Wei Dai

Something I find unfortunate is the apparent lack of enthusiasm for Wei Dai and his online content in the effective altruism community. His posts and comments on LessWrong seem to me to be clear, important, and relevant to effective altruism. And yet I rarely see his content referenced in the community (especially when compared to people like Nick Bostrom, Carl Shulman, and Eliezer Yudkowsky).

I wonder what the reasons are for this. Some ideas I can think of are:

Overall I’m still pretty confused about this.

“Yes, you’re a freak and nobody but you and a few other freaks can ever get any useful thinking done” (Eliezer to Wei; source)