Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted since my previous links post (in November) that seem interesting.
- Working paper: Political party in power in the US has no effect on individual well-being.
- Are cultural and economic conservatism correlated? The usual story is that people naturally sort into conservative (morally traditional free marketeers) and progressives (morally progressive interventionists). This paper shows this is not true, the opposite is more usually the case.
- Accounting for waiting lists, publicly funded healthcare is more expensie than it seems.
- Does management matter? Does changing managent practices lead to persistent changes?
- Banking deregulation is not bad, a historical perspective
- Why societies cooperate. Nothing new if one has read Garett Jones.
- Why smart people make stupid arguments in the context of politics. One new reason is that we overestimate how gullible people are, even in fact we are not very gullible. So it’s not hard to believe that others believe weird stuff that sounds preposterous to one.
- Study claims that the negative relations between religiosity and a range of cognitive metrics are not due to reduced general intelligence (That effect exists, but is small). Instead, it is due to biased reasoning.
- Contrary to predictions, musical understanding (What a song is used for, perceived complexity, etc) seems to be a human universal.
- Human beings are animals, but are special animals. A recent example: thinking about the far future and how to change it is a uniquely human ability.
- Even after knowing that experts (in an experiment) don’t do better than random, people still trust experts. This is explained by confirmation bias and prior beliefs about experts.
- Brain synapses change more than previously thought, and they seem to do so randomly, not in response to any given signal. Is the brain engaging in a form of biological dropout?
- Systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature on sex differences in children’s toy preferences.
- Transfer learning – learning about X and using those skills in unrelated field Y – doesn’t seem to work that well, as noted by Bryan Caplan in his last book.
- Evolutionary psychology: A how to guide
- Morality is about cooperation, say some. It is not, say others.
- Should peer reviewed be abolished?
- Minarchism on seasteads
- Machine translation still has some improvements to do