Does Reality Drive Straight Lines On Graphs Or Do Straight Lines On Graphs Drive Reality by Scott Alexander – The Moore’s law trend-line has been fairly constant over time. Does this mean that innovations in transistor technology didn’t matter? For example the trend-line did not increase after the invention of photolithography. Should we reject arguments of the form ‘the trend-line did not change after X so X did not contribute to the trend’?
Blackmailers Are Privateers In The War On Hypocrisy by Ben Hoffman – Ben weighs in on a discussion between Hanson and Zvi. Ben thinks blackmail is prima facie good because it improves norm enforcement and better norm enforcement is good.
Politics and Economics:
Tug Sideways by Robin Hanson – It is more useful to propose ‘sideways’ policies changes, instead of focusing on contested issues. Propose ideas that don’t conflict with entrenched ideologies.
Community India by Conversations With Tyler – ‘How much has the U.S. actually fixed the financial system? Does India have the best food in the world? Why does China struggle to maintain a strong relationship with allies? Why are people trading close-knit communities for isolating cities? And what types of institutions are we missing in our social structure?’