The Tails Coming Apart As Metaphor For Life by Scott Alexander – Scott discusses the statistics of correlated variables, in particular different ways of measuring happiness. At the extremes the two variables can stop being correlated. He also discusses the difficulty of getting canonical variables in areas with significant uncertainty. Finally he moves on to discussion of morality!
Adversarial Collaboration Contest Results by Scott Alexander – Scott’s reviews of the adversarial collaboration essays.
How Gossip Works by Robin Hanson – An account of how gossip and teasing work among the Rapunai.
Direct Primary Care by Sarah Constantin – direct primary care makes routine medicine 95% cheaper. How is this possible? Can direct primary care scale up?
Alignment Newsletter 25 by rohinmshah – Weekly AI newsletter. Long reviews include: A new way to measure impact, Functional Decision Theory and its connection to iterated games.
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Culture War Roundup by (r/SSC) – Weekly culture war quality contribution roundup.
Gossip Cabals by Robin Hanson – “We economists tend to worry about firms colluding on prices, to keep them high, or colluding on entry, where I won’t enter your area if you don’t enter mine. But I suspect that gossip collusion like this is a far bigger problem. It happens not just in business, but in politics, arts, religion, sports, academia, journalism, law, etc. While it would be hard, I could imagine attempts to more strong regulate and discourage this sort of behavior. But the striking thing is, we hardly even try.”
What The Haters Hate by Jacob Falkovich – Factual disagreement is a relatively small part of why groups hate each other. What is going on?
Bruno Ma%c3%a7%c3%a3es Tyler Cowen Adventure Liberalism by Conversations With Tyler – “What’s missing from liberalism, Obama’s conceptual foreign policy mistake, what economists are most wrong about, how to fall in love with Djibouti, stagnation in Europe, the diversity of Central Asia, Hitchcock’s perfect movie, China as an ever-growing global force, the book everyone under 25 should read, the creativity of Washington, D.C versus Silicon Valley”
Doomsday Machines by 80,000 Hours – “Daniel Ellsberg on the creation of nuclear doomsday machines, the institutional insanity that maintains them, and a practical plan for dismantling them.”