Rational Feed

Scott:

SSRIs An Update by Scott Alexander – Even treatments that are definitely effective have ‘small’ effect sizes of 0.3 to 0.5. Scott’s explanation is that many treatments work well on a subset of people but the majority are non-responders. The same is probably true for SSRIs.

Rationalist:

Mandatory Obsessions by Jacob Falkovich – Diversity of both opinions and levels of caring about political topics is valuable. However many people feel compelled to stamp it out. Why? Two explanations: They are unconsciously trying to increase their own status, they are infected by a mind virus.

Avoiding Blame By Preventing Life by Robin Hanson – What sort of robots should we build if robot workers will replace humans.

Burnout: What Is It And How To Treat It by Aceso Under Glass – What is burnout and how to treat it. TLDR: Social support and sleep are good. Ambiguity is bad. Vacations are meh.

Politics and Economics:

Mars by Robin Hanson – Terraforming Mars and when to trust for profit firms.

Podcast:

Andres From The Qualia Research Institute by The Bayesian Conspiracy – What is qualia and why can we investigate it scientifically.

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Author: deluks917

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

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