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The Third Circle

Previously: The First Circle, The Second Circle Epistemic Status: Having one’s fill The third circle took place at Luna Labs. After the second circle, the decision was made to bring in a professional. The New York rationalist group, together with several others in … Continue reading

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The Second Circle

Previously: The First Circle Epistemic Status: One additional level down The second Circle was at Solarium in New York City. Jacob, of the New York rationalist group, and had been getting into Circling, and decided to lead us in one to … Continue reading

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The First Circle

Epistemic Status: Squared The following took place at an unconference about AGI in February 2017, under Chatham House rules, so I won’t be using any identifiers for the people involved. Something that mattered was happening. I had just arrived in … Continue reading

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The Sheepskin Effect

Previously: The Case Against Education, The Case Against Education: Foundations, The Case Against Education: Splitting the Education Premium Pie and Considering IQ Epistemic Status: The spirit of Local Validity as a Key to Sanity and Civilization The sheepskin effect is that completing the … Continue reading

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The Case Against Education: Splitting the Education Premium Pie and Considering IQ

Previously: The Case Against Education: Foundations, The Case Against Education VI Bryan Caplan makes several cases against education. His primary case revolves around the question of where the education premium comes from – no one doubts that the better educated make more … Continue reading

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Inefficient Doesn’t Mean Indifferent

Many people, including Bryan Caplan and Robin Hanson, use the following form of argument a lot. It could be considered the central principle of the (excellent) The Elephant in the Brain. It goes something like: People say they want X, … Continue reading

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The Case Against Education: Foundations

An Introduction: The Case Against Education We’ll now focus more on the book and its data, reasoning and arguments, and related questions. There’s a lot to address, starting with the foundations of Bryan’s analysis. Rather than write one novella-long post, … Continue reading

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