on Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA · 2017-10-30T13:57:23.013Z · EA · GW

But by letting everyone know about the problem, they've also made it in to a bigger problem: now every woman who reads this post knows that someone, at one point in an EA-related discussion somewhere, made this outrageous claim--which results in those women feeling less welcome and more on edge. The toxic echo of this person's post continues to reverberate as it is held up as part of a broader trend within EA, even though their post itself was long ago deleted.

This can get very dangerous as it opens a door for trolls to negatively impact the community and potentially damage its reputation. Maybe these kinds of discussions need to be gated in some way, or be had offline or something.

Comment by ateabug on Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA · 2017-10-28T22:35:43.890Z · EA · GW

I'd like to point out that the main post is written in a somewhat "culture war"-y style, which is why it has attracted so many comments/criticisms (and within 3 days it already has more comments than any other thread one these forums, ever, as far as I can tell). Here's a somewhat similar thread that makes some good suggestions about diversity without getting too much into politics: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/mp/pitfalls_in_diversity_outreach/ (also take a look at the top comment).

Comment by ateabug on Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA · 2017-10-28T22:25:23.635Z · EA · GW

All these threads are framed in a very non-"culture war"-y style, and there is little disagreement or criticism expressed in the comments, which is why they feel inconspicuous. This one, on the other hand, has already amassed 200+ comments within 3 days, which is more than any other thread on this forum, as far as I can tell (the only one that gets anywhere close is an II/Gleb drama thread).