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Last chance to participate in the 2018 EA Survey 2018-05-19T00:37:42.751Z · score: 20 (4 votes)
Please Take the 2018 Effective Altruism Survey! 2018-05-02T07:58:29.016Z · score: 29 (12 votes)
The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey - Please Take! 2017-04-24T21:08:54.258Z · score: 6 (7 votes)
Using a Spreadsheet to Make Good Decisions: Five Examples 2016-11-28T17:10:21.949Z · score: 12 (13 votes)
Take the EA survey, help the EA movement grow and potentially win $250 to your favorite charity 2015-12-01T17:07:56.335Z · score: 5 (8 votes)
Take the EA survey, help the EA movement grow and potentially win $250 to your favorite charity 2015-12-01T01:56:20.255Z · score: 18 (19 votes)
We’ll write you a will for free if you leave a gift to GiveWell’s top charities 2015-10-16T03:33:15.176Z · score: 4 (9 votes)
Donate to Keep Charity Science Running 2015-01-27T02:45:30.335Z · score: 13 (16 votes)
Pomodoro for Programmers 2014-12-24T18:26:49.923Z · score: 11 (13 votes)
How to Read 2014-12-22T05:40:37.235Z · score: 13 (15 votes)
You have a set amount of "weirdness points". Spend them wisely. 2014-11-27T21:09:22.804Z · score: 68 (76 votes)
Productivity 101 For Beginners 2014-11-05T23:04:46.263Z · score: 20 (31 votes)
[link] Guide on How to Learn Programming 2014-04-18T17:08:36.485Z · score: 6 (9 votes)
What has .impact done so far? 2014-03-31T17:50:19.022Z · score: 7 (14 votes)
Introducing Skillshare.im 2014-03-28T21:27:50.299Z · score: 17 (20 votes)
[LINK] Popular press account of social benefits of motivated reasoning 2014-01-12T13:55:24.241Z · score: 4 (5 votes)
Introducing .impact 2014-01-05T15:35:38.166Z · score: 18 (21 votes)
[Link] Good Judgment Project, Season Three 2013-12-02T19:51:21.982Z · score: 5 (6 votes)
Doing Important Research on Amazon's Mechanical Turk? 2013-09-25T17:04:25.692Z · score: 8 (10 votes)
Should We Tell People That Giving Makes Them Happier? 2013-09-04T21:22:06.770Z · score: 11 (14 votes)
How I Am Productive 2013-08-27T13:04:42.568Z · score: 54 (45 votes)
[LINK] "Preventing Human Extinction" by Nick Beckstead, Peter Singer, and Matt Wage 2013-08-21T11:14:41.588Z · score: 3 (6 votes)
Effective Altruist Job Board? 2013-08-18T22:40:34.868Z · score: 6 (8 votes)
Where I've Changed My Mind on My Approach to Speculative Causes 2013-08-16T07:09:54.834Z · score: 36 (39 votes)
Practical Limits to Giving Now and The Haste Consideration 2013-08-14T21:32:53.800Z · score: 7 (10 votes)
The Rebuttal Repository 2013-08-11T06:59:21.424Z · score: 13 (21 votes)
What Would it Take to "Prove" a Speculative Cause? 2013-08-07T20:59:40.037Z · score: 6 (9 votes)
How does MIRI Know it Has a Medium Probability of Success? 2013-08-01T11:42:24.140Z · score: 21 (25 votes)
Why I'm Skeptical About Unproven Causes (And You Should Be Too) 2013-07-29T09:09:27.464Z · score: 31 (44 votes)
Why Eat Less Meat? 2013-07-23T21:30:21.234Z · score: 50 (66 votes)
Introducing Effective Fundraising, a New EA Org 2013-07-21T21:39:18.945Z · score: 16 (19 votes)
For Happiness, Keep a Gratitude Journal 2013-07-15T21:11:52.203Z · score: 22 (25 votes)
College Student Philanthropy and Funding Millenium Villages 2013-06-21T14:52:41.818Z · score: 2 (7 votes)
Initial Thoughts on Personally Finding a High-Impact Career 2013-06-19T19:10:02.084Z · score: 10 (13 votes)
Giving Now Currently Seems to Beat Giving Later 2013-06-19T18:40:52.782Z · score: 1 (8 votes)
Effective Altruism Through Advertising Vegetarianism? 2013-06-12T18:50:31.353Z · score: 22 (46 votes)
[TED Talk] Peter Singer on Effective Altruism 2013-05-21T04:06:28.371Z · score: 15 (16 votes)
To Inspire People to Give, Be Public About Your Giving 2013-05-17T06:58:09.711Z · score: 11 (14 votes)
How to Build a Community 2013-05-15T05:43:05.131Z · score: 13 (20 votes)
Questions for Moral Realists 2013-02-13T05:44:44.948Z · score: 6 (8 votes)
LessWrong Survey Results: Do Ethical Theories Affect Behavior? 2012-12-19T08:40:47.861Z · score: 20 (20 votes)
A Critique of Leverage Research's Connection Theory 2012-09-20T04:28:37.011Z · score: 27 (31 votes)
Why Don't People Help Others More? 2012-08-13T23:34:43.406Z · score: 36 (39 votes)
PZ Myers on the Infeasibility of Whole Brain Emulation 2012-07-14T18:13:51.915Z · score: 13 (21 votes)
The Magician: A Reductionist's Allegory 2011-12-22T06:13:22.636Z · score: 15 (22 votes)
Richard Carrier on the Singularity 2011-12-05T06:14:25.171Z · score: 4 (7 votes)
Magic Tricks Revealed: Test Your Rationality 2011-08-13T05:23:25.194Z · score: 31 (34 votes)
My Expected Value Approach to Newcomb's Problem 2011-08-05T07:24:50.985Z · score: -3 (8 votes)
The Allais Paradox and the Dilemma of Utility vs. Certainty 2011-08-04T00:50:47.616Z · score: -3 (12 votes)

