Dollars For Brains by Jacob Falkovich – Jacob’s picks for the top10 best comments of the last year of putanumonit. Jacob is now accepting donations.
The Darwin Game by Zvi Moshowitz – In college Zvi entered a computer tournament based on a modified prisoner’s dilemma. Each round the algorithms that did well became an increasing fraction of the pool.
Politics and Economics:
The Decline Of New Atheism by Grey Enlightenment – New Atheism as a response to Bush, NA didn’t fail its just getting more critique, Jordan Petersen, philosophy is linked to religion and is becoming more popular, “the minimalist, austere Protestant aesthetic appeals to intellectual-atheist types.” New Atheists were overconfident and condescending to well informed believers.
Conversation: Sujatha Gidla by Marginal Revolution – “The nature and persistence of caste, gender issues in India, her time as a revolutionary, New York City lifestyle and neighborhoods and dining, religion, living in America versus living in India, Bob Dylan and Dalit music, American identity politics, the nature of Marxism, Halldor Laxness, and why she left her job at the Bank of New York to become a New York City subway conductor”
The Lessons Of Death by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment.”