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Is Artificial Intelligence Permanently Inscrutable?
"Modern learning algorithms show a tradeoff between human interpretability, or explainability, and their accuracy. Deep learning is both the most accurate and the least interpretable."
There’s no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger
A Nelson Mandela quote: "Your duty is to work with human beings as human beings, not because you think they are angels."
A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists
On a pastor's time as part of a rationalist group - "Me joining that group was not only unusual for me. I heard from atheists there that their experience of having a pastor join their group was just as strange. But at least for me, I think that it was strange in a good way. When my personal community grew to include more atheists it opened my eyes to new ideas."
Can bright light at night lead to obesity?
"The study doesn’t prove light bulbs cause obesity, and scientists aren’t yet certain how lamps or the glow from gadgets like tablets and televisions might influence how much people weigh, researchers caution. But it’s possible artificial light might contribute to obesity by suppressing the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. These lights may also contribute to what’s known as social jet lag, or disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythms that happens when people sleep and wake at times that are at odds with their internal biological clocks."