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Recommendations Vs Guidelines by Scott Alexander – Scott describes the step by step guidelines for treating depression. Recommendations are not as useful as guidelines for various reasons. Why not give more guidelines?

Why DC’s Low Graduation Rates by Scott Alexander – The DC high school graduation rate is expected to drop to 42%. This is far lower than any state. Whats going on?

Highlights From The Comments On DC Graduation Rates by Scott Alexander – Scott quotes and sometimes responds to his favorite comments on his article on DC graduation rates.


The Case Against Education by Zvi Moshowitz – Zvi argues that mainstream schooling is a dystopian nightmare.

Between Property And Liability by Robin Hanson – “Eric Posner and Glen Weyl’s proposal to generalize self-assessed property taxes. For many items, such as land and buildings, you’d pay an annual tax that is a standard percentage of your self-set sale-offer price for the item. This would avoid administrative property valuations, discourage people from sitting on stuff they don’t use, and make it much easier to assemble property into large units.”


April 2018 Newsletter by The MIRI Blog – MIRI research updates and links related to AI risk.

Announcement Ai Alignment Prize Round 2 Winners And Next by cousin_it – The five winning essays in the AI alignment prize. The top prize went to an academic paper containing a detailed and rigorous write up of possible sources of misalignment.


The Chromatic Number Of The Plane Is At Least 5 by Scott Garrabrant – Longevity researcher Audrey de Grey makes substantial progress on a previously open math problem.

Bounding Probabilities by Scott Aaronson – Scott Aaronson gives step by step guidelines for bounding probabilities. References alot of technical math.

Picking a Career by Wait But Why – “This post isn’t me giving you career advice really—it’s a framework that I think can help you make career decisions that actually reflect who you are, what you want, and what our rapidly changing career landscape looks like today. You’re not a pro at this, but you’re certainly more qualified to figure out what’s best for you than our collective un-self-aware great uncle.”


The Tyranny of Metrics by EconTalk – “Muller argues that public policy and management are overly focused on measurable outcomes as a measure of success. This leads to organizations and agencies over-focusing on metrics rather than their broader mission. The conversation includes applications to education, crime, and health care.”

Lost Connections by The Ezra Klein Show – ‘What if depression is, in fact, a form of grief — for our own lives not being as they should?’ asks Johann Hari. ‘What if it is a form of grief for the connections we have lost yet still need?’. “In his new book, Lost Connections, Hari advances an argument both radical and obvious: Depression and anxiety are more than just chemical imbalances in the brain. They are the result of our social environments, our relationships, our political contexts — our lives, in short.”

Change My View by Rationally Speaking – “Change My View, a fast-growing subreddit founded by Kal Turnbull, is an exception to the rule. Julia and Kal discuss the culture of Change My View, what makes it such an oasis for reasonable discussion on the Internet, and what we’ve learned about what motivates people to change their minds or not.”

Conversation: Agnes Callard by Marginal Revolution – “Plato and Socrates, what Plato is on about at all, the virtues of dialog and refutation, whether immortality would be boring, Elena Ferrante, parents vs. gangsters and Beethoven vs. Mozart, my two Straussian readings of her book, Jordan Peterson, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the best defense of reading the classics, and the Agnes Callard production function (physics to classics to philosophy), all in suitably informationally dense fashion.”

Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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