Slatestarcodex by Scott Alexander – Open thread: Matt Arnold is resuming his work on an Unsong audiobook, An NYC rationalist group is holding a special spring Slate Star Codex meetup Saturday, May 4th, 3-7 PM, at 180 Maiden Lane in Manhattan.
NYC Spring SSC Meetup May 4th by wearsshoes – ‘Overcoming Bias NYC is hosting its spring Slate Star Codex meetup. These occasional flagship events typically attract 50-75 people, there is also a smaller weekly meetup on Tuesdays. This is a social gathering, but if you are interested in networking at the meetup, please put yourself on the Names and Faces so others can identify you. Further details are also in that link.’
Counterfactuals About Social Media by Zvi Moshowitz – ‘Social media succeeds largely because of network effects. Many people know social media to be terrible for them and for their lives. But coordination is hard. Shifting the equilibrium by force is a reasonable response.’
Firms Are Not Aliens by Robin Hanson – A review of Cowen’s “love letter” to Big business: ‘You might think Cowen would defend the claim that big business is a better source for stuff and jobs, compared to other sources like government agencies, non-profits, worker cooperatives, small business, communes, sharing, or self-employment & home production. But in fact Cowen shows little interest in comparing big business to such alternatives. Instead, his book seems to be all about “mood affiliation”, to use a Cowen term.’
Paul Romer On Growth Cities And The State Of Economics by EconTalk – ‘Nobel Laureate Paul Romer of New York University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the nature of growth, the role of cities in the economy, and the state of economics. Romer also reflects on his time at the World Bank and why he left his position there as Chief Economist.’