An Entropic Decision Procedure for Many Worlds Living

Here I describe a plausible decision procedure I discovered for acting in the world if the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics is true. This idea might sound a bit crazy, but I feel the majority of the craziness comes from the Many Worlds Interpretation, which many physicists smarter than me think is plausibly… Continue reading An Entropic Decision Procedure for Many Worlds Living

Understanding the True Cost of Land-Use Projects

Update: My team's paper earned the coveted Outstanding rating! Further, our paper won the Rachel Carson award, which "is presented to a team selected by the Head Judge of ICM Problem E for excellence in using scientific theory and data in its modeling." Over 4,800 collegiate teams from around the world were competing in Problem… Continue reading Understanding the True Cost of Land-Use Projects

The Exponential Impact of Socially-Contagious Philanthropy

If doing any significant amount of good was basically intractable, it would be more permissible for individuals to ignore the utilitarian imperative to do the most good. However, doing incredible amounts of good is in the reach of many of us. We don't necessarily have to research and contribute to Multiverse-wide Cooperation via Correlated Decision… Continue reading The Exponential Impact of Socially-Contagious Philanthropy

A Singleton Government is not as Dangerous as Omnicidal Agents

Back in November of 2018, I had a brief discussion with the economist (polymath, really) Robin Hanson on Twitter and I'm pretty sure I inspired him to write this blog post.Β  We were discussing essentially whether a strong, central government or free individual agents are going to pose a greater threat to future society.Β  He… Continue reading A Singleton Government is not as Dangerous as Omnicidal Agents

Our Responsibility to Reduce Personal Risk

Insofar as the {expected value of the world with us alive} minus {the expected value of the world with us dead} is positive, we have an obligation to remain alive.Β  Therefore, it is unethical to bear personal risks of death when the expected benefits of doing so do not outweigh the expected marginal benefit of… Continue reading Our Responsibility to Reduce Personal Risk

We Should Have Prevented Other Countries from Ever Obtaining Nukes

Ever since nuclear weapons fell into the hands of the USSR and other countries beyond the United States, human civilization has been under tremendous risk of extinction. For decades now, the Doomsday clock has ticked perilously close to midnight; we continue to flirt with disaster which could strike once any nuclear leader falls into a… Continue reading We Should Have Prevented Other Countries from Ever Obtaining Nukes

Let’s Not Decouple Suffering from Survivability

In the interest of avoiding the worst possible futures, let's not decouple suffering from survivability. What are some unique elements of the worst possible futures? What features can be found more often in these than other, better futures? I propose that a key feature of the worst possible futures is a strong decoupling of well-being… Continue reading Let’s Not Decouple Suffering from Survivability