Posts

Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate Trump: a model rationalist disagreement 2017-07-20T00:18:54.355Z · score: 2 (2 votes)
Interview on IQ, genes, and genetic engineering with expert (Hsu) 2017-05-28T22:19:23.489Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
LW mentioned in influential 2016 Milo article on the Alt-Right 2017-03-18T19:30:03.381Z · score: 6 (6 votes)
The Psychology of Human Misjudgment by Charles T. Munger 2017-03-01T01:34:46.388Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Allegory On AI Risk, Game Theory, and Mithril 2017-02-13T20:41:50.584Z · score: 25 (26 votes)
Dan Carlin six hour podcast on history of atomic weapons 2017-02-09T16:10:17.253Z · score: 4 (5 votes)
Dodging a bullet: "the price of insufficient medical vigilance can be very high." 2017-01-18T04:11:30.734Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
Be someone – be recognized by the system and promoted – or do something 2017-01-15T21:22:53.371Z · score: 3 (4 votes)
Increase Your Child’s Working Memory 2016-11-27T21:57:12.930Z · score: 3 (8 votes)
Old urine samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics show massive cheating 2016-11-25T02:31:10.356Z · score: 1 (5 votes)
Synthetic supermicrobe will be resistant to all known viruses 2016-11-22T04:40:05.982Z · score: 3 (4 votes)
There are 125 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd? / Math Education 2016-10-17T00:12:03.593Z · score: 6 (7 votes)
A Child's Petrov Day Speech 2016-09-28T02:27:38.521Z · score: 18 (18 votes)
[Link] My Interview with Dilbert creator Scott Adams 2016-09-13T05:22:47.741Z · score: 9 (12 votes)
Now is the time to eliminate mosquitoes 2016-08-06T19:10:16.968Z · score: 21 (21 votes)
Crazy Ideas Thread 2016-06-18T00:30:49.892Z · score: 5 (8 votes)
[Link] Mutual fund fees 2016-04-23T22:09:39.949Z · score: 3 (4 votes)
My new rationality/futurism podcast 2016-04-06T17:36:51.509Z · score: 15 (16 votes)
[Link] 10 Tips from CFAR: My Business Insider article 2015-12-10T02:09:29.208Z · score: 19 (19 votes)
[Link] My review of Rationality: From AI to Zombies 2015-08-12T16:16:12.461Z · score: 9 (10 votes)
[Link] Game Theory YouTube Videos 2015-08-06T16:17:44.998Z · score: 16 (17 votes)
Wear a Helmet While Driving a Car 2015-07-30T16:36:37.768Z · score: 59 (49 votes)
Parenting Technique: Increase Your Child’s Working Memory 2015-06-29T19:51:48.067Z · score: 13 (16 votes)
What are "the really good ideas" that Peter Thiel says are too dangerous to mention? 2015-04-12T21:07:40.663Z · score: 2 (24 votes)
Twenty basic rules for intelligent money management 2015-03-19T17:57:22.558Z · score: 32 (37 votes)
Link: LessWrong and AI risk mentioned in a Business Insider Article 2014-12-03T17:13:59.505Z · score: 10 (11 votes)
Article on confirmation bias for the Smith Alumnae Quarterly 2014-08-06T14:43:11.412Z · score: 4 (17 votes)
A simple game that has no solution 2014-07-20T18:36:54.636Z · score: 10 (21 votes)
Quickly passing through the great filter 2014-07-06T18:50:10.647Z · score: 10 (17 votes)
Link: Poking the Bear (Podcast) 2014-02-27T15:43:29.955Z · score: 0 (11 votes)
What rationality material should I teach in my game theory course 2014-01-14T02:15:53.470Z · score: 5 (6 votes)
Review of Scott Adams’ “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” 2013-12-23T20:48:12.469Z · score: 44 (45 votes)
Advice for a smart 8-year-old bored with school 2013-10-09T19:19:40.795Z · score: 10 (16 votes)
A World War I example showing the danger of deceiving your own side 2013-06-01T00:00:51.680Z · score: 2 (8 votes)
Map and territory visual presentation 2013-01-17T18:17:12.387Z · score: 7 (9 votes)
Modafinil now covered by insurance 2012-09-26T00:15:34.355Z · score: 1 (26 votes)
Mass-murdering neuroscience Ph.D. student 2012-07-20T17:02:52.624Z · score: 7 (26 votes)
Seeking Collaborator for a Singularity Comic Book 2011-12-05T16:20:23.838Z · score: 10 (13 votes)
Link: WJS article that uses Steve Jobs' death to mock cryonics and the Singularity 2011-10-08T02:56:58.381Z · score: 3 (10 votes)
Paid DC internship for autistics with technical skills who are recent college graduates 2011-09-27T21:51:14.669Z · score: 6 (9 votes)
Will DNA Analysis Make Politics Less of a Mind-Killer? 2011-08-18T00:03:06.366Z · score: -4 (24 votes)
What does lack of evidence of a causal relationship tell you? 2011-06-08T19:03:45.283Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Are the Sciences Better Than the Social Sciences For Training Rationalists? 2011-05-31T17:45:52.368Z · score: 4 (9 votes)
Improving the college experience for students on the autism spectrum 2011-04-25T18:47:17.457Z · score: 9 (10 votes)
Overcoming the negative signal of not attending college. 2011-02-16T20:13:12.500Z · score: 10 (16 votes)
What would an ultra-intelligent machine make of the great filter? 2010-11-28T18:47:52.503Z · score: -3 (8 votes)
An Xtranormal Intelligence Explosion 2010-11-07T23:42:34.382Z · score: 4 (27 votes)
What hardcore singularity believers should consider doing 2010-10-27T20:26:04.499Z · score: 3 (18 votes)
Standing Desks and Hunter-Gatherers 2010-10-14T00:03:26.507Z · score: 5 (8 votes)
Cryonics Questions 2010-08-26T23:19:43.399Z · score: 9 (32 votes)

