Bring Up Genius by Viliam (lesswrong) – An “80/20” translation. Positive motivation. Extreme resistence from the Hungarian government and press. Polgar’s five principles. Biting criticism of the school system. Learning in early childhood. Is Genius a gift or curse? Celebrity. Detailed plan for daily instruction. Importance of diversity. Why chess? Teach the chess with love, playfully. Emancipation of women. Polgar’s happy family.
Kindness Against The Grain by Sarah Constantin (Otium) – Sympathy and forgiveness evolved to follow local incentive gradients. Some details on we sympathize with and who we don’t. The difference between a good deal and a sympathetic deal. Smooth emotional gradients and understanding what other people want. Forgiveness as not following the local gradient and why this can be useful.
Bet Or Update Fixing The Will to Wager Assumption by cousin_it (lesswrong) – Betting with better informed agents is irrational. Bayesian agents should however update their prior or agree to bet. Good discussion in comments.
A Powerful Weapon in the Arsenal (Links Post) by GiveDirectly – 8 Links on Basic Income, Effective Altruism, Cash Transfers and Donor Advised Funds
Fuckers Vs Raisers by AellaGirl – Evolutionary psychology. The qualities that are attractive in a guy who sleeps around are also attractive in a guy who wants to settle down.
Bike To Work Houston by Mr. Money Mustache – How a lawyer bikes to work in Houston. Bikes are surprisingly fast relative to cars in cities. Houston is massive.
A Remark On Usury by Entirely Useless – “To take usury for money lent is unjust in itself, because this is to sell what does not exist, and this evidently leads to inequality which is contrary to justice.” Thomas Aquinas is quoted at length explaining the preceding statement. EntirelyUseless argues that Aquinas mixes up the buyer and the seller.