Fight Me Psychologists: Birth Order Effects Exist And Are Very Strong by Scott Alexander – The consensus in psychology is that birth order effects are weak or non-esistant. However the SSC survey showed that an absurd percentage of survey takers are first children. Scott argues that being a first child is strongly linked to something like ‘intelectual curiosity’.
On A Particularly Difficult Question by samzdat – Musings on Math, Its unreasonable effectiveness in science, epistemology and the importance of mathematics in the history of philosophy.
In Defence Of Meta by Chris_Leong (LW 2.0) – The admins of lesswrong 2.0 don’t allow meta discussion on the frontpage. However now seems like a relatively good time for meta discussion. Many rationalist leaders are active on LW again and its been a long time since Eliezer wrote ‘The Craft and the Community’.
Right to Self Medicate by Rationally Speaking – “The case that patients should have the right to take pharmaceutical drugs without needing to get a prescription from a doctor. Jessica and Julia discuss a series of related questions, such as: Should there be exceptions made for drugs that have negative repercussions on society as a whole? And what is the morally relevant difference between a doctor imposing treatment on someone without consent, and the government withholding treatment from someone without consent?”
Dick Carpenter by EconTalk – “A look at how occupational licensing and other regulations protect existing job holders from competition.”