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Want To Be An Expert? Build Deep Models

Good question! The Al Smith example is from The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro.  The examples with Sam and Rohin were from personal conversations/interviews. I think I also drew in a bit from Rohin's FAQ The Scott Young example I pieced together from his blog post and book. I tried to link to some of the relevant blog posts  above. 

Improve delegation abilities today, delegate heavily tomorrow

A few quick meta comments: It feels like this level of polish is sufficient for getting some people to read the post to begin with. The alternative would be to put a lot of time into creating an engaging, compelling post building your idea, but I don’t actually have a good sense of how much better that would be than simple, conversational tone and brevity you used. The epistemic status note at the top was helpful. 

On the other hand, I suspect that almost none of your readers will actually do anything based on this. You probably want to put more effort into making the suggested action easy and compelling if you want to get people to do something.

On net, I vote for more quick posts like this. 

Starting a Small Charity to Give Grants

The individual receiving the grant has to pay taxes on it, so the net benefit may be somewhat less than you're anticipating.

What novels, poetry, comics have EA themes, plots or characters?

I love Miranda's fanfic series "A Song for Two Voices" for EA-themed fantasy. 

"Major themes include the complexity of thinking about ethics, the challenge of taking on problems in the world that seem insurmountable, and trying to do good while dealing with serious mental health issues. The characters do not start out masters of rationality, but they do learn from their mistakes and grow as people, and do their best to help support each other."

Compared to HPMOR, I think "A Song for Two Voices" does a much better job representing the EA community. I.e. trying to do good as a community with limited resources instead of a solitary hero single-handedly saving the day. (Not to bash HPMOR - it's also an excellent read!) 

AMA: Holden Karnofsky @ EA Global: Reconnect

What’s a skill you have spent deliberate effort in developing that has paid off a lot? Or alternatively, what is a skill you wish you had spent deliberate effort developing much earlier than you did? 

AMA: Holden Karnofsky @ EA Global: Reconnect

I hear the vague umbrella term “good judgement” or even more simply “thinking well” thrown around a lot in the EA community. Do you have thoughts on how to cultivate good judgement? Did you do anything - deliberately or otherwise - to develop better judgement?

AMA: Holden Karnofsky @ EA Global: Reconnect

What is your process for deciding your high-level goals? What role does explicit prioritization play? What role does gut-level/curiosity-/intuition-driven prioritization play?

AMA: Holden Karnofsky @ EA Global: Reconnect

For you personally, do you think that loving what you do is correlated with or necessary for doing it really well?

AMA: Holden Karnofsky @ EA Global: Reconnect

Do you (or did you) ever have doubts about whether you were "good enough" to pursue your career?


(Sorry for posting after the deadline - I haven't been on screens recently due to a migraine and just saw it.) 

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