Conversation Deliberately Skirts The Border Of Incomprehensibility by Scott Alexander – Communication is often designed to be confusing so as to preserve plausible deniability.
In Defense Of Individualist Culture by Sarah Constantin (Otium) – A description of individualist culture. Criticisms of individualist culture: Lacking sympathy, few good defaults. Defenses: Its very hard to change people (psychology research review). A defense of naive personal identity. Traditional culture is fragile. Building a community project is hard in the modern world, prepare for the failure modes. Modernity has big upsides, some people will make better choices than the traditional rules allow.
Politics and Economics:
Yudkowsky On My Simpistic Theory of Left and Right by Bryan Caplan – Yudkowsky claims the left holds the market to the same standards as human beings. The market as a ritual holding back a dangerous Alien God. Caplan doesn’t respond he just quotes Yudkowsky.
Genetic Behaviorism Supports The Influence Of Chance On Life Outcomes by Freddie deBoer – Much of the variance in many traits is non-shared-environment. Much non-shared-environment can be thought of as luck. In addition no one chooses or deserves their genes.
Danah Boyd on why Fake News is so Easy to Believe by The Ezra Klein Show – Fake news, digital white flight, how an anthropologist studies social media, machine learning algorithms reflect our prejudices rather than fixing them, what Netflix initially got wrong about their recommendations engine, the value of pretending your audience is only six people, the early utopian visions of the internet.