Rob B's Shortform Feed

post by Rob Bensinger (RobbBB) · 2019-05-10T23:10:14.483Z · score: 19 (3 votes) · LW · GW · 11 comments

This is a repository for miscellaneous short things I want to post. Other people are welcome to make top-level comments here if they want. (E.g., questions for me you'd rather discuss publicly than via PM; links you think will be interesting to people in this comment section but not to LW as a whole; etc.)


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comment by Rob Bensinger (RobbBB) · 2019-05-10T23:13:24.150Z · score: 7 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The wiki glossary for the sequences / Rationality: A-Z ( ) is updated now with the glossary entries from the print edition of vol. 1-2.

New entries from Map and Territory:

anthropics, availability heuristic, Bayes's theorem, Bayesian, Bayesian updating, bit, Blue and Green, calibration, causal decision theory, cognitive bias, conditional probability, confirmation bias, conjunction fallacy, deontology, directed acyclic graph, elan vital, Everett branch, expected value, Fermi paradox, foozality, hindsight bias, inductive bias, instrumental, intentionality, isomorphism, Kolmogorov complexity, likelihood, maximum-entropy probability distribution, probability distribution, statistical bias, two-boxing

New entries from How to Actually Change Your Mind:

affect heuristic, causal graph, correspondence bias, epistemology, existential risk, frequentism, Friendly AI, group selection, halo effect, humility, intelligence explosion, joint probability distribution, just-world fallacy, koan, many-worlds interpretation, modesty, transhuman

A bunch of other entries from the M&T and HACYM glossaries were already on the wiki; most of these have been improved a bit or made more concise.

comment by Said Achmiz (SaidAchmiz) · 2019-05-11T07:41:08.370Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

This reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to ask:

Last I checked, the contents of the Less Wrong Wiki were licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, which is… rather inconvenient. Is it at all possible to re-license it (ideally as CC BY-NC-SA, to match R:AZ itself)?

(My interest in this comes from the fact that the Glossary is mirrored on, and I’d prefer not to have to deal with two different licenses, as I currently have to.)

comment by habryka (habryka4) · 2019-05-11T08:24:11.348Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I can reach out to Trike Apps about this, but can we actually do this? Seems plausible that we would have to ask for permission from all editors involved in a page before we can change the license.

comment by Said Achmiz (SaidAchmiz) · 2019-05-11T08:50:40.021Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I have no idea; I cannot claim to really understand the GFDL well enough to know… but if doable, this seems worthwhile, as there’s a lot of material on the wiki which I and others could do various useful/interesting things with, if it were released under a convenient license.

comment by Rob Bensinger (RobbBB) · 2019-05-10T23:19:00.628Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Are there any other OK-quality rationalist glossaries out there? is the only one I know of. I vaguely recall there being one on at some point, but I might be misremembering.

comment by Said Achmiz (SaidAchmiz) · 2019-05-11T07:36:03.246Z · score: 10 (2 votes) · LW · GW

comment by Rob Bensinger (RobbBB) · 2019-05-11T20:21:03.506Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW


comment by jimrandomh · 2019-05-11T00:31:56.540Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It's optimized on a *very* different axis, but there's the Rationality Cardinality card database.

comment by Rob Bensinger (RobbBB) · 2019-05-11T20:18:55.445Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That counts! :) Part of why I'm asking is in case we want to build a proper LW glossary, and Rationality Cardinality could at least provide ideas for terms we might be missing.

comment by Pattern · 2019-05-18T17:03:02.089Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

How would you feel about the creation of a Sequence of Shortform Feeds? (Including this one?) (Not a mod.)

comment by Raemon · 2019-05-18T22:22:58.014Z · score: 3 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I can't speak for Rob but I'd be fine with my own shortform feed [LW · GW] being included.