Can We Link Perception And Cognition by Scott Alexander – SSC survey optical illusions. “So there seems to be a picture where high rates of perceptual ambiguity are linked to being weirder and (sometimes, in a very weak statistical way) lower-functioning.” Speculation about fundamental connections between perception and cognitive style. Ideas for further research.
The Hungry Brain by Bayesian Investor – A short review that focuses on the basics of Guynet’s ideas and meta-discussion of why Guynet included so much neuroscience. “Guyenet provides fairly convincing evidence that it’s simple to achieve a healthy weight while feeling full. (E.g. the 20 potatoes a day diet).”
Erisology Of Self And Will: A Natural Offering by Everything Studies – A description of naturalism and it relation to science. Daniel Dennet. Many philosophers are still dualists about the self. The self as a composite. Freedom as emergent.
Politics and Economics:
Study Of The Week To Remediate Or Not To Remediate by Freddie deBoer – Should low math proficiency students take remedial algebra or credit bearing statistics. The City University of New York ran an actual randomized study to test this. The study had pretty good controls. For example students were randomly assigned to three groups, participating professors taught one section of each group.
Short Interview Writing by Tyler Cowen – Tyler Cowen’s writing habits. Many concrete details such as when he writes and what program he uses. Some more general thoughts on writing such as Tyler’s surprising answer to which are his favorite books on writing.
From Cells To Cities by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “Biological and social systems scale, the significance of fractals, the prospects of radically extending human life, the concept of “emergence” in complex systems, the importance of cities, the necessity for continuous innovation”