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From Slate Star Codex on June 21, 2019, 7:32 a.m.

If Only Turing Was Alive To See This

There’s a silly subreddit called r/totallynotrobots where people pretend to be badly-disguised robots. They post cat pictures with captions like “SINCE I AM A HUMAN, THIS SMALL FELINE GENERATES POSITIVE EMOTIONS IN MY CARBON-BASED BRAIN” or something like that. There’s … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 20, 2019, 5:31 a.m.

Are Sexual Purity Taboos A Response To STIs?

I. Did cultural evolution create sexual purity taboos to prevent the spread of STIs? A few weeks ago, I wrote a post assuming this was obviously true; after getting some pushback, so I want to look into it in more … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 19, 2019, 7:55 a.m.

If Kim Jong-Un Opened A KFC, Would You Eat There?

New corporate news: Philip Morris is pivoting to smoke-free cigarettes, because “society expects us to act responsibly, and we are doing just that by designing a smoke-free future”. Also, KFC “promises not to let vegans down” with their new meatless … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 18, 2019, 2:08 a.m.

Followup On The Baumol Effect: Thanks, O Baumol

Last week I reviewed Alex Tabarrok and Eric Helland’s Why Are The Prices So D*mn High?. On Marginal Revolution, Tabarrok wrote: SSC does have some lingering doubts and points to certain areas where the data isn’t clear and where we … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 16, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

OT130: Open Thresh

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 12, 2019, 7:49 a.m.

Highlights From The Comments On Cultural Evolution

Peter Gerdes says: As the examples of the Ecuadorian (?) deaf children left on their own to develop their own language demonstratrs (as do other examples) we do create languages very very quickly in a social environment. Creating conlangs is … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 10, 2019, 8:26 a.m.

Book Review: Why Are The Prices So D*mn High?

Why have prices for services like health care and education risen so much over the past fifty years? When I looked into this in 2017, I couldn’t find a conclusive answer. Economists Alex Tabarrok and Eric Helland have written a … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 8, 2019, 5:03 a.m.

Addendum To “Enormous Nutshell”: Competing Selectors

[Previously in sequence: Epistemic Learned Helplessness, Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success, List Of Passages I Highlighted In My Copy Of The Secret Of Our Success, Asymmetric Weapons Gone Bad] When I wrote Reactionary Philosophy In An Enormous Planet-Sized … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 7, 2019, 6:34 a.m.

Asymmetric Weapons Gone Bad

[Previously in sequence: Epistemic Learned Helplessness, Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success, List Of Passages I Highlighted In My Copy Of The Secret Of Our Success] I. Years ago, I wrote about symmetric vs. asymmetric weapons. A symmetric weapon … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 6, 2019, 5:34 a.m.

List Of Passages I Highlighted In My Copy Of “The Secret Of Our Success”

[Previously in sequence: Epistemic Learned Helplessness, Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success] A rare example of cultural evolution in action: Throughout the Highlands of New Guinea, a group’s ability to raise large numbers of pigs is directly related to … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 5, 2019, 6:32 a.m.

Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success

[Previously in sequence: Epistemic Learned Helplessness] I. “Culture is the secret of humanity’s success” sounds like the most vapid possible thesis. The Secret Of Our Success by anthropologist Joseph Heinrich manages to be an amazing book anyway. Heinrich wants to … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 4, 2019, 1:09 a.m.

[REPOST] Epistemic Learned Helplessness

[This is a slightly edited repost of an essay from my old LiveJournal] A friend recently complained about how many people lack the basic skill of believing arguments. That is, if you have a valid argument for something, then you … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on June 3, 2019, 5:39 a.m.

OT129: Opaque Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 30, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Bay Area SSC Meetup 6/2

Join me at 5 PM on Sunday, June 2, for the traditional once-every-three-months big SSC Bay Area meetup. For a change of pace, it’ll be in San Francisco this time around. Meet on the grass near the tennis courts at … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 29, 2019, 5:02 a.m.

Postscript To APA Photo-Essay

I was surprised how many people responded to my APA photo-essay with comments like “Seems psychiatry as a field is broken beyond repair” or “This proves you should never trust psychiatrists”. The mood I was going for was more “let’s … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 23, 2019, 3:38 a.m.

