Bail Out by Scott Alexander – “About a fifth of the incarcerated population – the top of the orange slice, in this graph – are listed as “not convicted”. These are mostly people who haven’t gotten bail. Some are too much of a risk. But about 40% just can’t afford to pay.”
I’m not Seaing It by Robin Hanson – A variety of arguments against seasteading. Long for overcomingbias.
Principia Qualia Part ii: Valence by Qualia Computing – A mathematical theory of valence (what makes experience feel good or bad). The theory is very speculative but the authors make concrete predictions. Music plays a heavy role.
Links (8) by Artir – Link Post. Physics, Technology, Philosophy, Economics, Psychology and Misc.
The Value of Money Going to Different Groups by the Center for Effective Altruism – “It is well known that an extra dollar is worth less when you have more money. This paper describes the way economists typically model that effect, using that to compare the effectiveness of different interventions. It takes remittances as a particular case study.”
Politics and Economics:
Whats Up with the Minimum Wage by Sarah Constantin – A quick review of the literature on the minimum wage. Some possible explanations for why raising the minimum wage might not reduce unemployment.
Like a State by Bayesian Investor – A quick review of “seeing like a state”.
Arguing About How the World Should Burn by Ribbonfarm – Two different ways to decide who to exclude and how community government should world. One focused on process the other on content. Scott Alexander and Nate Soares are quoted. Heavily [Culture War].
Bryan Stevenson on Why the Opposite of Poverty isn’t Wealth by the Ezra Klein Show – “Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release for more than 115 wrongly convicted prisoners on death row.”