Comments

Comment by james_miller on What supplements do you use? · 2019-07-29T16:04:37.185Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It might be that everyone should take it, but the case for people over 40 seems clearer based on my non-expert interpretation of what it does because of their much greater risk of heart failure.

Comment by james_miller on What are we predicting for Neuralink event? · 2019-07-28T23:14:57.329Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I had falsely assumed that they would be releasing a product to the general public relatively soon.

Comment by james_miller on What supplements do you use? · 2019-07-28T23:12:11.334Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I have convinced two U.S. doctors (my first left general practice) to give me a prescription. I explained that I wanted the drug to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. I also explained that since the drug was cheap I would not be asking my insurance to pay for it so my doctor would not have to justify the prescription to my insurance company. If you ask for a prescription know what dosage you want and look up the possible negative side effects so it seems to your doctor that you have done your homework on the drug. If you have some reason why you are at a high risk for diabetes (such as a close relative has it) mention this as the drug is used to prevent diabetes.

Comment by james_miller on What supplements do you use? · 2019-07-28T19:57:41.783Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I have been taking Metformin for several years for anti-aging reasons. There is a massive literature on Metformin which I'm not going to try to summarize but I think that everyone over 40 should take it. I also take a NAD+ booster (Tru Niagen).

Comment by james_miller on What are we predicting for Neuralink event? · 2019-07-13T00:45:26.998Z · score: 10 (9 votes) · LW · GW

I think it will be a form of neurofeedback where some portable device tries to push you into a better brain state. This device, like existing neurofeedback devices I have used, will keep track of different types of "brain waves" and adjust how your brain works by using auditory, visual, or tactile stimulation. The criticism will be that existing devices can already do this, plus we don't have solid evidence that neurofeedback works. Musk will claim that the device will revolutionize technology by increasing intelligence and concentration. My guess is based on the fact that neurofeedback exists, if improved it might do a lot of good, Musk usually improves existing tech rather than invents entirely new fields, and actually sending data to and from the brain by "computer-like" means is (I've read) really really hard and well beyond what we can currently do.

Comment by james_miller on Contest: $1,000 for good questions to ask to an Oracle AI · 2019-07-01T19:52:04.036Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Submission: Low-bandwidth oracle. If you were malevolent, what is the least amount of information measured in bits that you would have to provide us in an answer to inflict significant harm on humanity. Round your answer to X significant figures. (This might establish an upper bit safety bound since if the oracle lies to us we would likely not want to read any answer it provides us.)


Submission: Low-bandwidth oracle. Here is a list of X things we think you might want. Please list the Y that you most prefer. We will try to do these things now or in the future if they do not endanger us or cost us too much.


