Fear And Loathing At Effective Altruism Global 2017 by Scott Alexander – EA Global was well run and impressive. The deep weirdness of EA. The fundamental goodness of effective altruists. The yoke is light and everyone is welcome.
Take My Job by Jacob Falkovich – “I want to tell you about the job I’m leaving, why you should think about applying for it, and what it has taught me in the last four years about company culture, diversity, and the makings of a good workplace.” Cool jobs have work environments. Keep company identity small if you want real diversity.
Ems In Walkaway by Robin Hanson – A review of the science fiction book ‘Walkaway’ which features brain emulation. Robin describes what he finds realistic and unrealistic.
More Brain Lies by Aceso Under Glass – “But sometimes it helps to take the gap between is and ought as a sign of how high your standards are, rather than how bad you are at a thing.”
More On Dota 2 by Open Ai – Timeline of the DOTA-bot’s rapid improvement. Bot Exploits. Physical Infrastructure. What needs to be done to play 5×5.
Right And Left Folds Primitive Recursion Patterns In Python And Haskell by Eli Bendersky – “In this article I’ll present how left and right folds work and how they map to some fundamental recursive patterns. The article starts with Python, which should be (or at least look) familiar to most programmers. It then switches to Haskell for a discussion of more advanced topics like the connection between folding and laziness, as well as monoids.”
Ritual And Spirituality by The Bayesian Conspiracy – Rationalist ritual. Witchcraft. Welcome to Nightvale. Concerts. What makes something ritual? Is rationalist ritual psychologically safe?
Conversation: Comedian Dave Barry by Marginal Revolution – “What makes Florida special, why business writing is so terrible, Eddie Murphy, whether social conservatives can be funny (in public), the weirdness of Peter Pan, how he is so productive, playing guitar with Roger McGuinn, DT, the future of comedy.”
The Limits Of Persuasion by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers. Free speech on campus, the Scott Adams podcast, the failings of the mainstream media, moral persuasion, moral certainty, the ethics of abortion, Buddhism, the illusion of the self.”