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Scott:

Advertising by SlateStarScratchpad – Nostalgebraist muses about advertising. Scott briefly explains how advertising works on SSC.

Rationalist:

A Flaw In The Way Smart People Think About Robots And Job Loss by Tom Bartleby – Considering jobs one at a time causes smart people to think no one will lose their job from automation. However small incremental advances reduce the number of needed workers. A history of secretaries. Personal experience of saving time via programming.

A Village Is Better Than Group House by Particular Virtue – More private space. Non-shared legal ownership. More people means much more social space and stability.

Politics and Economics:

Theory Vs Data In Statistics by Noah Smith – Theory heavy vs minimal theory models in Economics. Machine learning as the extreme of a “no model required” paradigm.

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Scott:

Fear And Loathing At Effective Altruism Global 2017 by Scott Alexander – EA Global was well run and impressive. The deep weirdness of EA. The fundamental goodness of effective altruists. The yoke is light and everyone is welcome.

Rationalist:

Take My Job by Jacob Falkovich – “I want to tell you about the job I’m leaving, why you should think about applying for it, and what it has taught me in the last four years about company culture, diversity, and the makings of a good workplace.” Cool jobs have work environments. Keep company identity small if you want real diversity.

Ems In Walkaway by Robin Hanson – A review of the science fiction book ‘Walkaway’ which features brain emulation. Robin describes what he finds realistic and unrealistic.

More Brain Lies by Aceso Under Glass – “But sometimes it helps to take the gap between is and ought as a sign of how high your standards are, rather than how bad you are at a thing.”

AI:

More On Dota 2 by Open Ai – Timeline of the DOTA-bot’s rapid improvement. Bot Exploits. Physical Infrastructure. What needs to be done to play 5×5.

Misc:

Right And Left Folds Primitive Recursion Patterns In Python And Haskell by Eli Bendersky – “In this article I’ll present how left and right folds work and how they map to some fundamental recursive patterns. The article starts with Python, which should be (or at least look) familiar to most programmers. It then switches to Haskell for a discussion of more advanced topics like the connection between folding and laziness, as well as monoids.”

Podcast:

Ritual And Spirituality by The Bayesian Conspiracy – Rationalist ritual. Witchcraft. Welcome to Nightvale. Concerts. What makes something ritual? Is rationalist ritual psychologically safe?

Conversation: Comedian Dave Barry by Marginal Revolution – “What makes Florida special, why business writing is so terrible, Eddie Murphy, whether social conservatives can be funny (in public), the weirdness of Peter Pan, how he is so productive, playing guitar with Roger McGuinn, DT, the future of comedy.”

The Limits Of Persuasion by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers. Free speech on campus, the Scott Adams podcast, the failings of the mainstream media, moral persuasion, moral certainty, the ethics of abortion, Buddhism, the illusion of the self.”

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Scott:

Community History by Scott (r/SSC) – Scott answers: “What happened to Lesswrong? When (and more importantly why) did the spread out to other blogs happen?”

Rationalist:

The Problem With Prestige by Robin Hanson – Small fields such as academic disciplines often use prestige to reward people. A mathematical model of how effort is allocated to maximize prestige. Why prestige doesn’t scale and what is under-incentivized by prestige.

The Parliamentary Model As The Correct Ethical Model by Kaj Sotala – An explanation of how the ‘parliamentary’ model of morality resolves uncertainty around which model of morality is correct. Why the parliamentary model is itself the correct model.

Podcast:

Chris Hayes by The Ezra Klein Show – Chris Hayes. Should Trump be removed from office. “Infighting between different factions of the Democratic Party, the signs that congressional Republicans are growing some backbone, and the reports that Trump’s closest aides are conspiring to keep him from doing too much damage to the country.”

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Rationalist:

Your Brain Is An Unreliable Narrator by Aceso Under Glass – “The information your unconscious brain feeds your conscious brain is not unbiased, it is motivated, primarily by a desire to be safe.” Tube Slides, Rock Climbing, Stretching.

Evolutionary Innovation by Eukaryote – A History of Earth’s Mass Extinction events. Biological evolution was frequently a major cause. Risks from synthetic biology.

Darwins Unfinished Symphony by Bayesian Investor – Even fruit flies can copy each other. Animals can copy with low reliability. Copying as a driver of intelligence gains. Evolution of language and deceit.

