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Comment author: Alicorn 17 March 2017 01:46:56AM 21 points [-]

If you like this idea but have nothing much to say please comment under this comment so there can be a record of interested parties.

Comment author: SolveIt 19 March 2017 01:23:41AM 2 points [-]

I am interested!

Comment author: chaosmage 10 February 2017 05:01:29PM 3 points [-]

The simple inroad would be intellectual disability.

Right now you're disabled if your IQ is below 70 and you have trouble functioning in your everyday life. These are 2 to 3 % of the population and there's a societal framework already in place for them.

If you could gradually raise that IQ threshold, you'd achieve much of what you want to achieve here.

I don't know who determines that threshold, but whoever it is is probably more approachable, and more likely to listen to reason, than the public at large.

Comment author: SolveIt 12 February 2017 01:43:22PM 1 point [-]

Indeed. I'd also like to point out that even though already having this framework in place, we're pretty much clueless om what to do about it. This is despite the fact that these cases should be the most treatable!

Comment author: Lumifer 11 February 2017 01:28:06AM 0 points [-]

It isn't especially hard to develop drugs for genetic diseases.

For simple genetic diseases where an uncomplicated biochemical mechanism has been knocked out and you know how to fix it. We don't know where even to start for intelligence.

Here is a different angle of view on basically the same problem: after people turn 60-70 years old, they start to become stupider and it's a fairly rapid and continuous decline. Why? We don't know. How to fix it? We don't know.

Harvard's current admissions website boasts that it provides no merit-based financial aid.

You misunderstand. Harvard, being a very rich and a very prestigious school, has a what's known as "need-blind" admission. That means that if they accept you, they will find money to pay for your education even if you're dirt poor. They will not turn away anyone who got accepted but doesn't have the money. Given this, there is no particular need for merit aid.

Comment author: SolveIt 12 February 2017 01:17:17PM 0 points [-]

I agree. In fact, it might be more accurate to say that all their aid is merit-based. Certainly they would believe it is.

Comment author: SolveIt 16 June 2016 10:33:03AM 4 points [-]

While I am generally for lowering the bar to posting, I would consider this post lacking both content and context even if it were a comment.

Downvoted.

Comment author: SolveIt 26 March 2016 05:20:58AM 1 point [-]

I'm sure the engineers knew exactly what would happen. It doesn't tell us much about the control problem that we didn't already know.

OTOH, if this wasn't an intentional PR stunt, that means management didn't think this would happen even though the engineers presumably knew. That definitely has unsettling implications.

Comment author: OrphanWilde 18 February 2016 01:44:15PM 5 points [-]

You're downvoting an explanation of a downvote because you don't like the reasons given? So am I to interpret this to mean that next time I shouldn't give an explanation, and should just downvote the post, rather than giving anybody an opportunity to voice disagreement and debate the relative merits of a given post?

Nice community norms, there. Shame if something were to... happen to them.

Comment author: SolveIt 18 February 2016 04:45:47PM 0 points [-]

I upvoted your first post despite disagreeing with it for this very reason. That being said, expecting people to not downvote posts they disagree with based on meta reasons isn't going to work. This is just another reason we should rework the karma system.

Comment author: SolveIt 12 February 2016 05:36:12PM 12 points [-]

The actual effectiveness of MIRI

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 24 November 2015 04:48:59AM 12 points [-]

MealSquares (the company I'm starting with fellow LW user RomeoStevens) is searching for nutrition experts to join our advisory team. The ideal person has a combination of formally recognized nutrition expertise & also at least a casual interest in things like study methodology and effect sizes (this unfortunately seems to be a rare combination). Advising us will be an opportunity to improve the diets of many people, it should not be much work, you'll get a small stake in our company, and you'll help us earn money for effective giving. Please get in touch with us (ideally using this page) if you or someone you know might be interested!

Comment author: SolveIt 25 November 2015 03:32:20PM 4 points [-]

Do you have any plans for international shipping? (Say, the UK)

Comment author: SolveIt 26 October 2015 10:10:03AM 4 points [-]

What happened in 1970 that poverty started sharply declining?

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 06 October 2015 09:59:27PM 1 point [-]

You can't know which. You can only infer from the overall effect I'd guess.

Comment author: SolveIt 07 October 2015 08:35:35AM *  1 point [-]

I agree. I was flippantly making a point on the lines of this quote

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.

-John Wanamaker-

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