Death Spirals

Aug 24, 2017

by Eliezer Yudkowsky

Leveling up in rationality means encountering a lot of interesting and powerful new ideas. In many cases, it also means making friends who you can bounce ideas off of and finding communities that encourage you to better yourself. This sequence discusses some important hazards that can afflict groups united around common interests and amazing shiny ideas, which will need to be overcome if we’re to get the full benefits out of rationalist communities.

The Affect Heuristic

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Evaluability (And Cheap Holiday Shopping)

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Unbounded Scales, Huge Jury Awards, & Futurism

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The Halo Effect

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Superhero Bias

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Mere Messiahs

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Affective Death Spirals

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Resist the Happy Death Spiral

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Uncritical Supercriticality

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Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs

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When None Dare Urge Restraint

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The Robbers Cave Experiment

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Every Cause Wants To Be A Cult

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Guardians of the Truth

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Guardians of the Gene Pool

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Guardians of Ayn Rand

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Two Cult Koans

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Asch's Conformity Experiment

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On Expressing Your Concerns

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Lonely Dissent

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Cultish Countercultishness

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