Transparency and inner circles

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one of the reasons i care so much about transparency is that i think it is a good defense against forming inefficient “inner circles”

i think this will become more important as younger people grow up and gain prestige.

some intuitions i use/steps i take are:

presenting not just outputs but also inputs to one’s thinking, to show where one is coming from is related to the transparency i care about. sort of like replicability of your steps. you want to imagine research as a function taking as inputs your reading material, but not your personal self. rather, you are just the thing that implements the computation! i.e. the research process doesn’t depend on your special insider knowledge.