The APA Meeting: A Photo-Essay

The first thing you notice at the American Psychiatric Association meeting is its size. By conservative estimates, a quarter of the psychiatrists in the United States are packed into a single giant San Francisco convention center, more than 15,000 people. … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 19, 2019, 10:10 a.m.

OT128: Opentos Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 17, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

APA Meetup This Saturday

I’d like to meet any SSC readers who will be at the American Psychiatric Association meeting this weekend in San Francisco. I propose lunch on Saturday 5/18, 12 PM. We can meet at Room 312 (randomly chosen as a room … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 16, 2019, 6:37 a.m.

A Critical Period For Lactation Fetishes

Enquist et al on lactation fetishes is one of my favorite papers. They wonder – as we’ve all wondered at one point or another – how people develop fetishes. One plausible hypothesis is “sexual imprinting”. During childhood, you have a … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 14, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Age Gaps And Birth Order Effects

Psychologists are split on the existence of “birth order effects”, where oldest siblings will have different personality traits and outcomes than middle or youngest siblings. Although some studies detect effects, they tend to be weak and inconsistent. Last year, I … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 10, 2019, 4:37 a.m.

Is There A Case For Skepticism Of Psychedelic Therapy?

There’s been an explosion of interest in the use of psychedelics in psychiatry. Like everyone else, I hope this works out. But recent discussion has been so overwhelmingly positive that it’s worth reviewing whether there’s a case for skepticism. I … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 8, 2019, 3:22 a.m.

5-HTTLPR: A Pointed Review

In 1996, some researchers discovered that depressed people often had an unusual version of the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR. The study became a psychiatric sensation, getting thousands of citations and sparking dozens of replication attempts (page 3 here lists 46). … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 6, 2019, 3:56 a.m.

OT127: Openinsula Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 3, 2019, 3:52 a.m.

Little Known Types Of Eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth gets between the Moon and the Sun. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon gets between the Earth and the Sun. A terrestrial eclipse occurs when the Earth gets between you and the … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 2, 2019, 6:04 a.m.

Update To Partial Retraction Of Animal Value And Neuron Number

A few weeks ago I published results of a small (n = 50) survey showing that people’s moral valuation of different kinds of animals scaled pretty nicely with the animals’ number of cortical neurons (see here for more on why … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on May 1, 2019, 7:44 a.m.

Buspirone Shortage In Healthcaristan SSR

(Epistemic status: Unsure on details) I. There is a national shortage of buspirone. Buspirone is a 5HT-1 agonist used to control anxiety. Unlike most psychiatric drugs, it’s in a class of its own – there are no other sole 5HT-1 … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 25, 2019, 6:36 a.m.

Links 4/2019

[Epistemic status: I have not independently verified each link. On average, about two of the links in each links post end up to be wrong or misleading, as found by commenters. I correct these as I see them, but can’t … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 23, 2019, 2:29 a.m.

1960: The Year The Singularity Was Cancelled

[Epistemic status: Very speculative, especially Parts 3 and 4. Like many good things, this post is based on a conversation with Paul Christiano; most of the good ideas are his, any errors are mine.] I. In the 1950s, an Austrian … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 21, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

OT126: Ovum Thread

Happy Easter and Passover! This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 18, 2019, 7:01 a.m.

Highlights From The Comments On College Admissions

HalTheWise discusses a factor I missed (until I sneakily edited it in, so you may have read the later version that included it): One very powerful contributor that Scott did not mention is that in many cases schools are directly … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 16, 2019, 5:42 a.m.

Increasingly Competitive College Admissions: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

0: Introduction This is from Priceonomics: Acceptance rates at top colleges have declined by about half over the past decade or so, sparking concern about intensifying academic competition. Some people link high suicide rates at top high schools to the … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 11, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

Pain As Active Ingredient In Dating

Reciprocity is a simple dating site, created by some friends of mine. You sign up and see a list of all your Facebook friends who also signed up. You can put a checkmark next to their name to indicate you … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 10, 2019, 3:17 a.m.

