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Author Archives: Scott Alexander

To Understand Polarization, Understand Conservativism’s Failures

Earlier today I talked about one reason for increased polarization on the Democratic side. Now I want to match it with one reason the Republicans have even more of a problem. Ask anyone what Republicans want, and they’ll say things … Continue reading

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Open Thread 78.25

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Against Murderism

[Content warning: discussion of racism. Comments are turned off due to bad experience with the comments on this kind of material.] I. A set of questions, hopefully confusing: Alice is a white stay-at-home mother who is moving to a new … Continue reading

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OT78: Oprah Thread

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Open Thread 77.75

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Links 6/17: Silinks Is Golden

Did you know: JRR Tolkien’s great granddaughter, Ruth Tolkien, is the only blind person in the UK to be a competitive fencer. She is currently ranked the #186th best fencer in the country. Alpha – an ambiguously-AI-automated alliterative account about … Continue reading

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What Is Depression, Anyway?: The Synapse Hypothesis

I. The problem with depression research isn’t that we don’t have any leads on what causes depression. It’s that we have so many leads on what causes depression that we don’t know what to do with all of them. For … Continue reading

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Open Thread 77.5

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SSC Journal Club: AI Timelines

I. A few years ago, Muller and Bostrom et al surveyed AI researchers to assess their opinion on AI progress and superintelligence. Since then, deep learning took off, AlphaGo beat human Go champions, and the field has generally progressed. I’ve … Continue reading

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Open Thread 77.25

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