Concept Shaped Holes Can Be Impossible To Notice by Scott Alexander – It can be extremely difficult to tell if a concept is bullshit or if you just don’t understand it. Examples: Social Atomization, People who can’t smell but don’t notice.
Confessions Of A Slacker by Jacob Falkovich – Slack is the distance from binding constraints on your behavior. A distance formula for 1/slack. Maintaining a supply of all your resources, especially the scarce ones. Spare resources. Explore and exploit.
Molochs Toolbox 2 by Eliezer Yudkowsky (EA forum) – Sticky traditions and lack of common knowledge. First-past-the-post and wasted votes. The Overton window. Lower-hanging altruistic fruit and bigger problems.
The Nerd As The Norm by Everything Studies – The author is a nerd and therefore cannot trust his own intuitions as a guide to our other people work. Qualities of nerds and anti-nerds. An essay describing how a nerd-default society might perceive anti-nerds.
The Little Dragon Is Dead by Squirrel In Hell – This is a story of my 2-year-long struggle with an unwanted habit of clicking my neck, which had gotten out of hand around 2013-2015.
How Givewell And Mainstream Policymakers Compare The Good Achieved By Different Programs by The GiveWell Blog – “how GiveWell and other actors, such as governments and global health organizations, approach one of the most subjective and uncertain inputs into cost-effectiveness analyses: how to morally value different good outcomes.”
Cobbs Douglas by Chris Stucchio – An explanation of the Cobb Douglas model of production. The model is used to explain why companies in India have lower revenue per employee.