How Social Is Reason by Robin Hanson – Humans alone have a logical reasoning module. ‘Logical Fallacies’ evolved because they are adaptive for persuasion. Unschooled populations often cannot solve logical problems. Epistemic learned helplessness. Impressive complex arguments are preferred over simple ones.
Paths Forward On Berkeley Culture Discussion by Zvi Moshowitz – Follow up to Zvi’s post on the Berkeley rationalist community. A long sketch of the arguments Zvi would make and the article he would write if he had time to respond in depth.
Altruism Is Incomplete by Zvi Moshowitz – “I worry many in EA are looking at life like a game where giving money to charity is how the world scores victory points.” Controls in psychology are often motivated by researcher bias. Amazon is the world’s most effective charity. Life is about getting things done, often for selfish reasons. Veganism. Zvi doesn’t believe the official EA party line.
Extremely Easy Problem by protokol2020 – How much water per second do you need to raise the sea level 6 meters in 100 years.
Ten Small Life Improvements by Paul Christiano (lesswrong) – Nine tech tips. Christmas lights all year round.
John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move by EconTalk – “The unplanned ways that English speakers create English, an example of emergent order. Topics discussed include how words get short (but not too short), the demand for vividness in language, and why Shakespeare is so hard to understand.”