Paradigms All The Way Down by Scott Alexander – Why can so many philosophies of science be conceptualized in terms of paradigm/anomaly/data?
Have A Thing by Robin Hanson – Hanson defends having a ‘thing’. By this he basically means a special interest about how things could be improved: ‘People with a thing allow me to engage a big idea that matters to someone, via someone who has taken the time to learn a lot about it, and who is willing to answer many questions about it. Such a person creates the hope that I might change their actions by changing their mind, or that they might convince me to change my life hopes/plans. I may convince them that some variation is more promising, or that some other thing fits better with the reasons they give. Or I might know of a resource, such as a technique or a person, who could help them with their thing.’
Book Recommendations: An Everyone Culture And Moral Mazes by Sarah Constantin – ‘Moral Mazes is an anthropological study of the culture and implicit ethics of a few large corporations, and is an eye-opening illustration of the problems that arise in those corporations. An Everyone Culture is an introduction to the idea of a “deliberately developmental organization”, an attempt to fix those problems, plus some case studies of companies that implemented “deliberately developmental” practices.’
Politics and Economics:
Curing The World Of Men by Jacob Falkovich – ‘But this week, my outgroup has decided to launch an all-out attack on men, in the form of the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for practice with men and boys. It is a dangerous piece of science denialism published by a powerful organization, with the potential to hurt countless people. So now I am forced to defend men and boo the outgroup.’