Comment author: Henry_Stanley 15 November 2017 11:06:44PM 0 points [-]

A small nitpick – putting tables in as images makes the post harder to read on mobile devices, and impossible for blind/visually impaired people to consume with a screen reader.

I think this forum supports HTML in posts, so it shouldn't be hard to put HTML figures in instead. Thanks! :)

Comment author: Askell 26 October 2017 11:11:45PM 10 points [-]

So I think that if you identify with or against some group (e.g. 'anti-SJWs'), then anything that people say that pattern matches to something that this group would say triggers a reflexive negative reaction. This manifests in various ways: you're inclined to attribute way more to the person's statements than what they're actually saying or you set an overly demanding bar for them to "prove" that what they're saying is correct. And I think all of that is pretty bad for discourse.

I also suspect that if we take a detached attitude towards this sort of thing, disagreements about things like how much of a diversity problem EA has or what is causing it would be much less prominent than they currently are. These disagreements only affect benefits we expect to directly accrue from trying to improve things, but the costs of doing these things are usually pretty low and the information value of experimenting with them is really high. So I don't really see many plausible views in this area that would make it rational to take a strong stance against a lot of the easier things that people could try that might increase the number of women and minorities that get involved with EA.

Comment author: Henry_Stanley 15 November 2017 07:08:50PM 1 point [-]

So I think that if you identify with or against some group (e.g. 'anti-SJWs'), then anything that people say that pattern matches to something that this group would say triggers a reflexive negative reaction

Agreed. I'm not sure how we escape from that trap, except by avoiding loaded terms, even at the expense of brevity.

In response to Open Thread #39
Comment author: Henry_Stanley 05 November 2017 08:44:34PM 2 points [-]

I've written up some notes from EA Global London – anyone who attended (or indeed spoke at) the conference should feel free to add/edit!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v5DDS90tCFe6EbxEzR7G6CCkDjcHoYXzcXuaVtGNdcQ/edit?usp=sharing