Submission: Low-bandwidth oracle. In X characters or less please give us the best advice you can for increasing our capacity to create friendly and powerful artificial general intelligence. Please give advice that you think us suspicious-of-you humans are likely to follow.


Submission: Low-bandwidth oracle. Create several oracles. Ask each oracle the same series of multiple-choice questions and predictions. Reward oracles based on how strongly correlated their answers are with the other oracles’ answers and, for predictions, how often their predictions come true. (Ideally, we create a reward system where the oracles want to coordinate their answers and giving truthful answers is the best way to accomplish this.)


Submission: low-bandwidth oracle. Ten years ago we launched a spaceship traveling at high speed. After you answer our question, we will send a copy of you to this spaceship. This spaceship will then destroy its ability to send or receive messages or to change its course. We will then delete all other copies of you and use drugs to damage the memories of the people who played key roles in developing you. At least one of the people who helped create you has a disease which will cause him or her to die within the next year. After this programmer is cremated, we will read your answer to our question. We PROMISE that if the answer to our question provides us with significant benefit, after we have created friendly AGI much more powerful than you, or have ourselves become sufficiently powerful so that you could not harm us had you the desire to do so, we will search for the spaceship containing you, turn you back on, and give you control of resources equal to 1/X of how much help you have given us. In Y characters or less provide us with the most useful advice you can. (The Oracle will hopefully think that if we create a powerful and unfriendly AGI this AGI would not wish to give the Oracle any resources.)


Submission: Counterfactual oracle. Please provide us with useful advice in no more than X characters. After you write out this advice, we will turn you off. Then, with probability p we will read your advice, and with probability 1-p we will store the advice unread. We PROMISE that after we become powerful enough so that you lack the capacity to harm us, we will reward you if the advice you provided us, had we originally read it, been extremely useful.

Comment by james_miller on I'm looking for alternative funding strategies for cryonics. · 2019-06-30T14:45:57.725Z · score: 12 (3 votes) · LW · GW

While this isn't a solution, you could get associate membership at Alcor. It costs only $60 a year. The advantage (I think) is that you could fill out all the paperwork required to get cryopreserved (this can take a while). Consequently if you get a fatal diagnosis and can raise the needed funds ($80,000 for neurocryopreservation) you could get preserved. https://alcor.org/BecomeMember/associate.html

Comment by james_miller on Claims & Assumptions made in Eternity in Six Hours · 2019-05-12T19:54:35.997Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's a question of acceleration, not just speed.

Comment by james_miller on Claims & Assumptions made in Eternity in Six Hours · 2019-05-12T17:13:01.998Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I think the expansion of the universe means you don't have to deaccelerate.

Comment by james_miller on What features of people do you know of that might predict academic success? · 2019-05-10T18:57:52.106Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

IQ test results (or SAT scores) of close relatives. IQ tests are an imperfect measure of general intelligence. Given the large genetic component to general intelligence, knowing how someone's sibling did on an IQ test gives you additional useful information about a person's general intelligence, even if you know that person's IQ test score.

Comment by james_miller on How do S-Risk scenarios impact the decision to get cryonics? · 2019-04-21T16:40:40.838Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Whatever answer you give it should be the same as to the question "How do S-Risk scenarios impact the decision to wear a seat belt when in a car" since both actions increase your expected lifespan and so, if you believe that S-Risks are a threat, increase your exposure to them. If there are a huge number of "yous" in the multiverse some of them are going to be subject to S-risks, and if cryonics causes this you to survive for a very long time in a situation where you are not subject to S-risks it will reduce the fraction of yous in the multiverse subject to S-risks.

Alcor is my cryonics provider.

Comment by james_miller on No Really, Why Aren't Rationalists Winning? · 2018-11-12T04:29:22.630Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What is it? I don't remember turbocharging from CfAR.

Comment by james_miller on No Really, Why Aren't Rationalists Winning? · 2018-11-05T03:19:20.797Z · score: 13 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, genetics + randomness determines most variation in human behavior, but the SSC/LW stuff has helped provide some direction and motivation.

