Tag: eliezer-yudkowsky

  • The Virtues of Rationality

    The name Eliezer Yudkowsky immediately conjours in my mind the word rationality (thanks to his addictive piece of fan fiction,¬†Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality). On a recent visit to his site, this connection has now be strengthened after I saw his excellent essay on¬†the twelve virtues of rationality: Curiosity: A burning itch to…

  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

    The¬†First Law of Fanfiction states that¬†every change which strengthens the protagonists requires a corresponding worsening of their challenges. [‚Ķ]¬†stories are about conflict; a hero too strong for their conflict is no longer in tense, heart-pounding difficulty. [‚Ķ] The¬†Rationalist Fanfiction Principle states that¬†rationality is not magic; being rational does not require magical potential or royal bloodlines…

  • The 50th Law

    Power is greater than happiness, contends Robert Greene in¬†an online discussion with Eliezer Yudkowsky about Fear, Power and Mortality (quality summary thereof), as happiness is fleeting and unremitting. Also discussed in this conversation is strategist¬†Robert Greene’s latest book, The 50th Law: 10 Lessons in Fearlessness, which is the result of an unlikely collaboration with hip…

  • Planning for the Worst Case Scenario

    Eliezer Yudkowsky on planning for the abyssal. Never mind hindsight on the real-estate bubble – there are lots of things that could potentially trigger financial catastrophes.¬† I’m willing to bet the American government knows what it will do in terms of immediate rescue operations if an atomic bomb goes off in San Francisco.¬† But if…

  • Debating Cryonics

    Cryonics: the low-temperature preservation of humans and animals that can no longer be sustained by contemporary medicine until resuscitation may be possible in the future. When one discusses cryonics,¬†topics as diverse as futurology, medicine, technology and philosophy are debated.¬†A few weeks ago a number of high‚Äďprofile bloggers, headed by the excellent Overcoming Bias, have been…

  • A Capitalist Manifesto and Capitalist Values

    “The financial crisis is not the crisis of capitalism.¬† It is the crisis of a system that has distanced itself from the most fundamental values of capitalism, which betrayed the spirit of capitalism.” ‚Äď Nicolas Sarkozy Two excellent articles on the future of capitalism: A Capitalist Manifesto, Judy Shelton for The Wall Street Journal What…

  • The Meaning of Life. No, Seriously!

    This is what started it all. By bringing some interesting philosophical questions to the table, this discussion got me seriously thinking about what impact not following a structured and continuous personal and professional development plan can have on both my quality of life and that of the world directly around me. The FAQ on the…