Treat The Prodrome by Scott Alexander – A theory of how schizophrenia develops. Initially you have occasional disturbances were tings seem way to significant. At first these are easy to consciously explain away. But eventually your ‘predictive processing’ tries to make sense of why random things seem so significant. If you are not treated early eventually your higher level beliefs are affected and you start to believe in crazy conspiracies.
How Much Does Nutrition Matter by Bayesian Investor – A long literature review that concludes: “Bad diets are likely causing health problems that are comparable to, or maybe worse than, smoking. Shifting people away from bad diets seems roughly as hard as convincing people not to smoke – bad diets are usually more convenient and/or tastier.”
Realism About Rationality by ricraz – Thoughts on optimism about how much you can usefully simplify reality.
Ea Survey 2018: Series Community Demographics by laurenwhetstone – Graphs of effective altruist community demographics.
Alignment Newsletter 24 by rohinmshah – Weekly AI and Alignment newsletter. Reviews include: Adversarial examples, training a single AI agent to play all 57 atari games.
Politics and Economics:
CW Roundup by r/SSC – Weekly Culture War Quality Contributions
Book Review: Why We Sleep by ricraz – What sleep is, how REM works, how sleep evolved, how to sleep better.
Using The Trauma Narrative by Aella – Aella’s experience of severe childhood abuse and trauma. And the aftermath of her trauma.