Com­mu­nity epistemic health

TagLast edit: 16 Mar 2022 15:28 UTC by Pablo

The community epistemic health tag applies to posts addressing the current state of epistemic health in the effective altruism community, as well as posts discussing how we might improve the epistemic health of the community.

Effective altruism is about working out how to do as much good as we can using evidence and reason and then taking action on that basis. Posts here are particularly concerned with how well the movement is able to use evidence and reason, norms that affect discourse between individuals and how individuals form beliefs.

If you have ideas for improving or retaining epistemic norms within the EA community please email Nicole Ross (community health team manager at CEA) at nicole[dot]ross[at] .

Do­ing EA Better

ConcernedEAs17 Jan 2023 20:09 UTC
254 points
391 comments70 min readEA link

In­group Deference

trammell26 May 2023 16:44 UTC
118 points
24 comments17 min readEA link

Norms and fea­tures for the Forum

Gavin16 May 2022 9:38 UTC
62 points
16 comments3 min readEA link

Pro­duc­tive crit­i­cism: run­ning a draft past the peo­ple you’re criticizing

Lizka15 Jun 2023 15:57 UTC
38 points
7 comments7 min readEA link

Why defen­sive writ­ing is bad for com­mu­nity epistemics

Emrik8 Oct 2022 23:38 UTC
76 points
28 comments8 min readEA link

Who is Un­com­fortable Cri­tiquing Who, Around EA?

Ozzie Gooen24 Feb 2023 5:55 UTC
150 points
15 comments11 min readEA link

Why Peo­ple Use Burner Ac­counts: A Com­men­tary on Black­lists, the EA “In­ner Cir­cle”, and Funding

BurnerExplainer8 Feb 2023 7:00 UTC
40 points
99 comments6 min readEA link

My highly per­sonal skep­ti­cism brain­dump on ex­is­ten­tial risk from ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

NunoSempere23 Jan 2023 20:08 UTC
429 points
116 comments14 min readEA link

Straw­men, steel­men, and mithril­men: get­ting the prin­ci­ple of char­ity right

MichaelPlant9 Jun 2023 13:02 UTC
89 points
11 comments2 min readEA link

Epistemic health is a com­mu­nity issue

ConcernedEAs2 Feb 2023 15:59 UTC
9 points
12 comments9 min readEA link

[Question] What con­crete ques­tion would you like to see de­bated? I might or­ganise some de­bates.

Nathan Young18 Apr 2023 16:13 UTC
35 points
50 comments1 min readEA link

The illu­sion of con­sen­sus about EA celebrities

Ben Millwood17 Mar 2023 21:16 UTC
128 points
11 comments2 min readEA link

EA fo­rum con­tent might be de­clin­ing in qual­ity. Here are some pos­si­ble mechanisms.

Thomas Kwa24 Sep 2022 22:24 UTC
130 points
47 comments2 min readEA link

EA’s don’t quan­tify much or very well

Noah Scales17 Dec 2022 9:47 UTC
17 points
4 comments4 min readEA link

The case for build­ing more and bet­ter epistemic in­sti­tu­tions in the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity

stefan.torges29 Mar 2020 17:01 UTC
131 points
22 comments6 min readEA link

Smug­gled as­sump­tions in “de­clin­ing epistemic qual­ity”

Wil Perkins16 Jan 2023 17:26 UTC
28 points
44 comments2 min readEA link

EA should blurt

RobBensinger22 Nov 2022 21:57 UTC
155 points
26 comments5 min readEA link

EA cul­ture is spe­cial; we should pro­ceed with intentionality

James Lin21 May 2022 21:55 UTC
84 points
7 comments10 min readEA link

EA is about max­i­miza­tion, and max­i­miza­tion is perilous

Holden Karnofsky2 Sep 2022 17:13 UTC
458 points
58 comments7 min readEA link

Choos­ing causes re Flynn for Oregon

Zach Stein-Perlman18 May 2022 3:59 UTC
54 points
25 comments2 min readEA link

[Question] Ex­am­ples of some­one ad­mit­ting an er­ror or chang­ing a key conclusion

Lizka27 Jun 2022 15:37 UTC
47 points
14 comments1 min readEA link

The FTX Si­tu­a­tion: Wait for more in­for­ma­tion be­fore propos­ing solutions

D0TheMath13 Nov 2022 20:28 UTC
109 points
17 comments2 min readEA link

EA is Not Reli­gious Enough (EA should em­u­late peak Quak­erism)

Lawrence Newport1 Oct 2022 10:55 UTC
108 points
25 comments9 min readEA link

Keep EA high-trust

Michael_PJ22 Dec 2022 14:58 UTC
155 points
45 comments4 min readEA link

Maybe hous­ing is not our biggest issue

Ramiro3 Oct 2022 12:34 UTC
25 points
2 comments2 min readEA link

Cool is No Longer Cool.

