"Talks a good game about freedom when out of power, but once he’s in – bam! Everyone's enslaved in the human-flourishing mines."

Monthly Archives: April 2015

Michigan Meetup 4/14

There will be a Michigan rationalist/LW/SSC meetup at Pizza House (618 Church Street, Ann Arbor) on Tuesday, April 14 at 8 PM. If you’re reading this and can make it to Ann Arbor, you’re invited. Our special guest will be … Continue reading

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I Will Never Have The Ability To Clearly Explain My Beliefs About Growth Mindset

I. A lot of the comments I’ve gotten about Tuesday’s post on growth mindset have been pretty similar. They’ve argued that yes, innate ability might matter, but that even the most innate abilityed person needs effort to fulfill her potential. … Continue reading

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No Clarity Around Growth Mindset

I. Admitting a bias is the first step to overcoming it, so I’ll admit it: I have a huge bias against growth mindset. (if you’re not familiar with it, growth mindset is the belief that people who believe ability doesn’t … Continue reading

No Physical Substrate, No Problem

I. Yesterday I posted a link to an article in which Steve Wozniak joins other luminaries like Elon Musk and Bill Gates in warning about the dangers of artificial superintelligence. A commenter replied: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and … Continue reading

Links 3/15: Duke of URL

Is Europe’s Little Ice Age a myth? Apparently temperature records don’t show much of a decline during that period, and the reason the Thames froze was because the London Bridge of the era dammed it up. Peter Singer’s new book … Continue reading

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Chemical Imbalance

[content note: mental illness. I am still in training and do not understand these issues even as well as a fully-trained psychiatrist, let alone a researcher, so take all the biology and studies in here with a grain of salt … Continue reading

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