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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Book Review: Inadequate Equilibria

I. Eliezer Yudkowsky’s catchily-titled Inadequate Equilibria is many things. It’s a look into whether there is any role for individual reason in a world where you can always just trust expert consensus. It’s an analysis of the efficient market hypothesis … Continue reading

Open Thread 89.75

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A Completely Accurate Map With No Distortion At All

Does something seem off about this map? Maybe Amsterdam is a little too far inland? Maybe the coastline is a bit too squashed, or the sea a bit too narrow? No. This map is fine. The problem is with you. … Continue reading

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Open Thread 89.5

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Links 11/17: Sri Linka

Paul Palaiologos Tagaris, Byzantine con man, “was appointed an Orthodox bishop, pretended to be the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, switched from Greek Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism and back again, supported both the See of Rome and the Avignon anti-popes in … Continue reading

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Open Thread 89.25

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Contra Robinson On Public Food

I. Earlier this year, Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs wrote an article against school vouchers. He argued that private schools would be so focused on profit that they would sacrifice quality, and that competition wouldn’t be enough to keep them … Continue reading

OT89: Omen Thread

This is the bi-weekly visible 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. The Future of Humanity Institute asks me to advertise … Continue reading

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List Of Passages I Highlighted In My Copy Of Legal Systems Very Different From Ours

[See previous post here; read book online here.] Question I’d never thought to ask before: are we sure it’s a good idea to let people know what the laws are? The Chinese legal system originated somewhat over 2000 years ago … Continue reading

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Open Thread 88.75

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