L Dopen Thread by Scott Alexander – Bi-weekly public open thread. Berkeley SSC meetup. New ad for the Greenfield Guild, an online network of software consultants.
The Best Self Help Should Be Self Defeating by mindlevelup – “Self-help is supposed to get people to stop needing it. But typical incentives in any medium mean that it’s possible to get people hooked on your content instead. A musing on how the setup for writing self-help differs from typical content.”
Why I Am Not A Quaker Even Though It Often Seems As Though I Should Be by Ben Hoffman – Quakers have consistently gotten to the right answers faster than most people, or the author. Reasons to respect the society of friends. Arbitrage strategies to beat the quakers. An incomplete survey of alternatives.
Impression Track Records by Katja Grace – Three reasons its better to keep impression track records and belief track records separate.
Politics and Economics:
Deontologist Envy by Ozy – The behavior of your group is highly unlikely to effect the behavior of your political opponents. Many people respond to proposed tactics by asking “What if everyone did that”. Ozy claims these responses show an implicit Kantian or deontological point of view.
Speech On Campus Reply To Brad Delong by Noah Smith – The safeguard put in place to exclude the small minority of genuinely toxic people will be overused. Comparison to the war on terror. Brad’s exclusions criteria are incredibly vague. The speech restriction apparatus is patchwork and inconsistent. Cultural Revolution.