The Archipelago Model Of Community Standards by raemon (LW 2.0) – “If you are dissatisfied with the norms/standards in a vaguely defined community, a good first step is to refactor that community into sub-groups with clearly defined goals and leadership. People have different goals, and you may be wrong about what norms are important even given a certain goal. So, also consider proactively cooperating with other people forming alternate subgroups out of the same parent group, with the goal of learning from each other.”
Hogwarts House Primaries by Ozy – “I’m a big fan of the Sorting Hat Chats system for classifying personality types. The secondary houses aren’t really that interesting; they’re just a new gloss on the standard Hogwarts houses. The primary houses, however, are an inexplicably good system for classifying people’s opinions about normative ethics and scrupulosity.”
The Darwin Pregame by Zvi Moshowitz – Zvi thoughts going into round1 of the Darwin. He also describes the strategy used by his main competitor.
Cost Effectiveness Of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by Aceso Under Glass – The scale of the problem. Interventions. Costs. Cost Effectiveness. Caveats.
Measuring The Impact Of Mental Illness On Quality Of Life by Aceso Under Glass – A comparison of using ‘death rate’ vs ‘disability adjusted life years’ or ‘quality adjusted life years’ to measure interventions. Data on what treatments accomplish.
Impact Of Depression And Its Treatment On Productivity by Aceso Under Glass – WHO data on the scale of the problem. Comparison to sleep derivation.
Politics and Economics:
Banish Plump Mouse Deer And Banish All The World by samzdat – New Atheism. Legal Systems Very Different from Our Own. Ideology as in ‘the preferred weapon of a class-conscious peasantry.’
Prof Tetlock: Predicting The Future by 80,000 Hours – Whether to totally trust experts or apply your own judgement. Keeping politics secret. Predicting low probability events. Populism. The Iraq War and the 2016 Election. When does AI beat human judgement. How much does demographic diversity line up with cognitive diversity? Should we let prediction tournaments run most of the government?