I put an “importance” score on my posts: this weights the topic of the post.1 The scale goes from 1 (“applies only to Gavin’s life”) to 10 (“applies to the entire possible future of all life”). So it’s superexponential: a “10” is on a topic much more than a trillion times more important than a “2”.

Anything “4” or above could affect your life, might be something you should know, as a generally optimising or curious or altruistic person.

It is an enduring mystery to me why my interest in a topic is not more correlated with my own estimate of its importance. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



10

> Existential risk as common cause


9

> Worldview in Five Books
> 'Strangers Drowning' (2015) by MacFarquhar


8

> Consent as conclusive evidence
> 'Blindsight' (2006) by Watts
> 'The Great Influenza' (2004) by Barry
> Why is quality rare?
> What's the highest moral wage?


7

> Robots, Games, Life, Markets
> 'Scarcity' (2013) by Shafir & Mullainathan
> Rebellion, and rebellion against rebellion
> 'Curiosity' (2012) by Ball
> Preventing Side-effects in Gridworlds
> A ceiling for human expertise
> Why care about genetic privacy?
> Estimating political controversy
> Automatic for the people
> Comparing up and down
> 'Why study economics?'


6

> Blogging is dead, long live sites
> 'Peter Watts is an Angry Sentient Tumor' (2019)
> Notes on OpenAI Five
> 'The Unpersuadables' (2013) by Storr
> 'Why Moral Theory is Boring and Corrupt'
> 'Einstein' (2007) by Isaacson
> Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983) by Hodges
> The Worst Game Ever
> A decomposition of decompositions
> Anaesthetatron
> Limits to self-invention
> Should we abolish foreign aid?
> Neither Turing, neither Searle


5

> 'Starting Strength' by Rippetoe
> Reversals in psychology
> Uncritical thinking
> Insurance isn't necessarily a scam
> Bad introspections
> 'Waking Up' (2014) by Harris
> 'Homicide' (1991) by Simon
> Hardening the browser
> How lethal are the Tories? Part 1
> You do you
> Existential overheads
> Conceptual conversions


4

> Things I Use
> The trouble with supplements
> On inhabiting a giant corporation
> Yoga hypothesis dump
> 'The Patrick Melrose Novels' by St Aubyn
> Broadness and philosophical rank
> Disambiguating the first computer
> Why I'm not a philosopher
> 'Hitler's Uranium Club' (2008) by Bernstein
> Data Science FAQ
> Modelling linguistic accommodation
> Present pieties
> Frege's grand failure


3

> 'Ficciones' (1944) by Borges
> Maths at the Open University
> π vs τ as clash of worldviews
> The presumed worth of anthropology
> Taking Hume's name
> Punk as ideology


2

> 'The Odyssey' (2017) by Emily Wilson


1



  1. I stole the idea from Gwern.