Thanks a lot for this comment! I think delving into the topic of epistemic learned helplessness will help me learn how to form proper inside views, which is something I’ve been struggling with.
I’m very worried about this ceasing to be the case.
Are you worried just because it would be really bad if EA in the future (say 5 years) was much worse at coming to correct conclusions, or also because you think it’s likely that will happen?
Will be joining tomorrow!
Just a heads up: there’s an extra ”.” at the end of the link you posted
Thanks for the post! I especially enjoyed the mini EA forum literature review aspect of it. 😄
I personally definitely feel a disconnect between my intellectual understanding and feelings about suffering in the world, and am hoping meditation will help me have my emotions match my understanding more.
I wonder how one could explain the pleasures of learning about a subject as contentment, relief, or anticipated relief. Maybe they’d describe it as getting rid of the suffering-inducing desire to get knowledge / acceptation from peers / whatever motivates people to learn?
I’m sure it would be possible to find meditators who came to the opposite conclusion about well-being.
If someone reading this happens to know of any I’d be interested to know! I wouldn’t be that surprised if they were very rare, since my (layman) impression is that Buddhism aligns well with suffering-focused ethics, and I assume most meditators are influenced by Buddhism.
We’ve also been toying around with this idea in Helsinki University and Aalto University, haven’t done anything concrete yet though.
80k has some (short) pointers here: https://80000hours.org/2020/08/ideas-for-high-impact-careers-beyond-our-priority-paths/#become-a-public-intellectual
CGP Grey is great!
I’m also a fan of exurb1a’s channel, they have many videos with EA-adjacent themes. This one sticks out to me as moving EA content: https://youtu.be/n__42UNIhvU
“Accredited Investors can join Angel Investment Networks and other exclusive communities that provide unique opportunities for high impact.”
Can you expand on this, what kinds of opportunities are you thinking of? Funding startups that have potential to do good in an EA sense? Influencing high net worth individuals’ donations? Making lots of money to donate?
Can you give a bit more context about what you’re looking for? Is this a thought experiment type of thing?
I think it’s great that these are being posted on the forum! I’ve often found that I’d like to discuss an episode after listening to it, but haven’t known of a place with active discussion on it (other than twitter, which feels too scattered to me).
I’d also like to know
Thanks for the post!
We’ll probably be trying this out at EA Helsinki.
I agree that the discussion in that subreddit is not very good.
Do you think it would be a good idea to encourage EAs in other spaces to upvote a post about this and have it be the most upvoted post on the sub? So people see it when they sort by top of all time. Currently the most upvoted post is at 261, not a lot.
Reasons against this:
-Vote manipulation or something
-Maybe such a post could leave a negative impression of EA (framing is very important here)
-Such a post could stay in the top even after the subreddit becomes better, although in that case it could just be strikethrough’d with an edit on top saying the post is not relevant any more.
I think that would be good to do in addition to a pinned post.
I love this!
This could be relevant:
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