Keynesianism vs. monetarism

I originally posted this on Tumblr, mostly as a way of asking friends, “hey, do I have this right?” But people have assured me it is right, and a few people said they really liked it, so… As I understand it, Keynesianism and monetarism together represent the sane part of the spectrum of possible economic [Read More...]

Why I invest with Vanguard and Wealthfront

Until relatively recently I was pretty ignorant about personal finance. Most people are. In fact, my guess is that even among people who think they’re informed, a most will get ripped off at some point when it comes to things like their retirement savings. So I’ve started going around trying to give friends and family financial [Read More...]

Filtering who you talk to

Yesterday’s post in Ozy’s line up of re-runs complained about discussion-based college classes. And… I don’t know, maybe I’ve just been much luckier with the philosophy seminars I’ve taken, and some of the things Ozy complains about are definitely bad (the people who don’t want to be there, or who haven’t done the readings). But other seem [Read More...]

CFAR workshop review

Since doing my CFAR workshop in September, I’ve been meaning to write a review. Procrastination, in this case, has paid off, since Jess Whittlestone and Kaj Sotala have both recently written blog posts on their workshop experiences that I feel pretty comfortable endorsing. Jess has a nice, easy-to-read bullet-point summary, while Kaj’s post has a couple [Read More...]

Roko’s Basilisk illustrates the problems with the LessWrong community

I’ve previously written about the LessWrong community’s tendency to take crazy ideas far more seriously than they deserve. A lot of what’s convinced me of that is my in-person experience with the community, in my last year of living in the Bay Area (I moved here November 2013). But a lot of that stuff is [Read More...]

Against “consent culture”

I need to start this post off with the disclaimer that I think the BDSM community gets a lot right when it comes to consent. Which is good, because consent is literally the entire thing that distinguishes consensual S&M from assault and abuse. (In fact, it’s the entire thing that distinguishes vanilla sex from rape.) [Read More...]

China is harming the environment in the name of development–and that’s great!

When normal people think about ways to make the world a better place–and here by “normal” I mean people who haven’t spent a lot of time on LessWrong or the Effective Altruism community–one of the things that most often comes up is doing something about global warming. Now, I agree global warming is real, and [Read More...]

Gamergate shows how the internet makes absolutely everyone awful

Ozy just put up a post on Gamergate that you should all read (along with Ken White’s post on the same). The TLDR; is that a guy (Eron Gjoni) wrote a blog post detailing some really nasty psychological abuse he’d dealt with from his ex-girlfriend (Zoe Quinn), and a certain portion of the internet ran [Read More...]

Why Elizabeth Warren is more electable than Hillary Clinton

I just saw one of my friends post on Facebook that the right-wing wants Elizabeth Warren to run, on the theory that she’ll be easy to beat. Hogwash. I think Warren is actually more electable than Hillary Clinton. Why? It’s the charisma, stupid. This is the title of an article by Paul Graham, which seemed to [Read More...]