Martin Luthurl by Scott Alexander – SSC standard links post.
An Equilibrium Of No Free Energy by Eliezer Yudkowsky (LW 2.0) – “I am now going to introduce some concepts that lack established names in the economics literature—though I don’t believe that any of the basic ideas are new to economics. First, I want to distinguish between the standard economic concept of efficiency (as in efficient pricing) and the related but distinct concepts of inexploitability and adequacy, which are what usually matter in real life.”
Cutting Edge Technology by Elo – The microscope opened up the entire field of micro-biology. Which current technologies are under-utilized.
Book Post For October 3 by Ozy – Book post. Lots of books on parenting. A long review of “The New Jim Crow”.
Politics and Economics:
Automation And Post Scarcity by Grey Enlightenment – Fear of automation is overblown. Despite automation many important things have gotten more expensive in inflation adjusted terms, robotic surgery is extremely expensive, automation creates industries and increases demand for entertainment.
Notes On Values by samzdat – “Values get used as axioms in debates, shorthand in conversation, symbols of judgment. x is bad because y because that leads to idleness, x is bad because y which is basically docetism, x is the worst because y was Hitler. The problem with Godwin’ing is that it’s too blunt, but the underlying concept is genuinely desirable”
Claire Walsh: Evidence In Development by 80,000 Hours – “How can they get evidence backed policies adopted? Do politicians in the developing world even care whether their programs actually work? Is the norm evidence-based policy, or policy-based evidence?”