The Atomic Bomb Considered As Hungarian High School Science Fair Project by Scott Alexander – Ashkenazi Jewish Intelligence. An explanation of Hungarian dominance in physics and science in the mid 1900s.
Those Modern Pathologies by Scott Alexander – You can argue X is a modern pathology for almost any value of X. Scott demonstrates this by repeated example. Among other things “Aristotelian theory of virtue” and “Homer’s Odyssey” get pathologized.
Dragon Army Theory Charter (30min Read) by Duncan Sabien (lesswrong) – A detailed plan for an ambitious military style rationalist house. The major goals include self-improvement, high quality group projects and the creation of a group with absolute trust in one another. The leader of the house is the curriculum director and head of product at CFAR.
Existential Risk From Ai Without An Intelligence by Alex Mennen (lesswrong) – Reasons why an intelligence explosion might not occur and reasons why we might have a problem anyway.
Politics and Economics:
Study Of The Week Better And Worse Ways To Attack Entrance Exams by Freddie deBoer – Freddie’s description of four forms of “test validity”. The SAT and ACT are predictive of college grades, one should criticize them from other angles. Freddie briefly gives his socialist critique.