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The Myth of Basic Science
Basic research is supposed to drive the overall tech level. Not having a tech differential between the lab and the common people doesn't show that it isn't doing anything. Science gets reported on and informal tinkering usually taps to the ... read more

Should efforts by made to stump out Halloween?
Participating in the halloween by showing up all dressed up can be seen as a co-operative move. The outcomes don't need to be negative for there to be a prisoners dilemma like situation. When choosing Cooperation or Defection there is no ... read more

The Illusion of Motion
Relevance for ... read more

Should efforts by made to stump out Halloween?
"tit-for-tat" isn't a super immoral or maladaptive mindset to teach. I think people are responsive for optout strategies if they are employed before the door is opened. There is also a case that things are expected of children. ... read more

Is it wrong to offend someone else's religion?
When one is taking offense one is interpreting the others speech to be offensive. This need not be need offensive in itself but in practise it is used to justify counteroffence. When used with "pure motives" taking offense informs that feelings ... read more

Should Gay Marriage Be Treated Like Heterosexual Marriage?
It might not be that far of that family is a precursor to firms. Or in a agricultural society people really worked for their families for a living. A firm is doesn't usualy hold responcibilities to care about its members feelings or other ... read more

Should Gay Marriage Be Treated Like Heterosexual Marriage?
The main reason to be against pedophilia is that getting sexually abused is a very big downside and relationships between adults and children are very asymmetrical. However your doubt is based on that you don't believe the possibility of a ... read more

Doing Good ≠ Being Good
That is totally to be expected. I would be really suprised if in somewhere an organization would call itself ... read more

Why trying to help poor countries might actually hurt them
If you give a teenager a big allowance does it train them to handle money better? If you have a hungry person they insist that you must give money so they can buy fish. however the more proper way is to teach them to fish. One could argue that ... read more

Is Evil AI just a proxy argument against big government?
It might be that the crux is on the "unaccountable" rather than the "goverment" ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
It doesn't need to be post-scarcity to make sense. If you are going to crash-land on a deserted island and have a choice of taking a pile of potatoes or a pile of gold it isn't obvoius that gold is the right choice. In ordfer for the gold ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
If you can have fun directly without buying then wealth isn't even usefull. There are environments where exchange and trade is not an essential facet of thriving in the environment. For example amassing diamonds in minecraft can be ... read more

Japanese universities are ditching humanities and social sciences
People took class relations seriously. Did Nash inspire people with his equilibrium theorems make financial ... read more

Should Gay Marriage Be Treated Like Heterosexual Marriage?
But won't public opinion be formed on what people think is good for the country? If people care about social value demonstrating that it is produced should be effective. It easily seems that you would advocate that only expert or professional ... read more

Should Gay Marriage Be Treated Like Heterosexual Marriage?
I don't understand what the proposed system is trying to change. As in we are usually trying to tune our systems to be better and not worse, right? In arguments that homosexual relationships should not be recognised it is usually implicit if not ... read more

Why Democracy?
To change the algorythm we would need someone whos job is to manage them and then we need some algorithm to decide whether another algorithm is well-calibrated or not. There is a hybrid system if in a democracy voters are principled voters in ... read more

Japanese universities are ditching humanities and social sciences
It is one thing to have your theory tested out in the field. It is another thing to get people seriously interested in an area of interest. For example Wittgestein inspired many that didn't not exactly continue his ... read more

Japanese universities are ditching humanities and social sciences
In english science often means "natural science". But in the sense that math might be counted as science there shouldn't be that much of a problem to do a kind of ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
Having people live lives in different wealth levels allows for more forms of life and more chances of evolving and adapting. Poor people are usually efficent in resource use and are more motivated to be ingenious, which once invented can also be ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
Unless you have direct access to more desirable things, then it becomes ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
While I know it is a common belief that nobody would do anything unless there is money involved it isn't selfevident enough to be accepted without justification. And in this context if people stopped working it would certainly change our way ... read more

Why Democracy?
Democrazy doesn't necesarily mean that everybody gets to decide. It means that those that do decide are trusted by the people. If a lot of people found what the leaders are doing unsuitable to running a country do you think they should still be ... read more

Should Gay Marriage Be Treated Like Heterosexual Marriage?
I was expecting the read something that would have some import or light on the issue but this seems just equivalent to calling it "social value" and saying that it is mysterious. Also skipping over polyamory like a taboo but then contemplating ... read more

Should people be allowed to ear-mark their taxes to specific policy areas for a price?
This post is written ina tone that people in general don't want to pay taxes and don't want the goverment spending for them. Being from Nordic countries where keeping high tax rates is popular and public services very expected I am kind of ... read more

Should people be allowed to ear-mark their taxes to specific policy areas for a price?
The goverment already has to decide what costs are tax deductible. This seems to blurr or even mititgate the alledged difference to tax ... read more