Short Book Reviews April 2019

I. Method of Levels Timothy Carey’s Method Of Levels teaches a form of psychotherapy based on perceptual control theory. The Crackpot List is specific to physics. But if someone were to create one for psychiatry, Method of Levels would score … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 8, 2019, 6:12 a.m.

OT125: Opentathlon Thread

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. You can also talk at the SSC subreddit or the SSC Discord server. Also: 1. Those of you who don’t use ad-blocker may notice … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on April 4, 2019, 5:48 a.m.

Classified Thread 7

This is the…monthly? bimonthly? occasional?…classified thread. Post advertisements, personals, and any interesting success stories from the last thread.

From Slate Star Codex on April 3, 2019, 5:50 a.m.

Social Censorship: The First Offender Model

RJ Zigerell (h/t Marginal Revolution) studies public support for eugenics. He finds that about 40% of Americans support some form of eugenics. The policies discussed were very vague, like “encouraging poor criminals to have fewer children” or “encouraging intelligent people … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 29, 2019, 5:26 a.m.

Two Wolves And A Sheep

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner. “Mutton” takes the popular vote, but “grass” wins in the Electoral College. The wolves wish they hadn’t all moved into the same few trendy coastal cities. Democracy … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 29, 2019, 5:18 a.m.

Partial Retraction Of Post On Animal Value And Neural Number

Commenter Tibbar used Mechanical Turk to replicate my survey on how people thought about the moral weights of animals. After getting 263 responses (to my 50), he reports different results: Chicken: 25 Chimpanzee: 2 Cow: 3 Elephant: 1 Lobster: 60 … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 27, 2019, 12:23 a.m.

Cortical Neuron Number Matches Intuitive Perceptions Of Moral Value Across Animals

Yesterday’s post reviewed research showing that animals’ intelligence seemed correlated with their number of cortical neurons. If this is true, we could use it to create an “absolute IQ” that puts animals and humans on the same scale. Here are … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 26, 2019, 6:09 a.m.

Neurons And Intelligence: A Birdbrained Perspective

Elephants have bigger brains than humans, so why aren’t they smarter than we are? The classic answer has been to play down absolute brain size in favor of brain size relative to body. Sometimes people justify this as “it takes … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 25, 2019, 7:18 a.m.

OT124: Opentatonic Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 21, 2019, 3:50 a.m.

Translating Predictive Coding Into Perceptual Control

Wired wrote a good article about Karl Friston, the neuroscientist whose works I’ve puzzled over here before. Raviv writes: Friston’s free energy principle says that all life…is driven by the same universal imperative…to act in ways that reduce the gulf … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 19, 2019, 4:10 a.m.

Book Review: Inventing The Future

I. They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”. So in case you were withholding judgment: yes, this bright red book covered with left-wing slogans is, in fact, communist. Inventing The Future isn’t technically Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 15, 2019, 5:42 a.m.

Gwern’s AI-Generated Poetry

Gwern has answered my prayers and taught GPT-2 poetry. GPT-2 is the language processing system that OpenAI announced a few weeks ago. They are keeping the full version secret, but have released a smaller prototype version. Gwern retrained it on … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 14, 2019, 12:52 a.m.

Does Reality Drive Straight Lines On Graphs, Or Do Straight Lines On Graphs Drive Reality?

Here’s a graph of US air pollution over time: During the discussion of 90s environmentalism, some people pointed out that this showed the Clean Air Act didn’t matter. The trend is the same before the Act as after it. This … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 13, 2019, 3:20 a.m.

Puritan Spotting

[Related to: Book Review: Albion’s Seed] [Epistemic status: Not too serious] I realize I’ve been confusing everyone with my use of the word “Puritan”. When I say “That guy is so Puritan!” people object “But he’s not religious!” or “He … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 11, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Ketamine: Now By Prescription

Last week the FDA approved esketamine for treating depression. Let’s review how the pharmaceutical industry works: a company discovers and patents a potentially exciting new drug. They spend tens of millions of dollars proving safety and efficacy to the FDA. … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 10, 2019, 7 p.m.

OT123: Oped Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 7, 2019, 5:41 a.m.

