Response To Comments The Tax Bill Is Still Very Bad by Scott Alexander – Why not just halve income taxes on people making less than 100K.
Tax Bill 3 Dont Mess With Taxes by Scott Alexander – I was wrong to say there was “no case” for the tax bill. Giving money back to shareholders may stimulate the economy in other ways. Economists mostly agree the plan won’t boost growth that much. Distribution matters more than growth.
What To Make Of New Positive Nsi-189 Results by Scott Alexander – “You might be asking ‘Wait, I thought the whole point of having primary versus secondary endpoints was so people wouldn’t do that?’ Well…yes. I’m trying to figure out if there’s any angle here besides “Company does thing that you’re not supposed to do because it can always give you positive results, gets positive results, publishes a press release”. I am not an expert here. But I can’t find one.” However the stock went up 67%.
Intelligence Explosion Possible by The MIRI Blog – A response to ‘The impossibility of the intelligence explosion’. The anti-explosion argument seems to imply that humans can’t exist. After all humans are substantially more generally intelligent than chimps.
Fixing Science Via A Basic Income by Kaj Sotala – The Root cause of bad science is the pressure researchers are under to publish multiple times a year.
December 2017 Newsletter by The MIRI Blog – Fundraiser, General Updates, Research Updates.
Politics and Economics:
Book Post For November Nonfiction Books by Ozy – GLBTAQ, Mental Health, Feminism
Normie Conservatism Vs Alternative Conservatism by Grey Enlightenment – Boomer ‘Aduling’ contrasted with Millennial/Alternative take on ‘adult’ behavior.
Spirituality Via Drugs by The Bayesian Conspiracy – “Make me one with everything.”. Topics include Animal Rights and the difficulty of conducting harmless studies.