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Comment author: DeevGrape 27 August 2015 02:39:41AM 25 points [-]

In addition to the ~$15,000 I've donated so far this drive, I'm matching the next 5 donations of (exactly) $1001 this fundraiser. It's unlikely I'll donate this money anytime soon without the matching, so I'm hoping my decision is counterfactual enough for the donation-matching skeptics out there :)

To the stars!

In response to Understanding Agency
Comment author: DeevGrape 18 December 2014 04:25:19PM 3 points [-]

Author, ladies and gentlemen of the comments: http://lesswrong.com/lw/kg/expecting_short_inferential_distances/

Comment author: Zack_M_Davis 05 May 2014 12:44:56AM 4 points [-]

that they are awake (I'll be up and donating for all 24 hours!) [...] While North America sleeps, you'll be awake

What does being awake have to do with anything? Aren't you people supposed to know something about computers?

Comment author: DeevGrape 05 May 2014 08:58:44AM 2 points [-]

Selenium add-on for Firefox definitely sound more fun than waking up every 1.9 hours.

In response to White Lies
Comment author: DeevGrape 10 February 2014 06:35:15AM 3 points [-]

Thanks very much for writing and posting this.

In response to Why CFAR?
Comment author: DeevGrape 29 December 2013 04:19:18AM 33 points [-]

Eliezer posted a Facebook status about the fundraiser needing more support, so I was going to donate $1000... but then I saw I would get a PrettyRational print if I donated $1500, so here we are :)

Comment author: mwengler 23 December 2013 10:24:53PM 2 points [-]

I think this quote is sentimentally motivated inaccuracy. It relies upon the romantic notion that if the docile masses were to arise that they would be morally superior to those that do already choose to lead men. I think this thought of Bernanos does not arise from any sort of evidence at all, and that if there is any evidence about what happens when previously docile men rise to power it is that they behave very much like men in power have always behaved in the past, that there is no particularly great wisdom they bring with them on rising. I am thinking in particular of the rise of the communists in Russia and China and more recently the governments that have arisen in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.

Comment author: DeevGrape 24 December 2013 12:13:13AM 0 points [-]

Hmm, that's a good point. I can see how this might seem like a romantic/Marxist/anti-elite sentiment.

When I read it, I was thinking almost exclusively in terms of existential risk, the connection being that the end of the world (by, for instance, Unfriendly AI) won't be brought about by a cruel mad scientist, but more likely by normal people trying to make economic and scientific advances without concern for the potential consequences.

Sorry if the quote doesn't communicate that very clearly.

Comment author: DeevGrape 23 December 2013 01:18:46AM 1 point [-]

“I have thought for a long time now that if, some day, the increasing efficiency for the technique of destruction finally causes our species to disappear from the earth, it will not be cruelty that will be responsible for our extinction and still less, of course, the indignation that cruelty awakens and the reprisals and vengeance that it brings upon itself…but the docility, the lack of responsibility of the modern man, his base subservient acceptance of every common decree. The horrors that we have seen, the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untamable men are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile men.”

—George Bernanos

Comment author: [deleted] 22 December 2013 12:59:38PM 0 points [-]

With full respect intended, are you insane trying to pull an "earn to give" plan in Silicon Valley? Move somewhere cheaper if you're not independently wealthy!

In response to comment by [deleted] on MIRI's Winter 2013 Matching Challenge
Comment author: DeevGrape 22 December 2013 04:21:32PM 2 points [-]

I require a lower standard of living than most people with middle class incomes, so I don't anticipate a problem in making my donation goals.

Comment author: DeevGrape 21 December 2013 01:05:50AM 17 points [-]

This extremely generous matching offer came at a fortuitous time for me, since I just succeeded at my master plan of becoming an effective altruist in Silicon Valley and doing earn-to-give for MIRI. $10,000 from me as well.

Comment author: DeevGrape 30 November 2013 07:34:54PM 2 points [-]

Awesome! I'm an appacademy grad and I definitely wanna make it. I may also be able to bring 1-4 people from my AppAcademy Dungeons and Dragons group :D

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