The Lizard People Of Alpha Draconis 1 Decided To Build An Ansible by Scott Alexander – Faster than light communication via negative average preference utilitarianism.
Happiness Is Not Coherent Concept by Particular Virtue – A social science concept is ‘real’ if and only if it represents reality well and you have ruled out alternatives. “If a thing can be measured several different ways, and a causal factor can push one in a direction but not the other, then you start to worry that the thing is not actually one thing, but several things.” Why should you care that happiness isn’t a single thing.
Politics and Economics:
Indian Feminism And The Role Of The Environment: Why The Google Memo Is Still Right by Artir – A very detailed cross-country look at female enrollment in CS and various technology fields. A focus on countries where women are well represented in tech (many in Asia). Lots of discussion.
The Biology Of Good And Evil by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “Robert Sapolsky. His work with baboons, the opposition between reason and emotion, doubt, the evolution of the brain, the civilizing role of the frontal cortex, the illusion of free will, justice and vengeance, brain-machine interface, religion, drugs”