Regularly Scheduled by Jeff Kaufman – “Events that happen on a regular schedule lower the energy it takes to be social. Things like church every Sunday, a dance that’s every 1st Saturday, or a dinner with friends on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. In general, I think people would probably be happier if they had more things like this in their lives. To help with this, I made a site.”

A Fearsome Rationality Technique by SquirrelInHell – Rationalist blanket wrapping. Humor.

Podcast:

Nassim Nicholas Taleb by EconTalk – “Skin in the game in labor markets, the power of minorities, the Lindy effect, Taleb’s blind spots and regrets, and the politics of globalization.”

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Scott:

Threado Quia Absurdum by Scott Alexander – Bi-Weekly public open thread. Recommended comments on: how organizations change over time, self-driving car progress, gun laws in the Czech Republic, why comments are closed on some posts here. Scot may be choosing a SSC moderator.

Rationalist:

How I Think About Free Speech Four Categories by Julia Galef – Descriptions of the following categories: No consequences, Individual social consequences, Official social consequences, Legal consequences. Disagreements about categories.

Misc:

Meta Contrarian Typography Part 2 by Tom Bartleby – You should use two spaces after your sentences whn drafting. Why to use a plaintext editor. Why to write a resume in plaintext. Flexibility is power. Two spaces is more much more machine readable.

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Rationalist:

What Is Rationalist Berkleys Community Culture by Zvi Moshowitz – The original rationalist community mission was to save the world, not to be nice to each other. Sarah recently suggested the later is currently the actual goal. Zvi reinterprets this as sounding an alarm. The rationalists should not become just another Berkeley community of bohemians and weirdos.

Choices Are Really Bad by Zvi Moshowitz – Exercising willpower is a cost in the short term. Decision fatigue. Reasons why people, including you, WILL choose wrong. People justify their choices. Choices create blame and responsibility. Choices cause paralysis. Choice are communication. Choices require justification. Choices let people defect and destroy cooperation.

AI:

Openai Bots Were Defeated At Least 50 Times – People could play against the openAI Dota bot. Several people found strategies to beat the bot. One of the human victors explains their strategy.

EA:

High Time For Drug Policy Reform Part 44 by MichaelPlant (EA forum) – “This is the fourth of four posts on DPR. In this part I provide some simplistic but illustrative cost-effectiveness estimates comparing an imaginary campaign for DPR against current interventions for poverty, physical health and mental health; I also consider what EAs should do next.”

Politics and Economics:

Thats Amore by sam[]zdat – Epistocracy, democracy with limits on who can vote. Competency and incompetency and pizza. Politics is the strongest identity. Trading power for the image of power. Morlocks and Eloi. Replication crisis. Google guy. The Left’s support for the powerful. Nhilism.

Misc:

Stop Caring So Much About Technical Problems by Particular Virtue – Links to an article describing what attributes actually get developers jobs (other than technical skill). Caring about making great products is much more desirable than caring about technical problems. Developer interviews are highly random. Experience matters alot. Enterprise programmers are disliked. Practical advice.

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Rationalist:

Social Insight When A Lie Is Not A Lie When A by Bound_Up (lesswrong) – If you merely speak the truth as you see then you will be misunderstood. Example of saying you are an atheist. Many people are incapable of understanding your real arguments.

Repairing Anxiety Using Internal And External Locus Of Control Models by Elo – Two variable model. Locus of Control: Internal or External. Feeling: Good or bad. The four combinations. Moving diagonally, for example from internal-bad to external-good.

AI:

Dota 2 by Open Ai – Open AI codes a 1v1 Dota-2 bot that defeated top players. The bots actions per minute were comparable to many humans. The bot learned the game from scratch by self-play, and does not use imitation learning or tree search. The game involves hidden information and the bot’s strategies were complicated.

EA:

High Time For Drug Policy Reform Policy by MichaelPlant (EA forum) – “This is the third of four posts on DPR. In this part I look at what a better approach to drug policy might be and then discuss how neglected and tractable this problem is as cause area of EAs to work on.”

Misc:

Trip Sitting Tips And Tricks by AellaGirl – Thirteen practical tips for trip sitting someone on a high dose of acid. Focuses on accepting their experiences, treating them similarly to a small child and keeping yourself safe.