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Comment author: Elo 18 March 2017 09:20:47PM 12 points [-]

history is written by the people who write it down. if you want to change history; write something different down.

Comment author: James_Miller 18 March 2017 10:25:23PM 6 points [-]

Because of Trump's surprise victory, hundreds of books are destine to be written on the alt-right and any future scholar of such will certainly read the linked article so here would be a good place to correct the record.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 18 March 2017 10:02:48PM 3 points [-]

FWIW, this was posted at the time.

Comment author: James_Miller 18 March 2017 10:21:41PM 1 point [-]

You are right. Sorry I missed it. Given how prominent Milo and the alt-right are, however, I do think the link deserves a top level post.

Comment author: James_Miller 18 March 2017 07:31:27PM 6 points [-]

"Elsewhere on the internet, another fearsomely intelligent group of thinkers prepared to assault the secular religions of the establishment: the neoreactionaries, also known as #NRx."

"Neoreactionaries appeared quite by accident, growing from debates on LessWrong.com, a community blog set up by Silicon Valley machine intelligence researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky. The purpose of the blog was to explore ways to apply the latest research on cognitive science to overcome human bias, including bias in political thought and philosophy."

"LessWrong urged its community members to think like machines rather than humans. Contributors were encouraged to strip away self-censorship, concern for one’s social standing, concern for other people’s feelings, and any other inhibitors to rational thought. It’s not hard to see how a group of heretical, piety-destroying thinkers emerged from this environment — nor how their rational approach might clash with the feelings-first mentality of much contemporary journalism and even academic writing."

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[Link] LW mentioned in influential 2016 Milo article on the Alt-Right

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Comment author: James_Miller 17 March 2017 02:35:59AM 2 points [-]

Strange that this kind of thing almost never happens where you get people with similar worldviews deliberately coordinating to live in the same building or neighborhood. It might be easier to start with a rationalist group vacation home.

Comment author: James_Miller 16 March 2017 07:49:54PM 1 point [-]

What would it mean for an AGI to not have a utility function, specifically what do you mean by "incoherently"?

The key issue for humans is not whether humans have utility functions, but whether it's useful to model humans as having utility functions.

Comment author: James_Miller 10 March 2017 07:44:55PM 2 points [-]

The leader of North Korea apparently used a VX nerve agent to kill his half-brother in a Malaysian airport, thus loudly signaling that he is an unhinged sociopath with WMDs. I think a first strike attack on North Korea might be justified.

[Link] The Psychology of Human Misjudgment by Charles T. Munger

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Comment author: RedMan 24 February 2017 10:01:40PM 3 points [-]

Bifur should tell everyone that he is going to try to wake the Balrog, and dig directly towards it, openly advertising his intent to be the first to wake it. Spreading rumors that he intends to yoke the Balrog to a plow, and that he alone has a specific plan for accomplishing this would be helpful too.

The action taken to control the insanity of that one crazy dwarf might prevent the catastrophe outright.

Comment author: James_Miller 25 February 2017 12:53:06AM 2 points [-]

Interesting. Should MIRI announce they have become negative utilitarians who think the universe contains more suffering than happiness and so they intend to great a paperclip maximizer?

Comment author: James_Miller 24 February 2017 02:39:58PM 0 points [-]

Professors notice when you consistently arrive late to class. I have started closing the class door at the exact time my class starts to signal to students that lateness is something that does bother me.

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