Should atheists support teaching both evolution and creationism in schools?
It used to be perfectly fine to have a theistic interpretation of established scientific facts. However the problem is not that much about creationism as it is about "scientism" or that some of us have adopted a stance where we believe things ... read more

Is private gun ownership harmful? How harmful?
If we have incompetent doctors and ineffective medical procedures improving those is a clear way of improving the situation. Comparing how much goes to cancer preventation I don't think frenzy prevention is anywhere comparable to that and ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
When other unanalysed effects would dominate. It works fine if everything else can be assumed equal. However usually everything else is not equal, that is there tends to be other meaningful properties other than that one that is apparent or ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
Probably only the tallest Efes would play basketball. The heights of efe basketball players is different from their birthrates. I could imagine that with taller players I could cauge more growth potential but shorter players would have to show ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
I would scout them but I would not pick up players thinking that with training they could be made in a good player just picking up those that are already good. A person can skip population centers of that have a low amount of people over 150 cm ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
You are talking about very small people with postulated very high speed and teamwork. Additionally adequacy and possibility are rather relative terms. Just how speedy and how excellent team player? With just an "ordinary" high speed and teamwork I ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
The effect size doesn't directly translate to how important it is. A small effect could be argued to be very signifcant and a large effect could be argued to be of low impact althought it takes somewhat more mental gymnastic for that ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
We should not avoid the conclusions but we should avoid the reasons. Evilness shouldn't be a relevant factor. Drawing the correct conclusions from irrepresentative sample is proper so adopting the methodology of someone that beliefs the wrong ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
Here I mean that racist is someone that thinks that race is an essential component for arranging the relationships of people. Like how someone might be a specisist if they think that humans are totally worlds apart from apes for example. But the ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
That is not what I mean althought I understand that is a fairish way of reading what I wrote. Humans should be able to be flexible and use a system of thinking well suited for their task and not just suitable values within a fixed architechture. ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
The post ends up being of political nature but arrives to it in a very round about way. Also the focus is more in division of labour rather than unlimited energy per se. A true unlimited energy assumption would go along the lines that a AI ... read more

Seeking Precedent As a Form of Changing the Law
In order for the goverment to directly simplify them they kinda need to step over the private sector actors which is potentially an even more risque thing than requiring for every american to have some kind of health insurance. Stacking ... read more

Seeking Precedent As a Form of Changing the Law
Part could also be that the Obamacare touches on the medical insurances which I have read are rather byzantine even before ... read more

How far (if at all) should the West go to prevent Iran from getting the nuclear bomb?
You are implying that they are getting it which isn't unreasonable but I will state it explicitly as action to prevent a nuke needs to be based on somewhat reliable estimation that it is coming. For example the US has waged wars on premises of ... read more

Is private gun ownership harmful? How harmful?
There is also a very weird hands on approach on Americans about personal security. What are you going to do when a criminal is about to crime you? An american will either say that give chance for the crime to happen in the first place or that they ... read more

Is private gun ownership harmful? How harmful?
The person had extremist views and ended up taking action on those. If their theorethical musing could have been met in discussion they would not have felt that actions would speak louder than words. Their experience wasn't being heard and they ... read more

Is private gun ownership harmful? How harmful?
What I don't get is that US persons have a very interesting relationship to guns. When I went throught the details of a recent shooting there were the obvious things that everybody talks about. But those were kind of pro and con things and I ... read more

Is private gun ownership harmful? How harmful?
I don't like the standard framing that good of a way handling the issue. On the usual points I don't have much to say. If you just own a gun and keep it in a place where it is never retrieved like in a bank safety deposit then clearly it ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
I am still posting here. The article doesn't use the fact that it is socialist in it that much. The same things would be true for a non-socialist robot also. There isn't anything super irrational for giving your life to a cause that you ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
Humanity taken as a whole doesn't participate in trade with any other entities. A smart AI might be able to reproduce and produce legs and arms comparable to that of humanity as a whole not just compared to single individual humans. Humanity ... read more

The unlimited energy assumption ruins AI threat scenarios
If the AI is stupidly good at economics it is possible that all meaningfull trade is either selling or buying from the AI. That is a human doesn't have a chance to get anywhere unless it can benefit paperclip generation. All human-human trade ... read more

Should you write longer comments?
I agree that this isn't essential but I think some kind of feedback should exist. There is an issue of with listing the vote counts as the votes migth not be that interchangebale. That is someone that only rarely upvotes +1 migth be more ... read more

Should you write longer comments?
Mentions of post editing a scattered all over the website. It is unclear whether there has been a decision that it will be coming or not coming, or whether it is just lack of attention which seems a lot of people are ... read more