Comments

Comment by peter_hurford on The why and how of daily updates · 2019-05-06T03:47:14.209Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What happens if you don't check off everything for the day?

Comment by peter_hurford on The reverse job · 2018-07-10T05:42:38.432Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This sounds fairly similar to being on a board of a non-profit.

Comment by peter_hurford on Success and Fail Rates of Monthly Policies · 2017-12-11T07:56:17.580Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Nice post. I'd be curious to hear what all the monthly themes were.

Comment by peter_hurford on My simple hack for increased alertness and improved cognitive functioning: very bright light · 2017-09-26T03:22:51.804Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Does anyone know if there are links to purchase some of this online?

Comment by peter_hurford on Voting Weight Discussion · 2017-09-26T02:15:29.236Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think so. The second equation is negative infinity for karma = 0, which seems not right.

Comment by peter_hurford on Voting Weight Discussion · 2017-09-26T02:13:47.055Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That makes sense. On a mostly unrelated note, is there any way to get notified when someone replies to my comment?

Comment by peter_hurford on Test post · 2017-09-25T06:57:09.341Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Tbis appeared on https://www.lesserwrong.com/daily

Comment by peter_hurford on Voting Weight Discussion · 2017-09-23T17:21:27.005Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

My karma from the old LessWrong did not port over. Is this normal?

Comment by peter_hurford on Initial Thoughts on Personally Finding a High-Impact Career · 2017-09-06T06:44:00.302Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes. I ultimately chose to go into programming. You can see how the story unfolds here:

http://everydayutilitarian.com/essays/i-now-have-approximately-five-career-categories/ http://everydayutilitarian.com/essays/comparing-across-my-five-career-categories/ http://everydayutilitarian.com/essays/my-careers-conversation-with-holden-karnofsky/ http://everydayutilitarian.com/essays/my-conversation-with-satvik-beri/ http://everydayutilitarian.com/essays/my-case-study-i-mostly-finished-choosing-between-careers/ https://80000hours.org/2014/10/update-on-peters-career-story/

Comment by peter_hurford on Ten small life improvements · 2017-08-25T20:14:18.984Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Have you thought about Vimium instead of Karabiner?

Comment by peter_hurford on The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey - Please Take! · 2017-04-25T02:09:49.712Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for the feedback.

I added a paragraph to above saying: "We're also using this as a way to build up the online EA community, such as featuring people on a global map of EAs and with a list of EA Profiles. This way more people can learn about the EA community. We will ask you in the survey if you would like to join us, but you do not have to opt-in and you will be opted-out by default."

Comment by peter_hurford on Effective altruism is self-recommending · 2017-04-23T19:20:30.518Z · score: 9 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Why do you think this? The outside view suggests this won't happen -- disclosing success and failure is uncommon in the non-profit space.

Comment by peter_hurford on A question about the rules · 2017-02-14T04:37:45.888Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It seems to have had consequences for at least one poster (namely, the OP).

Comment by peter_hurford on A question about the rules · 2017-02-11T18:01:42.585Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think we should change this, because a lack of fixed rules makes LW pretty hard to use and helps keep it dead.

Comment by peter_hurford on Exploration-Exploitation problems · 2016-12-29T18:48:32.786Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This is pretty cool -- I like the write-up. I don't mean to pry into your life, but I would find it interesting to see an example of how you answer these questions. It would help me internalize the process more.