Izo21 Dec 2022 19:44 UTC
29 points
7 comments2 min readEA link

[Question] Would Struc­tured Dis­cus­sion Plat­forms for EA Com­mu­nity Build­ing Ideas be Valuable? (With Pro­to­type Ex­am­ple)

Harrison Durland4 May 2022 18:49 UTC
15 points
9 comments3 min readEA link

Ve­ganism, Op­ti­mal Health, and In­tel­lec­tual Honesty

Michael_235819 Dec 2022 14:31 UTC
33 points
19 comments1 min readEA link

Rea­son­ing Transparency

Lizka28 Sep 2022 12:22 UTC
111 points
8 comments16 min readEA link

In­ter­gen­er­a­tional trauma im­ped­ing co­op­er­a­tive ex­is­ten­tial safety efforts

Andrew Critch3 Jun 2022 17:27 UTC
82 points
2 comments3 min readEA link

The com­mu­nity health team’s work on in­ter­per­sonal harm in the com­mu­nity

Julia_Wise19 Aug 2022 2:58 UTC
283 points
15 comments13 min readEA link

EA Librar­ian: CEA wants to help an­swer your EA ques­tions!

calebp17 Jan 2022 17:22 UTC
108 points
18 comments6 min readEA link

On Epistemics and Communities

JP Addison16 Dec 2022 19:11 UTC
36 points
0 comments3 min readEA link

Per­ils of op­ti­miz­ing in so­cial contexts

Owen Cotton-Barratt16 Jun 2022 17:23 UTC
123 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

[Question] What EAG ses­sions would you like on epistemics?

Nathan Young20 Mar 2022 15:40 UTC
10 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

Street Outreach

Barracuda6 Jun 2022 13:40 UTC
4 points
3 comments2 min readEA link

Ben Garfinkel: How sure are we about this AI stuff?

bgarfinkel9 Feb 2019 19:17 UTC
128 points
20 comments18 min readEA link

Stop scold­ing peo­ple for wor­ry­ing about mon­key­pox (Vox ar­ti­cle)

Lizka31 May 2022 8:37 UTC
39 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

Effec­tive Altru­ism’s Im­plicit Epistemology

Violet Hour18 Oct 2022 13:38 UTC
123 points
12 comments28 min readEA link

Plan­ning and doc­u­men­ta­tion: should we do more (or less)?

david_reinstein2 Jan 2023 17:35 UTC
4 points
0 comments2 min readEA link

[Question] How should EA nav­i­gate the di­vide be­tween those who pri­ori­tise epistemics vs. so­cial cap­i­tal?

Chris Leong16 Jan 2023 6:31 UTC
21 points
52 comments1 min readEA link

Re­place Neglectedness

Indra Gesink16 Jan 2023 17:42 UTC
51 points
4 comments4 min readEA link

How to be a good ag­nos­tic (and some good rea­sons to be dog­matic)

peterhartree4 Feb 2023 11:08 UTC
11 points
1 comment3 min readEA link

De­con­fu­sion Part 3 - EA Com­mu­nity and So­cial Structure

Davidmanheim9 Feb 2023 8:19 UTC
83 points
4 comments8 min readEA link

Select Challenges with Crit­i­cism & Eval­u­a­tion Around EA

Ozzie Gooen10 Feb 2023 23:36 UTC
111 points
5 comments6 min readEA link

Free-spend­ing EA might be a big prob­lem for op­tics and epistemics

George Rosenfeld12 Apr 2022 20:30 UTC
561 points
187 comments8 min readEA link

Ways money can make things worse

Jan_Kulveit21 Jun 2022 15:26 UTC
167 points
3 comments9 min readEA link

On be­ing am­bi­tious: failing suc­cess­fully & less unnecessarily

Luke Freeman26 May 2022 7:21 UTC
171 points
10 comments21 min readEA link

Con­trol­ling for a thinker’s big idea

Vasco Grilo21 Oct 2023 7:56 UTC
58 points
10 comments8 min readEA link

Some benefits and risks of failure transparency

Vaidehi Agarwalla27 Mar 2022 2:09 UTC
52 points
3 comments10 min readEA link

How we can make it eas­ier to change your mind about cause areas

ClaireZabel11 Aug 2015 6:21 UTC
71 points
16 comments3 min readEA link

Prob­lems with free ser­vices for EA projects

Lizka3 Aug 2023 15:28 UTC
132 points
21 comments11 min readEA link

Some up­dates to my think­ing in light of the FTX col­lapse by Owen Cot­ton Bar­ratt [Link Post]

Nathan Young29 Mar 2023 15:23 UTC
137 points
16 comments1 min readEA link

“What the hell hap­pened to effec­tive al­tru­ism?”