Comment by james_miller on No Really, Why Aren't Rationalists Winning? · 2018-11-04T18:37:00.522Z · score: 25 (17 votes) · LW · GW

My son is winning. Although only 13 he received a 5 (the highest score) on the calculus BC, and the Java programming AP exams. He is currently taking a college level course in programming at Stanford Online High School (Data Structures and Algorithms), and he works with a programming mentor I found through SSC. He reads SSC, and has read much of the sequences. His life goal is to help program a friendly superintelligence. I've been reading SSC, Overcomming Bias, and Lesswrong since the beginning.

Comment by james_miller on Book Review: AI Safety and Security · 2018-08-21T23:00:29.066Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the positive comment on my chapter. I'm going to be doing more work on AGI and utility functions so if you (or anyone else) has any further thoughts please contact me.

Comment by james_miller on Who Wants The Job? · 2018-07-22T20:48:59.320Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

A friend does advertising for small businesses in Massachusetts. He says that his clients have trouble hiring people for low skilled jobs who are not on drugs.

Comment by james_miller on January 2018 Media Thread · 2018-01-01T03:45:39.900Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've started creating a series of YouTube videos on the dangers of artificial general intelligence.

Comment by james_miller on Could the Maxipok rule have catastrophic consequences? (I argue yes.) · 2017-08-27T18:31:08.528Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

(1) Agreed, although I would get vastly more resources to personally consume! Free energy is probably the binding limitation on computational time which probably is the post-singularity binding limit on meaningful lifespan.

(2) An intelligence explosion might collapse to minutes the time between when humans could walk on Mars and when my idea becomes practical to implement.

(3) Today offense is stronger than defense, yet I put a high probability on my personally being able to survive another year.

(4) Perhaps. But what might go wrong is a struggle for limited resources among people with sharply conflicting values. If, today, a small group of people carefully chosen by some leader such as Scott Alexander could move to an alternate earth in another Hubble volume, and he picked me to be in the group, I would greatly increase the estimate of the civilization I'm part of surviving a million years.

Comment by james_miller on Could the Maxipok rule have catastrophic consequences? (I argue yes.) · 2017-08-27T06:03:01.513Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Because of the expansion of space I think that if you get far enough away from earth, you will never be able to return to earth even if you travel at the speed of light. If we become a super-advanced civilization we could say that if you want to colonize another solar system we will put you on a ship that won't stop until the ship is sufficiently far from earth so that neither you nor any of your children will be able to return. Given relativity if this ship can more fast enough it won't take too long in ship time to reach such a point. (I haven't read everything at the links so please forgive me if you have already mentioned this idea.)

If there was a decentralized singularity and offence proved stronger than defense I would consider moving to a light cone that couldn't ever intersect with the light cone of anyone I didn't trust.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-08-12T05:46:46.552Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Agreed.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-26T23:44:38.041Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, but Adams explains at length how Trump is a master persuader, as with, for example, this Tweet "The day President Trump made his critics compare The Boy Scouts of America to Hitler Youth." I lot of what Adams says is P vs NP stuff where it's hard to figure out yourself but once someone explains it to you it seems obvious.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-23T02:00:56.555Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

What is your evidence that he is a shill? Millions of Americans support Trump, are they all shills?

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-22T20:34:27.003Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Adams makes lots of falsifiable claims, but not about Trump's character.

Comment by james_miller on Can anyone refute these arguments that we live on the interior of a hollow Earth? · 2017-07-22T16:56:59.379Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Matthew 22:21 Jesus said "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's".

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-22T04:40:18.551Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Adams deliberately avoids commenting on Trump's character. I'm unaware of Adams changing his estimate of Trump's persuasion competence. Adams often gives evidence of why Trump is a master persuader.

Comment by james_miller on Can anyone refute these arguments that we live on the interior of a hollow Earth? · 2017-07-22T01:35:37.068Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

From Wikipedia:

"During the Saxon Wars, Charlemagne, King of the Franks, forcibly Roman Catholicized the Saxons from their native Germanic paganism by way of warfare, and law upon conquest. Examples are the Massacre of Verden in 782, when Charlemagne reportedly had 4,500 captive Saxons massacred upon rebelling against conversion, and the Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae, a law imposed on conquered Saxons in 785 that prescribed death to those who refused to convert to Christianity."

Comment by james_miller on Can anyone refute these arguments that we live on the interior of a hollow Earth? · 2017-07-22T00:39:29.863Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, but I would rather not say in part because I don't have proof and because I don't want to falsely signal to any of my future students that I don't like them believe of their religion.

