Aidan Kierans

2 karmaJoined Jul 2022


I think this is a good framing, but in isolation it may (rightly) sound epistemically fishy, since you're saying from the start that you're privy to rare and highly important information, which is unlikely by definition and also a claim commonly made by cults and scams. That doesn't mean it's wrong though; there are good reasons to think EAs are privy to special information, unlike those involved in cults and scams.

Perhaps you already do so, but I would encourage anyone making this argument to follow up your framing with not just "strange" problems to work on, but an explanation of why we/you are confident in those causes despite ignorance or doubt from the general public. Maybe it's only important to highly skeptical people, but I think this is a necessary follow up for this to be a logically sound argument