The Complacent Class by Zvi Moshowitz – Cowen intended the complacent class to have a Straussian reading. Its in people’s self interest to exploit (as opposed to explore) far too much from a societal point of view. People are not paying for the upkeep of societal progress. Tyler doesn’t want to say this explicitly so as not to discourage ‘strivers’. Tyler’s strategy is to instead raise the status of strivers in society. A chapter by chapter review. Connections to Eliezer’s Inadequate
Feelings Matter by mindlevelup – “Your feelings matter, and they matter a lot more than I might give them credit for. This is a core CFAR rationality idea—listening to your System 1, reconciling your intellectual and emotional sides, and all that.”
Politics and Economics:
Sam Altman Fears Political Correctness by Marginal Revolution – Sam Altman (CEO Y combinator, chairman of OpenAI) feels more comfortable discussing controversial ideas in Beijing than San Fransisco. Tyler thinks that China just has a different set of forbidden topics so going their temporally feels freeing.