Rational Feed


Postmarketing Surveillance is Good and Normal by Scott Alexander – Scott shows why a recent Scientific American study does not imply the FDA is too risky.


Recovering from Failure by MindLevelUp – Avoid negative spirals, figure out why you failed, List of questions to ask yourself. Strategies -> Generate good alternatives, metacognitive affordances.

Three Human Problems and One Ai Issue by Stuart Armstrong (lesswrong) – Humans have poor predictions, don’t know their values and aren’t agents. Ai might be very powerful. A graph of which problems many Ai risk solutions target.

Politics and Economics:

Campbell’s Law and the Inevitability of School Fraud by Freddie Deboer – Rampant Grade Inflation. Lowered standards. Campbell’s law says that once you base policy on a metric that metric will always start being gamed

Me on Anarcho Capitalism by Bryan Caplan – – Bryan is interviewed on the Rubin Report about Ancap.

Impact Housing Price Restrictions by Tyler Cowen – Link to a job market paper on the economic effects of housing regulation.

Vast Empirical Literature by Tyler Cowen – Tyler’s 10 thoughts on approaching fields with large literatures. He is critical of Noah’s “two paper rule” and recommends alot of reading.


Study of the week: What actually Helps Poor Students? Human Beings by Freddie Deboer – Personal feedback, tutoring and small group instruction had the largest positive effect. Includes Freddie’s explanation of meta-analysis.

Author: deluks917

A singer is someone who tries to be good. Currently living in North Oakland.

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