What is the True Islam?
For those that others find extreme the meaning might perfectly natural to the one that is making it. Usually if a person is rationalizing something they are not aware that they are ... read more

The cultural explanation of the difficulty of development
Listing Russia as a country that isn't working that well seems kinda odd. Granted it doesn't do well on western standards but it is still a big country with a big economy that is very internationally ... read more

The cultural explanation of the difficulty of development
Modernization means many things but here it is quite clear that the efffect that is most relevant is the increase in income disparity. If the increased efficency of the new jobs would be more evenly distributed then there would not be such a moral ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
I am a little fuzzy on whether I mean a more general appropriatesness but I present here an analogy in the hopes that it highlights the kind of appropriateness relevant here and how it can't be handled based on correctness alone. You are ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
Usually polls are collected for statistical purposes. If the answers will not be associated with their identity there would be no motivation to keep appearances. Is there any reason to believe that names were ever even collected? While all ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
It would be good if valuable activities would be incentivised and the setting of incentives needs to be somebodys job but does the financial sector even try to assing valuable (in the social sense) jobs as the incentivised ones? In a way that duty ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
Hmmm, it would strike me that the question on whether a corporation is likely to go bankcrypt is a matter of facts but here it is handled as if it was a social valuation that could in principle be decided in multiple ways without ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
When you rephrase the question on whether sports or engineering is more valuable the expect answer is quite different. Sports embodies itself in the individual athletes while engineering has alot of value that can't be attributed to single ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
The method you are using is very sensitive on what kinds of methods are used to search for possible explanations for the possibly irrational behaviour. For example the market for miracle cures doesn't have any strong red flag and the method ... read more

Open Thread
I don't know whether it was you but I remember reading people being reserved on similar points in their replies to my posts. However reading it them in this general form detached from a topic of application makes me receive them much ... read more

Open Thread
The point about leaning was that one doesn't need to fall into the default distribution to enter discussion. I think we would rather hear all sides rather than the sides we are already familiar with. Having to do extensive research to ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
Well micro control is not allowed and when the dwarwen money gets around there can be issues of poor dwarws not affording any great dwellings. It can still be seen as an analogous problem. The private person wants to work for some ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
If it is not used to get rid of low quality content then what is its use? Instead of "LW style voting system" we can rephares it as "LW style voting culture". Do you agree that you claimed that my post would get downvoted on LW? What in it ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
You are saying that if we don't know how the thing works we should assume that it is valuable. I would say that the question remains open rather that the affirmative be the default. If we go by this principle if we start eating foods other than ... read more

Regulating Government
Couln't this also seen as a worry that private banks have an incentive to support state-level goverments to do such a questionable trick? Doesn't this also have the risk that eventually the pension bodies might come to a decision on ... read more

What is the True Islam?
Well if there is an argument on what is the proper way to take a parabel is there an objective way to resolve it? That is, is it possible to determine what a parabel "says"? If significant amount of content is problematic in this way then recourse ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
I am currently in the middle of collecting a data point on what kind of political talk is possible within the framework of omnilibrium. It was made more explicit to me that there are atleast different opinions on what constitutes working political ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
There was a concern raised by user that the ability to block disruptive talk is not present on omnilibrium currently. (how one is supposed to link to individual posts?) Part of the uniqueness of LW is the communal moderating system by voting. ... read more

Open Thread
"you have so stupid comment that you ought to be banned" is a variant of appeal to the stick that might happen on online forums. Actually following through with the threat would be against the spirit of freedom of ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
That would be direct evidence. It is also somehwat odd of a stance that most political decisions are harmful. Wouldn't that pretty easily lead into conclusion that we ought to stop doing decisions as it has expected negative impact while doing ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
Please more explicitly state the steps that would get me downvoted on LW so I can verify that they are failures of method and not disagreements. We are also not committed to follow some third partys standards or submit to some third party as a ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
I can refer to nutrional values in the case of apples and show how eating an apple confers an advangtage regardless of whether it was bought or not. I can also argue that forcefeeding someone an apple is likely to make them healthier. The real ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
Duolingo could have the text translated and then donate the translations to the companies that need them. That way the utility to the user could be preserved. But if the company receiving the translation should pay for them why should not duolingo ... read more

Is international law a meaningful concept?
Usually in such views it doesn't make sense that one would "decide what is moral". instead morality is seen as either relatively immutable or otherwise very wildy shared value. The mandate of the "chosen" would be limited to the shared values ... read more

What is the True Islam?
The standard interpretation of the bible isn't that much based on the book itself but its surrounding culture. It doesn't contain a "how to read" section (atleast not that explictly). The parent posts seem like you are trying to emphasise the ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
The idea that a costumer has to pay less money for a product when he uses a cash-back credit card than when he pays in cash has no good basis.
It can also seen differently. The price of the product must factor in the price of the transaction system ... read more

