Highlights From The Comments On Technological Unemployment by Scott Alexander – Scott quotes a large number of comments on his writeup of technological unemployment. He doesn’t respond to the majority of the comments.
Explanation Vs Rationalization by abramdemski (LW 2.0) – Motivated reasoning and argument is agreed to be very problematic, even if its results are not worthless evidence. Is tailoring your argument to the audience therefore also dishonest? Answer: Not if you focus on giving a ‘gears level’ explanation.
The Real World Omega by Valentine (LW 2.0) – “I suspect that improv works because we’re doing something a lot like it pretty much all the time. The web of social relationships we’re embedded in helps define our roles as it forms and includes us. And that same web, as the distributed “director” of the “scene”, guides us in what we do.”
Politics and Economics:
Foreign Language in High School by Marginal Revolution – Bryan Caplan argues that both the average student barely learns much in foreign language classes and that foreign languages are not very useful. Cowen gives eight objections/responses. In particular he argues that foreign languages are very useful for the elites and that Europe shows that effective foreign language training is possible inside a public system.