The Dark Rule Utilitarian Argument For Science Piracy by Scott Alexander – Scott tries to answer under what conditions is it reasonable to try to destroy system you think are harmful: “Civil disobedience is the acid that dissolves inadequate equilibria. Equilibria are inadequate relative to some set of rules; if you’re allowed to break the rules, they can become adequate again. Under this model, civil disobedience isn’t a secret weapon to save up for extreme cases like desegregation, it’s part of the search process we use to get better institutions.”
Musings On Lesswrong Peer Review by Raymond Arnold – The goal of Lesswrong 2.0 is to make substantial intellectual progress. What is the Lesswrong canon and what should it be. What should a LW version of ‘peer review’ look like.
Useful Models Are Better Than Correct Models by Brian Lui – “The more correct something is, the more useful it tends to be. But this correlation is overestimated. Fixating on correctness cripples our personal growth.”
VC EMH by Ben Kuhn – Venture Capitalist profits are incredibly concentrated in the top firms. Leading VC investors consistently get returns multiple times the market return. Isn’t this a problem for the Efficient Market Hypothesis? Reasons the imbalance is impossible to exploit.
Melinda Gates by The Ezra Klein Show – Melinda Gates: “We talked, among other things, about bioterrorism, comic sans, climate change, the culture of Silicon Valley, the Damore memo about gender and technology, the future of food, the problems money can and can’t solve, what makes America culturally distinct, and more.”