Calum19 Nov 2023 15:07 UTC
4 points
7 comments1 min readEA link

How can we im­prove In­fo­haz­ard Gover­nance in EA Biose­cu­rity?

Nadia Montazeri5 Aug 2023 12:03 UTC
164 points
24 comments4 min readEA link

Truth­seek­ing when your dis­agree­ments lie in moral philosophy

Elizabeth11 Oct 2023 21:11 UTC
42 points
1 comment4 min readEA link

Epistemics (Part 2: Ex­am­ples) | Reflec­tive Altruism

BrownHairedEevee19 May 2023 21:28 UTC
27 points
0 comments2 min readEA link

EA Ve­gan Ad­vo­cacy is not truth­seek­ing, and it’s ev­ery­one’s problem

Elizabeth29 Sep 2023 4:04 UTC
117 points
38 comments22 min readEA link

Prob­a­bly tell your friends when they make big mistakes

Chi1 Jun 2023 14:30 UTC
98 points
6 comments7 min readEA link

Con­formism in EA

monadica18 Jan 2023 20:35 UTC
−1 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

[Question] How Should EA Govern It­self?

John Coleman23 Jan 2023 3:19 UTC
4 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

EA Librar­ian Update

calebp11 Mar 2022 1:22 UTC
31 points
4 comments4 min readEA link

Do­ing EA Bet­ter: grant-mak­ers should con­sider grant app peer re­view along the pub­lic-sec­tor model

ben.smith24 Jan 2023 15:01 UTC
50 points
7 comments9 min readEA link

Crit­i­ciz­ing Bostrom Stifles Hon­est Dis­cus­sions and En­courages More Attacks

Ives Parr27 Jan 2023 3:06 UTC
−2 points
0 comments7 min readEA link

Democratis­ing Risk—or how EA deals with critics

CarlaZoeC28 Dec 2021 15:05 UTC
258 points
311 comments4 min readEA link

Judge­ment as a key need in EA

Benjamin_Todd12 Sep 2020 14:48 UTC
30 points
16 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] How can I ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about FTX Fund grants that were made be­fore the fund was wound up?

ben.smith21 Dec 2022 23:44 UTC
2 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

Not­ing an un­sub­stan­ti­ated be­lief about the FTX disaster

Yitz13 Nov 2022 5:37 UTC
93 points
34 comments1 min readEA link

Tips for build­ing a net­work out­side of the EA move­ment (in par­tic­u­lar for EU policy)

JOMG_Monnet6 May 2023 6:40 UTC
19 points
0 comments7 min readEA link

We are in­cred­ibly homogenous

ConcernedEAs16 Feb 2023 16:05 UTC
19 points
17 comments6 min readEA link

[Question] What are some mea­surable prox­ies for EA com­mu­nity health?

michel14 Jul 2022 6:26 UTC
32 points
8 comments1 min readEA link

Ele­ments of Ra­tion­al­ist Discourse

RobBensinger14 Feb 2023 3:39 UTC
66 points
12 comments9 min readEA link

EA is too New & Im­por­tant to Schism

Wil Perkins23 Feb 2023 14:56 UTC
59 points
68 comments2 min readEA link

EA needs Life-Veter­ans and “Less Smart” people

Jeffrey Kursonis8 Mar 2023 15:59 UTC
79 points
38 comments4 min readEA link

We can’t put num­bers on ev­ery­thing and try­ing to weak­ens our col­lec­tive epistemics

ConcernedEAs8 Mar 2023 15:09 UTC
9 points
0 comments11 min readEA link

A note of cau­tion on be­liev­ing things on a gut level

Nathan_Barnard9 May 2023 12:20 UTC
38 points
5 comments2 min readEA link

Large episte­molog­i­cal con­cerns I should maybe have about EA a priori

Luise7 Jun 2023 14:11 UTC
107 points
16 comments8 min readEA link

Do we know suc­cess rates for or­ga­ni­za­tions/​ini­ti­a­tives?