What is the True Islam?
For example al-jazeera reporters might watch BBC. And quite a few potential ISIS recruits watch their ... read more

What is the True Islam?
an interpretation can take into account the context of utterance. So I think such interpretations are possible even if they are not ... read more

What is the True Islam?
Bible literalists are often viewed as not reading it quite as it was supposed to. Sometimes such fundamentalists are seen as a divertion of the contemporary view on christianity. The principles should remain the same when we change the book tobe ... read more

What is the True Islam?
On the fall of the Soviet union the hearts of the US are pretty meaningless. What counted was that the soviet union didn't win soviet hearts ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
I didn't spesify a level of public support. There would just be working people that receive public support. While you can accept a job if you are unemployed if you are employed it is really hard to star making money on top of your work day to ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
But is it not possible that other position is also supported by general principles that are also backed by empirical data? One could for example argue that usually political decisions are made for the public good and require extensive agreement to ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
for 1e) the axioms of the theory under which the result is derived is known to be often violated and thus the result is not valid in those situations. We have increased reason to acertain that the thoery indeed applies in this case or if we ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
You are arguing in 1) that if there is empricial evidence pro and con (in equal measure) we can use the intuitiviness of claims as a tie breaker as to what to base our policies on. I don't find this compelling. If the emprical findings are ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
What is the relevant better course of action not ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
If you employ a poor person he is not free to accept potentially better paying jobs. On the other hand if you use a robot the person is usable for other ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
Well part of the problem is that some people accept jobs when they could be more economically beneficial without a job. A lot of people live a lifestyle and a directed to live one where they get their income from working for someone else ie accept ... read more

Open Thread
While writing about international standards(/laws) and how they often get trumped I made mental comparison on how people alledgedly can speak civilly about things but when things get heated a lot of gloves come off. This is related in that ... read more

Perverse incentives in medical research
Suppose that there are 10000 people on group A and 10000 people on group B. Both groups are sick and want a pill developed for their sickness. Now suppose that a enterpreneur comes up with a plan to serve group A that makes him about even or nets ... read more

Perverse incentives in medical research
Now when we do mass proudction we have a project that produces many units then we sell the units with a relatively fixed price. I try to argue that instead of negotiating about the price of the unit we should focus on negotiating the price of the ... read more

Perverse incentives in medical research
You attributed that my proposal is cost-plus and that cost-plus is bad. Now that you have eplained to me in detail why cost plus is bad I can more easily point out that my proposal lacks those properties thefore is not cost-plus and all ... read more

Are finanicial sector profits primarily reflective of real value created?
I am also reserved on the same point but on different grounds. The productiveness here is monetay productiveness while the question asks whether there is "real value provided". Yeah it has moved money from one hands to other hands but if you ... read more

Perverse incentives in medical research
The goverment projects are done with the understanding that if the money is really needed it will be given. The suggestion is to make a contract that would require the promised product be delivered with the agreed budjet. It is understood to ... read more

Is international law a meaningful concept?
If there was mention of spesific laws that were broken then the details can be found in those documents. If nothing specific is mentioned then it means very little. It is very clear that annexing areas that are not yours is a hostile action. That ... read more

Is international law a meaningful concept?
There are lots of non-democracies in the world. The issue isn't clear enough to be settled. I am of the impression that when people invoke internationalk law arguments they fully well know of their "might makes right" angle. This is like saying ... read more

What is the True Islam?
I am assuming there is a missing negation in the second sentence. While it is not North Koreas official name it is de facto the name used. Propaganda goal could be to shift people to use a different, more message supporting, name. It is still a ... read more

What is the True Islam?
The media doesn't have any super priviledged position to define what it is okay to call something. The politician having an opinion is a first such scruple. Iran still has a clear proper name in its official name. The islamic reference is ... read more

Perverse incentives in medical research
In the context we are talking about we do know the expenses beforehad or if we join the pool after the product is already complete we definetely know what it costed. Even if you didn't know the (exact) costs if both producers tell you what ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
Utilons are not dollars. While it is clear it produces economic value it is not atleast selfevident that the result is good. If a seller wants to sell drugs and a buyer wants to buy that will drive them to do business but it doesn't make a ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
Hmmm, I am not sure whether I am talking about a certain kind of appropriateness rather than all of them. For example that a cop needs probable cause to do what otherwise would be breaking and entering is a kind of thing that is not about ... read more

What is the True Islam?
I meant to emphasise that the interpretations themselfs are not ambigious. Which one is orthodox is largely a historical trivia which has little bearing on validness. I would put the statement in the same category as not calling Israel "the ... read more

What is the True Islam?
If you divide christians into lutherians and catholics if lutherians are found somehow to be bad the issue of whether christians are bad because lutherians are bad doesn't that much rise up or it is moot. You don't need to decide whether ... read more