Rational Feed

Rationalist:

Something Was Wrong by Zvi Moshowitz – Zvi visits a ‘stepford pre-school’. He can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. He decides not to send his son to the place where kid’s souls go to die.

Thank You For Listening by Ben Hoffman (Compass Rose) – Zvi’s post above starts with a reference to a previous Ben Quo post. If you have hurt your child via school you aren’t the enemy. Society taught you that you were helping. If you are still sending your child to a harmful system you aren’t the enemy either, you are doing what you think is best.

Compare Institutions To Institutions Not To Perfection by Robin Hanson – Hanson responds to criticsims of prediction markets. Short term accuracy is always easier to incentivize. Its always easier to find surface as opposed to deep connections.

Double Crux Web App by mindlevelup – Double Crux is a rationalist technique for resolving and understanding disagreements. It involves identifying facts/statements, called cruxes, that would cause you to change your mind if you changed your mind about the crux. The author built software to facilitate double crux during the Google CSSI 3 week web dev camp. Links to the site and an explanation of Double Crux.

EA:

How We Banned Fur In Berkeley by jayquigley (EA forum) – Fur sales banned. Main strategies: cultivating relationships with sympathetic council members, utilizing a proven template for the bill. Background. Strategy Details. Advice

Blood Donation Generally Not That Effective On by Grue Slinky (EA forum) – Having a supply of blood is very important. However the marginal value of blood donation is too low to recommend it as an efficient intervention.

Medical Research Cancer Is Hugely Overfunded by sanjay (EA forum) – Chart of disease burden vs research share. Six reasons you might disagree with the conclusion including cause tractability and methodology.

Politics and Economics:

Hazletts Political Spectrum by Robin Hanson – “Not only would everything have been much better without FCC regulation, it actually was much better before the FCC! Herbert Hoover, who was head of the US Commerce Department at the time, broke the spectrum in order to then “save” it, a move that probably helped him rise to the presidency.”

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Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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