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58 implied HN points 30 Mar 21
  1. The process of making a vaccine involved mainly buying peptides and the necessary equipment.
  2. The plan includes testing the vaccine's effectiveness through commercial blood tests.
  3. The motivation behind making the vaccine was to strive for personal responsibility and challenge current societal responses to COVID-19.
19 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The post is about a book titled 'The Scout Mindset'.
  2. The book discusses why some people see things clearly while others do not.
  3. The post is accessible to paid subscribers only.
19 implied HN points 30 Mar 21
  1. When asking for a Cheerful Price, seek a price that makes the other person feel genuinely happy about the transaction.
  2. Consider setting prices higher to avoid uncomfortable scenarios and ensure joyful transactions.
  3. It's important to be mindful of the feelings and considerations involved in determining a Cheerful Price, whether it involves money or not.
19 implied HN points 30 Mar 21
  1. Focus on defending your honor, reputation, or good name instead of navigating PR.
  2. Safeguarding your reputation means adhering to fixed standards, while managing PR can be a more complicated and confusing process.
  3. Thinking in terms of honor and reputation can lead to clearer communication and a sense of freedom.
0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The 13th Virtue of Rationality is courage.
  2. Eliezer Yudkowsky discusses the importance of courage.
  3. The post is for paid subscribers only.
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0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The post is about killing Moloch: a literature review, fermi estimate, and policy proposal.
  2. The content is for paid subscribers only.
  3. The suggestion is to 'Just build the AGI'.
0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The post is about the release of the epilogue for HPMOR
  2. The content is exclusive for paid subscribers only
  3. The author is Eliezer Yudkowsky
0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. LessWrong isn't about rationality according to the post.
  2. The true motives of LessWrong are not always openly admitted.
  3. The post emphasizes that LessWrong may be more about signaling than rationality.
0 implied HN points 30 Mar 21
  1. Evolution creates complex and efficient designs even when simpler ones could work well.
  2. Size and training time are key factors in developing AI compared to brain complexity.
  3. Common arguments about brain complexity not being replicable in AI may not be solid for predicting AI progress.
0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The solution to the hard problem of consciousness involves 23 different literature reviews.
  2. A good rationalist should be able to solve it in an afternoon.
  3. Just make predictive models to figure it out.
0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The post discusses testing CFAR's techniques in a self-trial with a control group.
  2. Results from the self-trial are shared in the post.
  3. The post is exclusive for paid subscribers.
0 implied HN points 01 Apr 21
  1. The post is about Simulacrum Level 4
  2. It discusses Good Politicians, Bad Lizards, and Competent Pragmatists
  3. Some content may require payment to access