Comment by peter_hurford on Empirically assess your time use · 2016-12-29T18:47:15.464Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What category does writing posts go under? I'm impressed you can do a day job, write posts, and still have a lot of messing around time! :)

Comment by peter_hurford on Empirically assess your time use · 2016-12-29T18:46:04.623Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

10:20-1 work meeting (1hr40mins)

Still nitpicking, 10:20-1 is 2hr40min.

Comment by peter_hurford on Empirically assess your time use · 2016-12-29T18:34:25.043Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Ok, that's pretty cool. Thanks!

Comment by peter_hurford on Empirically assess your time use · 2016-12-28T04:12:09.012Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'd be curious to hear more about what you did with this information once you had it.

Comment by peter_hurford on Empirically assess your time use · 2016-12-28T04:10:51.311Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Nitpick:

10:20-1 work meeting (40mins)

1-1:30 lunch (30mins)

You have a hole in your schedule with 2hrs unaccounted for.

Comment by peter_hurford on Why GiveWell can't recommend MIRI or anything like it · 2016-11-30T18:55:10.498Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

To me, the tone came across as "Ho ho ho, look at those stupid GiveWell people who have never heard of the streetlight effect! They're blinded by their own metrics and can't even see how awesome MIRI is!" when there's no interaction or acknowledgement with (a) materials from GiveWell that address the streetlight effect argument, (b) OpenPhil, or (c) how to actually start to resolve the problem (or even that the problem is particularly hard).

I don't want to have a high demand for rigor, especially for Discussion-type posts -- for me, it's more about the lack of humility.

Comment by peter_hurford on Why GiveWell can't recommend MIRI or anything like it · 2016-11-29T20:02:42.043Z · score: 7 (9 votes) · LW · GW

I downvoted because this feels overly smug to me. I think it's a legitimate issue, but GiveWell has made many arguments for why they do what they do, and OpenPhil has made some progress on figuring out how to evaluate AI organizations. Sure, many fields might very well be vastly more fruitful, but they also might not. How do we know which ones?

Comment by peter_hurford on Take the EA survey, help the EA movement grow and potentially win $250 to your favorite charity · 2015-12-01T17:08:35.540Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Done.

Comment by peter_hurford on We’ll write you a will for free if you leave a gift to GiveWell’s top charities · 2015-10-18T19:04:07.194Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Would you consider extending the offer to MIRI, Living Goods or Development Media International (for those unfamiliar: the first being the AI organisation that sponsors this website, the last two being 2 of GiveWell's standout charities?

At the moment we would prefer to not extend the offer to MIRI. This is because we think it’s valuable to keep an organization fairly focused on doing a few things well and fundraising for MIRI currently falls out of Charity Science’s scope. It’s also legally dubious whether or not Charity Science can use its resources to influence money to groups not involved in alleviating poverty.

We are more than happy to extend the offer to Living Goods or Development Media International. We do recommend bequests to GiveWell’s top charities though because GiveWell’s fluidity and flexibility will allow their recommendations to change over time, which means that they’re an excellent choice to leave a bequest to. This is in contrast to another charity that may be effective now but may not be 30 years from now.

Comment by peter_hurford on [link] Guide on How to Learn Programming · 2015-07-16T16:17:40.298Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I think it's good advice generally speaking, but it won't work for beginners. Studying great code is a great way to go from intermediate to expert, but if you haven't already gone from beginner to intermediate than you probably won't be able to recognize what is good code or understand why it is good.

Comment by peter_hurford on How to come to a rational believe about whether someone has a crush on yo · 2015-05-14T14:09:38.165Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

When I was 16, I spent a lot of time "analyzing signals", and it never went well.

Comment by peter_hurford on Stupid Questions May 2015 · 2015-05-03T02:24:04.922Z · score: 11 (13 votes) · LW · GW

It's also possible that people might reasonably disagree with one or more of MIRI's theses.

Comment by peter_hurford on SSC discussion: growth mindset · 2015-04-11T17:31:38.367Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Also see this reply by econblogger Noah Smith.

Comment by peter_hurford on How to learn soft skills · 2015-02-07T21:37:12.081Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Solution: get an eBook edition or get a used hardcover and take off the dust jacket.

I enjoyed it a lot as an Audiobook.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2015-01-16T03:19:10.466Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hey, thanks for the insight! You hit right on the head what benefit I derive from this, and I think you're right that I neglected to notice that the benefit is pretty different from that of the original Pomodoro. And, I actually still do use the original Pomodoro when I need to bust through tasks I really don't want to do, because the "It's only 25 minutes" is pretty compelling. Good point.

Comment by peter_hurford on How I Am Productive · 2015-01-14T04:36:03.222Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

but [Pomodoro's] rigidity doesn't lend itself well to a lot of tasks that I deal with - reading papers and writing code, mainly. In both cases, it takes a lot of work to wrap my head around things, and I lose that if I take a break at the wrong time.

