The Four Blind Men The Elephant And Alan Kay by Meredith Paterson (Status 451) – Managing technical teams. Taking a new perspective is worth 90 IQ points. Getting better enemies. Guerrilla action.
Antipsychotics Might Cause Cognitive Impairment by Sarah Constantin (Otium) – A harrowing personal account of losing abstract thinking ability on Risperdal. The author conducts a literature review, and concludes with some personal advice about taking medication.
Don’t Believe in God by Tyler Cowen – Seven arguments for not believing in God. Among them: Lack of Bayesianism among believers, the degree to which people follow their family religion and the fundamental weirdness of reality.
The Story Of Our Life by H i v e w i r e d – The authors explain their pre-rationalist life and connection to the community. They then argue the rationalist community should take better care of one another. “Venture Rationalism”.
One of the more positive surprises by GiveDirectly – Links post. Eight articles on Give Directly, Cash Transfer and Basic Income.
Politics and Economics:
Trust Assimilation by Bryan Caplan – Data on how much immigrants and their children trust other people. How predictive is the trust level of their ancestral country. Caplan reviews papers and crunches the numbers himself.
How To Destroy Civilization by Zvi Moshowitz – A parable about the game “Advanced Civilization”. The difficulties of building a coalition to lock out bad actor. Donald Trump. [Extremely Partisan]
Raj Chetty: Inequality, Mobility and the American Dream by Conversations with Tyler – “As far as I can tell, this is the only coverage of Chetty that covers his entire life and career, including his upbringing, his early life, and the evolution of his career, not to mention his taste in music”