Politics and Economics:
Piketty by Bayesian Investor – “Capital in the Twenty-First Century is decent at history, mediocre at economics, unimpressive at forecasting, and gives policy advice that is thoughtfully adapted to his somewhat controversial goals. His goals involve a rather different set of priorities than I endorse, but the book mostly doesn’t try to persuade us to adopt his goals, so I won’t say much here about why I have different priorities. That qualifies as a good deal less dumbed-down-for-popularity than I expected from a bestseller. Even when he makes mistakes, he is often sufficiently thoughtful and clear to be somewhat entertaining. Piketty provides a comprehensive view of changes in financial inequality since the start of the industrial revolution.”
Book Reviews: Hugo Awards Edition by Ozy – Reviews of 2018 Hugo nominees. Ozy reviews both the books they loved and the books they hated.
Michelle Dawson Autism Research by Conversations With Tyler – “She outlines the current thinking on autism, including her ideas about cognitive versatility and optionality, hyperlexia and other autistic strengths, why different tests yield wildly different measures of IQ among autistics, her ‘massive bias’ against segregating autistics, how autistic memory is different, why sometimes a triangle is just a freaking triangle, and more.”