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"The Precipice" by Toby Ord flashcards now live :)

Thanks for sharing Alex.

I am also a big fan of Anki and SuperMemo and have spent hundreds of hours using both. Issa Rice already put up some great links to Master How To Learn and SuperMemo Guru under your previous post. I also wanted to point to the SuperMemo community wiki. Incremental reading in SuperMemo has been really useful to me and I think lots of people could benefit from it, but it is harder to get into. The community over there is really helpful. Also if anyone has questions about it, feel free to message me. I have also thought about writing up my thoughts regarding effective learning with those programs but haven't gotten around to doing so. Partly also because there are already some decent resources, although I would agree that none are close to optimum yet. 

What are some key numbers that (almost) every EA should know?

I would also definitely use it, just one suggestion: It would be cool if you include a field with the source link for the number so it is easy to go back and take a look. I know it will be quite some work so thanks a ton! 

AMA: Tim Ferriss, Michael Pollan, and Dr. Matthew W. Johnson on psychedelics research and philanthropy

How could psychedelics-assisted therapy be scaled up? Isn't this super hard because you need at least two trained professionals on multiple lengthy occasions? Where will those people come from? 

AMA: Tim Ferriss, Michael Pollan, and Dr. Matthew W. Johnson on psychedelics research and philanthropy

How do you feel about people flying to e.g. Jamaica and going on psilocybin retreats? Is this a net positive or could it be a problem for changing the image of psychedelics towards a legal medicine? 

AMA: Tim Ferriss, Michael Pollan, and Dr. Matthew W. Johnson on psychedelics research and philanthropy

How much evidence is there for microdosing having an effect significantly larger than placebo? From this conversation with James Fadiman I got the impression that it is more underwhelming than I thought. 

AMA: Tim Ferriss, Michael Pollan, and Dr. Matthew W. Johnson on psychedelics research and philanthropy

Hi! Thanks for doing this. I read How To Change Your Mind a few years ago and quite enjoyed it, which lead me to following this space since then. A few questions come to mind right now but I'll post them separately. Feel free to answer what is interesting and ignore what seems less important. 

First off: How do you see the regulatory environment around psychedelics changing in the next decade? IIRC from this podcast with Rick Doblin, it looks like MDMA could be decriminalized in the US in the next years and psilocybin might follow a few years after that. Is this correct? 

Quadratic Payments: A Primer (Vitalik Buterin, 2019)

Cool! This website looks good as well but I haven't tried it yet: quadraticvote.co

Quadratic Payments: A Primer (Vitalik Buterin, 2019)

Hi! I really liked this post and think there should be more discussions about these algorithms on here. I just wanted to point out what he writes in the penultimate paragraph:

One particular cause dear to me personally is what I call "entrepreneurial public goods": public goods that in the present only a few people believe are important but in the future many more people will value. In the 19th century, contributing to abolition of slavery may have been one example; in the 21st century I can't give examples that will satisfy every reader because it's the nature of these goods that their importance will only become common knowledge later down the road, but I would point to life extension and AI risk research as two possible examples.

What he says here is almost the same as what we mean when we talk about the search for "Cause X". In this lingo, cause X is a public good which is currently underfunded.

Maybe a mechanism like quadratic funding could even help us with allocating funds to researchers working on niche topics? An example could be insect suffering: Suppose that many people think that there is some chance that insect suffering might be a big deal, but very few people care deeply about it (I guess insects are hard to relate to because they are so different from us). 

It would cost very little to all those people who think there is a small chance of importance, because initially the funding is cheap. Yet due to the nature of the algorithm, research into insect suffering would receive a strong subsidy.

Am I getting this right?

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