Putanumonit readers: I apologize for the lack of update this week! I was busy writing an essay for Quillette magazine!
Quillette readers: welcome to Putanumonit! Below is an overview of my best posts on a variety of topics, I hope you enjoy them and stick around!
My upcoming post is going to be a special one. Yesterday I recorded a long conversation with the one and only Dr. Geoffrey Miller. We chatted about AI, polyamory, social justice, rationality, eugenics, and fish. Since I’m a writer and not a podcaster you will get a full transcript edited for your pleasure, free of ads for mattresses and food delivery.
Beginner’s Guide to Putanumonit
What’s happening on Putanumonit?
At its core, an attempt to understand the world by throwing numbers and bell curves at things. For example: why China’s soccer team sucks, how long will it take to catch every Pokemon, and how likely is God.
I use numbers to optimize my life: investing and managing my personal finances, getting the most happiness from the money I spend, using my time productively. Numbers have also been remarkably useful for my dating life: crafting a profile and approach to online dating, hacking my OkCupid match percentage, and deciding which of two women I should date using a spreadsheet. You laugh, but it worked.
My political stance is anti-Molochist – I promote cooperation instead of competition, and I try to reconcile Trump voters with Hillary voters, people who are sick of the far-left with those who despise the alt-right, rationalists with Jordan Peterson, even feminists with “nice guys”.
I have some controversial opinions: voting is bad, having kids is good, empathy is bad, the “hot hand effect” in basketball totally exists. I have some rationalist opinions: believing wrong things is really bad, you should read the sequences, I should try one more diet.
I’m an effective altruist, and my generous readers helped me raise over $50,000 to alleviate extreme poverty and save the world from runaway AI. I also gave EAs tips on tax-optimizing their donations.
I truly, deeply, obsessively care about the proper use of statistics in research. I explained how studies p-hack to produce fake results, and demonstrated the technique myself by using an article’s own data to disprove it. I teach my readers to defend against the dark arts of statistical bullshitting: in a FiveThirtyEight article on affirmative action, in most reports on economic inequality, in the entire field of psychology, even on utility vans.
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