Highlights From The Comments On Kuhn by Scott Alexander – Scott quotes and often responds to his favorite comments on his recent Kuhn article.
Some Thoughts On My Psychiatry Practice by Lara Foster – ‘During residency I worked at a hospital Medicaid clinic and saw mostly poor, often chronically unemployed people. While monetary problems were a source of stress, they were not nearly as present in people’s minds as someone from a middle-class upbringing might think. These people were used to going without. They were not trying to get more. The types of things they talked about were family problems, health problems, and trauma. So much trauma. People’s ego-identity crises centered less on their accomplishments and more on their relationships. The patients I see now are mostly highly successful, highly educated, wealthy people, most of whom care a lot about their careers. Their ego-identity crises center around their work and their position in life relative to others.’
Good Erasure by Ziz – ‘If the truth about the difference between the social contract morality of neutral people and the actually wanting things to be better for people of good were known, this would be good for good optimization, and would mess with a certain neutral/evil strategy. To the extent good is believed to actually exist, being believed to be good is a source of free energy. This strongly incentivizes pretending to be good. Once an ecosystem of purchasing the belief that you are good is created, there is strong political will to prevent more real knowledge of what good is from being created. Pressure on good not to be too good.’