How Did New Atheism Fail So Miserably by Scott Alexander – “The New Atheists accomplished the seemingly impossible task of alienating a society that agreed with them about everything. The Baffler-journalists of the world don’t believe in God. They don’t disagree that religion contributes to homophobia, transphobia, and the election of some awful politicians – and these issues have only grown more visible in the decade or so since New Atheism’s apogee.”
Unofficial Espr Post Mortem by lifelonglearner (LW 2.0) – European Summer Program on Rationality. “An overview of some of the camp and project dynamics of ESPR 2017. I look at diversity causing certain problems, difficulties evaluating participants, ways to improve camp experience, and organizational difficulties.”
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Poets Are Intelligence Assets by Ben Hoffman – “Likewise, great literature is typically an integrated, multi-dimensional depiction. While there is a great deal of compression, the author is still trying to report how things might really have happened, to satisfy their own sense of artistic taste for plausibility or verisimilitude. Thus, we should expect that great literature is often an honest, highly informative account of everything except what the author meant to put into it.”
Why 3x Sp-500 ETFs Can Be Held Long Term by Grey Enlightenment – Five reasons holding highly leveraged investments in index funds is a surprisingly reasonable strategy.
Social Media And Outrage Culture by The Bayesian Conspiracy – “The Only Way to Win is Not to Play”
Pandemic Preparedness by 80,000 Hours – The best strategies for containment. Lurching from panic to panic. WHO reforms. The Nuclear Threat Initiative. Which initiatives are most impressive. What future tech could make us safer. Is mass advocacy useful? What to study to get involved.