SSC Survey Results: ADHD And Rejection Sensitivity by Scott Alexander – Scott presents and critiques an alternate theory of ADHD. As part of his critique Scott presents some data from the SSC survey: “Dr. William Dodson pushes a different conception, where one of the key features of ADHD is ‘rejection-sensitive dysphoria’, ie people with the condition are much less able to tolerate social rejection, and more likely to find it unbearable and organize their lives around avoiding it. He doesn’t deny the attention and focus symptoms; he just thinks that rejection sensitivity needs to be considered a key part of the disorder.”
OT 108: Opangolin Thread by Scott Alexander – Bi-weekly public open thread. Comments of the week are on cancer research and ‘why we should make humans cold-blooded’. More meetups added. Scott is interested in meetup reports.
David Meltzer On The Doctor Patient Relationship by EconTalk – “Meltzer argues that the increasing use of hospitalists–specialists who take over a patient from the patient’s regular doctor once the patient is hospitalized–has raised costs and hurt patients. The initial results from his study show that patients who stay with their doctors have fewer subsequent hospitalizations and have better mental health. The conversation closes with a discussion of the challenges facing the current medical system to adopt cost-saving or life-improving technology or techniques.”
Strategies Of Personal Growth by Raymond Arnold – Self improvement strategies organized on two axes, speed and difficulty. Strategies for actually achieving self improvement.
Learning Strategies And The Pokemon League Parable by Jsevillamol – Waterfall vs Agile Self improvement.
Alignment Newsletter 18 by rohinmshah – Weekly Alignment newsletter. Reviews and summaries of articles about machine learning. In particular OpenAI’s work on physical dexterity gets a detailed review.
Bad Blood by Andrew Gelman – Bad Blood, the story of the fraudulent blood testing startup Theranos, was written by the journalist who exposed the company. Gelman reviews the book in some detail and makes a number of connections to the junk science endemic to fields like psychology. Much of the review is Gelman commenting on quotes from the book.
Jobs Inside The API by Jacob Falkovich – Jacob’s recounts his recent experience at an airport. “Everyone is constantly worrying about the future when more and more jobs are automated, and with good reason. But as far as I was concerned, the jobs of airline agents have already been automated, and yet they still have their jobs.”
EA Funds: An Update From CEA by CEA – Several EAs complained about the management of two of the EA funds. Seemingly in response to these complaints CEA is changing the leadership of these funds and implementing policies to prioritize the EA funds. In addition CEA explains its approach to the EA funds and why they had not been prioritizing them until now.
Spencer Greenberg: Bayesian Updating by 80,000 Hours – “In the episode we’ll explain the mathematically correct way to change your estimates over time: Bayes Rule. You take your initial odds, multiply them by a ‘Bayes Factor’ and boom – updated probabilities. Once you know the trick it’s even easy to do it in your head.”