War, Ants and Grasshoppers by Ben Hoffman – A parable of two ant colonies and a grasshopper.
More Notes On Simple Rules by Zvi Moshowitz – Zvi responds to six more reasons people might oppose simple rules: Low Trust, Ignorance, Power, Price Discrimination, The Copenhagen Interpretation of Ethics, Making exceptions is considered being ‘nice’.
Lonelinesses by Jacob Falkovich – Seven varieties of loneliness explained via greek mythology: ‘In recent weeks I found myself experiencing a profound loneliness. I became curious about this feeling, and I tried to examine it. Though not often, I’ve certainly felt lonely before and yet this time felt new to me. I wondered if there are different flavors of loneliness that we lack the vocabulary to categorize and understand. I also found myself rereading bits of Greek mythology. It struck me that loneliness is a core theme the ancient Hellenic worldview.’
Visualizing Donations by Ozy – ‘When I donate money to charity, I try to visualize the effects of my donations. It’s easy for donating money to not make you very happy. You write a check and you don’t get to see the consequences of your actions. It isn’t as viscerally rewarding as, say, talking to a friend who’s been through a bad time or helping someone move or setting up two people on a date– even though donating money can have a positive effect hundreds of times larger than those actions.’
Healthcare, Doctors and Medical School by Conversations With Tyler – ‘Do we overrate the importance of doctors? What’s the importance of IQ versus EQ in the practice of medicine? What are the prospect for venture capital in biotech? How should medical training be changed? Why does he think the conventional wisdom about a problem tends to be wrong? Would immortality be boring? What would happen if we let parents genetically engineer their kids? Tyler questions Emanuel on these topics and more, including the smartest thing his parents did while raising him, whether we have right to medical self-defense, healthcare in low- versus high-trust institutions, and much more.’