Open Problems by Scott Alexander – Scott answers What are the open problems in Human Rationality?
Do Animals Have A Right To Life? by Ozy – Whether or not an entity has a right to life depends on whether it has the potential for a certain level of cognitive capacity.
Chiang’s Exhalation by Robin Hanson – Hanson argues that Chiang’s short story collection is extremely unrealistic in how it treats humans.
Lawrence Lessig by The Ezra Klein Show – ‘Here, Lessig and I discuss what corruption is, how to understand an institution’s purpose, whether capitalism is itself corrupting, our upcoming books about the media, how small donors polarize politics, Lessig’s critique of democracy, why good people are particularly susceptible to institutional corruption, whether we should ban private money in politics, and ways to reinvent representative democracy.’
David Epstein On Mastery Specialization And Range by EconTalk – ‘Epstein explores the costs of specialization and the value of breadth in helping to create mastery in our careers and in life. What are the best backgrounds for solving problems? Can mastery be achieved without specialization at a young age? What experiences and knowledge best prepare people to cope with unexpected situations? This is a wide-ranging conversation that includes discussion of chess, the Challenger tragedy, sports, farming in obscure Soviet provinces after the revolution, the Flynn effect and why firefighters sometimes fail to outrun forest fires.’