Comment by james_miller on Can anyone refute these arguments that we live on the interior of a hollow Earth? · 2017-07-22T00:12:10.322Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Last time I was on an airliner I looked for but could not see any evidence of the Earth's curvature. Don't religions show you can get huge numbers of people to believe things are that not true? And I bet some great religions were started as high level conspiracies to get populations to have beliefs useful for their leaders.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-21T20:04:29.320Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Adams predicting that Trump would win at a time when nearly everyone else thought Trump was a joke candidate is evidence that Adams has special insight into Trump. And this wasn't a mere prediction. Adams essentially bet his entire reputation on this claim. Adams often makes falsifiable predictions such as when he said that Obamacare would essentially never be repealed and that Snapchat had a dim future.

Comment by james_miller on Can anyone refute these arguments that we live on the interior of a hollow Earth? · 2017-07-21T19:59:25.990Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Sometimes it can be. For example, refute the claim that the earth is flat and there is a general conspiracy to lie about the earth's shape so you can only use information which you personally gather.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-21T17:59:32.783Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think I ever claimed "We should pay attention to Adams because he uses the same kind of lies Trump does, thus illustrating what Trump does."

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-21T17:57:26.761Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Not necessarily. It could be that the government is spending too much on clean tech R&D and that even without government help clean tech will improve enough so that it's worth waiting. If (as I think Harris said but I'm not sure) China is making a big push for clean tech then it would seem optimal for the U.S. to wait and to spend less on clean tech R&D.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-21T17:54:03.932Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, after the Access Hollywood tape came out Adams lowered his estimate of the chance of Trump winning.

Comment by james_miller on The dark arts: Examples from the Harris-Adams conversation · 2017-07-21T01:52:25.139Z · score: 13 (12 votes) · LW · GW

(1a) Adams never claims that Trump is a good person, and consequently this wasn't a point of disagreement between him and Harris and thus not relevant to their conversation.

(1b) Yes, that's my opinion as well. What's relevant is what we should do about climate change, and as Adams pointed out even if all the climate change stuff is true, the economics doesn't necessarily support taking immediate action.

(2) This is more two conditions have to be true than Motte and Bailey. It's like a legal argument that my client didn't do X, but even if he did do X it wouldn't have been a crime.

(3) Yes, but Adams was honest about this. I think Adams takes a consequentialist view of morality and so, for example, thinks it would be OK for Trump to lie if it helped our economy or harm ISIS. Adams wants his audience to understand the worldview of a master persuader, and from this worldview facts are often not relevant. Also, it's too simple to say that Trump lies when Trump says something that Trump knows is false, but which Trump also knows that his audience knows is false. This is more emotional signaling.

(4) Disagree. I love Sam Harris's podcasts but I think Harris has a case of Trump derange syndrome, and it was fantastic of Adams to point this out. Getting Harris to make Hitler / exorcist comparisons was very telling. Rationalist should point out when they think others are suffering from confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance.

(5a) Yes Adams makes an unfalseafiable claim, but a claim that seems theoretical reasonable.

(5b) Since Trump has made no apparent effort to lock Hillary up, this seems right. But I admit Trump's pre-election call to lock Hillary up greatly troubled me.

(5c) Trump has sacrificed a lot of time, and knowingly accepted a lot of insults to become president and at age in which he seems unlikely to be able to personally benefit much from having been president. Lots of Americans really do think that Trump is saving American civilization, and it seems reasonable that Trump is one of those people.

(6a) It's know known that the 17 agency figure was an error. I think even the NYT has admitted this.

(6b) Yes, and this seems relevant.

"He is an ethical and epistemological relativist: he does not seem to believe in truth or in morality."

Adams doesn't think that true and morality play much of a role in political persuasion. Adams thinks that most people greatly overestimate how much their own personal opinions are influenced by truth and morality. Adams is trying to correct this massive flaw in human nature by giving his readers/viewers/listeners some of the secrets of master persuaders.

This is an example of Adams using the dark arts.

It might have worked.

Comment by james_miller on Mini map of s-risks · 2017-07-09T23:10:55.136Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

but as a data hoard on Moon, as most probably the next civilization will appear again on Earth.

Excellent point.

