Promising Projects for Open Science To by SlateStarScratchpad – Scott answers what the most promising projects are in the field of transparent and open science and meta-science.
Meritocracy Vs Trust by Particular Virtue – “If I know you can reject me for lack of skill, I may worry about this and lose confidence. But if I know you never will, I may phone it in and stop caring about my actual work output.” Trust Improves Productivity But So Does Meritocracy. Minimum Hiring Bars and Other Solutions.
Whats Appeal Anonymous Message Apps by Brute Reason – Fundamental lack of honesty. Western culture is highly hostile to the idea that some behaviors (ex lying) might be ok in some contexts but not in others. Compliments. Feedback. Openess.
Contra Yudkowsky On Quidditch And A Meta Point by Tom Bartleby – Eliezer criticizes Quiditch in HPMOR. Why the snitch makes Quiditch great. Quidditch is not about winning matches its about scoring points over a series of games. Harry/Eliezer’s mistake is the Achilles heel of rationalsits. If lots of people have chosen not to tear down a fence you shouldn’t either, even if you think you understand why the fence went up.
Politics and Economics:
Too Much Of A Good Thing by Robin Hanson – Global warming poll. Are we doing too much/little. Is it possible to do too little/much. “When people are especially eager to show allegiance to moral allies, they often let themselves be especially irrational.”
Astronomy Problem by protokol2020 – Star-star occultation probability.
Times To Die Mental Health I by (Status 451) – Personal thoughts on depression and suicide. “The depressed person is not seem crying all the time. It is in this way that the depressed person becomes invisible, even to themselves. Yet, positivity culture and the rise of progressive values that elude any conversation about suicide that is not about saving, occlude the unthinkable truth of someone’s existence, that they simply should not be living anymore.”
The Turing Test by Ales Fidr (EA forum) – Harvard EA podcast: “The first four episodes feature Larry Summers on his career, economics and EA, Irene Pepperberg on animal cognition and ethics, Josh Greene on moral cognition and EA, Adam Marblestone on incentives in science, differential technological development”
Gillian Hadfiel by EconTalk – ” Hadfield suggests the competitive provision of regulation with government oversight as a way to improve the flexibility and effectiveness of regulation in the dynamic digital world we are living in.”
A16z Podcast On Trade by Noah Smith – Notes on a podcast Noah appeared on. Topics: Cheap labor as a substitute for automation. Adjustment friction. Exports and productivity.
The Nature Of Consciousness by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “The scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. The significance of WWII for the history of ideas, the role of intuition in science, the ethics of building conscious AI, the self as an hallucination, how we identify with our thoughts, attention as the root of the feeling of self, the place of Eastern philosophy in Western science, and the limitations of secular humanism.”