A few thoughts on how finance improves and why it sometimes sucks.
People hate the financial industry and are confident they know how to fix it, in proportion with how ignorant they are of the basic facts about it. This post will at least help with the latter.
Exploring materialism, Buddhism, demons, suffering, and monogamy with deluks917 and a jar of peanut butter.
Part 1 of a transcribed interview with deluks917, which covers online communities, weirdos, freethinkers, and Uyghurs.
Even when I agree with people on an issue, I'm judged for not being as obsessed with it as they are. What's up with that?
I write Putanumonit on a 7-14 day cycle of satisfaction and anxiety. When a post is done, I publish it with a mixed sense of relief and giddy expectation. Over the next week, I share links on LessWrong, Twitter and Facebook, and enjoy the rush of the views and comments rolling in. After a week … Continue reading In the Valley of Bad Mindfulness
Andrew Yang wants to bring Universal Basic Income to America, and he's running for president to do so. After hearing from him directly, I weakly support UBI but strongly endorse Yang 2020.
Ezra Klein thinks that his haters hate progress and equality. I think they mostly just hate him.
Before describing a philosophy of everything, it's important to distinguish between properties of reality and properties of minds.
Psychology has long stank of fake results that don't replicate. But it's not hard to sniff out the bad science with a few simple rules, and that gives reason to hope that the field will improve.
I am the very model of a self-recursive modeler
My consciousness encompasses itself in many meta layers
Things I learned from a game theory party: why prisoner's dilemmas are not what they seem, why being smart is often worse than being the dumbest, and the virtues of trolls.
If someone is worse at their job than a drunk person with Google, why do they still have their job?
A photographic journey in Colombia.
Everything I believe in explained by a single chart I don't understand.
Should you pay off debt or invest the money instead? To answer this it's useful to think of debt as the opposite of a risk-free investment, and to put a number on the risk.
The third part of an extensive interview with Dr. Geoffrey Miller covers jealousy, polyamory, marriage, and mating.
The second part of an extensive interview with Dr. Geoffrey Miller covers troublesome research and troublesome ideology in psychology.
The first part of an extensive interview with Dr. Geoffrey Miller covers effective altruism, AI, and rationality.
Monty Hall isn't just a curious probability puzzle. It's a widely applicable demonstration of Bayesian thinking and rationality.