Meditative States As Mental Feedback Loops by Scott Alexander – the main reason we don’t see emotional positive feedback loops is that people get distracted. If you do not get distracted you can experience a bliss feedback look.
Humans Cells In Multicellular Future Minds by Robin Hanson – In general humans replace specific systems with more general adaptive systems. Seeing like a State. Most biological and cultural systems are not general. Multi-cellular organisms re tremendously inefficient. The power of entrenched systems. Human brains are extremely general. Human brains may win for a long time vs other forms of intelligence.
Why Attitudes Matter by Ozy – Focusing on attitudes can be bad for some people. Two arguments: “First, for any remotely complicated situation, it would be impossible to completely list out all the things which are okay or not okay. Second, an attitude emphasis prevents rules-lawyering.”
Strategic Goal Pursuit And Daily Schedules by Rossin (lesswrong) – The author benefitted from Anna Salamon’s goal-pursuing heuristics and daily schedules.
Ea Survey 2017 Series Qualitative Comments Summary by tee (EA forum) – Are you an EA, how welcoming is EA, local EA meetup attendance, concerns with not being ‘EA enough’, improving the survey.
Against EA PR by Ozy – The EA community is the only large entity trying to produce accurate and publicly available assessments of charities. Hence the EA community should not trade away any honesty. EAs should simply say which causes and organizations are most effective, they should not worry about PR concerns.
What Do DALYs Capture by Danae Arroyos (EA forum) – How Disability Adjusted life years computed. DALYs misrepresent mental health. DALY’s Miss Indirect Effects. Other issues.
Politics and Economics:
The Margin Of Stupid by Noah Smith – Can we trust studies showing that millennials are as racist as their parents, except for the ones in college who are extreme leftists?
Unpopular Ideas About Children by Julia Galef – Julia’s thoughts on why she is collecting these lists. Parenting styles, pro and anti-natalism, sexuality, punishment, etc. Happiness studies. Some other studies finding extreme results.
Seek Not To Be Entertained by Mr. Money Mustache – Don’t be normal, normal people need constant entertainment. You can get enjoyment and satisfaction from making things. Advice for people less abnormal than MMM. What you enjoy doesn’t matter, what matters is what is good for you.
Into The Dark Land by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “Siddhartha Mukherjee about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”