Icosian Reflections

…a tendency to systematize and a keen sense

that we live in a broken world.

Reading Feed (July 2019)


Blog: Marginal Revolution | We need a new science of progress

Blog: IIED | The rise of Nairobi’s concrete tenement jungl — h/t Tyler Cowen.


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Air Genius Gary Leff on market power for airlines

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | Links, proofs, talks, jokes

Blog: Overcoming Bias | End War Or Mosquitoes?

Blog: Schneier on Security | Attorney General William Barr on Encryption Policy


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Against Against Billionaire Philanthropy

Blog: Market Design | Operational experience of kidney exchange with the Alliance for Paired Donation (APD)

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Divorce and higher education


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Saturday assorted link

Blog: Luke.Muehlhauser | William Rathbone, effective altruist?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Street-by-street zoning

Blog: Schneier on Security | Insider Logic Bombs


Comic: xkcd | Spreadsheets

Blog: The Grumpy Economist | Every era’s monetary and financial institutions are unimaginable until they’re real

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Age-Weighted Voting?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Every era’s monetary and financial institutions are unimaginable until they’re real

Blog: Slate Star Codex | Book Review: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Human Capitalists

Blog: GiveWell | Experiments in GiveWell communication


Blog: Marginal Revolution | A carbon tax in a Hotelling model

Blog: Market Design | Kidney exchange needs to be conducted at scale, in the AER by Agarwal, Ashlagi, Azevedo, Featherstone and Karaduman


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Escape from Rome

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Are the Contents of International Treaties Copied and Pasted?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why zero temporal discounting within a life is less plausible than across generations

Blog: Marginal Revolution | From the comments, what if big business hated your family?

Blog: Otium | The Costs of Reliability — "A question that used to puzzle me is 'Why can people be so much better at doing a thing for fun, or to help their friends and family, than they are at doing the exact same thing as a job?'"

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Zoning Out Shade — "The criminalization of shade goes beyond land-use regulations; it extends to the way we design public spaces. Despite more and more cities encouraging street trees as a valuable source of shade, many state transportation offices continue to ban them, privileging ease of maintenance over outdoor comfort..."


Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | Fake it till you make it (to the moon) — "Apollo could happen, but only because of a wildly improbable, once-in-history confluence of social and geopolitical factors. It was economically insane, taking 100,000 people and 4% of the US federal budget for some photo-ops, a flag-planting, some data and returned moon rocks that had genuine scientific value but could’ve been provided much more cheaply by robots. It was dismantled immediately afterwards like a used movie set, rather than leading to any greater successes. Indeed, manned spaceflight severely regressed afterwards, surely mocking the expectations of every last science fiction fan and techno-utopian who was alive at that time."


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Bryan Caplan on Spain

Blog: Marginal Revolution | EU markets in everything?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | My Conversation with Neal Stephenson

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The AEA’s New Data Policy

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Pessoa, Philosophical Essays


Blog: Marginal Revolution | What is the America-China trade war all about?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Compensating Kidney Donors

Blog: Marginal Revolution | How to prevent brain drain?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | How I practice at what I do — "self-recommending", as the phrase goes. cf Marginal Revoution | Deconstructing Cultural Codes


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Learn like an athlete, knowledge workers should train


Blog: The Atlantic | My Friend Mister Rogers — h/t Tyler Cowen

Blog: Schneier on Security | Resetting Your GE Smart Light Bulb

Blog: Marginal Revolution | There is no great stagnation in policing nature through the use of AI-regulated cat flaps


Blog: Wired | In New York, Friendships Run Along Subway Lines — h/t Tyler Cowen.


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Taipei notes


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Gay Rites Are Civil Rites


Blog: Ben.Kuhn | Why Nations Fail and the long-termist view of global poverty

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Bryan Caplan, against populism

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Should the citizenship question be put on the Census?


Blog: JeffTK | Where are the new instruments?

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Robin Hanson on coercion and feedback


Blog: Compass Rose | Blatant lies are the best kind!


Blog: Nature Letters | Time is running out for sand — h/t Tyler Cowen.

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Everybody Knows

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Food of Sichuan, by Fuchsia Dunlop

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | Sensitivity Conjecture resolved

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Everybody Knowscf My Faults My Own | Everybody knows.


Blog: Marginal Revolution | My contrarian, eccentric take on the Democratic debates