Posted on July 9, By Scott Youngren Despite the scientific and philosophical arguments for the existence of God presented on this website and elsewhere, some readers may still be haunted by a persistent question:
Posted on November 30, by Scott Alexander I. If the world was created by the Invisible Hand, who is good, how did it come to contain so much that is evil? Can he expect to get rich? No — if Google stock was underpriced ie you could easily get rich by buying Google stockthen everyone smart enough to notice would buy it.
As everyone tried to buy it, the price would go up until it was no longer underpriced. Big Wall Street banks have people who are at least as smart as your uncle, and who will notice before he does whether stocks are underpriced.
Further Study. Test your knowledge of Cry, the Beloved Country with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web. Study Questions 1 Msimangu says that the main problem facing the native population of South Africa is that nothing has been built to replace the broken moral and social framework of the tribes. Alan Paton's novel 'Cry, the Beloved Country' is a dense, rich, and complex novel set in South Africa. This lesson contains plot and thematic questions for each of the book's 36 chapters.
The city has lots of skilled Thai chefs and good access to low-priced Thai ingredients. With the certainty of physical law, we can know that city will have a Thai restaurant.
Maybe the city government banned Thai restaurants for some reason?
We can take this beyond money-making into any competitive or potentially-competitive field. There are thousands of research biologists who would like a Nobel Prize.
But go too far with this kind of logic, and you start accidentally proving that nothing can be bad anywhere. Suppose you thought that modern science was brokenwith scientists and grantmakers doing a bad job of focusing their discoveries on truly interesting and important things.
But if this were true, then you or anyone else with a little money could set up a non-broken science, make many more discoveries than everyone else, get more Nobel Prizes, earn more money from all your patents and inventions, and eventually become so prestigious and rich that everyone else admits you were right and switches to doing science your way.
There are dozens of government bodies, private institutions, and universities that could do this kind of thing if they wanted. But none of them have. All the sick people would go to them, they would make lots of money, investors would trip over each other to fund their expansion into new markets, and eventually they would take over health care and be super rich.
But if lots of people want better mass transit and are willing to pay for it, this is a great money-making opportunity. Entrepreneurs are pretty smart, so they would notice this money-making opportunity, raise some funds from equally-observant venture capitalists, make a better mass transit system, and get really rich off of all the tickets.
But nobody has done this. No doctor had any good ideas about what to do at this point. Eliezer did some digging, found that existing light boxes were still way less bright than the sun, and jury-rigged a much brighter version.
A friend told Eliezer that the professionals at the Bank surely knew more than he did. But after a few years, the Bank of Japan switched policies, the Japanese economy instantly improved, and now the consensus position is that the original policies were deeply flawed in exactly the way Eliezer and others thought they were.
You would expect it to just not work at all.
In previous years, I would use the case of central-line infections as my go-to example of medical inadequacy.
Some babies have malformed digestive systems and need to have nutrient fluid pumped directly into their veins. The nutrient fluid formula used in the US has the wrong kinds of lipids in it, and about a third of babies who get it die of brain or liver damage.I.
Eliezer Yudkowsky’s catchily-titled Inadequate Equilibria is many things.
It’s a look into whether there is any role for individual reason in a world where you can always just trust expert consensus. This is strikingly beautiful – one of the best I’ve read from you. One somewhat rambling thought I took away from this post, oddly enough, is that – in the face of a potential superintelligence – the status quo is not the only alternative to trying to build a Friendly AI.
The final piece in one of her two most beloved collections, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, this essay contains everything there is to love about Didion — her sharp eye, her unbelievable concision. Further Study. Test your knowledge of Cry, the Beloved Country with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web.
Alan Paton's novel 'Cry, the Beloved Country' is a dense, rich, and complex novel set in South Africa. This lesson contains plot and thematic questions for each of the book's 36 chapters. Cry, the Beloved Country's important quotes, sortable by theme, character, or chapter.
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