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Comment by valence on Which terms should we use for "developing countries"? · 2020-11-16T19:32:13.835Z · EA · GW

It's not catchy, but conceptually I like Hans Rosling's classification into Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4, with breakpoints around $2, $8, and $32 per day. It's also useful to be able to say "Country X is largely at Level 2, but a significant population is still at Level 1 and would benefit from Intervention Y."

A short review of Factfulness: https://www.gatesnotes.com/books/factfulness

Comment by valence on Against opposing SJ activism/cancellations · 2020-06-19T15:59:18.208Z · EA · GW

This post describes related concerns, and helpfully links to previous discussions in Appendix 1.

Comment by valence on Against opposing SJ activism/cancellations · 2020-06-19T14:23:21.876Z · EA · GW

I am also highly uncertain of EAs' ability to intervene in cultural change, but I do want us to take a hard look at it and discuss it. It may be a cause that is tractable early on, but hopeless if ignored.

You may not think Hsu's case "actually matters", but how many turns of the wheel is it before it is someone else?

Peter Singer has taken enough controversial stances to be "cancelled" from any direction. I want the next Singer(s) to still feel free to try to figure out what really matters, and what we should do.

Comment by valence on Against opposing SJ activism/cancellations · 2020-06-19T03:56:22.539Z · EA · GW

We needn't take on reputational risk unnecessarily, but if it is possible for EAs to coordinate to stop a Cultural Revolution, that would seem to be a Cause X candidate. Toby Ord describes a great-power war as an existential risk factor, as it would hurt our odds on: AI, nuclear war, and climate change, all at once. I think losing free expression would also qualify as an existential risk factor.