Newsletter January 2023
Many, many links.
Table of Contents
I wrote Capitalism Means Policing Big Companies, which I consider particularly important. It’s about something new I learned and changed my mind about. It explains that large corporations commit lots of fraud that a minarchist government would stop. Our current government is too big and powerful in various ways, but it also fails to do some things that even a minimal government should do.
I talked with and wrote about Effective Altruism (EA). I think they’re irrational (not really open to debate, discussion or criticism), that the majority of their efforts are counter-productive, and that they hurt and exploit young, gullible idealists (some of whom donate a lot of their time and income). I’ll summarize some of my conclusions about EA, and I’ve given EA its own section with links below.
EA is guided by anti-liberal political philosophy which they don’t explain or discuss. They get into tribalist fights with people about controversial issues like environmentalism and animal welfare. They’re bad at planning, have some anti-intellectual attitudes, and often pursue local optima. They expect conflict between interest groups instead of seeking social harmony. AI Alignment (one of their major causes) is also an error – part of its goal is to enslave AGIs (bad political philosophy) and partly it’s based on (false) inductivist epistemology.
EA says they want, like, appreciate and value criticism, but actually they ignore most criticism. Getting their attention requires social climbing and pandering; they don’t have rational methods of engaging with ideas independent of social status or popularity. The first thing I asked them was whether they have any organized way of having rational debates on their forum; the answer was no. The second thing I asked is if they had any alternative, besides debate, to rationally resolve disagreements; the answer was again no. They didn’t see the problem with that even after I pointed out the meaning of the two answers taken together.
Newsletters are irregular updates where I share things I’ve been creating elsewhere. You can find my Critical Fallibilism articles on the homepage as usual.
Critical Fallibilism Videos
- My Rational Debate Policy
- Impasse Chains: A Rational Way to Conclude Debates
- Philosophical Impasses: When People Can't Agree
- The Biggest Debating Mistake
- People Don't Want Rational Error Correction
- Writing Critique for "Fintech Community Banking"
- Practicing Core Grammar Structure (philosophy prerequisite)
- Sentence Grammar Tree Practice with a Peter Singer Article
Curiosity Blog Posts
- I Less Often Reply to Anons
- Do You Really, Actually, Genuinely Want Unbounded Discussion?
- Tribalist Medical Journal Editors
- Health “Experts” Betrayed America
- Problem Solving That Removes Warning Signs
- Links for My Health Ideas
- No Non-Genuine Debates
- Predatory Pricing and Amazon
- Individualized Attention Policy
- I Don’t Want a Non-Public Discussion with You
- Archives Non-Endorsement Policy
- Capitalism Means Policing Big Companies
- Stable and Unstable Ideas
- Fraud By Companies That Don’t Serve Consumers
- Some Flaws in Objectivism
- How I Misunderstood TCS
- Is Vegetable Oil the Worst Food in Your Diet? | Health and Science Podcast
- Criticizing how people say there's "no evidence" (and mold, covid vaccines, and food additives)
- Critique of Ayn Rand's Views on Sexual Consent
- Capitalism Means Policing Big Companies | Podcast
- Creative Adversaries That Don't Initiate Force | Podcast
- Objectivist Criticism of Consumerism and Making Money | Podcast
Criticism of Effective Altruism
Most of these articles involve philosophical themes of general interest, such as rational discussion methods, epistemology, harmony of interests, win/win solutions, the rule of law, bias, fallibility, rationality policies and “small” errors.
Critical Fallibilism articles:
- Fallibilism, Bias, and the Rule of Law
- My Experience with My Debate Policy
- Engaging with Long Articles
- Rationality Policies
- Ignoring “Small” Errors
- Postmortems Help Address Causes of Errors
- Checking Citations from David Thorstad
- Debate, Rejection, Priorities and Endless Meta Levels
- Taking Personal Responsibility for Debating Your Ideas
Curiosity Blog articles:
- Misquoting Is Conceptually Similar to Deadnaming: A Suggestion to Improve EA Norms
- Finding Errors in The Case Against Education by Bryan Caplan
- Critiquing an Axiology Article about Repugnant Conclusions
- Criticizing "Against the singularity hypothesis"
- Organized EA Cause Evaluation
- Misquoting and Scholarship Norms at EA
- Downvotes Are Evidence
- EA Misquoting Discussion Summary
- Meta Criticism
- EA and Paths Forward
- Is EA Rational?
- EA and Responding to Famous Authors
- Criticizing The Scout Mindset (including a misquote)
- EA Should Raise Its Standards
- Effective Altruism Related Articles
- Effective Altruism Is Mostly Wrong About Its Causes
- Effective Altruism Hurts People Who Donate Too Much
- Talking With Effective Altruism
- My Early Effective Altruism Experiences
- Rationality Policies Tips
- Controversial Activism Is Problematic
- A Non-Status-Based Filter
- Hard and Soft Rationality Policies
- Friendliness or Precision
- Attention Filtering and Debate
- Betting Your Career
- AGI Alignment and Karl Popper
- Altruism Contradicts Liberalism
- Harmony, Capitalism and Altruism
- Conflicts of Interest, Poverty and Rationality
- Animal Welfare Overview
- Don’t Legalize Animal Abuse
- Activists Shouldn’t Fight with Anyone
- Food Industry Problems Aren’t Special
- What Is Intelligence?
- EA Judo and Economic Calculation
- “Small” Errors, Frauds and Violences
- “Small” Fraud by Tyson and Food Safety Net Services
- Effective Altruism and Debate Methodology | Call with Emrik
- Finding Errors in The Case Against Education by Bryan Caplan
- Looking for Errors in Axiology and Repugnant Conclusions | Philosophy of Values
- Looking for Errors in "Against the singularity hypothesis"
Only a single person from Effective Altruism (EA) was willing to discuss at significant length. Here are parts 1 and 2 of that discussion. It’s split in two places because EA changed their forum rules so that all posters must give up their property rights for their writing, which I refused to do.
I also made a CF forum topic where I put copies of my substantive posts from EA’s forum.
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