Deena Englander22 Dec 2022 15:46 UTC
18 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

Pro­posal for im­prov­ing the global on­line dis­course through per­son­al­ised com­ment or­der­ing on all websites

Roman Leventov7 Dec 2023 9:11 UTC
9 points
1 comment6 min readEA link

EA and AI Safety Schism: AGI, the last tech hu­mans will (soon*) build

Phib15 May 2023 2:05 UTC
6 points
6 comments5 min readEA link

How avoid­ing dras­tic ca­reer changes could sup­port EA’s epistemic health and long-term effi­cacy.

nat goldthwaite31 Aug 2022 6:58 UTC
7 points
0 comments7 min readEA link

EA cause ar­eas are likely power-law dis­tributed too

Stian25 May 2023 20:25 UTC
38 points
1 comment3 min readEA link

The Wizard of Oz Prob­lem: How in­cen­tives and nar­ra­tives can skew our per­cep­tion of AI developments

Akash20 Mar 2023 22:36 UTC
16 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

The Seeker’s Game – Vignettes from the Bay

Yulia9 Jul 2023 20:31 UTC
155 points
7 comments16 min readEA link

Fu­ture peo­ple might not ex­ist

Indra Gesink30 Nov 2022 19:17 UTC
18 points
0 comments4 min readEA link

How I Formed My Own Views About AI Safety

Neel Nanda27 Feb 2022 18:52 UTC
130 points
12 comments13 min readEA link

Univer­sity EA Groups Need Fixing

Dave Banerjee3 Aug 2023 21:06 UTC
358 points
111 comments10 min readEA link

Read The Sequences

Quadratic Reciprocity23 Dec 2022 11:54 UTC
46 points
42 comments5 min readEA link

[Question] I’m col­lect­ing con­tent that show­cases epistemic virtues, any sug­ges­tions?

Alejandro Acelas31 Jul 2022 12:15 UTC
10 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] What is the top con­cept that all EAs should un­der­stand?

Nathan Young5 Jul 2022 11:56 UTC
29 points
15 comments1 min readEA link

My take on What We Owe the Future

elifland1 Sep 2022 18:07 UTC
349 points
51 comments26 min readEA link

De­sen­si­tiz­ing Deepfakes

Phib29 Mar 2023 1:20 UTC
18 points
9 comments1 min readEA link

Quan­tified In­tu­itions: An epistemics train­ing web­site in­clud­ing a new EA-themed cal­ibra­tion app

Sage20 Sep 2022 22:25 UTC
86 points
8 comments2 min readEA link

FTX prob re­lated: Strongly Recom­mend­ing Creat­ing An In­ter­nal Au­dit Com­mit­tee that will Pe­ri­od­i­cally Assess EA Or­ga­ni­za­tions, Its Ob­jec­tives And Pro­cesses Based on IIA Standards

Miguel13 Nov 2022 1:42 UTC
10 points
6 comments1 min readEA link

Epistemics-Im­prov­ing Ac­tivi­ties for Groups and Friends

ChanaMessinger10 Oct 2022 13:11 UTC
45 points
7 comments1 min readEA link

Or­ga­nized Cause Evaluation

Elliot Temple28 Nov 2022 20:31 UTC
5 points
2 comments2 min readEA link

Up­date your be­liefs with a “Yes/​No de­bate”

jorges3 Nov 2022 0:05 UTC
18 points
4 comments4 min readEA link

A new Heuris­tic to Up­date on the Cre­dences of Others

aaron_mai16 Jan 2023 11:35 UTC
22 points
4 comments20 min readEA link

Im­prov­ing EA with More, Bet­ter De­bates | Recorded Dis­cus­sion be­tween Elliot and Emrik

Elliot Temple22 Nov 2022 21:15 UTC
17 points
2 comments4 min readEA link

Effec­tive Altru­ism Read­ing List In­for­ma­tion De­sign Poster (2/​2)

annaleptikon6 Jan 2023 14:49 UTC
43 points
0 comments5 min readEA link

Dangers of defer­ence

TsviBT8 Jan 2023 14:41 UTC
46 points
7 comments2 min readEA link

Prior X%—<1%: A quan­tified ‘epistemic sta­tus’ of your pre­dic­tion.

tcelferact2 Jun 2023 15:51 UTC
11 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Speak the truth, even if your voice trembles

RobertM14 Jan 2023 6:10 UTC
92 points
13 comments5 min readEA link

A gen­eral com­ment on dis­cus­sions of ge­netic group differences

anonymous810114 Jan 2023 7:09 UTC
23 points
12 comments3 min readEA link

Be less trust­ing of in­tu­itive ar­gu­ments about so­cial phe­nom­ena

Nathan_Barnard18 Dec 2022 1:11 UTC
43 points
20 comments4 min readEA link

Our Bor­ing Ad­vice For Teens

ChanaMessinger7 Oct 2022 11:13 UTC
18 points
15 comments1 min readEA link

EA should seek out more crit­i­cism of key EA concepts

freedomandutility30 Aug 2022 15:14 UTC
7 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] What im­prove­ments should be made to im­prove EA dis­cus­sion on heated top­ics?

Ozzie Gooen16 Jan 2023 20:11 UTC
54 points
35 comments1 min readEA link
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