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peter_hurford comments on Why GiveWell can't recommend MIRI or anything like it - Less Wrong

1 Post author: Bound_up 29 November 2016 03:29PM

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Comment author: peter_hurford 30 November 2016 06:55:10PM 6 points [-]

To me, the tone came across as "Ho ho ho, look at those stupid GiveWell people who have never heard of the streetlight effect! They're blinded by their own metrics and can't even see how awesome MIRI is!" when there's no interaction or acknowledgement with (a) materials from GiveWell that address the streetlight effect argument, (b) OpenPhil, or (c) how to actually start to resolve the problem (or even that the problem is particularly hard).

I don't want to have a high demand for rigor, especially for Discussion-type posts -- for me, it's more about the lack of humility.