In The Presence Of Disinformation Collective Epistemology by Jessican Taylor (LW 2.0) – People desire a consensus point of view so that they can punish bad actor. Modestly deferring to the high status creates such an authority. However humanity has not constructed a reliable method of integrating local knowledge. Disinformation and deception is common. Its impossible to really figure out what is going on in Syria. Think for yourself, share your results, seek clear evidence, use local knowledge.
Politics and Economics:
Capturing The Policy Info Process by Robin Hanson – The rents held by doctors, lawyers, financiers, record moguls, and wealthy homeowners. How they got the rents and the best strategy for reducing their stranglehold on the economy.
Meaning Wars by Elo – The false depth of TED. SJW culture: Packaging and sharing outrage and offense. 4chan Culture: creating outrage and sharing it. Fscebook attention wars.
A Glitch In The Theocratic Matrix by Venkatesh Rao (ribbonfarm) – How can a middle aged man who held elected office sincerely think that you have to swear on the bible in the United States? Reasoning from certainty and glitches in the matrix.