Zoetropen Thread by Scott Alexander – Standard SSC Open Thread. Some comments on reciprocity.io an already existing rationalist dating site.
Rationality Feed: Last Month’s Best Posts by deluks917 (LW 2.0) – My favorite rationalist content from the last month.
Some Conceptual Highlights From Disjunctive Scenarios Of Catastrophic AI Risk by Kaj Sotala – Superintelligence and AI Risk: “Focusing too much on any single scenario makes us more likely to miss out alternative scenarios. It also makes the scenarios susceptible to criticism from people who (correctly!) point out that we are postulating very specific scenarios that have lots of burdensome details. To address that, I discuss here a number of considerations that suggest disjunctive paths to catastrophic outcomes: paths that are of the form ‘A or B or C could happen, and any one of them happening could have bad consequences’.”
Enlightenment Now by The Ezra Klein Show – “In Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now, he mounts both his case that the world that this moment is astonishingly great from a historical perspective, and argues that there’s a reason for that: enlightenment values of science, reason, humanism, and faith in progress. Values that he says are under attack from a right that is retreating into zero-sum nationalism, a left that has lost faith in progress, and a public that doesn’t always appreciate just how much progress has been made. In this conversation, we talk about Pinker’s new book, as well as his views on political correctness on campus, how politics drives us to irrationality, and what future generations will look back on us with horror for doing.”
The Case Against Education by EconTalk – “Caplan argues that very little learning takes place in formal education and that very little of the return to college comes from skills or knowledge that is acquired in the classroom. Schooling, he concludes, as it is currently conducted is mostly a waste of time and money. Caplan bring a great deal of evidence to support his dramatic claim and much of the conversation focuses on the challenge of measuring and observing what students actually learn.”
Atypical Treatment Resistant Depression by Sarah Constantin – “Roughly 20-30% of people with depression don’t respond to the first antidepressant or two they try. One of the harder-to-treat subtypes of depression is atypical depression, which comes with sleeping and eating more than usual (rather than less), and high emotional sensitivity. This report is an overview of options for treatment-resistant or atypical depression.”