Diametrical Model Of Autism And Schizophrenia by Scott Alexander – Scott considers the following theory: ‘Schizophrenia and autism are the failure modes of opposing sides of a spectrum from high functioning schizotypy to high functioning autism, ie from overly mentalistic cognition to overly mechanistic cognition.’
Norms Of Membership For Voluntary Groups by Sarah Constantin – Five norms for moderation of voluntary groups: Public (ex: library), Guest, Kaizen (self improvement), Coalition (based on loyalty), Tribal (membership based on unchangeable traits like sex).
Overconfidence From Moral Signaling by Robin Hanson – It is extremely difficult to predict which actions will have a positive impact on the relatively distant future. Think of the butterfly effect. This should also make us unsure about which past actions led to a better world. The probability that the South winning the Civil war would have better for the USA long term is at least 10%.
Big Five Word Clouds by Jay Van Bavel – Hilarious word clouds describing the difference between people high and low in Big5 traits (ex: extraversion).
Slay The Spire by Zvi Moshowitz – ‘Slay the Spire is an amazing single-player roguelike deckbuilding game. WEach game, you work your way up the spire, with each room an opportunity to improve your deck, either with rewards from battle or other opportunities. Each turn of each battle, you see what the enemy is going to do, and by default you have three energy to spend on any combination of five drawn cards, to prepare to block their attacks while dealing damage back. If you die, that’s it, time to start over. Early plays ideally involve discovery of what cards are out there, what decks are possible to assemble, what enemies there are and what they do, and everything else the spire has to offer. As you gain in skill and experience, you play it on additional levels and in new ways.’
Conquering Hate by Sam Harris – ‘Sam Harris speaks with Deeyah Khan about her groundbreaking films “Jihad” and “White Right.” They discuss her history as a target of religious intolerance, her adventures with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, the similarities between extremist groups, the dangers of political correctness, and other topics.’
Peter Berkowitz On Locke Liberty And Liberalism by EconTalk – ‘The origins of liberalism and the importance of John Locke. Berkowitz defends the liberal project of individual rights and liberty and argues that critics of Locke mischaracterize his thought. The conversation closes with an evaluation of the Enlightenment.’