Icosian Reflections

…a tendency to systematize and a keen sense

that we live in a broken world.

Reading Feed (April 2018)


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Book Review: History Of The Fabian Society

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Richard Baldwin on the New Globalization


Blog: Overcoming Bias | Aaronson on Caplan


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Superstars in the NBA playoffs, and the heightening of income inequality — "As more and more of contemporary business becomes regularized and measured and motivated and based on well-ordered cooperating teams, might the same be true for the transcendent superstars of that world as well? In essence, we’re always in the business 'playoffs' these days, at least in Manhattan and Silicon Valley..."


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The symphony orchestra and the Industrial Revolution — "I heard Mozart’s 39th symphony in concert last night, and it occurred to me (once again) that I also was witnessing one of mankind’s greatest technological achievements. Think about what went into the activity: each instrument, developed eventually to perfection and coordinated with the other instruments. The system of tuning and the underlying principles of the music. The acoustics of the music hall. The sheet music on paper and the musical notation. All of those features extremely well coordinated with the kind of compositional talent being produced in Central and Western Europe from say 1710 to 1920. And by the mid-18th century most of the key features of this system were in place and by the early 19th century they were more or less perfected..."


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The importance of local milieus — "We find suggestive evidence that co-locating with future inventors may impact the probability of becoming an inventor. The most consistent effect is found for place of higher education; some positive effects are also evident from birthplace, whereas no consistent positive effect can be derived from individuals’ high school location."

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | How to upper-bound the probability of something bad — an algorithmist's guideline.

Blog: The Unit of Caring | Anonymous asked: you have the most hilariously naive politics i've ever seen... — "[in conclusion...] And I think anon is wrong about whether I need to grow a backbone."


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Peltzman Model of Regulation and the Facebook Hearings — "If you want understand the Facebook hearings it’s useful to think not about privacy or technology but about what politicians want. In the Peltzman model of regulation, politicians use regulation to tradeoff profits (wanted by firms) and lower prices (wanted by constituents) to maximize what politicians want, reelection..."

Paper: Strategy-proofness of worker-optimal matching with continuously transferable utility — Jagadeesan, Kominers, and Rheingans-Yoo

Blog: Marginal Revolution | My Conversation with Agnes Callard

Blog: The Unit of Caring | livingwithinreason: theunitofcaring: dan-was-on-fire-once said: So now asking for pronouns is...

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | Amazing progress on longstanding open problems

Comic: xkcd | History


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Why DC’s Low Graduation Rates?

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Zeynep Tufekci’s Facebook solution — can it work?

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Is Economic Research Biased by Partisanship?

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Which companies are likely to be good or bad at public relations?


Blog: Tyler Cowen @ Bloomberg View | This Is Your Public Relations Nightmare

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Edward Tenner’s The Efficiency Paradox, or are big tech and finance actually the same?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | A simple point about Conversations with Tyler — "Even for authors where I have read plenty of them before, I try to reread them fairly comprehensively and all at once, plus some of the secondary literature, criticisms, and the like. And of course hardly anyone else does this in such a concentrated manner, even if they over time have read everything an author has produced. Virtually everyone I have done this with has gone up in my eyes as a result. Both as a content creator and as a “carrier of a career.”"

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Arbitrage, by economics departments


Blog: The Unit of Caring | I think that a cool thing about the internet is that your qualifications are exactly the thing that they are

Blog: Marginal Revolution | What I’ve been reading and not reading


Comic: xkcd | Friendly Questions

Blog: Slate Star Codex | Adult Neurogenesis – A Pointed Review


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Gender pay gap observation

Blog: Tyler Cowen @ Bloomberg View | Two American Power Centers Are About to Clash


Blog: Schneier on Security | Facebook and Cambridge Analytica


Blog: Slate Star Codex | The Hour I First Believed

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Sunday assorted links