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Proof of work isn’t, but could be

(I posted this on the Bitcoin Forum, cross-posting it here for archival purposes) We accept “proof of work” based on the assumption that there is no faster way to find a nonce which will give a new block a good … Continue reading

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Acknowledge the Elephant (entry for AI Alignment Prize)

You know what I’m talking about. Whose values? Humans want different things, individually and collectively, and I claim that bracketing this by imagining that the main part of the problem is not turning everything into paper clips is a major … Continue reading

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A logical gap

I am seeing dozens of stories that are full of evidence that chemical weapons were used in Syria. Almost all these stories claim that the evidence proves not only that chemical weapons were used, but that the Assad regime used … Continue reading

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The persecution of Shellie Zimmerman

Mrs. Zimmerman is being prosecuted on much flimsier grounds than her husband was If you have any knowledge whatsoever of how the legal process for prosecuting felonies works, read the article linked here CAREFULLY. It shows pure vindictiveness by the … Continue reading

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Race and Crime in America

Ron Unz on race and crime in America This is a long article, but it’s worth reading the whole thing. I learned some things I didn’t expect to. Of course I already knew that the relationship between race and crime … Continue reading

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Bayesianity: How Scientists Think About Evidence

Most people don’t understand conditional probability and Bayes’s Theorem, which are the scientifically correct tools for reasoning using probabilities. I am going to give a simple example that I guarantee most people will understand AFTER they see the answer, and … Continue reading

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Double Drone Strikes

U.S. Drone Warfare: Secondary Strikes Target First Responders This is way worse than I thought. A drone strike is an act of war, but can sometimes be justified just as war can sometimes be justified. I don’t see how this … Continue reading

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