Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted since my previous links post that seem interesting.
Alliance of private fusion companies working to get $100M price for first to achieve net energy
Nazis as animal welfare pioneers
Why is pain associated with negative stimuli and pleasure with positive stimuli and not viceversa?
Is there a universal morality? (Head essay and commentaries)
When a good God makes bad people
More female classmates in school -> Le…
Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted since my previous links postthat seem interesting.
The landscape of innovative governance
After a recession, economies do not return to their original growth trend. This may sound obvious, but many smart people -including Milton Friedman-have thought different (see his plucking model)
As the Austrians and others have been saying
Note to self: write about business cycle theories at some point
Financial stability without central banks, new Selg…
The average cheesiness of my titles went through the roof in the last review, so there you have a plain self-explanatory title again.
I finished reading The Case Against Education a week and some days ago. As I went through the book I couldn't note any major disagreement, with some very trivial ones detailed in the review I made of The Elephant in the Brain. The book is really great, and you must buy it.
The key idea of the book is that educacion as currently conceived is extremely overrated. The policy imp…
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.
I wrote a few days agothis rather lengthy review of The Elephant in the Brain, and I got a reply from Robin Hanson here. After this reply, I think we are in agreement more than I initially thought, and that is a good thing, but there are still a few things I disagree with in his reply.
I will begin by noting down something that left me surprised to the utmost degree, even though it is a tiny discussion point:
(Note that our book never uses “hypocrisy”.)
It is just a comment in passing Hanson makes. Initi…
... it is about signaling! :)
If you are part of the select readership of Nintil, you probably know about Robin Hanson of Overcoming Bias fame. Perhaps you have also heard about Kevin Simler, who blogs at MeltingAsphalt. They just released a book together, The Elephant in the Brain.
It is worth laying out some backstory to understand where this book comes from before getting into the review itself: For years, Robin Hanson has been writing pieces arguing that "X is not about X, it is about Y" (Wher…