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Comment author: Jack 07 February 2013 12:35:14AM 6 points [-]

What evidence is there for the assertion (by e.g. Moldbug) that democracy and liberalism has made the world a worse place: by the usual measures of peace and prosperity? Even if I buy the cynical story regarding the nature and origins of the current world order why shouldn't my conclusion be that they're doing a pretty good job?

Comment author: GreenRoot 08 February 2013 05:59:00AM 4 points [-]

What do you mean by "made the world a worse place"? Worse than it was before democracy and liberalism started spreading, i.e. pre-1700s? Or worse today than it would have been today if democracy and liberalism hadn't spread? The first question seems easy (we're more peaceful and prosperous than the past), the second a nearly impossible counterfactual, depending heavily on what government systems and philosophies we'd have instead.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 06 March 2012 10:12:01AM 18 points [-]

So, feedback requested on the Dr. Zany thing. Made an otherwise dry post more interesting to read, or pointless and distracting?

Comment author: GreenRoot 12 March 2012 06:27:39PM *  1 point [-]

Stories are a huge way we make sense of the world. Adding a narrative sequence to the post did helped me keep track of the ideas and how they fit together.

Comment author: GreenRoot 21 January 2012 10:45:33AM 2 points [-]

Is histocracy compatible with a secret ballot? (And for that matter, is futarchy?)

And as a separate question, would it be a good idea to keep voters' individual reliability scores secret, too? If a voter is known to have an accurate record and her opinion is public before a vote, couldn't she get overweighted, because she'll sway others' votes as well as getting more weight in the vote sum?

Comment author: lukeprog 16 August 2011 10:25:09PM 2 points [-]

Is this page broken for anyone else? When trying to load it, I just get a "Less Wrong broke!" message. I can still see the preview of it here, and I can even hit the 'edit' button from there and successfully update the post, and I can post new comments by replying to comments, but I can't actually load the page that contains this post! Is that happening for anyone else? It's been like this for me for more than an hour now.

Comment author: GreenRoot 16 August 2011 10:43:52PM 2 points [-]

It's broken for me too, in exactly the way you describe. One of the variants on the error page invites me to buy a reddit t-shirt.

Comment author: GreenRoot 09 August 2011 08:10:01PM *  12 points [-]

I participated in the IB diploma program in 1997, in Texas. My experience was better than KPier's in several ways. I think having a skilled and experienced teacher makes all the difference. Mine wasn't a LessWrong style rationalist, but she had experience with teaching philosophy, so we got past initial naive intuitions on most of the class topics relatively soon, and I witnessed basic changes in attitude toward the nature of language and knowledge in both me and several of my classmates.

In retrospect, I think the best thing that could have been added would have been a discussion up front about how not to be confused about words. Some combo of the material in Disputing Definitions and Conceptual Analysis and Moral Theory. After that, something to undermine reliance on introspection and intuition more generally, perhaps in the context of presenting basic cognitive biases.

Comment author: GreenRoot 21 June 2011 07:45:43PM 1 point [-]

When I came last week (hadn't checked here a while) and didn't see anybody there, I though the regular meeting was defunct. I'm glad to see it's still going. See y'all this evening!

Comment author: GreenRoot 16 May 2011 07:11:28PM *  0 points [-]

I will attend most of the weekly Irvine meetups, at least through the end of July.

Comment author: GreenRoot 21 April 2011 02:06:07PM *  2 points [-]

Zip code correction:

501 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 79701

Should be

501 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Comment author: curiousepic 20 April 2011 07:32:33PM 9 points [-]

An easily accessible toggle to show/hide all karma.

Comment author: GreenRoot 20 April 2011 09:26:01PM 3 points [-]

Isn't this already implemented, as the Anti-Kibitzer in the preferences section?

Comment author: GreenRoot 20 April 2011 09:19:12PM *  10 points [-]

Drop the little skyline/boat grayscale image (mini-landscape.gif) that appears at the bottom of each top-level post. Original mention. Seems to have no purpose, and doesn't really fit the design theme.

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