Five More Years by Scott Alexander – a set of longer term predictions for the next five years. Topics: AI, Politics, BioEngineering, SpaceX and Crypto-currencies.
Skeptical Modernism And How It Clarifies Post Modernism by Chris_Leong (LW 2.0) – “Scott Alexander wrote an article that attempted to put post-modernism in terms that rationalists could understand. He later retracted the article based on feedback from people who told him that it wasn’t a good explanation of post-modernism. I actually think that the content was good, but that he should have framed it differently. While he did a great job of defending a rationalist (or modernist) position that made significant concessions towards post-modernism, the beliefs conveyed in the article weren’t really post-modernism. Nonetheless, this is a useful perspective which deserves its own name, so I will henceforth refer to this as Skeptical Modernism.”
Circling by Unreal (LW 2.0) – What is circling, how does it relate to rationality and how can circling help reduce experiential distance between participants.
Caplan Debates Eric Hanushek about Education and Signaling by AEI – “The US spends about $12,500 a year per public-school student, which many argue is not enough to ensure a high-quality education for all students. Economics professor Bryan Caplan argues just the opposite in his forthcoming book, ‘The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money’, claiming that education is overrated, primarily serving as a credentialing institution that does not add much value. Does education enhance students’ knowledge and skills? Or does it mostly “signal” their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity — the qualities of a good employee? Join AEI as Bryan Caplan debates AEI’s Eric Hanushek about the value of education”