Reading Feed (December 2017)
Comic: xkcd | 2018
Blog: Slate Star Codex | A History of the Silmarils in the Fifth Age — If you liked Unsong, and wanted it to have more Silmarillion...
Blog: Conversations with Tyler | Andy Weir on the Economics of Sci-Fi and Space — Un-excerptable, but excellent
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Political Incorrect Paper of the Day: Food Deserts — "Why the poor choose to eat differently than the rich is an interesting and important question but one more amenable to answers focusing on culture, education and history than price and income. The idea applies widely."
Blog: GiveWell | Update on our work on outreach — "Historically, we’ve focused mostly on research because we felt that the quality of our recommendations was a greater constraint to our impact than our money moved. This has changed. Outreach is now a major organizational priority. The goal of this work is to increase the amount of money we direct to our top-recommended charities."
Blog: Overcoming Bias | Exclusion As A Substitute For Norms, Law, & Governance — "As a result of these trends, many people perceive that we have on net weakened the power of our systems of norms, law, and governance to constrain bad behavior. In response, I think they’ve naturally increased their reliance on exclusion. They look more carefully at who they allow into their schools, firms, apartments, and nations. And they are less willing to give a marginal person the benefit of the doubt."
Blog: Bits and Pieces | "Not discipline" — "An otherwise estimable student who is sent away from the Fellowships office upon disclosing her membership in some women's club might be forgiven for thinking she has been punished. But at Harvard it seems, a word means what the President and the Senior Fellow choose it to mean, neither more nor less. By declaring that ineligibility for honors and distinctions are 'not discipline,' what President Faust and Mr. Lee are saying is that the Statutes are not implicated, the matter is not one for the Faculty to decide, and no Faculty vote is needed to carry out the policy."
Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Book Review: The Captured Economy — "I recommend this book if and only if you want a book-length case for its thesis. Otherwise, this review is sufficient. The arguments and facts are not new."
Blog: Otium | Preventing Respiratory Tract Infections — "Epistemic Status: pretty confident, typical lit review."
Blog: Tyler Cowen @ Bloomberg View | How's Immigration Going? Check the Menus — "The broader lesson is that America isn’t going to become endlessly more diverse, whether in its culinary offerings or otherwise. There are natural limits to these processes, and some are self-reversing as immigrants either assimilate or reach a peak influence on the broader American culture. In dining markets for the last 10 years as a whole, I would say the biggest development has been the spread of high-quality hamburgers and pizzas to all price ranges and dining styles, not the growth of cuisines cooked by recent immigrants."
Blog: Compass Rose | Explicit content — "The song The Sound of Silence has been on my mind, and ... what if they actually meant the lyrics? What if in lots of popular songs, people were actually trying to tell people a thing?"
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