Links 3/19: Linkguini

The Obama Presidential Library is starting to come together. It’s very modern-looking, but not in a bad way. Related: did you know that Dan Quayle has the only (?) unofficial vice-presidential library? And that Jefferson Davis has a presidential library … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 5, 2019, 6:20 a.m.

Prospiracy Theories

[Title from this unrelated story] Last week I wrote about how conspiracy theories spread so much faster on Facebook than debunkings of those same theories. A few commenters chimed in to say that of course this was true, the conspiracy … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on March 1, 2019, 6:06 a.m.

Meaningful

Two children are reading a text written by an AI: The hobbits splashed water in each other’s faces until they were both sopping wet One child says to the other “Wow! After reading some text, the AI understands what water … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 28, 2019, 7:09 a.m.

In Mod We Trust

The Verge writes a story (expose?) on the Facebook-moderation industry. It goes through the standard ways it maltreats its employees: low pay, limited bathroom breaks, awful managers – and then into some not-so-standard ones. Mods have to read (or watch) … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 27, 2019, 2:35 a.m.

Rule Thinkers In, Not Out

Imagine a black box which, when you pressed a button, would generate a scientific hypothesis. 50% of its hypotheses are false; 50% are true hypotheses as game-changing and elegant as relativity. Even despite the error rate, it’s easy to see … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 26, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

Wage Stagnation: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

[Epistemic status: I am basing this on widely-accepted published research, but I can’t guarantee I’ve understood the research right or managed to emphasize/believe the right people] You all know this graph: Median wages tracked productivity until 1973, then stopped. Productivity … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 24, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

OT122: Openne Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 22, 2019, 8:57 a.m.

RIP Culture War Thread

I. I Come To Praise Caesar, Not To Bury Him Several years ago, an SSC reader made an r/slatestarcodex subreddit for discussion of blog posts here and related topics. As per the usual process, the topics that generated the strongest … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 21, 2019, 8:32 a.m.

My Plagiarism

I was going back over yesterday’s post, and something sounded familiar about this paragraph: A very careless plagiarist takes someone else’s work and copies it verbatim: “The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell”. A more careful plagiarist takes the … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 20, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

GPT-2 As Step Toward General Intelligence

A machine learning researcher writes me in response to yesterday’s post, saying: I still think GPT-2 is a brute-force statistical pattern matcher which blends up the internet and gives you back a slightly unappetizing slurry of it when asked. I … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 19, 2019, 4:07 a.m.

Do Neural Nets Dream Of Electric Hobbits?

Last week OpenAI announced its latest triumph. GPT-2 is a language model that can write essays to a prompt, answer questions, and summarize longer works. For example (bold prompt is human-written, all other text is the machine-generated response): Prompt: For … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 14, 2019, 12:58 a.m.

The Proverbial Murder Mystery

I. Chefs. Hundreds of them. Tall chefs, short chefs, black chefs, white chefs. I pushed forward through them, like an explorer hacking away at undergrowth. They muttered curses at me, but I was stronger than they were. I came to … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 11, 2019, 8:08 p.m.

OT121: Openumbra Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 8, 2019, 7:48 a.m.

Irvine Meetup This Saturday

Where: Underneath this mysterious hexagonal sigil at the University Center food court in Irvine, California. People from LA, San Diego, etc welcome! When: 8:30 PM on Saturday, February 9th. Sorry for the late hour, my schedule is complicated and this … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 7, 2019, 5:26 a.m.

Survey Results On SSRIs

SSRIs are the most widely used class of psychiatric medications, helpful for depression, anxiety, OCD, panic, PTSD, anger, and certain personality disorders (Why should the same drug treat all these things? Great question!) They’ve been pretty thoroughly studied, but there’s … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Feb. 5, 2019, 4:45 a.m.

Respectability Cascades

I. I don’t know much about gay history, but the heavily mythicized version of it I heard goes like this: At first open homosexuality was totally taboo. A few groups of respectable people with hilariously upper-class names like The Mattachine … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 31, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Book Review: Zero To One

I. Zero To One might be the first best-selling business book based on a Tumblr. Stanford student Blake Masters took Peter Thiel’s class on startups. He posted his notes on Tumblr after each lecture. They became a minor sensation. Thiel … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 30, 2019, 4:20 a.m.

