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Public Choice Theory And The Illusion Of Grand Strategy. As the subtitle How Generals, Weapons Manufacturers, and Foreign Governments Shape American Foreign Policy suggests, American foreign policy is driven by special interest groups, which results in millions of deaths for no good reason.
2 days ago by Chipit to /s/books from astralcodexten.substack.com
Book Review: San Fransicko “Why Progressives Ruin Cities”. It builds off the kind of stories familiar to most Bay Area residents. Things haven’t always been like this. San Francisco used to be one of the safest and most beautiful cities in the world.
6 days ago by Chipit to /s/books from astralcodexten.substack.com
Somewhat Contra Marcus On AI Scaling
13 days ago by GeorgeCarlin to /s/technology from astralcodexten.substack.com
Which Party Has Gotten More Extreme Faster? He concludes that, contra the image where the Right stays in the same place and the Left moves, both Republicans and Democrats have “changed a lot” since 2008.
19 days ago by Chipit to /s/politics from astralcodexten.substack.com
Every Bay Area House Party. “I don’t think saying ‘we should be able to unperson whoever we want’ helps your case that this is valuable and non-creepy.’ "And how many others were dissuaded from murder or other abominable acts because of the fear of erasure? And now that tool is lost to us forever.”
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/Satire from astralcodexten.substack.com
Suppose you're a liberal who doesn't trust FOX News. FOX News reports that a mass shooter just shot twenty people in Yankee Stadium. There’s live footage from the stadium with lots of people running and screaming. Do you believe this?
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from astralcodexten.substack.com
Against That Poverty And Infant EEGs Study. A recent paper claims to have found an Impact Of A Poverty Reduction Intervention On Infant Brain Activity. People want to discover a link between poverty and cognitive function *so bad*.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from astralcodexten.substack.com
The Phrase "No Evidence" Is A Red Flag For Bad Science Communication. Every single one of these statements that had “no evidence” is currently considered true or at least pretty plausible.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from astralcodexten.substack.com
Ivermectin: Much More Than You Wanted To Know. Dozens of teams published studies saying ivermectin definitely worked. Then most scientists concluded it didn’t. But did you really develop a low-level understanding of what was going on? What a great opportunity to exercise our study-analyzing muscles!
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from astralcodexten.substack.com
It's a pattern that has repeated throughout history and around the world, one of naturalist art executed with great skill being deliberately replaced with highly abstract art not requiring as much skill.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/Art from astralcodexten.substack.com
Martin Gurri's The Revolt Of The Public is from 2014 is about how social-media-connected masses are revolting against elites, but the revolt has moved forward so quickly that a lot of what he considers wild speculation is now obvious fact. It might as well just say "open your eyes and look around".
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from astralcodexten.substack.com
I have a friend who studied the history of fascism. She gets angry when people call Trump (or some other villain du jour) fascist. "Words have meanings! Fascism isn't just any right-winger you dislike!" She says Narendra Modi, the current prime minister of India, is absolutely, literally, a fascist.
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from astralcodexten.substack.com
Details Of The Infant Fish Oil Story. In my recent post on the FDA, I mentioned a story about a fish-oil-based infant nutritional fluid called Omegaven. The FDA took too long to approve it, and lots of infants died.
10 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from astralcodexten.substack.com
Your Book Review: Humankind. Bregman doesn't just want to show that our best side comes out under air raids. He wants to show that virtue is fundamental to our species. He starts by arguing that the superpower that has allowed humanity to take over the globe is co-operation.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/books from astralcodexten.substack.com
Book Review: A Brief History Of Neoliberalism. Around 1970, something went wrong. The global economy, after twenty-five years of good post-war growth, suddenly blipped.
Comment of the week on AstralCodexTen explaining why the Georgia voting reform law doesn't say any of the things the media told you it says.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/politics from astralcodexten.substack.com
A Modest Proposal For Republicans: Use The Word "Class" - Astral Codex Ten. From a very smart blogger you should listen to. The New York Times tried to cancel him last week.
Book Review: The Cult Of Smart. DeBoer starts with the standard narrative of The Failing State Of American Education. Students aren't learning. The country is falling behind. He argues that every word of it is a lie.
NY Times publishes hit piece on blogger. "As soon as they got an excuse they would publish something as negative as possible about me, in order to punish me for embarrassing them. The sentence he chose was the one that was crossed out and included a plea for people to stop taking it out of context."
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from astralcodexten.substack.com
Statement on New York Times Article
1 year ago by muellermeierschulz to /s/whatever from astralcodexten.substack.com
Treating ADHD with amphetamines was hardly a new invention. Psychiatrists had been doing it since the 1930s, albeit with slightly different drugs. So why was it Adderall - a weird combination of four different salts selected kind of at random by a sketchy diet pill company - that caught on?
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/Drugs from astralcodexten.substack.com
The writer of the awesome blog SlateStarCodex got doxxed by the New York Times, who cruelly refused to honor his request to stay anonymous. He lost his day job, five figures in Patreon income, and got emails from 4 NYT journalists who explained NYT policy, all of them different.