Contra Otium On Individualism by Scott Alexander (Scratchpad) – Eight point summary of Sarah’s defense of individualism. Scott is terrified the market place of ideals doesn’t work and his own values aren’t memetically fit.
Just Saying What You Mean Is Impossible by Zvi Moshowitz – “Humans are automatically doing lightning fast implicit probabilistic analysis on social information in the background of every moment of their lives.” This implies there is no way to divorce the content of your communication from its myriad probabilistic social implications. Different phrasings will just send different implications.
Intellectuals As Artists by Robin Hanson – Many norms function to show off individual impressiveness: Conversations, modern songs, taking positions on diverse subjects. Much intellectualism is not optimized for status gains not finding truth.
Selfconscious Ideology by casebash (lesswrong) – Lesswrong has a self conscious ideology. Self conscious ideologies have major advantages even if any given self-conscious ideology is flawed.
Hi Im Luke Muehlhauser Ama About Open by Luke Muelhauser (EA forum) – Animal and computer consciousness. Luke wrote a report for the open philanthropy project on consciousness. Lots of high quality questions have been posted.
Politics and Economics:
Without Belief In A God But Never Without Belief In A Devil by Lou (samzdat) – The nature of mass movements. The beats and the John Birchers. The taxonomy of the frustrated. Horseshoe theory. The frustrated cannot derive satisfaction from action, something else has to fill the void Poverty, work and meaning. Mass movements need to sow resentment. Hatred is the strongest unifier. Modernity inevitably causes justified resentment. Tocqueville, Polyanai, Hoffer and Scott’s theories. Helpful and unhelpful responses.
Reply To Yudkowsky by Bryan Caplan – Caplan quotes and replies to many sections Yudkowsky’s response. Points: Yudkowsky’s theory is a special case of Caplan’s. The left has myriad complaints about markets. Empirically the market actually has consistently provided large benefits in many countries and times.
Ben Sasse by Tyler Cowen – “Kansas vs. Nebraska, famous Nebraskans, Chaucer and Luther, unicameral legislatures, the decline of small towns, Ben’s prize-winning Yale Ph.d thesis on the origins of conservatism, what he learned as a university president, Stephen Curry, Chevy Chase, Margaret Chase Smith”