Icosian Reflections

…a tendency to systematize and a keen sense

that we live in a broken world.

Reading Feed (January 2019)


Blog: Ben.Kuhn | The best RSS reader is Kindle4RSS

Blog: Market Design | Understanding and misunderstanding algorithmic bias


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Book Trilogy Review: Remembrance of Earth’s Past (The Three Body Problem)

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Does Amazon have an investing advantage?


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Links 1/19: Linkguistics


Blog: Marginal Revolution | One shutdown lesson is that Americans need to save more

Blog: Market Design | School choice in New Haven: studied by Kapor, Neilson and Zimmerman and switching from immediate to deferred acceptance

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Buying Slow but Selling Fast Bias


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Sunday assorted links


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Steven Pinker on slavery and the Enlightenment — "This strikes me as a classic case of mood affiliation: “we must have a positive mood toward the Enlightenment!” And perhaps we must. But what is wrong with this alternative formulation..."

Blog: The ANOVA | Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is wonderful. She will fail you.


Blog: JeffTK | Simultaneous Shortage and Oversupply

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Fine Grain Futarchy Zoning Via Harberger Taxes

Blog: Slate Star Codex | Predictions For 2019

Blog: Market Design | Kidney transport: a Tesla and a flat tire


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Psychiat-List Now Up

Blog: Schneier on Security | The Evolution of Darknets

Comic: xkcd | Internet Archive

Blog: Otium | The Relationship Between Hierarchy and Wealth

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Governing Least: A New England Libertarianism


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Facts that contradict the standard housing bubble story

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Those new service sector jobs

Blog: Market Design | National Kidney Foundation (NKF) statement

Blog: JeffTK | Backup Strategy


Blog: Overcoming Bias | How Does Brain Code Differ?

Blog: Market Design | Pharma pricing, and the secondary market for diabetes test strips

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Privacy vs. control

Blog: Marginal Revolution | So you think you know diet?

Blog: Schneier on Security | Clever Smartphone Malware Concealment Technique


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Less Competition, More Meritocracy? — Zvi makes incredibly on-point remarks on Fang and Noe (2018).

Blog: Malcolm.Ocean | Reviewing the choices I made in 2018

Blog: Ben.Kuhn | My 2018 donations


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The ongoing death of football? — "[F]ootball is facing a stark, new threat: an evaporating insurance market that is fundamentally altering the economics of the sport, squeezing and even killing off programs faced with higher costs and a scarcity of available coverage..."

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Youth As Abundance — "If living in a rich society is a lot like being young, then in makes sense to act more youthful during good times. And so humanity might have acquired the heuristic of thinking and acting more youthful in good times. And that right there can help explain a lot of changes in attitudes and behaviors over the last few centuries..."


Blog: The Unit of Caring | Today's the March For Life — "This post will probably be triggering to everybody triggered by any aspect of the abortion debate, because it dances around trying to articulate what different perspectives feel like from the inside and then also criticizes them a lot. I’m sorry. I think you should read it only if you are up for clumsy attempting to understand each other. I can’t not be clumsy on this."

Blog: Marginal Revolution | A simple test for whether or not you understand an organization


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Some thoughts on second chances in the #MeToo era

Blog: Marginal Revolution | What I’ve been browsing

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Name Game: Urbanization in India


Blog: Marginal Revolution | True but rarely mentioned: wealth taxes and discount rates


Blog: Crooked Timber | Creative arts and investing in systems — "The thing about the arts industries is that they’re very hits-driven; talking about what happens to the median person going into them is always going to massively underestimate the value of the system as a whole..." h/t Tyler Cowen

Blog: The ANOVA | the world does not look like you

Blog: Thing of Things | Climate Change Is, In General, Not An Existential Risk

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Does temporary migration from rich to poor countries cause commitment to development?

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The top marginal tax rate


Blog: Otium | Book Recommendations: An Everyone Culture and Moral Mazes

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Have A Thing


Blog: Ghost | Ghost on the JAMstack

Blog: Market Design | More commentary on the shortage of transplantable kidneys, and compensation for donors


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Book Review: The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Non-martial legislation passed during The Civil War


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Airport food is hard


Blog: Marginal Revolution | How to reform scientific grants?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why private regulation of internet speech doesn’t make many people happy

Blog: Slate Star Codex | Preregistration Of Investigations For The 2019 SSC Survey


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The new economics of complaining

Blog: Thing of Things | Donation Post: 2018

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Me on elitism in economics


Comic: xkcd | Schwarzschild's Cat

Comic: xkcd | Reminders


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Quito travel notes — "On the 'is now the right time to visit Quito?' scale, I give 2019 a 9.5."