Url Of Sandwich by Scott Alexander – Standard links post, somewhat longer than usual.
The Order Of The Soul by Ben Hoffman (Compass Rose) – The philosophy of accepting things vs the impulse to reshape them. Many philosophical and psychological models split the soul into three. Internalized authority vs seeing the deep structure of moral reality. In some sense math is the easiest thing in the world to learn. School poisons the enjoyment of rational thought. Lockhart’s lament. Feynman. Eichmann and thinking structurally.
Politics and economics:
A Taylorism For All Seasons by Lou (samzdat) – “Christopher Lasch – The Culture of Narcissism, part 1/X, current essay being more of an overview.” A Masquerade where you must act out the mask you choose.
Descriptive And Prescriptive Standards by Simon Penner (Status 451) – Leadership means winning the Keynesian Beauty Contest. Public opinion doesn’t exist as a stable reality. Prescribing public opinion. Dangers of social reform and leaders twisting the facts to promote noble outcomes.
Study Of The Week Modest But Real Benefits From Lead Exposure Interventions by Freddie deBoer – Freddie reviews a survey he found via SSC. The study had very good controls. Methodology is explained and key graphs are posted and discussed. Scott and Freddie seem to agree on the facts but have a different opinion on how large to consider the effects.
From Monkey Neurons To The Meta Brain by Hal Morris (ribbonfarm) – Neurons that only fire in response to Jennifer Anniston. Mirror Neurons. Theory of Mind. The path from copying movement to human-level empathy. Infant development. Dreams as social simulator. Communicating with our models of other people. He rapidly accelerating and dangerous future. We need to keep our mind open to possibilities.
Conversation Atul Gawande by Tyler Cowen – The marginal value of health care, AI progress in medicine, fear of genetic engineering, whether the checklist method applies to marriage, FDA regulation, surgical regulation, Michael Crichton and Stevie Wonder, wearables, what makes him weep, Knausgaard and Ferrante, why surgeons leave sponges in patients.