I definitely have this problem too, now that I write a lot more code than I used to back in Aug 2013. You may be interested in my proposed solution, the Pomodoro for programmers.

Comment by peter_hurford on How I Am Productive · 2015-01-13T23:39:17.853Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You can turn them on through [gear symbol] > Settings > General > Keyboard shortcuts. I'd also recommend turning on Auto-advance (also in Settings > General, I like it at "Go to the Previous (older) conversation").

Thanks! Knew about the shortcuts, but auto-advance is a huge boost to my email workflow!

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I'm about a week into trying out this system (with some modifications), and it feels really, really good.

What modifications?

Comment by peter_hurford on Understanding Who You Really Are · 2015-01-03T02:17:54.969Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Reduce further -- "what part of the character traits that you and others see yourself as possessing do you value?"

Comment by peter_hurford on Understanding Who You Really Are · 2015-01-02T15:59:32.686Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

The question "what part of your identity is of value to you?" sounds like it can rescue the original philosophical meaning of the question, I think.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2014-12-27T05:31:25.779Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's a good point. I often eat while working or during my fifteen minute break, and I agree that feels very important for keeping my energy up. I don't know if I ought to dedicate time to eating and only eating, or if I should not eat for the two hour work block, though.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2014-12-27T05:29:39.329Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

From your description, your break looks more like a change in type of work, for the most part.

That's fair. Maybe "work - plan" is a better description than "work - rest"? I personally find the different kind of work still restful, in that I'm getting food, moving around, thinking about different things, not focusing super-hard, but I guess other people might differ on that. Interesting to know.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2014-12-26T06:36:25.699Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Huh, 60-60-30, which is really 50(work)-10(break)-50(work)-30(break). Not too different from my proposal, except for the thirty minute break. I wonder how crucial that part is. Interestingly, I've never managed to do more than two of these 45-15 in a row, so maybe that's something.

Thanks.

Comment by peter_hurford on 2015 New Years Resolution Thread · 2014-12-25T17:09:38.303Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Strictly speaking, is there any advantage for people who want to improve themselves to coordinate their efforts to start on the same day?

Not really, but there's an advantage to having one particular day on which to do things, to avoid the "I'll do it someday" problem.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2014-12-25T00:48:19.649Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It depends. No hard and fast limit yet. I usually have to walk at least to get more food, refill my water bottle, go to the bathroom, etc. Sometimes I walk around more. If I'm tired, I like to take a 5-10min walk outside.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2014-12-24T23:41:40.522Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes.

Comment by peter_hurford on Pomodoro for Programmers · 2014-12-24T21:48:54.431Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Different things work for different people. If you need more rest, then modify the routine accordingly. Or maybe this routine simply isn't for you. Consider that it may be for others.

Also, it's not like one would do this 24/7. Longer rests -- "real rests" -- can take place.

You also may underestimate how long fifteen minutes is.

Comment by peter_hurford on How to Read · 2014-12-23T16:41:50.595Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's an awesome idea! I'll do that if I ever learn a foreign language well enough...

Comment by peter_hurford on How to Read · 2014-12-23T06:03:59.951Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Nice! Thanks!

Comment by peter_hurford on How to Read · 2014-12-22T22:53:27.729Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

"I read a summary, read the book, then re-read the summary" doesn't really apply for online reading, but everything else does.

Comment by peter_hurford on How to Read · 2014-12-22T22:52:39.197Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Very much so.

Comment by peter_hurford on How to Read · 2014-12-22T16:29:15.532Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I have had problems with that too. Usually if the point seems particularly insightful / important, I'll take out my phone to write down the note at that moment, usually as a text to myself. But that happens rarely. Normally, I just try to take notes when at the soonest convenient moment (e.g., at the end of my commute).

I think reading good summaries of the books before and after mitigates the downside of not taking notes a good amount, so I don't worry about this as much as I used to.

Comment by peter_hurford on How to Read · 2014-12-22T16:27:51.012Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I don't read fiction much, and when I do it's for entertainment purposes, so I only care that I'm having fun.

Comment by peter_hurford on Lifehack Ideas December 2014 · 2014-12-10T22:32:13.182Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

health effect or cognitive effect?

Er... Sleep quality enhancing effect? Is that a thing?

I take about 75 mcg when I want to fall asleep quickly and consider upward of .5mg quite a bit.

Where do you find such small doses? I think 5mg is pretty high, and I used to cut the pills in half, but recently I've been too lazy to cut them.

Comment by peter_hurford on Lifehack Ideas December 2014 · 2014-12-10T18:03:52.775Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Nice. I use Pocket for that.

Comment by peter_hurford on Lifehack Ideas December 2014 · 2014-12-10T16:13:24.792Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I wrote up some anecdotal ideas on improving sleep quality. Based on my personal experiences, so definitely could be "broscience".