Rational Feed

Rationalist:

Notes From The Hufflepuff Unconference (Part 1) by Raemon (lesswrong) – Goal: Improve at: “social skills, empathy, and working together, sticking with things that need sticking with”. The article is a detailed breakdown of the unconference including: Ray’s Introductory Speech, a long list of what people want to improve on, the lightning talks, the 4 breakout sessions, proposed solutions, further plans, and closing words. Links to conference notes are included for many sections.

Qualia Computing At Consciousness Hacking June 7th 2017 by Qualia Computing – Qualia computing will present in San Fransisco on June 7th at Consciousness Hacking. The event description is detailed and should give readers a good intro to Qualia Computing’s goals. The author’s research goal is to create a mathematical theory of pain/pleasure and be able to measure these directly from brain data.

Politics and Economics:

The Behavioral Economics of Paperwork by Bryan Caplan – Vast Numbers of students miss financial aid because they don’t fill out paperwork. Caplan explores the economic implications of the fact that “Humans hate filling out paperwork. As a result, objectively small paperwork costs plausibly have huge behavioral response”.

There Are Bots, Look Around by Renee DiResta (ribbonfarm) – High frequency trading disrupted finance. Now algorithms and bots are disrupting the marketplace of ideas. What can finance’s past teach us about politics’ future?

Misc:

Notes On Debugging Clojure Code by Eli Bendersky – Dealing with Clojure’s cryptic exceptions, Finding which form an exception comes from, Trails and Logging, Deeper tracing inside cond forms

Conversations On Consciousness by H i v e w i r e d – The author is a plural system. Their hope is to introduce plurality by doing the following: “First, we’re each going to describe our own personal experiences, from our own perspectives, and then we’re going to discuss where we might find ourselves within the larger narrative regarding consciousness.”

Podcast:

Is Trump’s incompetence saving us from his illiberalism? by The Ezra Klein Show – Political Scientist Yascha Mounk. “What Mounk found is that the consensus we thought existed on behalf of democracy and democratic norms is weakening.”

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Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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