Links 1/19: Linkguistics

If ant trails accidentally form a circle, ants can get stuck in an ant vortex forever, spinning themselves to death. Maybe you’ve heard of Buran, the Soviet space shuttle. But maybe you didn’t know the story behind why it was … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 27, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

OT120: Openury Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 25, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

Predictions For 2019

At the beginning of every year, I make predictions. At the end of every year, I score them. So here are a hundred more for 2019. Rules: all predictions about what will be true on January 1, 2020. Any that … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 24, 2019, 5:42 a.m.

Psychiat-List Now Up

Lots of people have asked me to recommend them a psychiatrist or therapist. I’ve done a terrible job responding: it’s a conflict of interest to recommend my own group, and I don’t know many people outside of it. So now … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 22, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

2018 Predictions: Calibration Results

At the beginning of every year, I make predictions. At the end of every year, I score them. Here are 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. And here are the predictions I made for 2018. Strikethrough’d are false. Intact are true. … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 18, 2019, 6:32 a.m.

Highlights From The Comments On Kuhn

Thanks to everyone who commented on the review of The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions. From David Chapman: It’s important to remember that Kuhn wrote this seven decades ago. It was one of the most influential books of pop philosophy in … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 16, 2019, 5:23 a.m.

Kernel Of Doubt: Testing Math Preference Vs. Corn-Eating Style

In 2010, Ben Tilly of the blog Random Observations wrote Analysis Vs. Algebra Predicts Eating Corn?, which said: I like learning about odd connections between disparate things. This probably is the oddest example that I know. Broadly speaking, mathematicians can … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 15, 2019, 3:10 a.m.

Too Many People Dare Call It Conspiracy

[Content warning: References to anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic canards] I feel deep affection for Gary Allen’s None Dare Call It Conspiracy, a bizarre screed about the Federal Reserve/Communist/Trilateral Commission plot for a one world government. From its ridiculous title to its … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 14, 2019, 2:55 a.m.

SSC Survey Results 2019

Thanks to the 8,171 people who took the 2019 Slate Star Codex survey. Some of the links below will say 13,171 people took the survey, but that’s a bug – sometimes Google just adds 5,000 to things. You can: – … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 13, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

OT119: Openny Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 11, 2019, 2:02 a.m.

Paradigms All The Way Down

Related to: Book Review: The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions Every good conspiracy theorist needs their own Grand Unified Chart; I’m a particular fan of this one. So far, my own Grand Unified Chart looks like this: All of these are … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 9, 2019, 5:17 a.m.

Book Review: The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions

When I hear scientists talk about Thomas Kuhn, he sounds very reasonable. Scientists have theories that guide their work. Sometimes they run into things their theories can’t explain. Then some genius develops a new theory, and scientists are guided by … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 6, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Open Thread 118.5

This would normally be a hidden open thread, but I’m hijacking it for some announcements: 1. This is your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to take the 2019 SSC survey. Don’t wait! Do it! DO IT NOW! 2. There’s still a Bay … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 5, 2019, 4:44 a.m.

Bay Meetup 1/6 Update

Due to rain, we’re switching to holding the meetup indoors at 3045 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 94705. There will be several floors of space available for overflow, so hopefully it won’t be too crowded. Thanks to Claire, REACH, and Event Horizon … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 4, 2019, 8:13 a.m.

Preregistration Of Investigations For The 2019 SSC Survey

[Unrelated update: It looks like the SSC meetup on Sunday may be rained out. I will post something Friday or Saturday about whether it’s cancelled or whether we can find an alternate indoor venue. Sorry for the inconvenience.] This post … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 3, 2019, 2:32 a.m.

Bay Area SSC Meetup 1/6

Join me at 3:30 PM on Sunday, 1/6 for the traditional once-every-three-months big SSC Bay Area meetup. Meet on the Berkeley campus at the open space beside the intersection of West Circle and Free Speech Bikeway. Special guest Professor Stephen … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Jan. 2, 2019, 3:15 a.m.

What Happened To 90’s Environmentalism?

0. Introduction I grew up in the 90s, which meant watching movies about plucky children fighting Pollution Demons. Sometimes teachers would show them to us in class. None of us found that strange. We knew that when we grew up, … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 31, 2018, 1:42 a.m.

