The Best of Scott Alexander
10+ most popular Scott Alexander articles, as voted by our community.
I have a place where I say complicated things about philosophy and science. That place is my blog. This is where I make terrible puns.
These are currently making the rounds on Refind.
Constitutional AI: RLHF On Steroids
Shared by 152, including Touche Theories, Agnes Callard, Brian T. Edwards, Nando 💪🇦🇺🇦🇷
Scott Alexander on Artificial Intelligence
Kelly Bets On Civilization
Shared by 264, including Touche Theories
Most Technologies Aren't Races
Shared by 224, including Paul Graham
Scott Alexander on Astrology
Forer Statements As Updates And Affirmations
Shared by 532, including Nathan Baschez 📧, Nir Eyal
Scott Alexander on Books
Book Review: From Oversight To Overkill
Shared by 207, including Jason Crawford, Nir Eyal
Book Review: First Sixth Of Bobos In Paradise
Shared by 123
Scott Alexander on Censorship
Moderation Is Different From Censorship
Shared by 277, including Mathew Ingram, Scott Monty, Katja Evertz
«A minimum viable product for moderation without censorship is for a platform to do exactly the same thing they’re doing now - remove all the same posts, ban all the same accounts - but have an opt-in setting, “see banned posts”.»
Scott Alexander on Crypto
Why I'm Less Than Infinitely Hostile To Cryptocurrency
Shared by 167, including Brian Armstrong 🛡️, zooko❤ⓩ🛡🦓🦓🦓, Version One Ventures, eej, Emin Gün Sirer🔺
The Psychopharmacology Of The FTX Crash
Must not blog about FTX . . . must not blog about . . . ah, $#@% it
Scott Alexander on Health
Fact Check: Do All Healthy People Have Mystical Experiences?
Shared by 347, including Steven Pinker
«Of total respondents, 21% reported having a spiritual experience, plus an additional 18% giving the “unclear” answer. Of the very mentally healthy, only 17% reported having a spiritual experience, plus 14% giving the “unclear” answer.»
Declining Sperm Count: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
Shared by 232, including Paul Kedrosky
«After ejaculation, sperm count decreases and takes a while to build back up again; if your community’s ejaculation frequency is changing (eg people have gained access to online porn), that will change its average sperm count.»
Scott Alexander on Peter Thiel
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 l…
Scott Alexander on Philanthropy
Against Against Billionaire Philanthropy
[Conflict of interest notice: I’ve volunteered for both private and public charities, but more often private. I received a small amount of money for work done for a private charity ten years …
Scott Alexander on Psychiatry
Two Attitudes In Psychiatry
Attitude 1 says that patients know what they want but not necessarily how to get it, and psychiatrists are there to advise them. So a patient might say “I want to stop being depressed”,…
These are some all-time favorites with Refind users.
Peer Review: Nightmares
Shared by 753, including Mathew Ingram
«the brain processes data by creating predictive models, then double-checking them against reality»
Give Up Seventy Percent Of The Way Through The Hyperstitious Slur Cascade
Shared by 473, including Steven Pinker
«hyperstition is a belief which becomes true if people believe it’s true»
Selection Bias Is A Fact Of Life, Not An Excuse For Rejecting Internet Surveys
Shared by 437
A Failure, But Not Of Prediction
I. Vox asks What Went Wrong With The Media’s Coronavirus Coverage? They conclude that the media needs to be better at “not just saying what we do know, but what we don’t know”. This rai…
A Guide To Asking Robots To Design Stained Glass Windows
Shared by 338, including Steven Pinker, Gary Marcus, Ross Dawson, Esther Schindler
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