Thanks for this comment!
I’d also note that the existing psychological evidence for the “secondary transfer effect” is relevant to premise 4
Good point, thanks! Judging only from that paper’s abstract, I’d guess that it’d indeed be useful for work on these questions to draw on evidence and theorising about secondary transfer effects.
I can imagine this research fitting well within Sentience Institute. If you know anyone who could be interested in applying to our current researcher job opening (closing in ~one week’s time), to work on this or other questions, please do let them know about the opening.
Yes, I’d agree that this kind of work seems to clearly fit the Sentience Institute’s mission, and that SI seems like it’s probably among the best homes for this kind of work. (Off the top of my head, other candidate “best homes” might be Rethink Priorities or academic psychology. But it’s possible that, in the latter, it’d be hard to sell people on focusing a lot of resources on the most relevant questions.)
So I’m glad you stated that explicitly (perhaps I should’ve too), and mentioned SI’s job opening here, so people interested in researching these questions can see it.