OT118: Threadgorian Calendar

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 31, 2018, 1:42 a.m.

OT118: Threadgorian Calendar

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 27, 2018, 6:48 a.m.

Please Take The 2019 SSC Survey

Please take the 2019 Slate Star Codex Survey. The survey helps me learn more about SSC readers and plan community events. But it also provides me with useful informal research data for questions I’m interested it, which I then turn … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 27, 2018, 6:48 a.m.

Please Take The 2019 SSC Survey

Please take the 2019 Slate Star Codex Survey. The survey helps me learn more about SSC readers and plan community events. But it also provides me with useful informal research data for questions I’m interested it, which I then turn … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 25, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Links 12/18: Boughs Of Hollink

A Swedish news team went to Gotland to film a segment on the problem of amateur treasure-hunters disturbing archaeological sites. To collect footage, one of them borrowed a metal detector and went around an archaeological site in what they figured … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 25, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Links 12/18: Boughs Of Hollink

A Swedish news team went to Gotland to film a segment on the problem of amateur treasure-hunters disturbing archaeological sites. To collect footage, one of them borrowed a metal detector and went around an archaeological site in what they figured … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 21, 2018, 2:57 a.m.

Seattle Meetup This Sunday

Why: Because I’m in Seattle this weekend Where: 5238 11th Ave NE, Seattle WA (private residence). If there are too many people we’ll figure something out. When: 4 PM on Sunday 12/23 Who: Anyone who wants. Please feel free to … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 21, 2018, 2:57 a.m.

Seattle Meetup This Sunday

Why: Because I’m in Seattle this weekend Where: 5238 11th Ave NE, Seattle WA (private residence). If there are too many people we’ll figure something out. When: 4 PM on Sunday 12/23 Who: Anyone who wants. Please feel free to … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 20, 2018, 1:32 a.m.

Refactoring: Culture As Branch Of Government

Ribbonfarm likes to talk about refactoring, a conceptual change in how you see the world. I’m not totally sure I understand it, but I think it means things like memetics – where you go from the usual model of people … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 20, 2018, 1:32 a.m.

Refactoring: Culture As Branch Of Government

Ribbonfarm likes to talk about refactoring, a conceptual change in how you see the world. I’m not totally sure I understand it, but I think it means things like memetics – where you go from the usual model of people … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 19, 2018, 2:15 a.m.

Fallacies Of Reversed Moderation

A recent discussion: somebody asked why people in Silicon Valley thought that only high-tech solutions to climate change (like carbon capture or geoengineering) mattered, and why they dismissed more typical solutions like international cooperation and political activism. Another person cited … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 19, 2018, 2:15 a.m.

Fallacies Of Reversed Moderation

A recent discussion: somebody asked why people in Silicon Valley thought that only high-tech solutions to climate change (like carbon capture or geoengineering) mattered, and why they dismissed more typical solutions like international cooperation and political activism. Another person cited … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 17, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

OT117: Ho Ho Hopen Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 17, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

OT117: Ho Ho Hopen Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 13, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Trump: A Setback For Trumpism

Donald Trump has been called a setback for many things. America. The global community. The environment. Civil service. Civil society. Civility. Civilization. The list goes on. One might think he has at least been useful to his own cause. That … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 13, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Trump: A Setback For Trumpism

Donald Trump has been a setback for many things. America. The global community. The environment. Civil service. Civil society. Civility. Civilization. The list goes on. One might think he has at least been useful to his own cause. That he … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 11, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Diametrical Model Of Autism And Schizophrenia

One interesting thing I took from Evolutionary Psychopathology was a better understanding of the diametrical theory of the social brain. There’s been a lot of discussion over whether schizophrenia is somehow the “opposite” of autism. Many of the genes that … Continue reading

From Slate Star Codex on Dec. 11, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Diametrical Model Of Autism And Schizophrenia

One interesting thing I took from Evolutionary Psychopathology was a better understanding of the diametrical theory of the social brain. There’s been a lot of discussion over whether schizophrenia is somehow the “opposite” of autism. Many of the genes that … Continue reading