Opec Thread by Scott Alexander – Bi-weekly open thread. Update on Scott and Katja’s travels. Salt Lake City Meetup highlight. Topher Brennan is running for Senate.
High Dimensional Societies by Robin Hanson – In high dimensional space the distance between points varies less. What implications does this have for ‘spatial’ social science models (ex analogues of 1D spectrums and 2D graphs)
Geometers Scribes Structure Intelligence by Ben Hoffman (Compass Rose) – “How does spatial reasoning lead to formal, logical reasoning?” Fluid and crystalized intelligence. Some history of Philosophy. How social dynamics lead to the evolution of reasoning. Talmudic and Western law, and their oddities. Universal Grammar and connecting with the divine. FizzBuzz.
Robust Adversarial Inputs by Open Ai – “We’ve created images that reliably fool neural network classifiers when viewed from varied scales and perspectives. This challenges a claim from last week that self-driving cars would be hard to trick maliciously since they capture images from multiple scales, angles, perspectives, and the like.”
Arguments Moral Advocacy by The Foundational Research Institute – “What does moral advocacy look like in practice? Which values should we spread, and how? How effective is moral advocacy compared to other interventions such as directly influencing new technologies? What are the most important arguments for and against focusing on moral advocacy?”
Politics and Economics:
Kin Aesthetics Excommunicate Me From The Church Of Social Justice by Frances Lee – A SJ-insider’s critical opinion of SJ. Fear of being impure. Original Sin. Reproducing colonial structures of power and domination within social justice. Everyday Feminism’s belittling articles. More humility. Bringing humanity to everyone, even those who have been inhumane.
Mechanism Agnostic Low Plasticity Educational Realism by Freddie deBoer – Freddie’s educational philosophy. People sort into persistent academic strata. Educational attainment is heavily determined by factors outside of school’s control. The mechanism differences in academic ability is unknown. Social and political implications.
Newtonism Question by protokol2020 – Balancing Forces. Gravity problem.
Tamar Haspel by EconTalk – “Why technology helps make some foods inexpensive, how animals are treated, the health of the honey bee, and whether eggs from your backyard taste any better than eggs at the grocery.”