In response to “If it goes well hopefully others will try it to”—in this community I think there is a very high entry barrier to feeling like you have something to say in an AMA style.
Though in this set of questions, I think we have, right?
For what it’s worth, my thoughts are that I’d love to humanise such people but I’d probably like to do that by consuming content they choose to produce or having dinner with them, etc. It does seem like a waste of valuable time that Will chooses to use here to ask him personal info when he could more valuably spend that time imparting information. We aren’t friends we’re working on a project together.
Obviously that project might work better if we humanise each other. On the other hand in jokes cause cliques which inhibit perhaps inhibit the growth of ideologies—the lack of say athiest culture within EA allows Christains within EA to exist, which might not be possible if this forum contained loads of in jokes/ personal non-EA views.
Interested to hear thoughts.
Very few of these questions are about you as a person. That seems worth noting. On the one hand I’d be interested in what your favourite novel is. On the other hand that seems an inappropriate question to ask—“Will isn’t here to answer questions about his personality, he’s here to maximise wellbeing”. Should we want to humanise key figures within the EA ideological space (like you)?
If yes, what made you laugh recently?
Personally, I would be leery of doing an AMA currently because I don’t feel I have that much that the whole community ought to spend time reading.
Who do you think it would be most valuable if you could be put in touch with?
If there were an election, how do you think you would decide who to vote for? Would you produce any content on that decision making process?
Have you considered doing the mainstream intellectual podcasts as a means of repping 80k? Eg David Pakman, Dave Rubin, whatever you might get onto? If you don’t think that’s a good idea, why not?
https://www.facebook.com/morgan.curtis/posts/10157354103556870?comment_id=10157361222336870¬if_id=1564064158553923¬if_t=comment_mention Person who is a “Giving Coach” who helps wealthy people give away their wealth to ethical causes. Was requested it be shared here. Moderately interesting.
I suppose I’m not putting much weight on it, other than what is required to keep me working at a problem for the long term. The issue there is that I don’t know what working at many of these jobs will be like...
In terms of desires, I would like most of all to have a legitimate ethical system. I value that more than my own wellbeing and my own desires. So I don’t really care what I want other than instrumentally. I do thinks I *want* on my own time, whereas I think for my career I’d like to maximise as much as I can.
At least I think so—it’s hard to know what you really want, right?
Perhaps I’ll end up justifying what I want to do anyway. I suppose this process at least stops me making significantly non-maximal choices.
Interesting take. I like your willingness to think about this and I agree that religion offers a lot and there are many lessons to learn. Some thoughts:
What will one say when their congregation asks what they believe and why?
Generally it seems EAs advise against going into harmful organisations to “change them”. Have I misunderstood or why not here? Perhaps you don’t think religious orgs are on balance harmful.
In my understanding the quickest growing religious sects are conservative, which will be strongly opposed to doing things for maximising wellbeing as opposed to what the Bible/Qu’ran says.
I think seeking the growth of more liberal branches is an interesting idea but what if that gives the “oxygen” required by more conservative groups. What if this ends up aiding the growth of conservative dogmatism?
Yeah, fair points. :)
Article I wrote about the recent Tory Leadership debates:
I was nearly gonna post this article so glad you already have. I think it provides an interesting framework for understand peoples worldview (telos, existential threat etc). I have found it to be useful in discussing people’s veiws with them: “What do you think is the purpose of life, what do you fear? etc”
Thank you for your work. It seems like a really important thing to study. Thank you for taking the time to lay your your plans so clearly.
Do you think your work will at any point reach onto how individuals could live that would make them more happu or have greater well being? I think there is room for publising a kind of workflow/ lifehacks to help peoeple know how their lives could be better. I acknolwedge that’s not what you speak about here but it seems adjacent. Perhaps another reader could point me in the direction of this.
We think well-being consists in happiness, defined as a positive balance of enjoyment over suffering. Understood this way, this means that when we reduce misery, we increase happiness.
Sure though there are some kinds of misery you don’t want to reduce. I could choose not to attend my fathers funeral and that would reduce misery. Do you have any idea how you will attempt to account for “good sadness” in any way? If you will avoid those kinds of interventions, how will you choose your interventions and how will you avoid bias in this?
Non EA Parody Video I made
I made a Brexit parody of Remix to Ignition. You folks are a community I’m part of and I think sharing what your are proud of (or what is uniquely you), is a great part of community life.
(As an aside I’d like to do some EA rap if I could think of a good idea of how to do it. Alternatively if you want rap marketing of an EA organisation or rap at an event then we can talk)
Regarding there being answers. That’s good to know, I guess I will search for them—also I’ve just found less wrong—which is useful.
I’ll check out those links.
You might be right about a broad discussion. If it turns out that issues haven’t been covered I might come back and write a more specific piece.
I have not spent any time in local EA communities. I’d like to though, but that will involve working out where I’m going to live next.
Thanks for your time.