Book Review: Surfing Uncertainty by Scott Alexander – Scott finds a real theory of how the brain works. “The key insight: the brain is a multi-layer prediction machine. All neural processing consists of two streams: a bottom-up stream of sense data, and a top-down stream of predictions. These streams interface at each level of processing, comparing themselves to each other and adjusting themselves as necessary.”
Simple Affection And Deep Truth by Particular Virtue – “Simple Affection is treating someone like a child: they will forget about bad things, as long as you give them something good to think about instead. Deep Truth is treating someone like an elephant: they never forget, and they forgive only with deep deliberation.”
Expanding Premium Mediocrity by Zvi Moshowitz – “This is (much of) what I think Rao is trying to say in the second section of his post, the part about Maya but before Molly and Max, translated into DWATV-speak. Proceed if and only if you want that.”
Is Ea Growing Some Ea Growth Metrics For 2017 by Peter Hurford (EA forum) – Activity metrics for EA website, donations data, additional Facebook data, commentary that EA seems to be growing but there is substantial uncertainty.
Politics and Economics:
Unpopular Ideas About Crime And Punishment by Julia Galef – Thirteen opinions on prison abolition, the death penalty, corporal punishment, rehabilitation, redistribution and more.
Links 11 by Artir – Psychology, Politics, Economics, Philosophy, Other. Several links related to the Google memo.
What You Need To Know About Climate Change by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “How the climate is changing and how we know that human behavior is the primary cause. They discuss why small changes in temperature matter so much, the threats of sea-level rise and desertification, the best and worst case scenarios, the Paris Climate Agreement, the politics surrounding climate science.”