Compiled by Ben Goertzel here, HT to Kaj Sotala on LessWrong. Posting this partly as a note to myself so I don’t lose the link, but may be of interest to other people here.
Since I occasionally mention LessWrong and Eliezer Yudkowsky in favorable ways, I get questions about them from people who are suspicious. One thing that makes people suspicious is apparent high levels of enthusiasm for cryonics, which Quackwatch has labeled quackery, in part reasoning that we know brain cells deteriorate within minutes after death.
This post that I just wrote contains some of the stuff on evolutionary psychology I’ve been meaning to write more about here: Too many people–at least, too many writers of the kind of fiction where the villain turns out to be an all-right guy in the end–seem to believe that if someone is the hero [...]
Here’s another thing thing to fuels my LessWrong-inspired “trying to think about the future” kick:
I’ve started doing some bloggy-style posts at LessWrong, a site that’s somewhere between a discussion forum and a blog, and which you should be reading in any case. I just put up a post titled “Two kinds of irrationality and how to avoid one of them,” and previously did a post titled “Tell LessWrong about [...]