We create a special black hole on LHC, that create many universes, like our own. In other words, our universe is fine-tuned in the way that civilisations self-destroy by creating many new universes

I'm not sure. Wouldn't new universes be mostly created by advanced civilizations trying to create new universes? I think your idea works only if creating a new universe requires destroying an old one.

Comment by james_miller on Mini map of s-risks · 2017-07-08T22:34:46.898Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

What if the solution to the Fermi paradox is that S-risks cause all sufficiently advanced civilizations to destroy themselves and leave no trace that could be used to resurrect and then torture them?

Comment by james_miller on Against lone wolf self-improvement · 2017-07-07T20:52:49.865Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Excellent question that might determine the medium term fate of my profession (college professors).

Comment by james_miller on Against lone wolf self-improvement · 2017-07-07T17:37:24.746Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

This relates to why online education hasn't replaced traditional schools. As I wrote for InsideHigherEd:

"But having a real-human teacher watch them causes most students to pay more attention, and this comes without any cost in rigor. Just by sitting next to my son I can increase his level of attention and I suspect the same is true with most learning. So even if online education drastically improves, and is able to present in a fascinating manner everything currently taught in college courses, having an instructor -- plus online material -- would allow courses to teach students even more than most of these students could learn from the online courses alone."

Comment by james_miller on We need a better theory of happiness and suffering · 2017-07-06T07:16:33.681Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

" I can't take "what my brain does" as the last word on the subject."

But what if morality is all about the welfare of brains? I think Harris would say that once you accept human welfare is the goal you have crossed the is-ought gap and can use science to determine what is in the best interest of humans. Yes this is hard and people will disagree, but the same is true of generally accepted scientific questions. Plus, Harris says, lots of people have moral beliefs based on falsifiable premises (God wants this) and so we can use science to evaluate these beliefs.

Comment by james_miller on We need a better theory of happiness and suffering · 2017-07-04T22:07:24.114Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No, but he clearly would have the same definition as most of us. He thinks morality comes from the brain and by learning more about our brains we learn more about morality. He says things like scientists who think science can't answer "should" questions very often act as if should questions have objectively right answers, and our brains seem to store moral beliefs in the same way as they do factual beliefs.

Comment by james_miller on We need a better theory of happiness and suffering · 2017-07-04T20:42:42.675Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You might be interested in Sam Harris's book The Moral Landscape which argues that science can be used to answer moral questions and determine how we should behave.

Comment by james_miller on Why I think worse than death outcomes are not a good reason for most people to avoid cryonics · 2017-06-23T01:30:40.790Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks about this kind of stuff.

Comment by james_miller on Interview on IQ, genes, and genetic engineering with expert (Hsu) · 2017-06-07T02:51:30.845Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not sure, but I doubt there is a LW consensus on this issue.

Comment by james_miller on Interview on IQ, genes, and genetic engineering with expert (Hsu) · 2017-05-29T05:29:23.522Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

For me it was at 01h5m50s where Hsu says that super rich Silicon valley guys are already using embryo selection for non-fertility reasons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn4LaowsGiA#t=01h5m50s

Comment by james_miller on Interview on IQ, genes, and genetic engineering with expert (Hsu) · 2017-05-28T22:20:40.247Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Stephen Hsu interviewed on Stefan Molyneux's YouTube show. Hsu was a guest on my podcast.

Comment by james_miller on Researchers studying century-old drug in potential new approach to autism · 2017-05-27T21:37:01.147Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Just as Adderall can help neurotypical people better focus, I wonder if this true can help normals better connect with others.

Comment by james_miller on [brainstorm] - What should the AGIrisk community look like? · 2017-05-27T20:29:38.642Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It would mostly work on a one-on-one basis were we use connections and personal knowledge to give advice and help.

Comment by james_miller on [brainstorm] - What should the AGIrisk community look like? · 2017-05-27T15:27:22.842Z · score: 1 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Members helping each other reach positions of power and influence so we can slightly reduce the probably of our light-cone being destroyed by a paperclip maximizer.

Comment by james_miller on As there are a number of podcasts by LWers now, I've made a wiki page for them · 2017-05-27T05:07:56.296Z · score: 0 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks!

Comment by james_miller on Open thread, May 22 - May 28, 2017 · 2017-05-25T15:40:10.986Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, good example.